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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 Do You Mean I’m Positive For Fentanyl?

Steve Carleton, LCSW, CAS, is the Executive Clinical Director at Gallus Medical Detox Centers and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Gallus clients’ stories usually start the same way, “I started using pain killers after an injury” — insert traumatic event. Before they knew it, their doctor stopped […]

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, […]

What is Polysubstance Use?

Polysubstance use is taking two or more drugs simultaneously or within a short period. Combined drug use may include prescription drugs, illegal drugs, or alcohol. Dangers of polysubstance use include an increased chance of falls, risky behavior, physical or mental harm, or overdose, all of which may result in death. The Centers for Disease Control […]

How Detox Can Help You Stop Taking Suboxone

Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat opioid dependence.1 The drug, which is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, helps reduce uncomfortable side effects of opioid withdrawal, including cravings. Because Suboxone is a combination of two medications to treat opioid use disorder, it is known as a MOUD, or medication for opioid use disorder. […]

Why Does the Fear of Withdrawal Stop People From Seeking Treatment?

Millions of people worldwide misuse drugs, alcohol, or both, often suffering personal, professional, financial, and sometimes deadly consequences. In 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported almost nineteen million American adults struggled with a substance use disorder, yet only about twelve percent received treatment1. The study also found over eight million […]

Why is Fentanyl Use So Widespread?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid prescribed by doctors to treat severe chronic, post-surgical and cancer-related pain.1 Experts warn fentanyl is twice as potent as heroin and up to 100 times more potent than morphine. If used as prescribed, the drug is effective, but if misused or purchased illegally, fentanyl can be deadly. The Food and […]

What is Fentanyl-Based Opioid Use Disorder?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid about 50 times more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. While doctors can legally prescribe fentanyl to treat severe pain, prescription drugs are often diverted for recreational use. In some cases, fentanyl is made illegally and sold on the streets. Opioid use disorder (OUD) is […]

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