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Addiction

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.

How Does Massage Therapy Help Detox?

Gallus’ Massage Therapy services are currently suspended, they will resume after the COVID-19 pandemic. Detoxification, or detox, is the process of removing drugs and alcohol from the body. During detox, uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms may occur, which are typically managed in medical professionals’ presence. Massage therapy is a holistic form of treatment used to heal the […]

Addiction Recovery Options During COVID-19

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the past twelve months have been challenging for people worldwide—and perhaps especially challenging for those struggling with addiction. It goes without saying that our work and social lives have been drastically changed, which in turn has taken a toll on our mental health. Isolation, grief, stress, and financial insecurity are […]

What is the Difference Between Substance Abuse and Dependency?

Simply put, there is little difference between substance abuse and physical or psychological dependence. Both substance abuse and dependency are encompassed under the diagnostic material for substance use disorder (SUD). However, there are different severities of SUD that range from mild to severe. If an individual struggles with SUD, they will experience withdrawal symptoms when […]

2020: Troubling Trends With Benzo Use

As the dust settles on a challenging 2020, it’s becoming clearer than ever that Americans had a difficult time coping with unprecedented times. Case in point: research studies are beginning to show a scary spike in benzodiazepine use (and misuse) in the United States. According to a recent study published in Psychiatric Services in Advance, […]

What Are Bath Salts?

The abuse of synthetic cathinones, also known as bath salts, has become a significant public health threat across the United States. Bath salts resemble cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), and amphetamines. The use of them can result in severe psychiatric symptoms and possibly death. Physical dependence or addiction to bath salts may cause withdrawal symptoms, which should […]

How to Overcome Addiction & Improve Health

Addiction impacts people in different ways. You might be struggling with isolation, using alone, losing weight due to poor eating habits, or perhaps starting to feel the strain of addiction on your body. The impact of addiction varies depending on how long you, or your loved one, has been using substances and the type of […]

Trauma & Addiction: What You Need To Know

Given that most Americans have faced adverse experiences in one form or another during their lives, trauma has become a genuine epidemic in the United States. Trauma not only stays with individuals long after the experience, but it very often devolves into something much worse down the line. It takes time for the emotional impacts […]

Ten Proudly Sober Celebrities

In 2020, we witnessed an inspiring story of hope—one that brightened an otherwise difficult year for many people out there. On Tuesday, the New York Post’s Page Six revealed that Sir Anthony Hopkins hit an impressive milestone this week: 45 years of continuous sobriety. The 82-year-old Oscar winner celebrated the occasion with an Instagram post […]

Dangers of Using Ambien

Ambien, or Zolpidem, is in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. It was created to have the same effects as benzodiazepines without harmful and addictive properties. Ambien is most often prescribed to those who have chronic insomnia. However, while it may take longer to form an addiction than benzodiazepines, it is still possible to […]

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