Alcohol Detox: Don’t Go It Alone

Recovering from Alcoholism is mainly a two step process. Abstinence, which is the most crucial and difficult part, and learning to live without alcohol is the other part. A lot of people forget about the second part – learning to live without alcohol. They seem to set the drink down and ‘white-knuckle’ it. They try to live their life doing the same old things they once did and find it only makes them miserable.

Alcohol Detox | A Matter of Life and Death

Although the main goal of recovering alcoholics is abstinence, there appears to be two different groups of alcoholics and this has a direct reflection on the overall success with long-term recovery.

The first of the two groups is the alcoholics with good health, a strong social support system, and determination or motivation. The likelihood of recovery is good and it’s estimated that an average of fifty-five percent remain abstinent after an alcohol detox for a year and a large majority of that percentage maintain long-term sobriety permanently.

Drug Treatment and the History Opioid Addiction: Did You Know?

Did you know that opioids have been used since around 3400 BC for both pleasure and to treat pain? In the Middle East, which was then the Sumerians, the opium poppy plant was referred to as the ‘joy plant,’ or as Hul Gil. Throughout history, but for the exception of about 200 years in Europe during the Holy Inquisition, opium has been used to treat everything from headaches and coughing to asthma and melancholy.

Suboxone: A History of Drug Treatment that Works

Initially marketed in the 1980’s by Reckitt Benckiser, a British bases consumer health products company, Suboxone began as a pain reliever for treating severe, chronic pain. In very small doses it proved to more effective than morphine. With a similar chemical makeup to heroin and morphine, its reason for success is that it doesn’t give the patient or user the euphoric feeling that other opioids give.

Alcohol Detox | Not Having More Than Gravy On Your Mashed Potatoes

Okay, so I need to admit I have a somewhat morbid interest in sordid statistics around certain times of the year. And yes, the Thanksgiving Holiday peaks my passion for the macabre. While doing some research, a particular statistic surprised me regarding alcohol related deaths and holidays throughout the year. These statistics reinforce my belief that people who are addicted or who abuse alcohol and are considering getting help should enter an alcohol detox over the holidays.

Alcohol Drug Treatment | Finding Treatment That Works

There are many decisions to be made around alcohol drug treatment programs, and finding the right type of facility is paramount in you or your loved ones success.
However you arrive at the decision that an alcohol drug treatment facility is needed in order to move forward is, in my opinion, irrelevant. The decision to seek treatment is one of the toughest choices and it really doesn’t matter how you got there. The choice can be a frightening time; a world of the unknown, but it is the most courageous step of all.

Drug Treatment | Going Home Again

This past Halloween, I headed back east to see some friends and family. Although my main purpose was to see family, I decided to visit a drug treatment facility I worked at years ago in Somerville, Massachusetts, and with Salem within thirty minutes from where I was staying, I had to attend their Halloween event, which is called Salem’s Haunted Happenings. And, since I’d lived in the area for many years, it was always one of those, “I can do this next year,” and then never got around to it. So, I was determined to do it this year.

Drug Treatment | Open and Honest

My mobile phone rang while I was at work today. I couldn’t pick it up because I can’t answer personal calls while dealing with patients. I didn’t recognize the number but I knew who it probably was.
Two nights ago, a friend of mine, Shawn, who now lives in Seattle, called to ask if it was okay to give a friend his, Ken, my telephone number. It seems Ken is in need of some assistance. Shawn didn’t give me any particulars but since I work in the alcohol and drug treatment field, he thought I might be able to help.

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