Detox Articles
09/15/2014

Detox is NOT Rehab

It is the First Step on the Wonderful Journey to Recovery One of the biggest mistakes made when seeking help for drug addiction is the idea that detox will take care of the problem. Detox is important, but it is not rehab. Although people often feel better after detox, the reasons why they began using drugs will still be there. Without rehab, detox is a time-limited solution for an addiction. So what happens after detox? For most addicts, residential rehab is the first step. Detox often takes place at a specialized detox facility, but some larger rehab facilities offer detox…

09/08/2014

What to Eat During Alcohol and Drug Detox

Creating an individualized drug detox diet is part of how your detox team will help you. When drug seeking has become the main occupation of each day, someone with an addiction has often lost extensive weight, or gained unhealthy abdominal fat from eating fast or cheap food. Some addicts also have underlying medical problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure, and this will be considered when preparing a drug detox diet plan. Many people come to detox dehydrated, and water, juice and some nutrition supplements are considered and included as necessary. A balanced drug detox diet will supply your…

09/01/2014

How Long Does It Take to Detox From Alcohol?

Detox from alcohol is safer and more comfortable when managed by detox professionals. Understanding how long it takes to detox from alcohol, and what to expect, is important. Many alcoholics unwilling experience cold-turkey detox from alcohol when they are unable to obtain enough alcohol to keep the brain and body at expected levels. Sudden alcohol withdrawal is extremely dangerous, particular for those who have abused alcohol for extending periods of time, because uncontrolled detox can lead to seizures and other life-threatening emergencies. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually begin within eight hours of the last drink. Some withdrawal symptoms are persistent for…

08/25/2014

Do You Need Detox?

Are you asking yourself if you actually need alcohol or drug detox treatment? Take a closer look at the numbers: Withdrawal from alcohol means that an alcoholic has a 25% chance of experiencing a seizure in the first 24 hours without alcohol Withdrawal symptoms for drugs of abuse depend on the specific drug, but include life-threatening medical problems such as seizures Delirium tremens (DTs) symptoms include fever, confusion and very fast heart rate, and are fatal in 1-2% of cases Now these numbers point out some worst case (but common) scenarios, but it is also true that individuals who require…

08/18/2014

Healthcare Integration:

In what feels like a pervading atmosphere of fragmented healthcare, one of the exciting changes happening is the pulling together of behavioral health into primary care and other healthcare services. This is a meaningful change that will impact all of us! Because we feel so strongly about healthcare integration, the New Start team is getting some timely and extremely important education, all within walking distance of our center. August 11th to 13th, Dr. Cohen, Joe, and Lindsey attended the California Department of Healthcare Services (CDHS) Substance Use Disorders Statewide Conference. We’re extremely excited about attending for a variety of reasons. One…