Detox Articles
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…

08/05/2014

Your Obsession with the Addict’s Behavior Causes Harm

Substances abusers create devastation in their own lives and in the lives of people closest to them. They damage their health; they ruin relationships; they cause financial hardship; and they sometimes destroy opportunities for successful employment. At the same time, family members and friends create chaos of their own by obsession with the addict. They count the number of drinks an alcoholic is having. They keep track of days absent from work.  They dwell constantly on what the addict is doing or neglecting. They try desperately to control the situation. Obsession with the addict, although perhaps understandable, causes harm to…

07/08/2014

Signs of Alcoholic Behavior Help Provide Answers

In learning about signs of alcoholism, one should consider two important concepts from the beginning. First, denial is the No. 1 symptom of alcoholism. An alcoholic will make endless excuses and rationalizations about his behavior before finally admitting the reality of a progressive alcoholic pattern. Second, people who are not alcoholic don’t wonder whether they might be alcoholic. Given that vital framework, if one wonders about signs that he or she might be an alcoholic, medical doctors and psychotherapists have devised some checklists. Mayo Clinic’s signs of alcoholism include inability to limit the amount of alcohol consumed, development of tolerance…