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Role of Medications in Detox

2023-07-03T18:20:23-04:00June 12, 2023|Addiction Recovery, Addiction Treatment, Detox, Mental Health|

In a world that bombards us with temptations and trials, the battle against alcohol and drug addiction can be a challenging one. Fortunately, a beacon of hope shines through: Drug and Alcohol detox medications. These FDA-approved substances, designed to ease the harrowing withdrawal symptoms and recovery, are the first stepping stones towards a life of sobriety and renewed vitality. Here are some of the most commonly used ones! Benzodiazepines for Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox Alcohol withdrawal can be challenging and lead to alarming symptoms, such as seizures and delirium tremens. Doctors often prescribe Benzodiazepines, like diazepam and lorazepam, as a standard practice when someone is undergoing alcohol detoxification. These medications help alleviate feelings of anxiety, minimize the risk of seizures, [...]

Withdrawal Doesn’t Need to be Painful

2023-01-09T14:02:50-05:00November 28, 2022|Addiction Treatment, Detox|

One of the biggest fears of anyone dealing with an addiction or substance use disorder is the fear of a painful withdrawal. Many types of drugs and alcohol will cause withdrawal, and withdrawals are often thought of as physical symptoms, but can also be mental and emotional for a person who is stopping the use of substances. The fear of a painful withdrawal experience can keep a person using drugs and alcohol for many years. What is Withdrawal and What Substances Cause Withdrawal Symptoms? Withdrawal is the physical and mental symptoms that occur after a person stops or reduces the intake of drugs and/or alcohol. The substances most often considered when thinking about physical withdrawal are: alcohol opioids like [...]

Can I Take Time Off Work to Go to Detox?

2022-08-30T10:55:07-04:00July 27, 2022|Addiction Treatment|

One of the most asked questions by someone calling to seek help from a drug and alcohol detox facility or treatment center is regarding taking time off work in order to get the necessary help they need. Employment or work, for good reason, is often a barrier for individuals seeking help from addiction in actually accepting help and entering a detox, rehab, or treatment center. There are a number of reasons that employment or work might be a barrier. First, the individual may be in fear of losing pay. Their salary or hourly wage may be imperative for them to live. They may be the sole breadwinner of the household for the family, or they may be a single parent [...]

Patient Experiences at a Drug and Alcohol Detox

2023-06-13T16:20:24-04:00July 12, 2022|Addiction Recovery, Addiction Treatment|

Detox is often the necessary first step for an individual when seeking addiction treatment services and beginning a journey of recovery. However, most people feel anxiety, fear, nervousness, and trepidation in making the leap and admitting to a detox. Fear of withdrawal, fear of sobriety, fear of necessary changes in their life- all of these are normal concerns. It is important to know that detox offers a safe, supportive environment where individuals can go, confidentially, receive dignity and respect, and get supported 24/7 by medical and clinical professionals through comfortable detox process.   However, it can also be helpful for individuals in need of detox and addiction treatment, who are seeking help or searching for detox and treatment options, to [...]

Can You Detox from Technology?

2022-06-07T20:17:32-04:00May 10, 2022|Addiction Treatment, Mental Health|

There have been a massive number of stories in the media over the last few weeks detailing the mental health concerns of teenagers and young adults, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The largest culprit mentioned for this decline in the mental health conditions and resiliency of American youth is technology. Specifically, the constant use of smart phones, gaming devices, social media, and other technology.   There is no doubt that as a society, we are more connected than we’ve ever been, while at the same time, feeling more disconnected.   This paradox stems from technology and our constant access to it: We have 24/7 access to information and communication, yet at the same time, or even because of it, as [...]

Innovo Detox: A Place to Recharge and Renew

2022-03-16T20:05:25-04:00March 14, 2022|Addiction Treatment|

All too often rehabs and addiction treatment facilities promote themselves as spa like atmospheres, enticing patients and clients with fancy amenities. It is vital that when a potential patient or loved ones are searching for a detox or rehab to above all else make sure that the chosen facility is able to appropriately and effectively meet the individual’s medical and clinical needs.   Detox and rehab are not vacations. They are interventions and experiences that stop the use of drugs and alcohol and begin to delve into the underlying reasons someone is suffering from addiction or substance use disorder. They are the first steps in what is hopefully a journey of recovery. There is important, serious work that a patient [...]

Treating Chronic Pain

2022-03-16T20:14:19-04:00March 7, 2022|Addiction Treatment|

Chronic pain is an issue recently at the forefront of addiction treatment. As America’s opioid epidemic increased and got worse, government and public health officials began to call for greater scrutiny on prescribing practices, especially the prescribing of dangerous opioids. Overtime, prescribing methods began to catch up with the overprescribing of opioids, with less and less opioids prescribed for patients dealing with acute medical conditions and alternative methods considered for patients that could avoid the prescribing of opioids. However, it seems that an unintended consequence of trying to get America’s arms around the opioid crisis was that chronic pain patients, having been prescribed opioids for many years, were seemingly cut off from medications they had been taking for a long [...]

The Synergy of a Drug and Alcohol Detox Staff

2021-09-29T20:46:43-04:00August 23, 2021|Addiction Treatment|

When people think of going to detox for drugs and alcohol, typically the obvious thing they think about is the process of detox and the medications used to help them go through detox with manageable withdrawal symptoms. For many, detox is simply a process of going through withdrawals while safely and effectively medicated, to stop using dangerous drugs and alcohol and reach a place of feeling physically better. And, in a general sense, it is.   However, detox is also a vital first step in what should be a long-term process of recovery and an on-going process of healing. Addiction, alcoholism, and substance use disorder is often a long and arduous journey undertaken by an individual against their will. They [...]

The Most Commonly Abused Over-The-Counter Medications (OTC Medications)

2023-12-12T11:40:08-05:00April 19, 2021|Addiction Treatment, Uncategorized|

The ability for individuals to access and use over-the-counter (OTC) medications (also known as nonprescription medication) to treat symptoms without a prescription offers many benefits to everyday consumers dealing with regular health concerns. Some examples of OTC medications that can be purchased without a prescription are pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), cough suppressants like Robitussin, antihistamines like Claritin, antacids, laxatives, and diarrhea remedies like Immodium A-D and Pepto-Bismol. These commonly purchased over-the-counter medicines treat the symptoms of many illnesses that don’t require the help of a doctor and are often used to appropriately treat symptoms such as minor aches and pains, fever, diarrhea, symptoms of the common cold, sore throat, and allergies. However, while many OTC [...]

Detox, Treatment and Addiction Recovery: The Best Holiday Gift You Can Give a Loved One

2021-01-13T18:34:41-05:00December 1, 2020|Addiction Treatment, Detox|

While many of us are currently finishing our Thanksgiving leftovers and simultaneously planning our Christmas decorating and gift giving, millions of Americans are living in active addiction, feeling isolated and lonely during the holiday season. While COVID-19 has created isolation for all of us, those Americans suffering from substance use disorder have felt similarly for years prior to the pandemic, or are now dealing with undeniable loneliness in the grips of addictive behavior that the pandemic has brought to the surface. Therefore, as we approach the holiday season and continue to think about how we can spread joy and offer support to those in need during this year, let us not forget our loved ones in need of help for [...]

Understanding the Addiction Treatment Continuum of Care

2020-11-30T19:07:27-05:00October 19, 2020|Addiction Treatment|

Addiction is a complex, chronic illness that, in order to ensure sustainable recovery, requires a long-term continuum of care. However, while numerous studies have demonstrated high recovery outcomes are supported by long-term care, monitoring, and community recovery engagement, not every individual’s continuum of care will look the same and that continuum may not always be linear. Not every patient requires the same continuum, and supportive recovery care needs to appropriately take into account not just the clinical needs of the patient, but also the many other biopsychosocial aspects of their individual needs associated with their substance use disorder.   Therefore, one patient’s continuum of care may look very different from another patient’s continuum of care, each one obviously based on [...]

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