Archives for Addiction and Rehab

Medications to Treat Addictions

Medications to Treat Addictions Only within the last 10 or 15 years has addiction treatment had so much global research going into the subject matter. With it have emerged newer methods to treat drug and alcohol abuse. These range from cognitive behavioral therapy, skills training, art and writing therapy and integrated therapy for co-occurring disorders to name a few. Although there is still no such thing as a “magic cure”, these approaches have been shown to increase the positive outcomes in addiction treatment as a whole. New medications to treat an addiction have also been significantly improved leading to lesser
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How Drugs Work in the Brain

The brain is the most complex organ in the body. It is the core centre of life and all human activity. You need it to see, to smell, to breathe, walk, write, laugh and enjoy life’s activities. The brains is responsible for regulating all the basic functions of the body as well as, understand and respond to everything you experience which includes behaviours, thoughts and emotions. In short, the brain is sectioned into different parts which work together at one point or another. Some of these areas are responsible for memory. Other parts coordinate your senses. In the case of
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People Who Can Help You After Rehab

During rehab you will have a large amount of constant support to rely on. These people will have been there during your initial withdrawal and continued to guide you throughout the early stages of recovery. This compassion and knowingness you have someone to lean on can be very comforting, but what about when you leave rehab. Support may not be so readily available for some. Being unable to pre-determine who can help you after rehab could lead you to feel stuck, confused and powerless. It is these very emotions that begin to stack up and weigh against a healthy recovery.
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Barbiturate Abuse and its Potentially Deadly Withdrawal

Barbiturate Abuse and its Potentially Deadly Withdrawal When you think about common abused drugs, barbiturates most likely do not come to mind. As a type of central nervous depressant, barbiturates have a wide range of affects from mild sedation to full anesthesia or anticonvulsant. The drug requires a prescription from a doctor and generally cannot be refilled without a follow up appointment. Due to their extreme physical effects, barbiturates are commonly abused. However, what people don’t realize is that overdosing on these medications is very easy. Moreover, the withdrawal can be one of the most severe out of all prescription
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5 Signs You Need to Go to Rehab

Signs You Need to Go to Rehab Now Are you wondering if you might need to get help for a drug or alcohol addiction? Perhaps your family members or friends have been telling you this for a long time, but you’ve been in denial. A lot of addiction specialists will tell you that if you’re thinking about going to rehab, you probably do need some help. If you’re not wholeheartedly convinced, or still pondering the idea alongside denial, there are signs that you should be able to recognise in yourself. The following will allow you to gauge your current situation.
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Confidential Drug Rehab

Why Confidentiality is Important and Valued During Rehab Going to rehab in Thailand or elsewhere for a drug and alcohol addiction can bring forth a wealth of mixed emotions. Some people don’t know what to expect while others worry about the withdrawal. One of the most misunderstood aspects associated with drug rehab is confidentiality and privacy matters especially during individual counselling and therapy sessions. It is important to alleviate as many concerns as possible before treatment can begin. By doing so, any stressors or presumptions can be nullified. Understanding Overall Privacy Concerns at Rehab Privacy is highly valued and respected
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Oxycodone Addiction

What You Should Know About Oxycodone Oxycodone is one of the most abused medications in the United States. Its popularity continues to grow despite efforts being made by government and leading health centers to prevent the abuse of the drug. The medication was first synthesized in 1916 and has been misused almost since its initial release on the market. Nowadays, it’s relatively easy to get and legal which is why more people are turning to this drug as a means of coping with chronic pain or distressing emotions. Oxycodone abuse and addiction is not slowing down. Rehab centers continue to
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Carfentanil

What You Should Know About Carfentanil In the last 6 months, several states in the United States have seen a dramatic increase in opiate overdoses. Ohio, Florida and Kentucky have been the first areas to report these incidences, and authorities have confirmed they are not a result of heroin, or fentanyl as in the string of overdoses in the previous year. Rather, these people OD’d from a synthetic opioid called carfentanil. What is Carfentanil? Carfentanil, also known as carfentanyl, is marketed under the brand name Wildnil. It is an analog of the synthetic opioid known as fentanyl. Carfentanil is one
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AA Meetings and Other Support Groups

What You Should Know About AA Meetings and Other Support Groups Millions of people around the world attend 12 step support groups. These take place every day of the week, at all times and in thousands of different global locations. The most popular and effective, support groups are AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous). Family support groups like Al-Anon and Ala-Teen are also hugely popular for the loved ones of addicts. While you may be familiar with the terms AA, NA, Al-Anon or Alateen, you may not understand what the point or objective of these groups are. Whether you
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What Happens During an Opiate Withdrawal

Understanding What Happens During an Opiate Withdrawal Opiates are a class of drugs which are used to treat moderate to severe pain. Prescribed medications can include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, dilaudid and methadone. In general, these drugs are not to be taken for long term unless there are underlying illnesses such as terminal cancer. Other opiates include heroin and opium; both of which are illegal and heavily abused. In the United States, approximately 2.1 million people abuse opioids with another 26.4 to 36 million worldwide. While it is accepted that opiates are useful for alleviating pain, they are highly addictive. Users
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