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GALLUS DETOX RECOVERY BLOG

Our recovery blog is a comprehensive resource for people seeking help with substance use disorders, a helpful guide for common issues people in recovery face, evidence-based information for clinicians looking to find out more about medical detox, and for families and partners wanting to support their loved one achieve long-term recovery. We cover topics ranging from the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder, medical detox, the risks of home detox, how to pick a medical detox, how to identify if your loved one has a problem, what to expect from an inpatient medical detox, relapse prevention strategies, and critical steps for successful recovery.

What Does Heroin Withdrawal and Detox Involve?

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid purchased illegally by users seeking the euphoric effect it provides. Drug manufacturers extract heroin from morphine, a naturally occurring substance in some varieties of the poppy plant. Although the effects of heroin are similar to prescription opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl, the FDA has not approved […]

Why Are Benzodiazepines So Difficult to Stop Using?

Benzodiazepines, widely known as benzos, are prescribed by doctors to treat various mental or physical disorders. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that benzos are highly addictive and potentially dangerous, especially when misused, used long-term, or used with other sedative drugs, opioids, or alcohol. The concurrent use of benzos and opioids puts users […]

Why Medical Detox is Your Safer Option for Withdrawal

Is the fear of withdrawal symptoms keeping you from recovery? While it is true that withdrawal from drugs or alcohol can cause serious symptoms, withdrawing under medical supervision is generally safe, effective, and more comfortable than you may think. Detoxification, known as detox, is the process your body undergoes while ridding itself of drugs, alcohol, […]

Is LSD Addictive? An In-Depth Look

D-lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, is a very powerful hallucinogenic drug. It is a street drug that is sometimes given other titles such as acid, dots, mellow yellow, and windowpane. LSD is made from a type of compound known as lysergic acid, found in a fungus that grows on grains. So, is LSD addictive? Well […]

Does the Method of Drug Use Matter?

There are multiple methods of drug use, such as snorting, smoking, oral consumption, or injection via an IV needle. Each one of these methods can present potential health threats. This threat is amplified depending upon factors such as the drug of use and how much of it is used. Some methods such as snorting, smoking, […]

Why Is it Dangerous to Mix Benzodiazepines and Opioids?

Benzodiazepines and opioids are two powerful drugs that are often misused. In fact, they are often used simultaneously, which increases the chance of experiencing life-threatening side effects and even death. It is highly dangerous to mix benzodiazepines and opioids because a user will experience an amplified sensation from both drugs combined. A study done in […]

The Danger of Mixing Heroin and Meth

Heroin and meth are two very powerful and highly addictive drugs. They each present two very different effects on the brain and body. Thus, using them in conjunction is highly dangerous and can even lead to life-threatening consequences. Taking heroin and meth simultaneously, even just one time, increases the risk of addiction, overdose, and even […]

What are Moon Rocks?

Moon Rocks is a slang term for the drug methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), otherwise known as Molly. It is a crystallized form of MDMA that is a popular party drug often used at concerts or raves. It has hallucinogenic properties and affects the brain by giving the user an increased sense of energy and elation. It is […]

The Dangers of Combining Cocaine and Alcohol

Cocaine and alcohol have a long-established association of dual misuse. Between 50-90% of people dependent on cocaine also receive a diagnosis of alcohol dependence. It’s a common sentiment among people who use both substances that the depressive effects of alcohol can help to mitigate the harsher “ups” of cocaine; however, the interaction between the two […]

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