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GALLUS DETOX RECOVERY BLOG

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.

The Risks of Drinking Alcohol and Using Benzodiazepines

Mixing drugs and alcohol is always dangerous. However, one combination in particular is especially dangerous: alcohol and benzodiazepines (Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, and more). These two substances alone can pose dangerous risks and, when mixed, their effects can be amplified. What Is Alcohol? Alcohol, ETOH, is the ingredient found in beer, wine, and spirits that causes […]

What is Clonazolam & Why Is It Dangerous?

Clonazolam is triazolobenzodiazepine. Unlike other benzodiazepines, Clonazolam has no medicinal use at this time. However, as with other benzodiazepines, it is prone to misuse and has the potential to cause dependence and even addiction. What are benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines (sometimes called “benzos”) are prescription tranquilizers and sedatives that are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. […]

The Impact of Club Drugs Amid COVID-19

Club drugs are common substances used across “party” platforms, such as raves and clubs. People may use these drugs to feel less inhibited, more social, and enhance their senses. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, raves and clubs are no longer open due to social distancing restrictions. However, people who have developed substance use disorder (SUD) […]

The Dangers of Rohypnol

Rohypnol is a powerful central nervous depressant. Most commonly used as a club drug, it is also notoriously used to perpetrate sexual assault. Using Rohypnol has serious side effects, and excessive use may lead to substance use disorder (SUD). When an individual regularly uses Rohypnol and decides to stop, withdrawal symptoms may occur. Withdrawal can […]

M 30 Pills: What You Need to Know

30 M is the hallmark printed on Oxycodone tablets, a synthetic opioid that is used as a prescription painkiller. However, in recent years, there were several reports of counterfeit 30 Ms containing more deadly opioids such as heroin and fentanyl, coined as “Mexican oxy,” causing the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration to intervene. What are M […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fentanyl and the Effects of Its Use

In recent years, there has been a spike in opioid-related deaths, specifically synthetic opioids. This increase in synthetic opioid-involved deaths is due to higher amounts of fentanyl findings in drugs. According to the CDC, drugs are testing positive for fentanyl, but not with fentanyl prescribing rates. These rates lead to the conclusion that fentanyl is […]

The Risks of Prescription Opioid Use

In the United States, doctors are prescribing higher rates of opioids. Prescription opioids are most commonly used to treat moderate to severe pain but can be highly addictive. When safely taken for a short amount of time, prescription opioids are generally safe to use. However, the misuse of prescription opioids has harmful effects and can […]

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