Since the 1970’s, methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) has been the top treatment for opiate addiction. In recent years, additional pharmacological therapies have developed. The most promising of these is buprenorphine, often combined with naloxone. Addicts are prescribed these drugs in controlled doses during detox to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Doses are continued after detox to curb […]Read More
Many people believe that marijuana isn’t addictive, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 9 percent of those who use pot will become addicted to it, including 25 to 50 percent of those who smoke daily. About 4.2 of the 6.9 million Americans who abused illegal substances […]Read More
Plenty of people adhere to the old adage that, “If you want it something done right, you have do it yourself.” But when it comes to detoxing, that’s hardly the best method. Online Detox Products Strike Again The latest example of DIY detox is Hot Detox, a product primarily sold online. It’s touted as an […]Read More
Inpatient detox is first step in safely withdrawing from drugs and alcohol. The process can last anywhere from three days to two weeks – it ultimately depends on the drugs abused, the severity of addiction and how the you respond to the process. Generally speaking, addictions to alcohol, opiates and poly-substances will require a longer […]Read More
It’s well-documented that most people who are currently incarcerated suffered from some form of addiction while committing crimes. A 2010 study from CASA Columbia found that 65 percent of U.S. inmates across the country meet the medical criteria for substance abuse addiction. But while these inmates desperately need drug treatment, only 11 percent received any […]Read More
In today’s treatment world, an individual’s continuum of care is much more customizable than it used to be, including the detox process with options of rapid, inpatient or outpatient detox. Rapid and Inpatient Options With rapid and inpatient detox programs, medical doctors use pharmaceutical drugs to transition you through withdrawal. In most cases, you can […]Read More
The decision to quit drinking or using drugs is often a voluntary one. For others, the decision is made after intervention efforts on behalf of family, friends or the legal system. Despite the circumstances, you know you need help and one of your very first questions might be, “Do I need an inpatient rehab or […]Read More
The thought of getting sober can be scary for some. But while many are concerned about the lifestyle change, they are even more concerned about the physical symptoms they may experience during the detox process. Duration and Intensity of Symptoms TV shows such as Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Intervention have highlighted the worst […]Read More
For nearly 50 years, methadone has been used as a transitional medication. Thousands have traded in their addictions to heroin or Oxycontin, transitioning instead to supervised methadone maintenance programs. In theory, opiate addicts are switched to methadone for short periods of time, then weaned off the drug altogether. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. […]Read More
A study published in the October 2013 edition of the journal Neuroscience Letters found that resveratrol, a natural plant compound, has the ability to block the euphoric effects of methamphetamine. This breakthrough, if proven effective on humans, could significantly reduce a user’s susceptibility to meth addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), […]Read More
Thanks to the rise of mandatory drug testing in the workplace and multiple other situations, a whole new underground industry has emerged. For anyone looking to quickly detox their body of illegal substances, a quick Internet search for “at-home drug detox kits” turns up thousands of results. These shady products claim to help users quickly […]Read More
For opiate addicts looking to get sober, the first step is detoxification or “detox.” When the body is deprived of the drugs it has become dependent upon, withdrawal symptoms kick in. Unfortunately, it’s usually the unrelenting discomfort of withdrawal that makes an addict reconsider his or her decision to quit. In an attempt to avoid […]Read More
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