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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 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, […]

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. […]

The Benefits of Medical Nutrition Therapy

When individuals misuse a substance for a long time, their body is depleted of essential vitamins and nutrients needed for vital bodily processes. They might also be struggling with additional health complications due to their substance use. After someone goes through the detox process, they can utilize medical nutrition therapy to help restore their health. […]

The Importance of Medical Detox with Shannon Weir

With Gallus Medical Detox being a center of excellence, industry leaders in medical detox, and 10 years of experience treating substance use disorder patients, we have a unique front-line perspective in providing the medical assistance needed to help patients overcome addiction. Gallus Medical Detox introduces Shannon Weir, the Director of Clinical Education and Quality Assurance […]

How Do I Tell My Kids That I’m Going to Detox?

Detox may not only be a new and frightening experience for you but your family as well. Whether or not you wish to tell your children where you are going is up to you. However, chances are that your behaviors related to substance use have not gone unnoticed in the home. While the conversation may […]

What Is Trauma-Informed Care?

Trauma is widespread. It occurs due to violence, abuse, neglect, loss, disaster, war, and other emotionally harmful experiences. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), trauma is an almost universal experience of people with substance use disorders (SUDs). However, with appropriate support, people can overcome traumatic experiences. Trauma-Informed Care understands and […]

Why Do People Leave Detox Early?

Before deciding to start your recovery journey at a detox center, you may feel frightened and unsure. You may have heard stories of people leaving detox for various reasons, including feeling uncomfortable with staff or the environment, deciding they no longer want to experience withdrawal symptoms, or more. The experience you have in detox is […]

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