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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.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month! By way of honoring this important annual event, we have highlighted five important black people who are in long-term recovery. What is Black History Month? Formerly known as “Negro History Week”, Black History Month is an annual celebration held in observance in the United States and Canada. Ireland, the UK, […]

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 […]

Is Marijuana Use a Problem?

In today’s society, marijuana use has become a regular everyday activity. Due to the normalization of it’s use, many individuals do not see it as a problem. Many people also believe that because the drug comes from a plant, it is not addictive and doesn’t cause harm. However, an individual can become addicted to it […]

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 […]

Why Is Medical Detox at Gallus Right for Business Professionals?

Amid the busy schedule of a working professional, treatment for alcohol and/or drug detox may be the last thing on your mind. You may believe you don’t have the time or that you can’t take even a few days away from your job to complete a detox program. However, detox facilities such as Gallus Medical […]

What Are the Dangers of Using Stimulants?

Stimulants, sometimes referred to as “uppers,” are highly addictive drugs. They are frequently used due to their performance-enhancing and euphoric effects. Stimulants increase dopamine levels in the brain, encouraging users to return to using them repeatedly. Long-term use of stimulants can have significant consequences on both the mind and body and may lead to substance […]

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 […]

How Do I Know if I Need Detox?

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I want to stop using drugs or alcohol, but I can’t”? While some may see this as a lack of willpower, it can be physically and emotionally challenging to quit using substances. When you use drugs or alcohol for an extended period, your body develops a tolerance. Once you […]

Sleep Aids, Are They Addictive?

Around four percent of US adults use prescription sleep aids in a given month. While people can use sleeping medications successfully to treat short-term insomnia, many people may develop substance use disorder (SUD) while using them. Many people assume they can’t get addicted to sleeping pills because a doctor prescribes them. However, as tolerance develops […]

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