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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.

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 […]

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 […]

Can You Overdose on Ativan?

Ativan, the brand name for the drug lorazepam, is a tranquilizing type of medication that is classified as a benzodiazepine. It can be used to treat anxiety disorders, sleep problems, alcohol withdrawal and can prevent seizures. It is typically not used for an extended period of time and research findings reveal that long term use […]

Detox is the Foundation of Recovery

The first step towards recovering from a substance use problem is detoxing. Throughout the detox process the body is cleansed of whatever toxin was being, ingested. More importantly, when a person detoxes in a medical detox, their withdrawal symptoms are safely managed. The length of detoxification depends on the type of substance an individual is […]

The Dangers of U-47700

Gallus Medical Detox Centers, a nationally recognized Center of Excellence for inpatient medical detox, is launching a new substance use alert to inform providers of new and potentially dangerous trends happening across the country. With ten years of experience treating SUD patients, we have a unique front-line perspective in providing the medical assistance needed to help […]

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 […]

Why Is Adderall Use Common in College Students?

Adderall use among young adults has been rapidly increasing across college campuses. It is estimated that more than one million Americans misused stimulants in 2017, with 14.4% being young adults 18 to 25. It is typically prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) but has become popular for nonmedical use. Although the medication has […]

National Nutrition Month

National Nutritional Month is an annual event that aims to inform people about making healthier choices for their overall wellness. You might wonder what National Nutrition Month has to do with addiction. Addiction, together with a lack of nutrients, can have a significant impact on the body causing a whole host of negative effects, including: […]

Reducing the Risk of HIV and AIDS With Drug Use

Those who use drugs and participate in associated high-risk behaviors are at a higher risk for contracting or transmitting viral infections, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Viruses spread through blood and other bodily fluids and can infect anyone of any gender. However, learning how to reduce the risk […]

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