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All across this country in small towns, rural areas and cities, alcoholism and drug abuse are destroying the lives of men, women and their families. Where to turn for help? What to do when friends, dignity and perhaps employment are lost?

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How to Detox from Drugs at Home

How to Detox from Drugs at Home

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Author: Justin Mckibben

When it comes to overcoming a serious drug addiction it is crucial to start your recovery strong and with a healthy and stable foundation. Long lasting and sustainable sobriety often means consistent work on not just healing physically, but also psychologically. After-all, drugs and alcohol are not the only symptom to addiction; it is often far deeper than the surface.

So when it comes to the question many people may ask- how to detox from drugs at home- the best answer we can think of is pretty straight forward… just don’t.

You may wonder why, especially if you think it is all just a matter of white-knuckled will-power to get through the initial shock to the system that comes without the substance. Maybe you are a parent or family member who just wants to help your loved one any way you can.

However, the truth is that trying to detox at home isn’t just an unnecessary risk, it can also be incredibly dangerous or even life threatening.

How to Detox from Drugs at Home: Withdrawals

Due to the withdrawals, which can go from modern to overwhelming, many people want to find a way to detox comfortably. Therefore, many people trying to figure out how to detox from drugs at home do so because they want to avoid the physical discomfort while still working towards getting clean.

Then depending on pre-existing conditions or adverse health effects of drug abuse, there can be other medical complications during the detox process that most cannot diagnose or treat at home.

There are also drugs that are so potent and damaging that if someone tries to detox at home “cold turkey” they may do far greater harm to the body and vital organs. Some drug withdrawals can actually kill. If you are to ask how to detox from drugs at home with a primary concern about withdrawals, it is probably not a good idea in the first place.

How to Detox from Drugs at Home: Maintenance Drugs

The physical dependence on the substance that develops from extended use and increased tolerance can be a nightmare. The detox process can be incredibly difficult for most people. Some people have used medication maintenance programs like methadone or Suboxone to try and get off illicit drugs, but often times these methods are also unsustainable in the long-term. Usually, these medications also have side-effects of their own.

Suboxone, for example, is often used as a maintenance drug for opioid addiction. The problem is, there is a lot about Suboxone that most people don’t know.

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With methadone people find themselves visiting a clinic to receive doses of a maintenance drug that has become infamous for its own horrible withdrawal symptoms.

In the end, recovery experts consistently insist that these drugs are only really useful when accompanied by cognitive behavioral therapy or comprehensive addiction treatment.

How to Detox from Drugs at Home: Relapse Prevention

Another crucial part of drug detox that a lot of people forget about is the importance of relapse prevention. While most people think of detox as just the first stages of trying to get clean, the reality is that there is still an incredibly high chance for someone trying to detox at home of relapsing. Not just because they aren’t removed from the environment in a secure facility, but also because they are struggling with withdrawal while also not getting the strong support and treatment.

Truthfully, most addiction treatment professionals and experts agree that detox should always be done with the supervision and support of medical professionals. Behavioral therapy and other forms of treatment are also critical components of shaping the foundation for recovery from drugs and alcohol. Beyond medication or even natural remedies to combat withdrawal, people also need to develop coping skills to prevent relapse.

Instead, Choose Safe Medical Detox

It is true there are cases of some detox attempts done from home, but at the end of the day it is still an unnecessary level of discomfort and risk. Because people do also die from trying to detox from dangerous drugs at home. There is no need to kick and scream on the couch when there are so many resources that provide safe medical detox.

Ultimately, the specific substance, the length of use and the severity/frequency of use will determine how difficult the detox process will be. A combination of volatile substances can also create a whole new danger.

So instead of giving you a list of supplies, which will be incomplete or insufficient, or giving you a few cliff notes on how to detox from drugs at home, we thought it was important to stress why event though it may be ‘possible’ it can also be harmful, and in the end can even be counterproductive.

The Palm Partners detox facility has a 24-hour medical and addiction professional staff to continuously evaluate individual progress, administer the appropriate levels of medications and provide unlimited support during this process. Our highly qualified specialists genuinely strive to make recovery possible for everyone who needs help. If your or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free.

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What is Alcoholism and How Does Treatment Help?

What is Alcoholism and How Does Treatment Help?

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Author: Justin Mckibben

Alcoholism is a term that has been around for quite a long time, but over the generations it has been understood and treated in a variety of ways. Perhaps as the world and society evolves, so does the average alcoholic.

Either way you look at it, alcoholism is a very real threat. National surveys of recent years indicate:

  • Nearly 19 million people in the US abuse alcohol, or have an addiction to it.
  • In Europe, it’s estimated that 23 million people are dependent on alcohol
  • Estimates say more than two million deaths resulting from alcohol consumption a year internationally

History of Alcoholism

The term “alcoholism” was first used by a Swedish professor of medicine, Magnus Huss (1807-1890). Huss turned the phrase in 1849, to mean poisoning by alcohol. While today “alcohol poisoning” is a more direct classification, alcohol-ism is still a poison in the lives of those who is touches.

Huss distinguished between two types of alcoholism:

  1. Acute alcoholism

Huss’s definition says this is the result of the temporary effects of alcohol taken within a short period of time, such as intoxication. Basically, it is having too much to drink.

  1. Chronic alcoholism

This Huss calls a pathological condition through the habitual use of alcoholic beverages in poisonous amounts over a long period of time. A pretty innovative idea, and something that would be debated for over a century.

Since 1849, the definition has changed endlessly.

Alcoholism Defined

Establishing a definitive “alcoholism” definition is difficult as there is little unanimity on the subject. The reason for such a variety of definitions is the different opinions each authority holds, and the year the definition was formed. We have the strictest definition the dictionary provides:

  •  An addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol

We also have the concept presented by the book Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which gives stories of struggle and strength, experience and hope; the lives of many alcoholics who developed a manner of living through a plan of action rooted in 12 Steps. Here alcoholism is often described as a “physical compulsion coupled with a mental obsession”. The disease model of alcoholism has evolved overtime.

Early on 12 Step fellowships like AA were cautious about trying to label the medical nature of alcoholism. However, many members believe alcoholism is a disease. In 1960 Bill Wilson, one of the founders of AA, explained why they had refrained from using the term “disease,” stating:

“We AAs have never called alcoholism a disease because, technically speaking, it is not a disease entity. For example, there is no such thing as heart disease. Instead there are many separate heart ailments or combinations of them. It is something like that with alcoholism. Therefore, we did not wish to get in wrong with the medical profession by pronouncing alcoholism a disease entity. Hence, we have always called it an illness or a malady—a far safer term for us to use.”

These days, the classification of disease is commonly applied to alcoholism or addiction. Some have called them brain disorders. While some dispute the disease label, many believe it is the truest portrayal of alcohol addiction in the most severe form. The idea of alcoholism being a disease has been around since as early as the 18th century.

Many of the more up-to-date medical definitions do describe it as a disease. These definitions say the alcohol problem is influenced by:

  • Genetic
  • Psychological
  • Social factors

Treatment of Alcoholism

When asking how treatment for alcoholism is important, there are a few specifically important elements to consider. When it comes to health risks of trying to quit cold turkey, it can be a lot more painful or dangerous than you think. Also, lasting recovery has a lot more to do with learning new coping skills and behaviors than just giving up the substance.

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome occurs when the central nervous system (CNS) becomes overly excited. Alcohol suppressing the activity in the CNS, so the abrupt absence of alcohol causes the CNS to jump into overdrive. In essence, your system starts overcompensating.

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome symptoms include:

The severity of the alcohol withdrawal syndrome can range from mild to very severe and even life-threatening.

Most treatment programs understand the importance of therapy at different levels. Group therapy helps people fighting addiction receive peer support. Individual therapy lets you work more intimately on these issues with a professional.

Holistic programs such as Palm Partners Treatment Program help you develop a personalized recovery plan to guide you in your treatment, setting benchmarks and goals while you are in treatment.

Some groups are more educationally-structured in order to teach you very important aspects for understanding the nature alcoholism, as well as ways to make major lifestyle changes. Holistic recovery is about more than surviving your struggle, but actually outlining a way you can thrive and move forward with healthy life skills. Finding the right treatment option can make all the difference in how you define your alcoholism, versus how you let it define you.

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What is Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)?

What is Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)?

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Author: Shernide Delva

There is syndrome known as PAWS common during the recovery process and trust me; it does not have anything to do with animals. PAWS stands for protracted withdrawal syndrome and is a condition that leaves recovering addicts and alcoholics feeling the symptoms of withdrawal long after the initial withdrawal phase has passed.

No one said recovery would be easy, and for most recovering addicts, detox is just the beginning. The end result is more than worth it. Imagine a life free from the devastating hold your addiction has on your life. You will finally be able to live a healthy life without constantly worrying about where your next high will come from.

That being said, you should be aware of the symptoms that will occur when you stop abusing substances. Understanding the lingering effects of substance abuse is important to prevent a relapse and gives you hope that this too shall pass.

PAWS is the second stage of withdrawal. While you may have fewer physical symptoms in the state, there are much more emotional and psychological symptoms.  PAWS occurs because your brain chemistry is gradually returning to normal. As your brain heals, the levels of brain chemicals fluctuate as they approach the new equilibrium causing PAWS.

PAWS can often mimic depression, and increases the risk of relapse.

“I’m certain I suffer(ed) symptoms of PAWS,” recovering alcoholic Amy Parrish said in The Fix. “My sleep cycles were off, my emotions were all over the place; I would alternate between feeling good, really good, and certain, and then like I couldn’t take all the soul searching one more minute.”

Common Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms are:

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Variable energy
  • Low enthusiasm
  • Variable concentration
  • Disturbed sleep

When it comes to drugs like prescription opioids, symptoms of paws become more common.

Most addicts know what PAWS feels like. They just did not know what it was called. Many addicts have experienced the experience of quitting a drug and overcoming the initial withdrawal stage, only to relapse because they felt terrible. They feel great initially from coming off the drug, but then several months later, they start to feel down and discontent.

Adjusting to drugs without your DOC is hard but is indeed a necessary part of recovery. The good news is PAWS symptoms do not have to be part of the struggle.  Over the past few decades, there have been many treatments available to help lessen the severity of PAWS.

If you are struggling, there are answers. Some of these solutions include medications that help treat the PAWS symptoms and make them less severe.  Often, doctors may prescribe antidepressants to help alleviate the emotional symptoms of PAWS. Antidepressants like SSRIs are non-addictive and non-habit forming, although they can have withdrawal symptoms of their own.

If you are looking for a healthier alternative, try meditation, yoga, and exercise to help ease the symptoms.

“The advice I would give is to be patient with the time it takes to heal and feel better,” Parrish says. “These tough issues weren’t created overnight, and they won’t disappear overnight. I have learned that when I feel particularly “PAWS-y,” that means I’m subconsciously working something out—this makes dealing with the symptoms of feeling a little crazy and not sleeping less exhausting. It won’t last forever.”

Despite the negative feelings you might have from the initial stages of recovery, nothing compares to the hardship of having an addiction. Hang in there. Things do get better. Do not let yourself go back to your old style of living. We are here to guide you through the process. If you are struggling, call now.

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Treatment for Ketamine Addiction

Treatment for Ketamine Addiction

Treatment for Ketamine Addiction: What is Ketamine?

Ketamine, also called Special K, is popular especially amongst the club culture – ravers, or people who go to underground music festivals known as raves. To better understand what would make effective treatment for Ketamine addiction possible, it is important to know what this drug is and what it can do.

Ketamine is an anesthetic so it works by providing pain relief and sedation. It can induce a trance like state in the user, as well as memory loss. Common side effects include a number of psychological reactions, especially as the user “comes down.” These may include agitation, confusion and psychosis among others. Also, ketamine users commonly experience elevated blood pressure and muscle tremors; and sometimes, spasms of the larynx (throat) may occur.

Ketamine Addiction: Side Effects

  • Cardiovascular: irregular heartbeat, slowing of heartbeat or speeding up of heartbeat, high blood pressure or low blood pressure
  • Central nervous system: Ketamine is traditionally avoided in people with or at risk of intracranial hypertension (ICP) due to concerns about ketamine causing increased pressure on the brain.
  • Dermatologic: rash
  • Gastrointestinal: suppressed appetite, nausea, increased salivation, vomiting
  • Neuromuscular and skeletal: jerking movements
  • Ocular: double vision, increased pressure behind the eyes, rapid eye movement
  • Respiratory: Airway obstruction, slowed breathing or suspended breathing
  • Other: Anaphylaxis, dependence, emergence reaction: Emergence reactions manifest as vivid dreams, hallucinations, and delirium

The ingredients in Ketamine have been implicated in the emergency room visits and deaths of people who assumed they were taking pure MDMA, as it is often cut with it in a club drugs like Ecstasy.

Ketamine is classified as a dissociative like PCP and DXM and causes a sense of detachment from your physical body and the external world, which is known as depersonalization and derealization. At higher doses, users experience what is called the “K-hole,” which is a state of extreme dissociation accompanied by visual and auditory hallucinations

Treatment for Ketamine Addiction: Ketamine Withdrawals

With treatment for Ketamine addiction, knowing the withdrawals that can come from excessive Ketamine abuse is important to assisting with that transition.

Common symptoms include:

  • Double vision
  • Hearing loss
  • Rapid breathing
  • Loss of motor skills
  • Loss of coordination
  • Depression
  • Drug Cravings
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Chills, sweating
  • Restlessness, tremors
  • Nightmares, anxiety, depression
  • Irregular and rapid heartbeat

Treatment for Ketamine Addiction: Detox

As with most any treatment program, there will be a period of detox in treatment for Ketamine addiction. Detox is the part that most people are afraid to experience, which holds them back from getting the proper treatment, but with a medical detox program in treatment for Ketamine addiction there is often non-narcotic medication used to safely and comfortably wean individuals off of substances.

Trying to go ‘cold-turkey’ is never the easiest or safest way to try and get off any drug, and Ketamine is no exception. The medical staff is there to make sure that detox is completed in a healthy and effective process.

Treatment for Ketamine Addiction: Residential Rehab

After detox, which may last from 4 to 10 days depending on your progress, you will enter the next level of the program offered in treatment for Ketamine addiction. A detox program is too often misunderstood, and is typically not enough on its own to maintain lasting recovery.

Real recovery begins with the residential inpatient rehabilitation level of treatment for Ketamine addiction, called “rehab” for short. This can last anywhere from 30 days to a few months depending on your person recovery plan, which really is only a drop in the bucket compared to a lifetime. At the rehab level, individuals reside in a safe and comfortable environment where all basic needs will be met while they attend groups.

If you are addicted to Ketamine or any other substance, help is available. You can kick the habit and begin living the life you’ve always dreamed of living. Plenty of people have been in your shoes and now are living healthy and happy lives. Please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

Detox Centers in Lincoln, RI

Detox Centers in Lincoln, RI

Lincoln, RI is a lovely place to live, vacation and even detox. Living your life mentally and physically addicted to drugs and alcohol is an unhappy way to live. Detox centers in Lincoln, RI offer help when you are going through that agonizing and unpleasant experience of alcohol or drug withdrawals. Detoxing by yourself can be unsafe; and in some circumstances can even cause death.

Detox Centers in Lincoln, RI: What is detox?

Detox centers will take you in and help you go through your physical withdrawals with medical support. Detox Centers in Lincoln, RI have qualified specialists who securely manage physical withdrawal symptoms while coming off alcohol or substances, as well as help with psychological and emotional distresses of coming off alcohol or drugs.

Detox Centers in Lincoln, RI: Do I have to go to detox before Treatment?

In a majority of cases, you will need to go to a detox center before entering treatment. You need to go through the physical and mental withdrawals and with substances such as alcohol or benzodiazepines you can have a seizure or die from the withdrawals. There are specific substances that you can just go cold turkey from and not feel bad withdrawals, but in my opinion I would check with a doctor before choosing to just stop with any substance.

Detox Centers in Lincoln, RI: What happens after detox?

After you have entirely gone through your detoxing, you have a chance to go into a treatment program. If you are serious about getting sober, going into a rehab would be a great choice after detox. Going into a detox center in Lincoln, RI helps to take you out of your harmful surroundings and then going on to rehab would sustain your triumph with staying sober.

Detox Centers in Lincoln, RI: Why should I go to detox in Lincoln?

Detox Centers in Lincoln, RI are goaled towards helping you recover your life. They want nothing more than to make you feel comfortable and assist starting you on your new path. Being an alcoholic or drug addict is living your life as a hostage to addiction. No one deserves to live their life in that type of gloom. Going to a detox center shows you that you don’t have to live that way anymore and there are others options.

Once you’ve finished the procedure of detox and perhaps went through treatment, to maintain long term sobriety it is recommended that you attend 12 step meetings. Going to 12 step meetings aided me to grow into a functioning member of society, which was something I definitely wasn’t preceding getting sober. I had a tough time even getting out of bed before I got sober, but today I am able to keep a job, pay my bills and most significantly be honestly contented and happy. If I can get sober, so can you. Detox centers in Lincoln, RI offer you the chance to change your life. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction and looking for detox centers, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

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