What Happens When an Alcoholic Starts Drinking Again?
Alcohol abuse kills over 140,000 people in the U.S. every year.1 Death caused by alcohol poisoning, motor vehicle or other accidents, violence, suicide, and alcohol-related diseases make alcohol abuse the third most preventable cause of death in the United States.2 What is Alcoholism? Alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, and alcohol addiction fall under the clinical diagnostic […]
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 Importance of Aftercare for Mental Health Disorders
Your recovery does not end once you walk out the door of a detox facility, especially if you struggle with a co-occurring mental health disorder. The detox process involves managing the uncomfortable and sometimes life-threatening withdrawal symptoms associated with the cessation of substance use. The most important thing you can do for yourself after a […]
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 […]
Why Are Benzodiazepines Dangerous?
Benzodiazepines, also commonly known as benzos, are highly addictive prescription drugs. They treat a variety of disorders and are considered safe if used short-term. Long-term use may lead to physical or psychological dependence or substance use disorder. Along with these, users may experience multiple adverse side effects. Benzo withdrawal can be dangerous, and in some […]
What We Can Learn From John Mulaney
You may have recently heard that comedian John Mulaney checked into treatment for cocaine and alcohol addiction. While there is no shame in seeking treatment for those struggling with addiction, John’s story is common for individuals with substance use disorder during the pandemic. Surveys reveal that more people are using alcohol to cope in 2020 […]