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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.

Overcoming Fear When a Loved One Enters Detox

If someone close to you is entering detox for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself overcome with intense, sometimes conflicting emotions. Your desire to help see them through this difficult time may be tempered by a fear of conflicting values or opposite ideas about how intensive a recovery they may need. […]

Why Are People Using Benzodiazepines More?

Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are a relatively common class of drugs that have seen a steady increase in use over the years. Unfortunately, as use has gone up, misuse of this drug has gone up as well. In fact, a study conducted in 2019 found that 16% of overdose deaths that involved opioids were in conjunction […]

The Rise of Xanax Use

Alprazolam, also known as Xanax, is a benzodiazepine or benzo. Benzos are a class of powerful drugs prescribed to treat anxiety, panic, and other physical and psychiatric conditions. It has also seen a dramatic increase in recreational use over the past two decades and a corresponding spike in overdose rates. Xanax bears the black box […]

The Importance of Limiting Patient Numbers

With an estimated 19,770,000 people in the United States self-reporting a substance use disorder and over 1,500,000 people receiving treatment each year at over 14,500 different specialized facilities, finding a place that meets your individual needs can seem daunting. As you consider your options for detox, one factor to keep in mind is the size […]

What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is a highly addictive narcotic that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is an immediate release, short acting opioid. It is a common misconception to describe Oxycodone and Oxycontin as the same drug. However, Oxycontin is the extended-release formulation of Oxycodone. It is typically prescribed to an individual who is experiencing […]

The Dangers of Combining Wellbutrin and Adderall

Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (d-amphetamine) commonly used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Wellbutrin, generic name bupropion, is an antidepressant that is also used to help quit smoking. There is some evidence that, like Adderall, Wellbutrin improves attention and impulse control in specific populations, though the FDA […]

What is Spice?

Spice is a mix of herbs and plant materials that are combined with strong chemicals that affect the brain. While it is sometimes incorrectly referred to as synthetic marijuana, its effects are much stronger and its potential side effects can be highly dangerous. There are no known health benefits for this drug and because the […]

Holistic Therapy and Methods of Aftercare

Once you’ve made it through detox, inpatient or outpatient treatment, and the acute phases of your recovery, you’ll be ready to embark upon the rest of your life in sobriety. However, post-treatment life in recovery is not without its challenges. It’s crucial to your long-term success that you have access to resources and relationships, and […]

Do I Have to go to 12 Step Programs to Recover?

Many people with drug or alcohol use disorders successfully recover using 12 step programs. While these programs may be effective for some individuals, they are not the only path to recovery. Today there are many resources available that can assist those trying to get past drug dependency. Each person’s struggle with substance use is unique […]

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