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Choosing the Best Treatment Option After Detox

At many treatment facilities, detox is built into the program. You spend a week, give or take, detoxing, and when you’re ready you move right into treatment. If you are detoxing at a separate facility, you have to decide what kind of treatment is best for you once you leave. The biggest distinction is betweenRead More

How Can I Enjoy Nature During Treatment?

There are numerous studies showing that spending time in nature reduces stress and increases happiness. Any chance you have to spend a little time outside among trees is a chance to improve your mood and wellbeing. Don’t underestimate what is around you. Very few places are completely devoid of nature. There are trees, gardens, andRead More

Benefits of Going to a Clinical Detox Center

The pain of detox depends mostly on the severity of your addiction. If you have been using heavily for a long time, withdrawal symptoms may be severe and even dangerous. Severe withdrawal from alcohol, for example, may cause seizures that are fatal in a small percentage of cases. Having medical staff on hand to administerRead More

Why Is Commitment Critical For Recovery?

Detox and rehab are only the beginning of recovery. While detox can get your through the initial turbulence and rehab can point you in the right direction, you have to do the walking yourself. Recovery isn’t like a broken arm where you wear a cast for six weeks then never think about it again. YouRead More

Acupuncture for Detox

Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves inserting very thin needles into specific points on the body to manipulate chi, or life force. Unlike other medical interventions that treat specific problems or symptoms, acupuncture seeks to restore balance to the body, thus restoring health. In recent years, acupuncture has been shown inRead More

What Are Common Experiences of Detox?

When you first arrive at a detox center, they will typically do some blood tests and ask you some questions. You will probably receive I.V. fluids that will correct vitamin deficiencies and rehydrate you. After that, experiences differ. Your experience will depend on what drug or drugs you are addicted to, how long you haveRead More

A Lesson in Acceptance and Humility Comes from Detox

Writer Paul Garrigan struggled for years with alcoholism. Of his detox, he wrote, “When you are vomiting into a gutter in a Thai temple, it is impossible to lie to yourself anymore; nobody ends up doing such a thing unless they have messed up badly. So the medicine makes addicts teachable.” Garrigan’s experience was perhapsRead More

How Do I Exercise If I Hate The Gym?

One of the most important things you can do in your recovery is to become physically active.  In addition to serving as an excellent distraction, exercise has been shown to be as effective as medication in treating symptoms of depression.  If you are not a fan of the gym, there are plenty of fitness optionsRead More

8 Safety Concerns of Detoxing at Home Alone

If you’re ready to get clean, the first step is to detox. The best and safest way to detox is at a clinic, under professional care. If for some reason that option isn’t available to you and you want to detox at home alone, here are some safety concerns to plan for. You might relapse.Read More

What Do I Do If Someone Overdoses On Opioids?

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, 20.5 million Americans suffer from a substance abuse disorder. Two-million of those disorders involve prescription painkillers while over 500,000 involve heroin.  Even more alarming, in 2015 there were over 20,000 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers and nearly 13,000 overdose deaths related to heroin.  This isRead More