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  • Swedish Dance Club Goes Dry for a Night

    Swedish Dance Club Goes Dry for a Night

    Some people may be aware of how their drinking may be causing problems, for their health and their behavior, but are afraid of the process of recovery, thinking that sobriety will take them out of social settings where they have fun. Other people would not normally be interested in drinking to excess, but may consider it a requirement to be a part of social circles they are attracted to, that involve late night music and dancing.

  • What to Worry About When Detoxing from Alcohol

    What to Worry About When Detoxing from Alcohol

    Entering a treatment center and undergoing the process of detox for the first time can be an intimidating experience, especially if you don't know what to expect. It can help you feel more prepared for the first phase of recovery if you have a better idea of what your body will be going through and the best ways to handle certain situations that can come up.

  • Denial Plays A Substantial Role in Alcoholism

    Denial Plays A Substantial Role in Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is a dangerous and often terrifying disease for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that when a person is addicted to alcohol, they often engage in highly risky behaviors, often blacking out and feeling extremely powerless while drinking.

  • Why is the U.S. 80% of the Worlds Prescription Drug Consumption?

    Why is the U.S. 80% of the Worlds Prescription Drug Consumption?

    Current estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau place U.S. population at around 319 million people, or slightly more then 4 percent of the people on earth. Thus, it is astounding that, according to congregational testimony by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, this one nation results in 80 percent of the consumption of prescription pain killers in the world.

  • Approaching a Person in Active Alcoholism

    Approaching a Person in Active Alcoholism

    When someone close to you is suffering from an addiction, it is never easy to confront them about their behavior and ask them to seek help. For family members and close friends, seeing someone in their life struggle with alcoholism is painful but they may not know what to do to stop it.

  • 5 Ways Treatment Changes Your Perspective

    5 Ways Treatment Changes Your Perspective

    Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is an incredibly transformative experience that changes virtually everything about the way an addict perceives and experiences the world. When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they very frequently find that their priorities shift so that they are entirely consumed with using.

  • Does a Drug Taper Off Help before Detox?

    Does a Drug Taper Off Help before Detox?

    When an addict is ready to stop using drugs, one of the first things they must do is to detox. During detox, an addict, under the support of a medical staff, completely stops using and allows the dangerous drugs to leave their system. 

  • Dealing with Spousal Alcoholism and Addiction

    Dealing with Spousal Alcoholism and Addiction

    People struggling with addiction are not only harming their own bodies and minds, but they are also hurt the people around them and their relationships. Marriage is one relationship that can be especially strained through the pain of addiction, turning a happy home into a nightmare.

  • How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

    How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

    Music festivals can be very joyous and fun occasions, providing the opportunity to hear favorite bands and experience community in a new, exciting atmosphere. However, often these festivals are not only about the music itself, but also places for high levels of alcohol and drug use.

  • 5 Tools to Help Keep You Sober

    5 Tools to Help Keep You Sober

    Even after long periods of abstaining from our addictions, staying sober can be a challenge, and there may be periods where it feels like a difficult struggle. However, the truth is that it does not have to be a daily hardship, or feel like more then you can bear.

  • Prevent Substance Abuse by Understanding Drug Slang

    Prevent Substance Abuse by Understanding Drug Slang

    The central way to prevent drug abuse is with responsible education. By cultivating an awareness of what drugs are and the harm they can cause, you can work to prevent what may at first seem like harmless experimentation, but will lead to dangerous, compulsive addiction.

  • Surgery and Pain Medication Use in Recovery

    Surgery and Pain Medication Use in Recovery

    Opioid pain relievers have a very high potential for abuse, and can be very dangerous if taken beyond recommended doses, or for purposes other then their intended use. However, they can also be extremely useful in controlling otherwise unbearable pain, and allowing someone with chronic pain or recovering from extensive surgery to function

  • Painkiller Opana Quickly Rising In Use Around The Nation

    Painkiller Opana Quickly Rising In Use Around The Nation

    Prescription drug use has, for the past several years, been the nation's fastest growing and most dangerous drug epidemic. As deaths and hospitalizations continue to be on the rise in almost every state, legislatures and hospitals are working together to try to find ways to reduce the number of addictions and overdoses due to these dangerous drugs.

  • 5 Tips on Rebuilding Self-Esteem in Recovery

    5 Tips on Rebuilding Self-Esteem in Recovery

    Recovering from an addiction is a long emotional journey that can require a lot of personal growth to get back on track. Addicts most often suffer from issues of low self-esteem because their substance abuse has taken its toll on them psychologically.

  •  Let Your Actions In Sobriety Speak For Themselves

    Let Your Actions In Sobriety Speak For Themselves

    For a recovering addict, becoming sober means finding a whole new outlook on life and behaving completely differently than one did while they were struggling with addiction. This is why sobriety is a lifelong journey and not simply a quick fix.

  • Do Dry Drunks Suffer More In or Out of Recovery

    Do Dry Drunks Suffer More In or Out of Recovery

    There are numerous different aspects of recovering from an addiction and quitting the substance abuse itself is only the first step. Some people in recovery might focus solely on their abstinence but fail to make progress in other areas of their life that also contribute to their disease.

  • Is There Such A Thing As A 'Recovered Alcoholic'?

    Is There Such A Thing As A 'Recovered Alcoholic'?

    In the recovery community, it is very common to refer to a person who is sober as "recovering," regardless of how long they have been sober for. Some people, both in the recovery community and outside of it, may wonder whether this is an appropriate term, since it may seem in the instance of a person who has not had alcohol for a very long time that they are no longer recovering but recovered. 

    This has led many people to pose the question of whether there exists a person who is actually a recovered alcoholic.

     

  • Why Emotional Sobriety Plays Such A Large Role In Recovery

    Why Emotional Sobriety Plays Such A Large Role In Recovery

    Getting healthy and sober means truly changing the way in which you think and behave. Of course, one of the biggest components to sobriety is abstaining from controlled substances, but it is also highly important that a recovering addict work to achieve what is called emotional sobriety. Maintaining emotional sobriety is an integral part of being healthy and drug and alcohol free. Here are a few reasons why emotional sobriety is such an important part of recovery.

  • Parental Influence On Alcohol Use And Abuse In The Household

    Parental Influence On Alcohol Use And Abuse In The Household

    There are many factors that may impact the likelihood that a teen will suffer from alcoholism. Environmental factors, such as the company a child keeps at school, as well as genetic factors, such as how predisposed the child is to alcoholism, will all play a large role in determining whether a teen will become addicted to alcohol.

  • Gene Found that Could Increase Risk of Alcoholism

    Gene Found that Could Increase Risk of Alcoholism

    Researchers have long known there was a link between genetics and alcoholism, but the exact genes involved are still being discovered. A recent study, published in Psychiatric Genetics and undertaken by researchers at the University College London in the U.K., has found a rare gene variant that could increase the risk of a person developing alcoholism, as well as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

  • Simultaneously Dealing with Addiction and Depression

    Simultaneously Dealing with Addiction and Depression

    Because of the way that addiction and mental health problems are closely related, it is very common for patients in rehab to require treatment for both substance abuse and issues of depression. When you are focusing on recovery it can be difficult to simultaneously battle symptoms of depression which often contribute to the cycle of abuse.

  • How To Mend Irreparable Relationships In Recovery

    How To Mend Irreparable Relationships In Recovery

    Addiction is a damaging disease that impacts the life of an addict and every person around them in a very severe way. When a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, their brain's reward center becomes so singularly focused on finding and consuming more drugs and alcohol that all of the important relationships in their life become secondary.

  • Alcoholic Neuropathy's Impact On The Body

    Alcoholic Neuropathy's Impact On The Body

    Alcohol abuse and addiction contribute to many health problems, including alcoholic neuropathy. More than half of heavy drinkers develop neuropathy, and those with the highest risk are alcoholics who have been abusing the substance for more than ten years.

  • 5 of the Best Affirmations for Alcoholics

    5 of the Best Affirmations for Alcoholics

    Affirmations play an important role in recovery from alcohol abuse and addiction. The brain is the most powerful tool a person has in recovery, and using supportive, positive affirmations can help a person to find the strength to overcome his or her problem.

  • What a Dry Alcoholic Looks Like

    What a Dry Alcoholic Looks Like

    Recovery from alcoholism can be difficult, but most people find a new lease on life when they enter recovery. However, many alcoholics face a common problem known as dry drunk syndrome.

  • 7 Things That Need To Change In Sobriety

    7 Things That Need To Change In Sobriety

    Making the decision to get sober is, in effect, making the decision to totally transform your entire way of life and way of thinking. In sobriety, you will undergo a total change that involves you ridding yourself of the behaviors and negative thoughts that have, until this point, been preventing you from living a happy and healthy life.

  • How to Handle Sleep Problems in Recovery

    How to Handle Sleep Problems in Recovery

    The first few months of recovering from an addiction can involve a number of difficult withdrawal symptoms as well as physical and emotional problems to overcome. One of the most common complaints among recovering addicts is difficulty sleeping especially in the first few weeks of abstinence.

  • Why an Alcoholic Needs To Be Held Accountable

    Why an Alcoholic Needs To Be Held Accountable

    After an alcoholic finally reaches out for help and enters rehab treatment for their problem, there are a number of important values and skills that they must focus on to remain sober. One of the most crucial aspects of their journey to recovery is to develop accountability not just to their supervisors in treatment but to everyone in their life.

  • What Is Responsible For the Rise of Binge Drinking?

    What Is Responsible For the Rise of Binge Drinking?

    In the past decade, the instances of binge drinking among Americans has risen significantly especially with those who are college students between the ages of 18 and 20. Recent data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism shows that while the incidence of regular drinking has remained stable over the years, there has been a sharp increase in the incidence of binge drinking.

  • Understanding The Stigma Of Relationships In Sobriety

    Understanding The Stigma Of Relationships In Sobriety

    When it comes to relationships while in sobriety, most therapists and counselors recommend that newly recovered addicts abstain from becoming involved in a romantic relationship for at least the first year of sobriety. Because of this, there is a kind of stigma around relationships that exists within the recovery community.

  • 5 Actions to Take When Dealing with a Relapse

    5 Actions to Take When Dealing with a Relapse

    Addiction is a complex issue that can take years to resolve even with the help of professional treatment. Unfortunately, the chance of relapse is high especially in the first few months after completing rehab.

  • Why Escapism is So Attractive to Addicts

    Why Escapism is So Attractive to Addicts

    There are a myriad of factors that can contribute to the development of addiction and some of them are unavoidable such as genetic and psychological vulnerability. However, one of the reasons people begin to drink or use drugs is that their substance abuse serves as a method of escape from reality.

  • Is There Such A Thing As 'Managing Your Drug Use' As An Addict?

    Is There Such A Thing As 'Managing Your Drug Use' As An Addict?

    Addiction is a complex problem of physical and psychological dependence that seems to affect only certain individuals who are vulnerable. For many people who are not vulnerable to addiction, it is possible for them to have minimal contact with drugs or alcohol without losing control and being unable to stop.

  • The Risks of Prescription Treatment for Drug Addiction

    The Risks of Prescription Treatment for Drug Addiction

    Traditional methods of treating alcohol or drug addiction usually take place in recovery programs that focus on psychosocial treatment. Addiction treatment has evolved over time and the most common approaches involve detoxification and abstinence, individual and group counseling and, in many cases, a twelve step or other form of support group.

  • A True Definition of Relapse

    A True Definition of Relapse

    Addiction is a disease that stays with a person for life and is never fully cured but only managed as best as possible. That is why relapse is such a common issue that addicts have to be aware of at all times when they are getting through the initial phases of recovery.

  • Is Mixing Methadone With Other Substances Recovery Russian Roulette?

    Is Mixing Methadone With Other Substances Recovery Russian Roulette?

    One of the available treatments for people suffering from opoid addiction is the use of methadone, a prescription medication that has been in use since the 60s. Using methadone as a means to recover from heroin or painkiller addiction remains a controversial subject because of the many risks involved in using medication as a replacement drug.

  • The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction

    The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction

    Post traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction have a high rate of comorbitity, which means occurring at the same time. In Vietnam veterans, between 60 to 80 percent of those seeking treatment for PTSD also meet the criteria for substance abuse. In the general population, around 30 percent of PTSD sufferers develop drug dependence, and 50 percent develop alcohol dependence.

Detoxification - The First Step in Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol

The first step in achieving long-lasting abstinence from mind-altering drugs and alcohol is detoxification.

Detoxification, or simply detox, refers to the physical purification of the body, or the removal of all mind-altering substances and the residual toxins that upset natural brain and body chemistry.

Since it is extremely difficult to not drink or use other drugs of choice, or to think about drinking or using when the body still contains addictive and damaging chemicals, detoxification from drugs and alcohol is the necessary first step in recovery. Only after the body is cleansed of all foreign substances can the mind choose abstinence each day. Only after the brain is no longer under the influence of any substances can progress be made and change be chosen.

When the use of a drug, including alcohol, is stopped, the body and brain react with what are called withdrawal symptoms. These physical and psychological reactions vary for each mind-altering substance, and require various levels of monitorization.

Detox from alcohol and prescription central nervous system (CNS) depressants can be fatal. The body is unable to handle several aspects of functioning without the influence of at least one of these substances. Therefore, the need for a professional facility, with a staff that constantly monitors each client’s status, is vitally important for people detoxing from alcohol or benzodiazepines, like Valium, Xanax, and Ativan.

Detox from heroin and its pharmaceutical counterparts, opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Norco, is intensely painful. Ongoing care, in a detox facility, can alleviate the majority of discomfort with proper medication management.

When opiate or opioid withdrawal is painful, the easiest way to relieve the symptoms is by using an opiate again. The quickest way to stop the life-threatening effects of alcohol cessation is to drink more alcohol. When detoxification is not completed in a medical facility, the physical risks and the likelihood of drinking or using again are exceptionally high.

Instead, a formal detoxification program will assist with every aspect of the process. Using or drinking again is not an option. With other medications and therapeutic strategies, a detox client will make it through the process successfully.

The objective of medically-monitored detoxification is to clear the mind, reduce the risk of seizure and other adverse withdrawal symptoms, and to start healing the body so that exploring new ways of thinking and behaving without the influence of alcohol and drugs can begin in formal treatment.

To find out where you, or someone you love, can take the first step toward recovery: detoxification, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731.

Detox & Withdrawal Symptoms

Each mind-altering drug, including alcohol, has an equally dangerous set of withdrawal symptoms that occur when the abuse of that drug stops.

When a person’s substance use has progressed to the point of physically and psychologically needing a certain drug, dependence has developed. At this stage, any periods of stopping the drug’s use will cause adverse withdrawal symptoms as the body works to naturally detox, or rid the system of all residual chemicals.

Withdrawal from alcohol and prescription benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan) can be life threatening and require a doctor's supervision. Opiate (heroin, codeine, morphine) and opioid (OxyContin, Vicodin, Norco) withdrawal is painful and difficult to endure, and stimulant (cocaine, methamphetamine, and prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin) withdrawal often leads right back to stimulant use.

Detox symptoms for marijuana create the opposite of the relaxed sedation state sought by the drug’s use. Studies show that detox symptoms for marijuana users include aggression, irritability, and anxiety.

Minor symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, generally occurring when a drinker has consumed alcohol consistently for 7 to 34 days, include:

  1. Rapid pulse
  2. Sweating
  3. Increased body temperature
  4. Hand tremors
  5. Anxiety
  6. Depression
  7. Insomnia
  8. Nausea or vomiting

Major symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, generally occurring when a drinker has consumed alcohol consistently for 48 to 87 consecutive days, include:

  1. Tachycardia (irregular heartbeat)
  2. Transient visual, tactile, or auditory hallucinations and illusions
  3. Psychomotor agitation
  4. Grand mal seizures
  5. Delirium tremens
  6. Coma
  7. Death

 

These central nervous system depressants, or sedative-hypnotics, are pharmaceutically manufactured to mimic the effects of alcohol. Most commonly, Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and Ativan, create major problems when short-term use, as recommended by a doctor to address a real physical need, progresses to abuse and to physical dependence, or addiction.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms include:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Recurrence and magnification of the symptoms the drug was attempting to treat
  3. Intense drug craving
  4. Headaches
  5. Tremors and muscle twitches
  6. Nausea and vomiting
  7. Restlessness
  8. Tachycardia (irregular heartbeat)
  9. Cramping
  10. Hypertension
  11. Inability to focus
  12. Sleep disturbances
  13. Dizziness
  14. Temporary loss of vision, hearing, or smell
  15. Hallucinations
  16. Seizure
  17. Coma
  18. Death

 

Your muscles are like wrenching, your entire digestive tract is going crazy. Stomach cramps, but not just stomach cramps, also diarrhea. Everything that can go wrong with your intestinal tract happens. Your legs, you kick constantly; that’s why I think they call it ‘kicking.’ Your legs will jerk and kick uncontrollably. You have insomnia. You vomit, have sweats, and what else, oh yeah, the craziness, delirium.

Opiate and opioid withdrawal symptoms include:

  1. Bone, joint, and muscular pain
  2. Insomnia
  3. Anxiety
  4. Sweating
  5. Runny nose
  6. Stomach cramps and vomiting
  7. Diarrhea
  8. Anorexia
  9. Flu-like symptoms
  10. High blood pressure
  11. Rapid pulse and tachycardia
  12. Coughing
  13. Excessive yawning
  14. Dilated pupils and watery eyes
  15. Hyperreflexia
  16. Muscle cramps
  17. Fever, chills, and goosebumps

 

When the repeated use of cocaine, crack cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, and prescription stimulants stop, the following symptoms can occur:

  1. Anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure)
  2. Anergia (complete lack of energy)
  3. Emotional depression
  4. Loss of motivation
  5. Anxiety
  6. Vivid and unpleasant dreams
  7. Insomnia
  8. Increased appetite
  9. Psychomotor agitation
  10. Intense drug craving

 

Finding a proper detoxification center is important in managing the painful and potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms of any mind-altering, and highly-addictive, drug. To find the detox center that is right for you, or for someone you know, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 today!

Rapid Detox for Opiate and Opioid Addicts

80% of rapid detox clients relapse within six months when other forms of therapeutic healing were not added to the treatment plan.

Rapid detox has become a popular method used for opiate and opioid detoxification. In a medically-monitored facility, a trained staff administers naltrexone, and other pharmaceutical drugs, to a heavily-sedated client. The idea is to avoid the pain of opiate and opioid detox so that the client has no reason to return to drug use.

While rapid detox does help heroin and prescription opiate abusers get past the physical withdrawal symptoms faster than they might otherwise, the procedure does not address the underlying issues of addiction. Another limitation of rapid detox is that the process does not completely remove the long-term symptoms of opiate and opioid withdrawal, such as continued insomnia, diarrhea, and psychological dependence on the drug of choice.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), who sets the criteria for substance abuse and addiction disorders, does not condone rapid detox as comprehensive treatment for opiate or opioid abuse or addiction. Up to 80% of rapid detox clients relapse within six months when other forms of therapeutic intervention, formal treatment, and proper healing were also taking place.

While rapid detox promises to avoid the uncomfortable and painful withdrawal symptoms by putting the patient under anesthesia and blocking opiate receptors in the brain, studies show that the body is unable to recover that quickly from opiate dependence anyway. Rapid detox fails to address the core psychological issues that drive opiate and opioid addiction, and therefore, provides as much actual treatment as a band-aid would on a gunshot wound.

Rapid detox may serve as the very first step in the successful recovery process from opiate and opioid addiction, but many other methods of treatment are also needed to ensure long-term sobriety from all mind-altering substances.

To find out more, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731. Our team will connect you with the detoxification center and formal rehab facilities that are best for your unique case. Call today!

Alcohol & Liver Detoxification

Alcohol detox has been the hardest thing I’ve had to do, but the alternative is worse.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 15-20% of primary care and hospitalized patients have medical complications due to alcohol dependence. Dependence occurs when the body adapts to the continued presence of alcohol and adapts chemically. When alcohol is removed for any period of time, the body will react strongly in a negative way.

A 34-year-old recovering alcoholic shares his experience with alcohol withdrawal and detoxification:

I was very sick - very nauseous, pains in my stomach, headaches, shaking, filled with sheer terror. I’ve never known fear like that in my life. This has been the hardest thing I’ve had to do, but the alternative is worse.

Alcohol detoxification is the process of cleansing the body of all remaining chemicals left from heavy alcohol consumption. Participation in an alcohol detox program is the essential beginning to treatment for alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

When carried out in a controlled environment, in a licensed treatment facility, alcohol detox is safe and effective. An alcohol abuser or addict should never attempt alcohol detox on his or her own. The complications of alcohol detox can be life threatening and should always be monitored by a medical doctor and other highly-trained staff members.

With an initial assessment to address any immediate withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol detox, a treatment team can use the amount and frequency of alcohol consumption to determine what to expect and how to best treat each individual case of alcohol detox.

Since alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from mild afflictions, such as insomnia and shakes, to more serious symptoms, such as seizures, delirium tremens, and hallucinations, ongoing attention is vital.

In addition, with any extended abuse of alcohol, the liver has been greatly affected. The scarring of the liver, called cirrhosis, is common among alcoholics, and is only able to stop getting worse when alcohol use stops and when the liver is able to detox. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that approximately 12,000 people die each year from alcohol-induced cirrhosis, and about 2.5 times more men die from liver cirrhosis than women.

The liver needs time to rid itself of the residual chemicals left from years of alcohol abuse. Since this vital organ serves as a filter, every episode of drinking has further damaged its ability to protect the body from other harmful substances. With alcohol and liver detox, the damage can stop, and in some cases, begin to repair.

To find the best facility for your alcohol and liver detox, or that of someone you love, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 today!

Drug & Prescription Drug Detoxification

Highly-addictive drugs make detox difficult to sustain. Cravings are intense, and the brain does not want to live without the drug of choice. Example: “I’ve seen people in jail shoot their own urine to try and get the heroin out of the urine that’s left in there.”

Drug detoxification is the process of ridding the body and brain of harmful residual toxins from extended periods of drug abuse and addiction. Drug detox is the first step in a comprehensive treatment plan offered to address and treat the true reasons for use, abuse, and addiction of mind-altering substances. 

The use of any drug on a regular basis alters brain chemistry that then affects the entire body’s functioning. Drug detox is necessary to restore the natural balance of brain and body chemistry.

The procedure involved in drug detox depends on the drug of choice, but should always include medical supervision. A combination of vitamins and non-addictive prescription medications are often needed to stabilize the body from the consequences of withdrawal symptoms. In order for drug detox to be successful, the withdrawal symptoms must be managed.

While the process of actual detox is not different for a legal versus illegal drug, each person responds differently to cessation from each type of drug.

The physical and psychological craving for cocaineand crack cocaine make the detoxification process extremely difficult to endure and sustain. To illustrate the power of these stimulants, this 65-year-old recovering crack addict shares his experience:

I got shot in the leg. I have a bullet in my leg now. I was bleeding to death, and the only thing I wanted to do was smoke cocaine. I told my buddy, ‘Come on give me a hit, give me a hit.’ I am smoking the pipe, the pipe is full of blood. I am smoking, trying to get high, and here I am about to bleed to death.

When someone does not care about his or her own life, the ability to make it through painful withdrawal symptoms is limited. Consequently, the medically-monitored process of detox must be accompanied by therapy to assist addicts in a return to self-worth. Without a purpose, life will inevitably return to drug addiction.

The same is true for opiates, like heroin, morphine, and codeine. One recovering heroin addict shares his experience with the difficulty he’s seen in staying clean from opiates:

I have at times wished I was dead. That’s how severe it would be. I’ve seen people in jail try to hang themselves. I’ve seen people in jail shoot their own urine to try and get the heroin out of the urine that’s left in there.

Another example:

People who do heroin aren’t worried about dying because like if three people die from a new batch of heroin, everybody wants to know where they are getting that heroin so they can go get some because it’s the best and they figure they will just do a little less.

Successfully completing drug detox, and staying clean from all drugs, takes work with a medically-monitored detoxification program immediately followed by an inpatient treatment program.

Prescription drug abuse and addiction have reached epidemic rates, so proper detoxification methods and treatment are constantly being improved. Just like with cocaine and heroin, staying clean from all prescription drugs is exceptionally difficult when physical or psychological dependence on the drug has developed.

Opioids (Vicodin, Norco, OxyContin), stimulants (Ritalin and Adderall), and central nervous system depressants (Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, and Xanax) are the most commonly abused prescription drugs, and require prescription drug detox and formal treatment.

These prescription drugs are just as addictive as the illicit drugs they were created to mimic.

An example of the hold prescription drugs have on a user’s life is the experience of this 43-year-old recovering Darvon addict:

After seven years of doing Darvon, I started having withdrawals after three to four hours from the last pill that I had taken, so I was addicted to my watch. Then it got to where it was like two hours, so I needed like 14 or 16 Darvon to get through the day.

Another example from a 37-year-old recovering prescription opioid addict shows just how hard it is to experience withdrawal from Vicodin or OxyContin, and why many attempts at quitting end in relapse:

I had been masking the pain for so long that I didn’t know how much pain I had or didn’t have, and when I didn’t really have pain, per se, that was pathological. I couldn’t deal with the slightest thing without drugs.

To find out how you, or someone you love, can stop using any illicit or pharmaceutical drug, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 today. No one can do it alone. We have the proper referrals to detox and formal treatment centers that can break the cycle of abuse in your life. Call now!

Detoxification Centers & Formal Drug and Alcohol Treatment

The proverbial “rock bottom” is one way addicts get into treatment, but a medical condition, a legal consequence, or the loss of employment or of an important relationship does not need to happen to sustain a new life of recovery from drugs and alcohol.

The main reason drug and alcohol abusers and addicts finally choose to get clean is the aftermath of a majorly adverse life consequence. The proverbial “rock bottom” is one way addicts get into treatment. After a crisis occurs, like vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, a sentence of jail time, an irreversible medical diagnosis, or the loss of employment or of an important relationship, can trigger the admittance of a problem and the need for formal rehab.

Detoxification is the first step in effective substance abuse treatment. After the body and brain are free from all harmful toxins, the true work can begin. The brain is working on homeostasis, or the return to a balance of neurotransmitters that regulate mood, energy levels, sleeping and eating patterns, and clear thinking. The body is learning how to function without drugs and alcohol, and the individual is making choices that keep him or her clean and sober.

When detoxification ends, the best route is a direct admittance to a formal inpatient, residential  treatment program. At this level of care, clients live and participate in therapeutic services at the same location. Clients are monitored and accounted for twenty-hours a day without any access to mind-altering substances, unless the individual chooses to leave the premises and to forego treatment.

New ways of coping without substances are introduced and practiced. Individual therapy sessions foster the creation of a treatment plan that can be evaluated and revised during each one-on-one session to ensure progress and growth while in treatment. Additionally, peer process groups hold clients accountable, offer a time to share difficult emotions, and can boost self-esteem when advice can be offered to another client based on one’s own experiences.

Generally 30, 60, 90, or 180 days are spent in the inpatient level of care before a client is ready to move on. The next step down can be to an outpatient substance abuse program that still follows the same treatment model, but offers more freedom and autonomy for newly recovering addicts and alcoholics. While some outpatient programs offer an accompanying sober living facility, often clients live off-site without twenty-four-hour monitorization. Clients must then choose to stay clean and sober, to attend outpatient services, and to form a sober network or community for ongoing support.

To begin the recovery process for you, or for someone you love, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731. With referrals to detoxification, inpatient, and outpatient substance abuse programs, you or your loved one can break the cycle of addiction and choose a new life!