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Can You Quit Drinking Alcohol Cold Turkey?

October 12th, 2019|

cold turkey INFORMAL noun the abrupt and complete cessation of taking a drug to which one is addicted. "I had to go cold turkey" adverb: NORTH AMERICAN in a sudden and abrupt manner. "I had to quit drinking cold turkey" If you or a family member, or a loved one, or if, even, a friend is considering going “cold turkey” as the means to finally quit drinking, our clear advice is to think again. Seriously, think again. Change your mind or change theirs. The abrupt withdrawal someone undergoes from excessive alcohol consumption is not only

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Understanding National Recovery Month 2019 in Idaho

September 27th, 2019|

“During Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month and throughout the year, let us remember those who have bravely conquered their addiction. We also pray for those currently suffering so they may, through effective treatment and the strength of family and friends, transform their lives.”  ~ President Donald Trump If you or someone you care about has ever struggled with a Substance Use Disorder or any kind of mental illness,  National Recovery Day 2019 is dedicated to YOU. Now in its 30th year, National Recovery Month is a 30-day observance held  every September in the

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What Being Addicted to Triple C Means for Your Life

August 28th, 2019|

“I’ve had the time to go through all the life phases with my parents, from being a bratty teenager, pushing them away, to saying later on, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe what you did for me – thank you. I love you so much.’” ~ Marcia Cross In this post, we turn to the question of what being addicted to Triple C means for your life or the life of your loved ones. At this point, you may be wondering what Triple C even is, or whether it is even a drug. This is

Klonopin High: The Ins and Outs of This Dangerous Addiction

June 3rd, 2019|

Klonopin is one of the most dangerous and difficult drugs to be addicted to. And doctors are prescribing thousands of pills daily. What drugs do you think of when you consider the most brutal addictions? Painkillers? Heroin? Meth? Crack? All of the above are vicious addictions to live with. However, addicts continue to fall victim to a wider variety of pharmaceuticals than before. When taken in excess, different psychiatric medications produce significant highs in the user. Adderall is a common example of a psychiatric medication used to excess. However, one medication, in particular, is

15 Drugs You Should Never Mix With Alcohol

June 1st, 2019|

Mixing alcohol and drugs is never a good idea. Whether they are over-the-counter prescription meds or illegal drugs, taking them with booze can have fatal consequences. There’s a reason why prescription medication packages are marked with a “DO NOT MIX WITH ALCOHOL” label—it’s dangerous. Mixing medicine and alcohol can have all kinds of negative side effects. Unfortunately, many people overlook this. Maybe they’re having too much fun at a party and decide to pop a few pills while they’re already drunk. Maybe they take prescription medication and forget that they can’t drink booze. Or,

Desoxyn—The Legal Methamphetamine You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

May 31st, 2019|

Should we be more concerned about Desoxyn—the prescription methamphetamine with a high potential for abuse? Every day, there is another news story about the ongoing opioid epidemic, but while all the focus is on painkillers, there are other prescription medications—like Desoxyn—that are being abused. How bad is the problem? According to the most recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are actually MORE treatment admissions for amphetamine-class drugs than there are for prescription painkillers. Dr. Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has written that up

The Dark, Final, End Stage of Alcoholism

May 19th, 2019|

Untreated alcoholism is a terminal disease comprised of four stages--the fourth being the end. According to the NIAAA, an estimated 88,000 people (62,000 men and 26,000 women) die annually from alcohol-related deaths. This makes alcoholism the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. End-stage alcoholism carries defining physical markers and symptoms. Though it is not irreversible, it is very difficult to treat and has a high mortality rate. There are many ways it can kill, and most involve a significant amount of suffering. There is always hope though. Addiction-related medicine and

Subutex: This Opioid Replacement Therapy is Highly Effective As a Treatment For Opioid Addiction

May 17th, 2019|

By now, most Americans know that opioid addiction is ravaging the country. Millions of Americans are addicted to opiates like heroin, Morphine, and Codeine, and synthetic opioids like Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Fentanyl. Opioid Addiction Has Taken America By Storm And The Individual Addict Still Suffers The problem is so devastating, President Donald Trump recently declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. Since then, the federal government has promised to allocated millions of dollars to solving the problem. In the meantime, men and women of all ages from all walks of life continue

18 Tips for Stopping (Tapering off) Suboxone Successfully

May 13th, 2019|

Suboxone tapering is the process of getting off of Suboxone at a slow and comfortable rate. Initially, Suboxone is prescribed for opioid/opiate addicts to assist with withdrawals or to replace their opioid addiction.  Suboxone is sometimes used in the short-term during detox and sometimes longer for those who are at high risk for relapse.  Many people in recovery want to eventually taper off of Suboxone so they are no longer dependent on it (as it’s an opioid itself). There is a misconception about Suboxone though and before taking it, you should know the facts.

Sinner or Saint: Long-Term Effects of Suboxone Use

May 11th, 2019|

The question surrounding suboxone is a simple one: Is it a good idea to treat opioid addiction with another opioid? Opioid abuse is well-known as a scourge across the country by those addicted to them, as well as police, doctors, rehab facilities, and even the federal government. It’s a public health emergency that kills tens of thousands of people each year, and appears to only be getting worse. Of course, because opioid abuse has become such a major problem, there is, obviously, a number of counter-strategies to help fight this epidemic. While behavioral therapy

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