Detox Articles
02/23/2015

The Two Cases Where You Might Need Detox Medication

You’ll need detox medication in a few cases, one of which is to help you wean off your drug dependency. The other reasons most frequently given are staying in treatment and avoiding relapse. Detoxification (detox) is the process that helps safely remove drugs from your system. You may experience uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms as your body withdraws from the drugs. Treatment centers will administer detox medication because Every person has an individualized plan for their care. The medications you receive may not be the same as other patients. Drug addiction has caused dramatic changes to your brain and possibly…

02/17/2015

Why You Might Want a Mental Detox During the Holidays

Though it’s supposed to be a time of good cheer, many of us find ourselves with more worry, fatigue and emptiness during the holidays than at any other time of the year. We’re anxious about getting all the shopping, visiting and partying done; we are exhausted at day’s end; and we wonder, sometimes, why we’re engaging in holiday madness. Taking time for a mental detoxification might be the perfect solution for getting on track for a more productive and meaningful holiday season. Mental toxins are negative thoughts that interfere with one’s sense of well-being. The Mayo Clinic links negative thoughts…

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…