Drug Detox

Why Don’t ERs Offer Addiction Treatment?

January 23rd, 2019|

“Research shows that people who have had an overdose are more likely to have another. Emergency department education and post-overdose protocols, including providing naloxone and linking people to treatment, are critical needs.” ~ Dr. Alana Vivolo-Kantor, Ph.D., Behavioral Scientist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control In 2017, over 72,000 Americans died because of fatal drug overdoses. And for every death, there are estimated to be at least 30 overdoses where the victims survived.  Importantly, when you factor in other health problems such as infections, disease, injuries, and self-harm resulting from substance abuse, it

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

December 21st, 2017|

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

How to Best Use MAT Drugs (Medication-Assisted Treatment) in Addiction Recovery

November 10th, 2017|

Therapy known as MAT (medication-assistant treatment) receives a mixed bag of reviews. MATs are quite often used as part of the treatment plan for opioid, alcohol and substance abuse disorders. Some people have the opinion that you’re trading one addiction for another. Others believe that these medications can be helpful when used properly and in conjunction with evidence-based therapies. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), believes that using FDA- approved medications responsibly can be effective in treating addiction. Their conclusion comes from research that proves the theory of efficacy. There are certain

18 Tips for Stopping (Tapering off) Suboxone Successfully

November 5th, 2017|

Suboxone tapering is the process of getting off of Suboxone at a slow and comfortable rate. 18 Tips for Stopping (Tapering off) Suboxone Successfully 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

Withdrawal Timelines: A Handbook

October 16th, 2017|

  When it comes to withdrawing from drugs and alcohol, the number one question people want an answer to when they get clean is….. how long is this gonna take? Want to understand withdrawal? Look no further. This tell-it-like-it-is handbook offers a guide to understanding this painful process, complete with withdrawal timelines for the most commonly used drugs. The Disease of Addiction and its Relationship to Withdrawal Whether you’re smoking weed or shooting heroin, when you stop using your drug of choice, know this: there will be hell to pay.

Are There Any Problems With Methadone Treatment?

October 10th, 2017|

Opioid addiction is on the rise. Methadone maintenance is also growing. Opioids are street drugs like heroin and painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services says our country is having an opioid crisis. Methadone can be used to treat this addiction. But there are pros and cons to using it. This post can help you decide if methadone treatment is right for you. You’ll also learn about other opioid addiction treatment options. Looking at every option is ideal for recovery. This post covers pros and cons of all

How Long Do the Top 10 Most Addictive Substances Stay in Your System?

October 7th, 2017|

How Long Do the Top 10 Most Addictive Substances Stay in Your System? This article includes a list of the top 10 most addictive drugs and explains how long it takes for them to get out of your system. We also provide some important information about withdrawal. As the Drugs Leave Your Body, Expect to Go Through Withdrawal Withdrawal or “detox” is the process your body goes through as addictive substances leave your body. You should be informed about the process of withdrawal if you want to know how long it will take for

Drug-Induced Psychosis and How You Can Recover

August 9th, 2017|

Psychosis is one of the most serious side effects and results of heavy drug usage. Learn more about drug-induced psychosis and how to recover. When 1 in 10 individuals 12 years of age and older in the United States report illicit drug use in the last month, it’s safe to say recreational drugs are popular in America. Any illicit drug means any illicit drug: the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2015 study took into account every illicit drug possible. 1 in 10 individuals in the past month have used either: Marijuana Cocaine (including crack)

Methadone Treatment: The Good, Bad and The Ugly

May 4th, 2017|

He’s halfway sick and halfway stoned. He’d sure like to kick, but he’s too far gone. So they wind him down with methadone. ~ James Taylor, “A Junkie’s Lament” Methadone Treatment: The Good, Bad and The Ugly Methadone treatment for heroin and opioid addiction recovery has become increasingly popularized since it was first introduced as a treatment option around half a century ago. Many people on the path to recovery use methadone around the country to help manage the withdrawal symptoms associated with drug rehab and addiction treatment. There is one clear benefit to

Sinner or Saint: Long-Term Effects of Suboxone Use

March 12th, 2017|

The question surrounding suboxone is a simple one: Is it a good idea to treat opioid addiction with another opioid? Sinner or Saint: Long-Term Effects of Suboxone Use 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