Detox Articles
01/26/2015

Detox Medication

The need for detox medication is once again supported by a report from the University of Maryland Medical Center, which indicates that about 95% of individuals newly abstaining from alcohol have mild-to-moderate withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms may include insomnia, loss of appetite, agitation or anxiety and tremors, while 15 – 20% experience seizures and hallucinations. About 5% of this population experiences delirium tremens (DTs), which must be treated as an emergency for associated fatality concerns. Due to the wide spectrum of pain and trauma associated with detox, it is highly recommended that those with moderate to high levels of alcohol in…

12/22/2014

Why Do Addicts Relapse?

There is a lot of talk about the “addict personality” and how the disease of addiction dictates thinking and the tendency to relapse. To some extent there is truth to this: the addict’s brain has been rewired to associate psychoactive substances with pleasure and relief, to the point where in the absence of those substances life is at least inadequate, if not intolerable. When, after treatment, the addict’s experience of life gets nudged into those parameters—inadequate to intolerable—using presents itself as an attractive option. The methods used in treatment are geared not only toward interrupting the addiction cycle on a…

12/15/2014

I am the Master of My Fate

YOU are the most important person involved in your recovery process. There undoubtedly will be many wonderful people along the way who will help you return to a life of sobriety and functionality, yet not a single one will be able to assist you in your process if you are not committed to the healing required to return to a sober lifestyle. Your Acceptance of the Problem is the First Step Toward Recovery Although it may seem difficult, many addicts who have successfully returned to a sober lifestyle agree that a main key to success is taking things one step…

11/24/2014

Letting go of Beer and Wine Culture

Drinking is an easy way to create a social scene.  Many times quitting drinking means giving up an entire social scene. The problem is convincing oneself that it is time to quit. Drinking Companions One of the hardest parts about leaving the drinking scene is the loss of friends.  One’s drinking circle can include long-time friends from momentous points in life. For instance old school buddies or friends who have attended each other’s weddings or band mates. Some friends may not have an addiction but if they are a part of the scene it may be hard to find time…

11/17/2014

Tips for Letting Go of Anger and Resentment

Anger and resentment often stem from trying to avoid hurt and betrayal. These emotions are detrimental to your emotional, mental, and even physical wellbeing. Closeness to the person aggravates the feelings; we feel more hurt from a friend and relative than a stranger does. You then develop a skewed perspective of friendship and closeness. The physical effects include high blood pressure and disturbance on the circulatory system. The following are tips on how to overcome these emotions. Understand the cause The easiest way to deal with anger and resentment is to first understand the cause and source. Do note that…