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  • Is Kratom a Substitute for Opiates or a Tool For Getting Clean?

    Is Kratom a Substitute for Opiates or a Tool For Getting Clean?

    Opiate abuse is one of the fastest growing and most deadly diseases currently facing the United States. Each year, thousands of people overdose on heroin or prescription opiates, and despite the best efforts of law enforcement and public health officials, opiate addiction continues to be on the steady incline.

  • Recognizing the Signs of Active Alcoholism

    Recognizing the Signs of Active Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is a disease that strikes people of all ages and from all walks of life. Like all addictions, alcohol often leads the person who is suffering from alcoholism to deliberately conceal their alcohol abuse from others. Many loved ones may also not be entirely aware of what constitutes alcoholism, and whether their loved one is truly suffering from alcohol addiction.

  • How valuable is Methadone Treatment to Opioid Addicts?

    How valuable is Methadone Treatment to Opioid Addicts?

    Prescription drug abuse, of opioid painkillers especially, is a very fast rising form of drug addiction, claiming more lives then any other form of preventable death. Even when these prescriptions are not deliberately misused, they can easily become addictive, and often have a long and painful withdraw process.

  • What is Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Aim to Prevent

    What is Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Aim to Prevent

    In an effort to identify instances of prescription drug abuse and reduce the cases of addiction, prescription drug monitoring programs are sharing prescription records with doctors and pharmacists in other states. A prescription drug monitoring program is a statewide electronic database which collects designated data on prescribed substances that are dispensed within the state.

  • Veterans with PTSD More Likely to Be Prescribed Painkillers

    Veterans with PTSD More Likely to Be Prescribed Painkillers

    The men and women who serve in the military may return home as heroes but they are often dealing with a myriad of problems after completing their service. Veterans often must cope with severe pain because of combat-related injuries and mental health problems such as PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Practicing Tough Love with an Alcoholic

    Practicing Tough Love with an Alcoholic

    Seeing someone you really care about in the middle of something as intensely all consuming and harmful as an alcohol addiction can sometimes be excruciatingly painful. A life built around nothing but drinking can brings a lot of harm with it.

  • State of New York Publishes Site to help Struggling Opioid Addicts

    State of New York Publishes Site to help Struggling Opioid Addicts

    The misuse and addiction of opioid painkillers is one of the most rapidly growing and serious drug addiction epidemics to plague the United States. The state of New York, which has the country's third highest population, has not been immune to the problems associated with this ongoing and growing drug problem.

  • The Mental Aspect of Getting Clean and Sober

    The Mental Aspect of Getting Clean and Sober

    Getting sober is an act of total mental transformation. When you are actively using drugs and alcohol, it is easy for your brain to become accustomed to thinking in terms of using and maintaining a constant desire to keep finding and consuming drugs or alcohol.

  • Dealing with Alcohol in the House as an Alcoholic

    Dealing with Alcohol in the House as an Alcoholic

    Once an alcohol leaves their rehab program, they still face many challenges in maintaining their sobriety and continue to struggle to live their alcohol and drug-free lifestyle. If you are an alcoholic and you are moving back home with your family then you will have to take some time discuss the changes you have made with everyone in the household.

  • Benzodiazepine Etizolam Creating a Buzz Amongst Teens

    Benzodiazepine Etizolam Creating a Buzz Amongst Teens

    A new legal research drug known as Etizolam has become a target for the DEA due to its increasing abuse among teens in the U.S. Although the benzodiazepine analog can be dangerous it is currently legal to sell because of the way it is manufactured.

  • Liam Neeson Speaks about His Sobriety While Working on New Movie

    Liam Neeson Speaks about His Sobriety While Working on New Movie

    Newly sober actor Liam Neeson has opened up recently about his decision to quit drinking and the positive effect it has already had on his life. The action star is currently working on his new movie, "Taken 2" the sequel to the popular film that breathed new life into his career.

  • Take a Look at the Psychological Effects of Your Drinking

    Take a Look at the Psychological Effects of Your Drinking

    Alcoholism would not exist unless alcohol produced some "good feelings," or states of being that may seem fun, desirable, or a numbing of unresolved pain. However, a closer look at the psychological effects of drinking paint a much more complex and potentially dangerous picture.

  • Xenoport and NIAAA Collaborating on Alcoholism Treatment

    Xenoport and NIAAA Collaborating on Alcoholism Treatment

    The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse is working in cooperation with the pharmaceutical company Xenoport on a collaborative study that will examine the effectiveness of extended release tablets designed to treat individuals who are addicted to alcohol. This is one of many recent clinical studies that are examining whether certain drugs may be an effective means of helping alcoholics to deal with some of the physiological effects of withdrawing from alcohol.

  • Understanding What Hallucinogens Do to the Brain

    Understanding What Hallucinogens Do to the Brain

    Hallucinogenic drugs like LSD create an immediate effect on the brain and when used frequently enough can also cause long term problems. Hallucinogens work by altering a person's perception of reality at times causing hallucinations or other alterations of the senses.

  • 5 Reasons High Functioning Alcoholics still Find Their Bottom Eventually

    5 Reasons High Functioning Alcoholics still Find Their Bottom Eventually

    There is a stereotype of "alcoholics" that is often untrue and unhelpful, of violent and impoverished people who spend all of their days too drunk to function. The truth is that there are many people, called high functioning alcoholics, with out of control drinking who are nevertheless able to maintain a presentable face to the world, having a life that, to an outsider, looks good.

  • Ultra Potent New Research Chemical Benzo Flubromazepam

    Ultra Potent New Research Chemical Benzo Flubromazepam

    Benzodiazepines are a type of tranquilizer drug that is available as prescription medication but also in the form of research chemicals for experimentation and study. A new benzodiazepine derivative known as Flubromazepam has entered the market recently and is being sold in internet shops as a research chemical.

  • NFL Revises Drug Use Policy

    NFL Revises Drug Use Policy

    Athletes' careers depend on taking care of their bodies, so that they continue to perform well. Yet sometimes, professional players can get so confident in their own abilities and invincibility that they engage in reckless decisions to engage in substance abuse.

  • Why Alcoholism and Anorexia are Common in Young Adults

    Why Alcoholism and Anorexia are Common in Young Adults

    Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by tight control over eating, to the point of avoiding food and an obsession with weight. Alcoholism is characterized by an out-of-control consumption of alcoholic beverages, drinking to the point of getting drunk compulsively.

  • 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.

  • Amanda Bynes Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

    Amanda Bynes Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

    Child actor Amanda Bynes has run into legal trouble yet again after she was arrested on suspicion of a DUI in Sherman Oaks, CA. The young starlet was taken into custody after police arrested her for not being able to pass a field sobriety test.

  • 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.

  • What You Need To Know About Methadone Maintenance

    What You Need To Know About Methadone Maintenance

    If you have been considering methadone treatment, or if you are an addict who is ready to seek help for your addiction to heroin or opiates, there are a few things you should know about methadone and a methadone maintenance program. Methadone maintenance can be a highly effective way of recovering from addiction, but there are risks inherent to methadone use that you should be aware of before you begin treatment.

  • 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.

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!