Detox Programs: Which One Is Right for You?

There are a number of different styles of detox programs available to patients who are seeking help in stopping use of drugs and alcohol. No one choice is right for everyone. The one that’s right for you will depend upon: Your confidence in your ability to avoid relapse Your drug of choice Your mental health treatment needs Your goals for … Read More

Most Painkiller Abusers Unprepared for Overdose

Thanks to the education efforts of government organizations, the medical community in general, and prescribing physicians, most people know that abuse of painkillers can lead to overdose. However, a new study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy reports that most people who abuse painkillers are not prepared to handle an overdose if it occurs, according to the U.S. … Read More

Does At-Home Detox Work?

Stopping use of all drugs and alcohol can be a scary prospect when they play a large role in a person’s life. To leave home at the same time and face the challenges and difficulties that inevitably come with the process without the support of friends or family may seem overwhelming to some. So is it safe to attempt to … Read More

More States Allow Residents to Fight Overdose With Naloxone

Naloxone has been the focus of a big push from lobby groups across the country intent on helping friends and family members of addicts to better come to the aid of their addicted loved ones when in crisis. A drug that effectively blocks the effects of opiates in the system and allows the patient to “come out of” an overdose … Read More

Benefits of Professional Cocaine Detox

When your loved one is living with a cocaine addiction, his first response to your concern that things are getting out of control may be to promise to immediately curb his drug use on his own. Unfortunately, when an active cocaine addiction is the root problem, it’s almost impossible to stop getting high without professional cocaine detox. A medical disorder, … Read More

Is Your Addicted Family Member Getting Drugs From You?

You don’t use drugs, and you don’t condone recreational drug use, so how could you possibly be the one contributing to your loved one’s drug abuse or addiction? Unfortunately, simply having addictive painkillers in your medicine cabinet is all you need to do to inadvertently support someone’s ongoing drug dependence. But if you believe that it’s not happening in your … Read More

Alcohol Detox: What to Expect

The first step in overcoming alcoholism is alcohol detox – intensive medical care designed to treat withdrawal symptoms and help the person to stabilize mentally and physically. For each person, detox will be different according to his or her needs, but in most cases, a combination of medications and psychotherapeutic intervention is warranted. What can your loved one expect in … Read More

Painkiller Addiction and Heroin Addiction: The Connection

When heroin first became a popular drug of choice among Americans in the 1960s, the average user was a low-income, 16-year-old, white male. Not anymore. Today’s heroin users are quite different, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The JAMA study reports that the average heroin user today is affluent, lives in a non-urban … Read More

4 Risks of Relapse

  Relapse is broadly defined as any use of drugs or alcohol during recovery, but some people are more restrictive in their terms than others. For example, some would describe even minimal use of prescription painkillers as a relapse even if a doctor gave the patient the prescription after a surgery or injury. Others say that taking certain detox medications … Read More

Marijuana Detox Is Real, Says Study

Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is physically addictive, and now there is more than just anecdotal evidence to support that fact. A new study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine found that marijuana users may experience a range of withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the drug after chronic or heavy use. John Kelly is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts … Read More