Detox Articles
05/18/2015

Detoxing From Dirty Drugs

Drug addicts present a challenge to emergency rooms and treatment centers throughout the nation, as withdrawal symptoms can range from mere discomfort to a medical emergency. Compounding the problem is the issue of dirty drugs detox, which refers to the process of testing for and neutralizing the effects of the multitude of contaminants found in street drugs today. Because the illicit drug market is unregulated and fueled by quick profit, drug purity has always been suspect in any transaction. The levels of street drug impurity can fall into any or all of the following categories: Dilutant, or filler – commonly…

05/04/2015

N-Bomb

N-Bomb, a new designer drug, is a good example of how dangerous designer drugs spread through “mouth marketing.” N-Bomb has its roots in a German doctoral student’s chemistry dissertation. Formally known as 252-NBOMe, this synthetic drug was intended to help trace chemical reactions in cells, tissues and even locating hydraulic fractures. Good, practical work. By happenstance, word got out that this humble worker bee caused psychedelic effects: euphoria, seeing colors, increased awareness of music, feelings of love and empathy, along with other symptoms similar to using LSD. Dealers latched onto this and found sources to import illegally made batches of…

04/27/2015

‘Would’a, Could’a, Should’a’ Becomes Mantra For Families

Families facing the problem of addiction in a loved one want to do everything possible to help. The desire comes from a place of caring and concern, but more often than not, help translates into control. When parents or siblings discover they cannot control the behavior of another person, even a person close to them, resentments begin to build. The family dynamics turn into a “would’a, could’a, should’a” hamster wheel of guilt and blame as everyone struggles to find a solution. The inner dialogue of guilt goes something like this: “I would have gone to pick her up at the…

04/20/2015

Anatomy of a Dangerous Designer Drug: Flakka

Flakka is a new designer drug that is making the news. First popping up in Florida, Texas and Ohio, there have been more than 136 Flakka related deaths in the last year. It’s cheap, very cheap, around $5 on the street. Parents and police are concerned about this highly addictive synthetic drug, and the fact that the core chemical, alpha-PVP, remains legal. Both bath salts and Flakka are synthetic cousins of the natural cathinone chemical in the Khat plant. The leaves of the Khat plant have long used in the Middle East as a way to increase energy and focus.…

04/13/2015

Facts About Addiction Needed Before Seeking Help For Loved One

When an individual suffers from an addiction, family members, friends and employers suffer, too. An addict’s denial and defense mechanisms often go something like this: “I’m not hurting anyone else, and I can quit any time I want to.” Absorbed in their own misguided thinking and obsessions with drugs or alcohol, they fail to notice how much they are hurting people who care about them most. At the same time, families and friends often mistakenly enable the cycle of addiction to continue because of well-meaning but misguided attempts to help the one they love. Having informed knowledge about the fact…