Saturday, 22 April 2017

Get Involved! Help Us Grow!

Training Scholarships Available

Volunteer Training Scholarships

As we are now into our third decade, more and more people are “discovering the power of choice” and are eager to benefit from SMART’s approach to overcoming addiction.

This is great news!

We currently have an incredible team of hard-working volunteers who are providing over 2,000 face-to-face meetings around the world PLUS a menu of online services including daily meetings, a 24/7 chat room, and message board forums. But as you may already know, the demand for SMART’s services continues to grow at a rapid pace.

We set aside the month of April each year to celebrate our amazing volunteers and the work they do and to encourage others to help us start even more meetings to meet the growing demand.

Here’s How You Can Help!

Volunteer: Share in the rewarding experience of volunteering by joining our dedicated team of trained volunteers. [ More Information ]

Scholarships for training are available

All SMART facilitators and online volunteers are required to become thoroughly familiar with the SMART 4-Point Program by participating in our Distance Training Program. Volunteer training scholarships are available during April to cover the cost of the training for those who need financial assistance.


Volunteer Training

 

Support the Volunteer Scholarship Program

During the month of April, you can help someone become a trained volunteer by making a gift to the Volunteer Training Scholarship Fund. Donations of any amount are helpful and welcome — and thanks to generous matching challenges this year, you can double your impact!

UPDATE:

We’ve already received a record number of new volunteer applications this month, far more than we anticipated! Your gift to the Training Scholarship Fund makes it possible for us to provide the training to ready our new volunteers to start new meetings, Thank you for your generous support!

Support Volunteer Training

Partner with us

The rewards of helping others make a difference in their lives are many and long lasting. We invite you to partner with us to grow SMART, either as a volunteer, a donor, or both. You’ll be glad you did! [ More Information ]

Together, we can make more meetings available to those wishing to make positive changes in their lives, and the lives of their loved ones.

Thank you for your support during Volunteer Month.
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Local Facilitators
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Please provide these flyers (click on the image) to interested parties in your meetings.

Your qualified participants can apply for Volunteer Month Training Scholarships!

 







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Friday, 21 April 2017

Doctors Appeal to Treat Drug Abuse as a ‘Chronic Disease’

In the United States alone, drug abuse overdose kills tens of thousands of Americans each year. Doctors appeal to the authorities to handle the epidemic as a medical emergency. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 91 people died every day because of opioid overdose. In 2015, 52,000 died because of a […]

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Drug Addiction: What Really Happens Inside Your Body?

A sense of euphoria is achieved in people who continuously abuse drugs. When over stimulation of neurotransmitters is heightened, the person craves to experience the same effect over and over again. This resulting repetitive behavior is what eventually develops into drug addiction. Substance abuse affects the brain functions through interrupting its communication system, primarily because […]

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Living In Fear With Drug Addict? You May Need To Read This Right Now

“I’m worried that if I leave him, no one will be there to take care of him,” “I feel scared that he’ll/she’ll be abandoned by her parents and friends,” “Where will he live if I turn him away?” and “I don’t think I’ll be able to raise our children all alone”- are these statements running […]

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mindfulness: How to do it

Part two of a three part series
By Bill Abbott, MD

If you paid careful and mindful attention to Part One of this series on Mindful Awareness enough to want to try it, you might be asking, “How do I do it?”

Practice, practice, practice

Mindful Awareness among other things is a practice in the fullest definition of that word. It is an intention that needs to be acted upon repeatedly, that is not just “one and done” – all fixed. As with any other learned behavior or skill, the more you do this, the more the benefits will grow and accrue.

Repetition means near daily practice and it matters less as to the duration of each practice as it does to the frequency of them; better five minutes a day for a week, than 35 minutes on only one day.

Of course, since Mindful Awareness can be many different things as noted in Part One, there are several aspects to these practices; basic – informal versus formal practices.

Informal practice

Informal practices are many and are all based on the single premise of remembering to pay attention, albeit even briefly, to the present experience many times a day. Many people use reminders or cues over the course of the day to bring them into present awareness. For example, every time you look at your wristwatch, just pause and pay attention to what is happening right then; not what you are doing at this moment but rather being present there while you are doing it. Try it and you will know what I mean; it is quite a different experience.

Formal practice  

Formal practices are many and varied.  They are considered formal because you are setting aside a given amount of time specifically for this purpose. Most of these practices would be considered under the general term of “meditation”. Thus, it is important to emphasize that not all meditation is mindful, and further, Mindfulness Meditation is practiced in many ways, as already noted.

Mindful Awareness formal practices are most often done while sitting, but can also be done while standing, walking, or lying down. Some practices are sort of in between the formal and informal, such as my favorites, washing my hands, and driving.

But for purposes of brevity here, let’s consider the most common; sitting. Now you can go full tilt here with this by sitting in the lotus position on a specific special cushion of buckwheat husks, but no need – a chair works fine. The position is most important; that is comfortable, erect, and balanced; often described as “dignified”, if possible, with minimal or no support in the back. But most important, whatever you choose needs to be okay for being there for more than just a few minutes.

From here it gets more detailed and it’s important to keep this posting brief.  To repeat, it is not so much the length of the sitting but how often you do it. My pledge to myself is to meditate every day without any commitment to how long I do it. That works for many.

Start with breath awareness

For starters, most teachers including me, begin with breath awareness. This is focused attention to the simple sensations of the breath wherever you feel it most prominently. My spot is the nose; yours might be the chest or belly. But the point is to keep your attention to just that; each breath in each present moment. When the mind wanders, which it will do, just note it and come back to the breath. No worries here; that’s just what normal minds do.

It can go on from there, but at least that’s a start. You can  find many excellent guided practices online. I often recommend those by psychologist Tara Brach. I’ve attended her classes and here’s a link:  https://www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditation-basic-meditations/ There are many others, of course.

In conclusion, no matter what, this is something you can choose to try knowing. It has been helpful to many others – me included.

Next time, in Part Three, we will address the question as to “Why you might want to do it”. That will be  a review of the solid science which supports this practice for those with addiction.


 

Bill Abbott is a long time SMART volunteer. He can often be found in SMART meetings in the Boston area and in our online community.

 


 



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True Blue State: A Case of Depression

Millions of American suffers from clinical depression or major depressive disorder. Clinical depression remains as the most prevalent mental disorder in the country. Proved as a severe mood disorder it greatly affects daily normal routine such as eating, sleeping and working. However, feeling blue is different from depression. Depression varies in seriousness from mild, brief […]

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence: Brain Disease versus Drug Abuse

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Decline in Accidental Pediatric Opioid Poisoning Seen But Still a Problem

Over the past few years, experts noticed a drop in accidental or intentionally ingesting prescribed painkillers. However, even with the decrease of reported poisoning, the problem is yet to be solved, as it still poses a great threat to children. An average of 32 calls a day Recent studies published in Pediatrics on Monday stated […]

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Consequences of Prescription Drug Abuse

Ramifications Of Prescription Drug Abuse Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in the United States. More than 15 million people in the US abuse prescription drugs, more than all other drug abusers put together. Part of the reason that prescription drug abuse is so prevalent is that most people who become addicted started taking […]

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

What Kind of Medications Are Used in Detox?

According to an estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2012, more than 9% of people over the age of 12 abused drugs in the previous month, but only 2.3 million of 21.6 million people who needed treatment actually received it. For many people struggling with drug addiction, detox is the […]

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Most Famous Celebrities That Have Died From Drugs

Celebrities are notorious for “living on the edge”. Unfortunately, the pressure to live a wild and crazy lifestyle often means the end of the road for celebrities. From celebs that died from alcohol or drugs, we have lost many greatly talented people. And while many young, bright flames burn out because of drugs, just as […]

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Is It Safe To Detox At Home?

Can You Detox At Home? And Should You? Hint… The Answer is Possibly and (No)  Drugs and alcohol cause tragic consequences for people who become addicted to them. They take a toll on family relationships, promising careers, and self-esteem. Alcoholics and addicts are often to surprise to find that when they want to quit, they […]

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Mindfulness: What is it?

By Bill Abbott, MD

I’ve heard much talk lately about Mindfulness with many questions about how useful it might be, so it seems timely to write about it here.

First Mindfulness or Mindful Awareness as I like to call it, is not new, in fact, it is over 2500-years-old. It’s part of the teachings of a man in India named Siddhartha Gautama who is also known as the historical Buddha.

However, in the last century the philosophy and psychology of the Buddhist idea have been transferred here into the West to become a pragmatic secular approach to managing the many stresses of modern life – with outcomes or benefits obtained; reported by thousands of people who learned it and tried it.

Although cognitive psychology has predominated psychotherapy for all sorts of mental challenges in the past two decades, it has become increasingly apparent that Mindful Awareness is a possible different path to mental wellness in a new effective psychology. What can be said at this point is that the approach affords us the chance to self-manage emotions, including those with addiction, now not only in one way, but two. Furthermore, there are numerous scientific studies, evidence if you will, that support the idea that this approach is useful for such things as stress, anxiety, depression, and yes, for addiction.

If this has caught your attention – good. It certainly has mine, and I have found its practice for the past five years significantly transformative in my own recovery. So, you ask, what is it?

Mindful Awareness is easy to describe but more difficult to grasp and practice. However, a simple definition might be:

Mindful Awareness is paying attention to what is happening in the present experience; allowing what is here to be present without judgment. This is acceptance of the here and now.

It is hopefully experienced in a kind way, but also with the realization that most ideas and feelings are transient and temporary – passing through, moment by moment like watching a cloud pass by in the sky.

Mindful Awareness is:

1. A philosophy and psychology that leads to well-being

2. A state of mind

3, A way of life

4. A practice

It has been shown that we humans spend greater than 50% of our wakened lifetime in a mindless state, that is, living on autopilot; reliving the past or anticipating the future. Becoming more mindful allows us to participate in the rationality and reality of the present experience no matter how it is being perceived; that is, being there without being so caught up in it in such a way that it becomes difficult to manage. Thus, Mindful Awareness can be a calming antidote to the emotional burden so many with addiction carry, as complicated and varied as it is. As stated earlier, Mindful Awareness is a self-empowering strategy that is scientifically supported to help those suffering from any form of addiction.

If you are significantly and sufficiently interested, stay tuned for the next blog where we will be considering the question “How do I do this?”


Bill Abbott is a long time SMART volunteer. He can often be found in the Boston area and in our online community.


 



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Monday, 10 April 2017

How To Perform An Intervention For Drug Addicts

Nobody wants to stand by and just watch someone destroy their own life through drug addiction. Unfortunately, too many find themselves in this very scenario when they discover a loved one is dependent on a life-altering substance. Only an addict can decide when the time is right for detox treatment, but family members can help […]

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Friday, 7 April 2017

What Do I Need To Know About Detox Going In?

What You Need To Know About Detox Detoxing from a substance is something that thousands of Americans choose to do each year. It’s a brave decision to make a better way of life for yourself. Many alcoholics and addicts go into treatment not knowing quite what to expect. They may perceive treatment as something entirely […]

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

What Is It Like Going Through Ayahuasca Rehab And Detox?

Ayahuasca is a term that many people are not yet familiar with. It’s a substance used by shamans in the Amazon Basin and it is now being used by people in the modern United States to achieve a certain kind of high. If you or someone yo love suffers from this kind of addiction, it’s […]

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Can You Die From Alcohol Withdrawal-Detox?

Can Alcohol Detox Kill You? While many people are at least somewhat familiar with the dangers and difficulty of withdrawing from heroin and cocaine, the truth is alcohol detox and withdrawal can also be dangerous. Alcohol withdrawal can lead to a range of symptoms that may begin as early as two hours after the last […]

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Paying it Forward by Training New SMART Volunteers

Why we give to support SMART Recovery Training
By Julie Flood and Peter Heide,  Albany Lutheran Church, Wisconsin

Our decision to begin a SMART Recovery group meeting was based on our local demand for those who are seeking self-directed change. Facilitating SMART Recovery meetings has been a great opportunity for us to reach out to our rural communities that do not have the same substance abuse/addiction resources offered in urban areas. After one year of group consistency and success we wanted to give the group an incentive to pay forward the benefits they’ve gained through SMART. In November of 2016 the Council agreed to pay the training fee for those wanting to facilitate SMART Recovery meetings in our southern Wisconsin, under-served communities/counties.

Why SMART has been so helpful in our community: The greatest obstacles with change and self-acceptance are unwanted self-judgments, and we all have them. The mind’s ability to generate such judgments is very powerful — but not impossible  to change.

We recognize that with helpful thought patterns in place, crisis becomes less overwhelming, and it’s far easier to let go of resistance, tune in to your passions and inner resources, and move forward with a recovery and self-management plan that inhibits unhealthy thinking. It’s not realistic to expect individuals to rid themselves of all unhelpful self-judgments and be completely free from the suffering they cause….but that doesn’t mean we’re powerless.

We at Albany Lutheran Church want to be able to provide realistic resources that help individuals understand you CAN alter the quality of unhelpful self-judgments, learn from them, and either let them go or transform them so that they no longer block you from a sense of well-being, a feeling of spaciousness, and openness to new possibilities, self-love and self-acceptance. Most often, when you let go of your unwholesome self-judgments, you discover aspects of yourself that inspire and vitalize you. You start to realize that you can live more authentically and richly.

How it works: Human beings are fallible, imperfect and un-ratable. I do not believe we were ever expected to be flawless. When individuals learn to be conscious of who they are, what they feel, and what they are doing, they begin to realize that they have control. Then they can exercise their control and change their behavior.

Why we support SMART: We support the SMART Recovery program because it encourages self-acceptance for all ages. Once self-acceptance is defined and stability is gained the process of change can begin. SMART encourages alternative behaviors to solve the problems that serve to reinforce bad choices. Individuals can learn to make good choices.


About the authors:  Julie Flood has been facilitating SMART Recovery meetings since November, 2015. She serves as Council President, and Peter Heide is the pastor of Albany Lutheran Church.


April is Volunteer Month: SMART is a “volunteer organization” and our success is a direct result of the enthusiastic efforts of our trained (and passionate) volunteers who do a terrific job “delivering” self-empowering recovery support meetings around the country.

Want to see a meeting in your community?  You can start one! During Volunteer Month we have scholarships available to offset the cost of our extensive training program.  Learn how you can take part in our training, or how to help others with a gift to our Training Scholarship Fund. [ More Info ]

 

 

 



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Monday, 3 April 2017

8 Signs Of Alcoholism. How To Tell If You Are An Alcoholic.

No one wants to admit they are an alcoholic. Many people aren’t aware they have a problem until their lives fall apart. If you’re worried about whether or not your drinking has become a problem, there are some warning signs to look for. 1. Hiding Your Drinking Alcoholics tend to hide how much they are […]

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Can You Get Addicted to Opiates?

Prescription drug addiction and death due to overdose has become an epidemic in the United States. Painkillers that doctors prescribed are usually opiate based medications. Opiates are prescribed to patients who have injured themselves or are recovering from surgery. These drugs are very useful in helping patients with acute or chronic pain, but can be […]

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Is EDM Music Contributing To Drug Abuse?

You’re probably familiar with EDM, even if you don’t know what it stands for (Electronic Dance Music, by the way). Its a genre whose instantly recognizable throbbing bass sounds and synthesizer leads have even taken the pop music world by storm. However, in the underbelly of EDM culture lies an intense drug scene that rivals […]

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Most Famous Celebrities That Have Died From Alcohol Abuse

When the topic of drug addiction and detox programs comes up, many people neglect to think of the most widely abused drug in the world: alcohol. Because it is such a common and largely socially acceptable substance, alcoholism often goes unnoticed and untreated. When this occurs, it rarely if ever means anything good for the […]

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

What Does A Cocaine Addict Act Like? Signs of An Addict

What Does A Cocaine Addict Act Like? Cocaine addiction is one of the most serious forms of addiction dealt with in recovery. If you suspect a loved one might be using or even worse abusing cocaine, there are certain signs to look for. When high, they will exhibit certain behavioral cues that might let you […]

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

“Don’t Even Think About It: Drug Addiction and the Dangers That Come With It”

We’ve all heard the horror stories. We’ve all been told countless tales of sorrow from people who’ve suffered through it. We’ve read so many news stories about celebrities that have been caught using and abusing it. We are all familiar with the difficulties, the pain and the struggles that come along with drug addiction. So […]

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Is SMART Recovery® a Moderation Organization?

By Tom Horvath Ph.D., Lorie Hammerstrom, and Brett Saarela, LCSW

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SMART Recovery® supports (1) abstinence from any substance or activity addiction and (2) going beyond abstinence to lead a meaningful and satisfying life. Our 4-Point ProgramSM addresses addiction itself (Points 1 and 2) and quality of life (Points 3 and 4). Points 3 and 4 are the primary focus of discussion in many meetings. To remind you, Point 1 focuses on motivation to abstain; Point 2 on coping with craving; Point 3 on problem solving (when practical problems can be resolved) and emotional self-management (when practical problems may not be “solvable”); and Point 4 on building a life of enduring satisfactions (a meaningful and purposeful life).

SMART Recovery® encourages attendance by individuals in any stage of recovery. Those maintaining long-term abstinence will likely be most interested in discussions of Points 3 and 4. Those in early recovery will likely pay more attention to Points 1 and 2. SMART Recovery® recognizes that individuals may be in different stages of change, at any one time, across what is likely to be a range of addictive behaviors. For example, one participant may be ready to stop drinking but not ready to stop smoking. Another participant may be ready to quit cocaine but not ready to quit marijuana. Both participants may be drinking excessive caffeine and overeating, and be unaware that these are also addictive behaviors.

Even individuals who have not made the decision to abstain from any substance or activity are welcome in our meetings, and allowed to state (during the check-in or perhaps at other times in the meeting) their current activities and plans. Their statements have led some to the inaccurate conclusion that SMART Recovery® is a “moderation organization.” Despite participant statements about “cutting back” or “moderating,” the working time of the meeting is devoted to how to achieve abstinence and quality of life.

Undoubtedly, many individuals attending non-SMART Recovery® support groups are not abstaining but do not say so. The reality of any support group is that it cannot control its participants outside of meetings, only the meeting discussion itself. The meeting facilitator maintains a balance in the meeting between allowing participants to speak honestly, while keeping the discussion focused on how to achieve and maintain abstinence. Participants who have not decided upon or achieved abstinence will benefit from observing how others are doing so, without being shamed about their own stance.

We believe that our practice of welcoming all will result in more people achieving abstinence (or moderation or at least harm reduction) than if we have entrance requirements. Because we do not use the terms “alcoholic” or “addict” we are in no position to prescribe abstinence to anyone. We are an organization that supports individuals who have chosen to abstain (whatever their reasons, however serious or minor their problems are) or are considering abstinence (but they might ultimately choose another course of action). Empowering individuals to make choices is at the heart of the SMART Recovery® philosophy.

In particular, SMART Recovery® meetings encourage the discussion of slips and relapses. These discussions are often among the most profound discussions we have, as the participant re-connects with the deeper reasons for choosing to abstain. We do not keep track of length of abstinence (although participants are free to do so), partly because having a longer length of abstinence can discourage someone from discussing a relapse.

For individuals who are immersed in other models of recovery and styles of meetings, SMART Recovery® may require some effort to understand. We do not expect to appeal to everyone. However, our record of success and growth indicates that a sizable portion of people with addictive behaviors find our approach meaningful and helpful. If you’re considering abstaining from an addictive behavior, please join us for a SMART Recovery® meeting, and see if you find our approach meaningful and helpful to you on your recovery journey.

Editor’s Note: This article brings up several points I find meaningful: (a) 12-step is just a theory about reality, rather than being reality itself. (b) SMART Recovery® is not A.A, and uses a different theory and approach. (c) In SMART Recovery’s approach, we “let” people think for themselves, and we are not overly scandalized by free speech. (d) SMART Recovery® is not written in stone: we cleave to science, which entails flexibility and change, and we can tolerate ambiguities and unknowns. (e) Our methods are those people can use for more effective self-management, and “effective” depends upon the individual’s goals and values. (f) We are organized to support people who have chosen to abstain or who are considering doing so.


 




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Monday, 27 March 2017

Fentanyl Abuse: What You Need to Know

Did you know that Fentanyl is more potent than morphine? And did you know that more than 2 million Americans are addicted to similar prescription opiods? If fentanyl addiction is something you or someone you love is suffering from, then there are a lot more things that you should know. We’ll cover all the basics […]

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Opiate Addiction: How To Successfully Deal With Withdrawal Process?

You might be reading this post because you want to get sober, but you’re afraid of your body’s reaction when you stop using it. You must have heard that opiate withdrawal is severe and you are afraid of what will happen to your body. Addiction & Withdrawal You may know opiates by many names. Vicodin, […]

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Help Your Child Overcome Drug Addiction, It’s Lot Too Late

It’s a hard thing to accept that your child is making choices that put their health and life at risk. If you’ve started looking for treatment options, that means you are ready to help your child make a change, and you are ready to help them on the long road to sobriety. It’s a brave […]

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

What Is Heroin, And How Can You Spot Heroin Addiction?

Heroin addiction can’t always be identified at a glance. An addict’s family may think their behavior is just due to stress, tiredness, or social alcohol drinking. Often, even if the addict is confronted about their behavior, they will not admit that they have a problem. Heroin is a drug that is not only illegal but […]

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Im Addicted To Fentanyl- Now What Do I Do?

After realizing that you have a fentanyl addiction, you should seek professional treatment. Since fentanyl is so powerful and its effects are both physical and mental, the treatment needs to address both aspects too. The first step, definitely, is detoxification. What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a powerful painkiller. It is also highly addictive and abusing […]

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Fentanyl Addiction: Don’t Wait A Second, Seek Treatment Now!

Fentanyl is an extremely potent opiate narcotic, 30-50 times stronger than heroin and 50-100 times stronger than morphine. It is used for severe pain, most often in breakthrough cancer pain. When sold on the street, fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine, increasing its already significant potential for danger. Abusing fentanyl, especially mixed with […]

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Fentanyl Addiction (Often) Starts In Seeking For Pain Relief Medication

Chronic pain is more common among women than men, and opioids like fentanyl are often prescribed to them to ease the pain. Many of them, however, abuse the drug by using it for a longer periods of time, way longer than their prescription allowed. In many cases, this prescription drug also falls into the hands […]

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Drug Addiction 101: Acknowledgement Is First Step Towards Recovery

Do you wish that you could stop using a substance, but can’t? Do you feel physical withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop? Do you obsess over how you’re going to get more? You are (most) probably undergoing addiction. Drug addiction is a medical disorder, and sufferers should seek professional help, which may include a […]

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70 Percent of Employers Feel the Effects of Workplace Drug Abuse

More than 70 percent of employers in the United States are reportedly feeling the impact of prescription drug abuse in their workplaces, according to the National Safety Council. According to a survey conducted by the NSC, 71 percent of employers agree that misuse of drugs have a direct impact on the company. This percentage also […]

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Monday, 13 March 2017

The Role Of Genetics In Addition And How Amino Acid Treatment Can Help

How Genetics Affect Our Likelihood Of Becoming An Addict There is no doubt among the scientific community that genetics play a significant role in the likelihood that one person can be more susceptible to addiction than another. There are specific genes and traits that will make someone more likely to become addicted to specific or […]

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Celebrity Rehab Success Stories Show How Substance Abuse Can Hit Anyone

Often enough it’s hard to find that push to check yourself into rehab, or to help give a loved one a nudge in the right direction to help them get their life on track. While there is the image of living life up like a rockstar and doing lines between shows, the best and most […]

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Friday, 24 February 2017

Don’t Let Your Doctor Get You Addicted To Drugs

Most people would be a little alarmed to hear about the high likelihood that is involved when it comes to being addicted to prescription opiates. But there is, in fact, a large correlation between the doctor that treats you, and your likelihood of becoming addicted to prescription painkillers. Harvard school of public health have reasonably […]

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Monday, 13 February 2017

What Makes Our Florida Rehab Center The Top Premier Detox Facility In The Country?

Millions of people across the country struggle with drug and substance abuse every year. Drug and alcohol addiction are a major threat to the American culture although the problem is often swept under the rug and denied the attention it deserves. However, from decades of research, we have learned that the best way to address […]

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Medical detox: How does it help in treating addiction?

When you eventually become addicted to alcohol or drugs, your body becomes fully dependent on the substance and its effects. It will be difficult to operate without taking the drug or alcohol. In fact, you may think the substance helps you perform better in life but in reality, it will be harming you in many […]

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Amino Acids Role In Drug and Alcohol Addiction

I would like to start by giving you the definition of Addiction and Amino Acids according to Websters dictionary… Addiction :  compulsive need  for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined  physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly :  persistent compulsive use of a substance known by […]

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Ireland Sees Massive Spike in Gambling Addiction

The Rutland Centre, an addiction treatment center based out of Ireland has released figures outlining an alarmingly steady increase in the incidence of gambling addiction.  In 2013 only a mere 3% of addiction admissions were for a gambling problem, fast forward to 2016 and the percentage has climbed significantly at around 9.5% as it stands […]

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Is Detoxing At Home Safe

When seriously considering cleaning up your life from long-term substance abuse and drug/alcohol addiction, the tendency is to take it on alone without the help of outside forces.  This has been proven to be the absolute worst approach when attempting to get clean and sober.  Individuals who have been consistently misusing drugs and alcohol for […]

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INPATIENT VERSES OUTPATIENT DETOX

Inpatient Versus Outpatient Detox Detoxification is a medical procedure used in management of withdrawal from drugs andalcohol that is a medically safe manner with small discomfort. Incorporation of detoxification in an increasingly vital part of continuum care for people undergoing monitored withdrawal from dependency on substances (Spohr, Taxman, Rodriguez, &Walters, 2015). Patients under outpatient detoxification treatment are expected […]

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What Makes Our Florida Rehab Center The Top Premier Detox Facility In The Country?

Millions of people across the country struggle with drug and substance abuse every year. Drug and alcohol addiction are a major threat to the American culture although the problem is often swept under the rug and denied the attention it deserves. However, from decades of research, we have learned that the best way to address […]

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Alcohol Detox : Evaluation and Treatment

The goals of alcohol detoxification is to: 1. Diagnose and treat symptoms of alcohol withdrawal 2. To prevent serious events (seizures, delirium tremens, or death) 3. Bridge patients to psychosocial treatment for maintaining long-term recovery. Mild alcohol withdrawal syndrome presents when excessive alcohol drinking occurs for even one week. Withdrawal symptoms in the early phase […]

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The key elements for the best substance abuse treatment center (Rehab) and detox facility for you or your loved one

When you or a loved one are in the throes of an addiction, the world can seem like an overwhelming place. Everyone is speeding by; no one cares about your problems. You need someone to reach out with a helping hand. Detox of South Florida is here to help. Holistic treatment, caring employees and the […]

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Fighting Opioid Battle on Two Fronts

The Boston Globe recently published an article breaking down the dynamic and complex nature fueling the nation’s increase in opioid and opiate outbreaks. The article explains how the blanket term, opioid is a euphemism obscuring the true plight at hand. The reality is Americans are being attacked on two fronts one from the deadly drug […]

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How To Determine The Best Drug Rehab Center For You

Successfully going through detox is challenging for two reasons.  First, there is the challenge of finding the support that any person will need when going through the process.  Second, there is moving through the incredible emotional and psychological hurdles that often slow down or otherwise impede the detox and healing process. Regardless of where you […]

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Amino Acids Role In Drug and Alcohol Addiction

I would like to start by giving you the definition of Addiction and Amino Acids according to Websters dictionary… Addiction : compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by […]

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Marijuana Related Driving Fatalities Have Doubled

AAA: Fatal Crashes Doubled Since Washington Legalized Marijuana Since the state of Washington approved legislation to legalize marijuana the state has seen marijuana related auto fatalities double according to research spearheaded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study implicates the drivers of these accidents as being impaired by the effects of marijuana. Marijuana […]

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Friday, 3 February 2017

How Will Donald Trump’s Presidency Effect Drug And Alcohol Rehab Programs?

With the Centers for Disease Control recognizing that opioid addiction is the number one drug problem in the United States and killing on average 80 people a day, many people have been left wondering what kind of impact Donald Trump’s presidency will have on substance abuse and rehabilitation programs. What many may find surprising to hear is that there is actually a very good chance that President Trump will have a particularly positive effect on rehab centers and the addictions that people might be plagued with. There are a variety of reasons that his policies, stances and history should make this the case.

The Wall And Rehab

One of Donald Trump’s bigger and most discussed campaign promises was that he plans to build a wall along the entire border of Mexico and the United States. At first glance, this might only seem like a way to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants from entering the country, but the DEA is currently looking into ways that Trump’s stance on border control could play a major role in helping alleviate some of the opioid problems our country is fighting so hard to control.  

Illegal Drugs And The Effect On The Mexico Wall

The primary reason that the Mexican border wall and the way that he will likely handle border control in general will have such an impact on opioid abuse is because it has been discovered that around 79 percent of all the heroin in the United States is sourced from or travels through Mexico. This being the case, a strengthening of our southern border should mean a large and direct impact on the availability of heroin to those who have an addiction to the drug. With that being the case, there is a good possibility that rehabilitation centers will become that much more vital to those who end up being forced into a position where they are chemically dependent on opioids but no longer have access to their illegal counterparts.

Trump’s Wall May Limit The Flow  of Illegal Opioids

In other words, people who moved from prescription opioids to illegal forms of street heroin won’t be able to find the drug as easily as before, and they will be more likely to seek help through rehabilitation programs. Although the move to build a wall along the Mexican border might be one of the more controversial things that he plans to do and has already made moves to get done, it is hard to doubt that there may be some substantial and very real benefits as far as drug abuse in the US is concerned, whether or not those were part of Trump’s original plan.

Detox And Rehab Centers And President Trump

Another aspect of Trump as the president that will likely have an impact on the way substance abuse and rehab centers are addressed is that his stance on criminalization and damage reduction programs have been found to be far less negative than those of most Republicans. In particular, he believes strongly in states’ rights and has been quoted saying that legalization of drugs would “take the profit away from these drug czars” and that the tax revenue earned should be used to pay for drug education programs.  

Legalizing Street Drugs?

Although it might seem counterintuitive to even think about legalizing street drugs in a time when opioid addiction is at an all-time high, the benefits would easily outweigh the drawbacks. The once-illegal and uncontrollable substances would become highly regulated products, which would mean that using them will be far safer than when purchasing them through a drug dealer or other black-market method.

Drug Addiction Implications

Furthermore, the way that those who are addicted to drugs will be dealt with in a way that will be much more helpful to their substance abuse problems when compared to the current criminal justice system’s method of just locking them up for years at a time, which is particularly troublesome seeing as it has been proven time and again that all kinds of drugs are still readily available in many prisons.

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Instead, those who have been discovered to have a substance abuse problem will end up being referred to rehab facilities where they will receive the specialized care they need to kick their addiction through around-the-clock support, therapeutic sessions, and more. As if that all wasn’t enough, drug education programs around the country would also see a huge and unprecedented level of funding because of the tax revenue distribution that Trump espoused.

Eductional Programs

With the kind of money that these educational programs would end up receiving, they would be able to operate all manner of campaigns that could target every demographic in the country. They would not only be able to easily afford traveling groups and in-school programs, but they’d have the cash to buy media spots on television and radio as well as have a huge presence online through advertisements, video production and social media outreach.

Legalizing Street Drugs- Never Never Land

Still, the legalization of street drugs is probably a pipe dream that will never come to fruition, but there is still hope as far as criminal justice is concerned regarding drug abuse in general. While he was running for the presidency, he has indicated that he might provide a path to more lenient sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders.

Domestic Pharma Stances

When it comes to his stances on domestic pharmaceutical drug and prescription medicine abuse, though, there has been a bit of a lapse of information available to the public thus far. His take on this issue will clarify in the coming months as we get deeper into his administration. Additionally, his goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) brings up many questions about how rehab programs would move forward from there. While this is certainly another grey area in his political promises, he has assured the American populace that he is going to be replacing the ACA with a plan that will be “insurance for everybody.”

Trump’s Health Care Plan

A part of his healthcare plan is also the targeting of pharmaceutical companies regarding how much they charge customers for their medicines. Donald Trump said, “They’re politically protected, but not anymore.” Like other policies that the president has announced, this could lead to unplanned or unseen benefits to the rehabilitation industry.

Affordable Medications

Specifically, the move to get pharmaceutical products in the United States to a far more affordable price would mean much lower operating costs for rehab centers and programs. That would allow those facilities to hire more personnel and thereby expand their capacity to help their surrounding communities. This could happen either through outreach or by potentially being able to lower their prices, thereby making rehabilitation that much more accessible all around.

Vagueness And The Repeal of ACA

Nonetheless, even with what many might feel is an abundance of vagueness and confusion regarding the topics of drug abuse and rehabilitation, Donald Trump has actually promised expanded treatment for the country’s opioid problem. Beyond building a wall, lowering prescription drug prices and replacing the ACA with a potentially better option, he has personally pledged to both lower prescription drug abuse and offer assistance to those who are fighting with substance abuse - particularly when it comes to opioid addiction.

Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

He has also given praise to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act that was passed by Congress and signed by then-President Obama in July of 2016. The act includes a variety of measures meant to curb the massive influx of painkiller addiction. Trump said that the act was “an important step” in the fight against the opioid epidemic. In October, he further made a promise to make Narcan, a life-saving drug that helps those overdosing on opioid-based drugs and medicines, much more available to first responders. In addition to that, he noted that he would work to give incentives to states and cities for mandated treatment as well as encourage inpatient programs for those who are fighting an addiction.

FDA Involvement

Trump has also asked that the Food and Drug Administration take steps to expedite the approval of painkillers that are designed to deter abuse. He then took his message to the Drug Enforcement Administration and told them that they needed to lower the amount of prescription opioids that are allowed to be produced in the US. To offset this lowered rate of production, he said he would increase the number of people that doctors would be able to provide opioid abuse treatment to.

Tragedy

What is even more promising to those who might need rehab is that Trump has said, “It is tragedy enough that so many Americans are struggling with life-threatening addiction. We should not compound that tragedy with government policies and bureaucratic rules that make it even harder for them to get help.”

Trump’s Brother Freddy

The thing that really makes us in the rehabilitation industry believe that President Trump will truly have a positive impact on what we do is not so much the things he has said, though. It is the fact that in 1981 his brother Fred (Freddy) Trump, Jr. died due to a severe bout with alcoholism. As sad as this situation must be for the president, it means that he has had to deal with an addict first hand.

Straight Edge Donald Trump

He then must understand the challenges that those who are combating substance abuse and what their families are going through, especially when you take into consideration just how profound of an effect Freddy’s death had on his younger brother Donald. You see, because of the severe complications and untimely death of Freddy, president Trump has lived his life as a straight-edge teetotaler. This means that he remains abstinent from the likes of cigarettes, drugs and, as you can imagine, alcohol.

Alcohol Addiction

In a conversation with People, Trump noted that his brother “got stuck on alcohol.” He went on to say that, “it had a profound impact and ultimately [he] became an alcoholic and died of alcoholism. He would tell me, ‘Don’t drink ever’. He understood the problem that he had and that it was a very bad problem.”

The Sum Of Trump

If you look at each of the things discussed above individually, they might not seem like they would have much of an impact on drug abuse or alcoholism on their own. The thing is, though, that like any politician, you have to look at the total sum of Donald Trump’s calls to action and the things that he has said and promised concerning addiction and rehabilitation.

Campaign Promises

Should Donald Trump stick to his many promises, which is already something that is proving to be the case, it seems like it will be safe to assume that during his time as President, he is going to have a major impact on the way that non-violent drug abusers and their rehabilitation will be handled.

Trump Strips Miss USA Due To Substance Abuse

An excellent, albeit isolated, example of the kind of approach we can expect to see from Donald Trump on this topic comes from his handling of a situation involving Miss USA winner Tara Conner. After it had been discovered that Conner had a habit of partying hard, which included copious amounts of alcohol and cocaine, Trump fired her from from the Miss USA position by stripping her of her title in 2006.

Reversal And Support

However, in 2008, he set up a meeting with Conner and announced that he would pardon her saying, “I decided it was better to give her a second chance than to destroy her career and ruin her chances in life.” He later said, “She agreed to go to rehab and is now doing fine. She thanked me for ‘saving her life.’”

Trump’s Brother’s Substance Abuse Hits Home

This episode goes to show us that Trump has a bit of a soft spot as far as substance abuse victims are concerned, which is a little surprising for someone who lost a family member to addiction. In any case, his stances on border control, the announced border wall, getting pharmaceutical companies to lower their prices, legalization of illicit drugs and promotion of drug education should stand as proof that we can expect to see some good advances to rehabilitating those who are in a battle with addiction.

Trump’s Brother Passed Away From Addiction

Likewise, the death of his brother Freddy and his forgiving of and direct promotion of rehab for Tara Conner show us that he understands that addiction is a disease that requires treatment far more than it needs to be a punishable offense. While much of this is based on speculation, signs point to Trump being an especially good president as far as drug and alcohol rehab programs are concerned and we look forward to seeing the steps he takes.

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Monday, 30 January 2017

Against The Current: Fighting Off Opiate Addiction and Moving Forward to Opiate Detox

Opiates, though considered as a class of drugs commonly prescribed to treat pain, can cause physical dependency and addiction. Morphine, heroin,  or painkillers like Oxy are opiates.   Taking too much medication of opiates lead to desensitization to the effects. Moreover, prolonged usage of opiate changes the way nerve receptors work in your brain. It also changes the way the brain responds to stimuli and disrupts the pleasure and reward centers of the brain.   One indication of opiate dependency is if you become physically sick after a sudden halt of using opiate medication. Withdrawal symptoms depend on the level of withdrawal you are experiencing.   Other factors also dictate the intensity and length of time a person will experience the symptoms of withdrawal. Thus, withdrawal symptoms differ from one person to the other.   There can be symptoms of complication during the process of opiate withdrawal such as anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and vomiting. Another symptom would be diarrhea. Diarrhea can cause the heart to beat in an abnormal manner, which can lead to circulatory problems and heart attack.   Joint pain and muscle cramps can also be present during opiate withdrawal. Above all these symptoms is an overall mental anguish with depression and physical suffering. Support is available for the person facing an opiate withdrawal, support that can make the withdrawal experience tolerable.   Several kinds of treatment and detox options for the removal of opiate from the body vary, and some may provide a more complex treatment than others. A patient may consider undergoing a self-detoxification or cold turkey opiate withdrawal - that is, unassisted, without medication.   Few succeeded, some go back to opiate abuse while others end up attending medical detoxification after all. Withdrawal is a hard process that will power alone cannot sustain for many people.   It is preferable and necessary to attend medically monitored detoxification in any qualified detox center in order to withdraw from certain addictive substances safely. Medications used will differ depending on the substance abused.

Medications used In Opiate Detox

Medications used in opiate detox include suboxone, clonidine, Subutex, and methadone. When it comes to inpatient treatment settings, methadone is most typically used. Though it does not contradict withdrawal symptoms completely, it helps a user get off and resume a relatively normal lifestyle.   Medical detoxification includes psychological and pharmacological treatments in order to get rid of the harmful chemicals and toxins in the body while under the supervision of health specialists. Such treatment assures a safe and secure way to attaining successful results.   Again withdrawal symptoms cannot be eradicated during the process, but through medical detoxification, the patient may be able to feel less pain and discomfort. Moreover, under medical detoxification, the patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature and other vital signs can be closely checked and monitored through medications to regulate brain and body functions.   Medical detoxification is a means to an end. It provides the stepping stones to what seems to be a complex process of recovery. The whole process of recovery and renewal is a struggle because temptations may occur; temptations to intake again substance in order to lessen the withdrawal symptoms.

Relapse

Relapse is common for individuals struggling with addiction who seek relief from all the symptoms by returning to drug abuse. The pleasure of such relief is so strong that it gives the patient a doubting mind. Nevertheless, if the patient can resist to those temptations, good result are just around the corner!   Within a certain period of not using drugs, tolerance to a specific level of drugs may be reduced. However, there is still a risk of relapse after detox, and it can be especially dangerous as it may increase the risk of a fatal dosage. The whole recovery and renewal treatment doesn’t stop after detoxification.

Holistic Approach

Opiate Detox in Miami is followed with continuous counseling, education, individual therapy, full support from family, friends and other support groups can help an individual stop using drugs and maintain a healthy and wholesome life.   Participation of friends and family can do a positive effect on the whole process of recovery. Since after the detoxification treatment, individual therapy and counseling comes next, the support and care of the family give a big impact on it.   Though at times, people around you wouldn’t be able to understand fully what you are undergoing, the desire to change for them becomes a driving force. It may seem hurtful and unsatisfying at times, but the result of such hurt can provide motivation to stay the sober course.  

Takeaway

  Asking and seeking help for an opiate addiction will improve your overall health and reduce the risk of accidental overdose, relapse and other complications related to opiate addiction. It may be a tough decision to consult and ask help from professionals, but it is the first step to achieving a healthy and fulfilling life.   You must be diligent enough to talk to any health specialist or healthcare provider about the needed treatment for such addiction. The overall reward on the physical and mental health improvement and the attainment of a lifelong drug-free and sobriety is worth the effort and pain of withdrawal. Contact Detox of South Florida to learn how you or your loved one can start the path to recovery!  

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Withdrawal symptoms: How detox helps

Medical detox is a process that helps people withdraw from addicting drugs safely and systematically under the close supervision of a medical professional. Alcohol and drug use over a long time makes your body completely dependent on the drug or alcohol. A person with this type of dependence will suffer from withdrawal symptoms when he or she stops using the substances. Detoxification is designed to cure the immediate bodily effects caused by a sudden cessation of drugs or alcohol use and to eliminate toxins left behind by chemicals in the drugs or alcohol. Detox is quite useful in preventing unpleasant or even fatal consequences caused by sudden cessation of use. The first stage of detox can be quite intense for most patients which is why it is important to have a medical or psychiatric professional close at hand to give the patient all the necessary care and support he or she requires.

Withdrawal Symptoms

The most common withdrawal symptoms that develop after cessation from drug use include:
  • Mood disturbances which are characterized by irritability, mood swings, and constant agitation.
  • Insomnia or lack of sleep despite the body being constantly fatigued
  • Physical problems such as chills, sweating heavily, shakes and tremors, and flu-like conditions such as running nose, headache, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Strong craving. The patient will naturally go through a period of intense craving for the drug of choice to relieve the withdrawal unpleasantness.
Different types of drugs have different types of withdrawal effects in addition to the ones listed above. A few substance-specific withdrawal symptoms include the following: These two drugs have similar effects on the body. Withdrawal symptoms after cessation of use include anxiety, hallucinations, agitation, seizures and tremors. Withdrawal symptoms for opioids include aching muscles, pain in joints and bones, high sensitivity to pain, and gastrointestinal distress.
  • Stimulants such as methamphetamines and cocaine
Withdrawal symptoms for cocaine and meth can cause mental issues such as depression and suicidal behavior.
  • Marijuana
Most people are misled to believe marijuana is not addictive but it is and cessation of use can cause withdrawal effects such as aggression, depression, fever, sweating, and stomach pain among others.
  • Bath salts or synthetic cathinones
A person going through detox from bath salts experiences withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, depression, sleep disturbances, and paranoia.

Importance of a detox facility

No matter which type of drug you are addicted to, detox should always be done at a medical facility. This is the safest option you have especially when the resulting physical and mental effects are an issue. In some occasions, withdrawal effects can cause serious health issues that will require immediate medical attention. For instance, withdrawal from meth and cocaine can cause serious depression or suicidal tendencies. In such cases, inpatient detox at a facility run by professional medical experts with experience in treating withdrawal effects is highly recommended. Do not attempt to detox at home. A good detox facility such as Detox of South Florida will provide you with a 24-hour medical attention and monitoring to ensure your detox procedure is as painless and less strenuous as possible.  

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Understanding addiction as a disease rather than a taboo

People with drug or alcohol addiction problems are often characterized as hopeless social misfits living a dysfunctional life. Today’s society views drug addicts as nothing more than bad dangerous people who do not deserve help or sympathy because they are getting what they deserve for allowing themselves to become addicted. These inhumane and ignorant perceptions are derived from the lack of knowledge and a belief that addiction is just but another form of irresponsible behavior. While it is true that some addicts engage in criminal or anti-social behavior due to desperation, most of them are hardly in control of their mental faculties due to the damage caused by the drugs on their brains. What most people fail to understand is that the addict is actually someone’s child, a sibling, and a nice person suffering from a terrible disease.

Is addiction a disease?

Leading medical associations including the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Medical Association define drug and alcohol abuse as a disease. Even the Affordable Care Act has included substance abuse and addiction as one of the essential pillars of good health which means addiction is classified as a disease and is part of their insurance plans. From a medical point of view, addiction is a complex disease that adversely affects the brain and the entire body. It is a disease because it adversely affects brain regions that are responsible for motivation, reward, memory, and more importantly judgment. Addiction damages not just body systems but has adverse effects on families, interpersonal relationships, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Addiction corrupts the substance user to a point where the craving to use more and more of the substance supersedes every other basic human need. Just like other lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer, addiction is a disease resulting from a combination of factors including behavioral traits as well as environmental and biological factors. There are even genetic risk factors which in fact account for 50% of the likelihood that you can become addicted. If left untreated addiction results in more severe mental and physical disorders that are disabling and life threatening. Our society, unfortunately, fails to understand how and why a person becomes addicted. Many people have the misconception that an addict simply lacks moral principles and willpower to abstain from taking drugs or alcohol anytime they wish to. In reality, addiction is a complex disease and stopping substance abuse takes more than will power and good intentions. Many drug users in Miami wish to quit but the damage caused by the drugs in their brains make it extremely difficult to quit.

Addiction can be treated

Many addicts are people who lived honest lives prior to using drugs. They are people who never dreamed of robbing or stealing from people at any time in their lives. They only engage in anti-social activities after the drugs have taken control of their mental faculties. The good news is that this disease can be cured if the addict is taken to a rehabilitation center. Addiction cannot be cured through punishment and abandonment of the victim but by helping the addict find professional treatment and care. With long-term care and treatment in a well monitored and supportive environment, this disease can be cured. If you are looking for the best treatment for addiction, call Detox of South Florida today and start your recovery journey today. Find our services Near You: Rehab Miami Rehab Orlando

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Medical detox: How does it help in treating addiction?

When you eventually become addicted to alcohol or drugs, your body becomes fully dependent on the substance and its effects. It will be difficult to operate without taking the drug or alcohol. In fact, you may think the substance helps you perform better in life but in reality, it will be harming you in many ways. However, when you stop taking drugs or alcohol, you’ll often suffer from withdrawal symptoms which can be quite discomforting and sometimes even fatal.   Every comprehensive drug or alcohol rehabilitation program begins with the process of medical detoxification. This is a systematic process that treats withdrawal effects when you stop taking the addictive substances. Detoxification removes all the toxins left in the body after a long usage and dependency on drugs or alcohol. It is a medical procedure that ensures that you do not suffer from unpleasant or even fatal consequences after a sudden cessation of drug or alcohol intake. Detox is a crucial process in any abstinence and recovery program.   There are basically two types of detox facilities namely inpatient and outpatient detox centers. Outpatient detox is conducted in a variety of health facilities such as mental health centers, private clinics, and addiction clinics. In this type of detox, you’ll undergo the drug or alcohol cleansing session and allowed to go home until your next appointment. Inpatient detoxification is usually provided in residential drug recovery centers or at a hospital. These are centers where the patient is closely monitored for withdrawal symptoms. You’ll actually stay at the treatment facility until you are completely healed.   Outpatient detox is generally less expensive than inpatient detox. It is also less disruptive to your life as you can still go to work and report for your treatment sessions. However, it is not as efficient as the inpatient program in helping you overcome the addiction. You’ll still be exposed to what triggers your drug use when you go back home while still vulnerable to addiction. Another great advantage of inpatient detox programs is the fact that you are closely monitored 24/7 for any complication that may arise due to drug or alcohol withdrawal.   There are many detox centers across the country. Most of the drug and alcohol rehab centers have their own in-house detox facilities while others make arrangement for their patients to undergo detox at nearby clinics or hospitals. It is highly recommended to check into a rehab facility that has its own detox facilities where you’ll be monitored and cared for all around the clock. The best detox center will have a strong focus on long-term treatment through stabilization and detoxification. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that after stabilization, the detox process should then focus on monitoring and supporting the body while it gets rid of the drug while managing the unpleasant withdrawal effects that come after the patient stops taking drugs or alcohol. Addiction is both physical and psychological. Detoxification should, therefore, be complemented by a psycho-therapeutic treatment that addresses cravings and other changes to the patient’s brain after being exposed to harmful substances for a long period of time. The patient will require further psychological treatment to overcome relapse in future. Detox of South Florida, located in the warm and welcoming sunny Florida, provides the best combination of detox and psycho-therapeutic treatment for drugs and alcohol addiction.

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