Drug & Alcohol Detox

3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of

August 10th, 2018|

The concept of a gateway drug is not new. 3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of Most people have heard of the idea but may not know which substances qualify as gateway drugs. It is important for everyone to be wary of gateway drugs. Part of this means understanding the risk factors of addiction and the slow progression toward physical dependence. This brief guide addresses three of the most common gateway drugs that anyone should be wary of: Alcohol Marijuana Prescription medication. These are the three most common gateway drugs. They are

244 Medications That Should Never Be Mixed with Alcohol

July 4th, 2017|

Could your drinking be interfering with your prescription medications? According to a 2015 study by the National Institutes of Health, more than 4 out of 10 adults in the United States take medications that interact with alcohol. That figure goes up among for people over 65, where 78% of those who drink use alcohol-interactive prescription medications. Improperly or carelessly mixing alcohol and the drugs you take can have significant effects on your health, ranging from relatively minor (headaches, nausea, dizziness, etc.) to so severe as to be life-threatening (breathing difficulties, internal bleeding, organ damage, etc.).

Four Differences: Substance Abuse vs. Addiction

June 28th, 2017|

“We know that you use substances to alter your mood, to cover up your sadness, to ease your heartbreak, to lighten your stress load, to blur your painful memories, to escape your hurtful reality, or to make your unbearable days or nights bearable.” ~ Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure Four Differences: Substance Abuse vs. Addiction There is often confusion between substance abuse versus substance addiction. Both abuse and addiction present a whole host of social, psychological and physical problems for the person who is struggling with these facets of substance use. However,

How Do I Know if I’m Really an Addict?

June 20th, 2017|

“Life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps you take toward your goal, whatever it is, whether it’s giving up something, a terrible addiction or trying to work your way through an illness. When you total up those baby steps you’d be amazed over the course of ten years, the strides you’ve taken.” ~ Hoda Kotb It is not always easy to recognize addiction, which leaves many people asking: how do I know if I’m really an addict? Addiction can take on many

Powerful Tips for Avoiding Relapse

June 16th, 2017|

If you have recently started (or you are thinking about starting) recovery from addiction, you are understandably looking for the most powerful tips for avoiding relapse during this recovery process. The reality of addiction is that at least half of those who enter recovery will relapse at some point. This means that they will fall back into their old habits, whether that means heavy drinking or abusing drugs. While this relapse statistic may appear disheartening at first, it is important to understand that addiction is a very powerful disease. A fifty-percent relapse rate should actually

Why The First 90 Days Of Recovery Is So Vital To Long-Term Sobriety

June 12th, 2017|

The first 90 days of your recovery is unquestionably the most important part of your addiction recovery process. There just is no doubt. For starters, if your first 90 days of recovery don’t go well, you may not get to day 91. You’ll be too busy starting over again from day 1. Relapse is at its highest rate during the first three months of recovery. Everything will be at greatest risk, including your overall health. As a result, this is the time in your recovery when it is absolutely the most vital to take good

Post Acute Withdrawal: Detox Part Deux

January 13th, 2017|

“What breaks you down is not the amount of pressure you feel at one time, but it’s the way you perceive and handle it.” ~ Ashish Patel No one has ever said that recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is an easy process. While the end result – sobriety - is more than worth all of the effort and discomfort during detoxification, the road to recovery is filled with challenges. Keeping your calm, your optimism, and your determination during recovery requires having realistic expectations of what is to come. While many have a general understanding

Quitting Drugs or Alcohol: What Happens When I Go Cold Turkey?

April 24th, 2016|

It is very common for people to consider going cold turkey when quitting drugs or alcohol. Perhaps you’ve found this page because you’re considering doing the same thing; you’re just not sure if it’s a good idea or you need more information. It’s important to know what happens when you go cold turkey as opposed to going through some type of drug detox or alcohol detox. You might have a lot of questions, such as: Should I consider drug treatment in Idaho after I go cold turkey? Do I really need addiction treatment if I want to