Alcohol is the most commonly abused chemical substance in the United States – partially because alcohol use has become so widely normalized. In fact, drinking is as much a part of American culture as baseball and apple pie. However, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 26.45 percent of all American adults reported binge drinking within the month, in the year 2018 alone. 6.6 percent of adults admitted to problem drinking within the past month during the same year. The same study suggested that 14.4 million adults aged 18 and over had a diagnosable alcohol use disorder in 2018. Finally, an estimated 88,000 citizens lose their lives annually to alcohol-related causes, making alcohol abuse the third most common cause of death nationwide.
Because drinking is so prevalent in American culture, many alcohol abuse disorders are overlooked. In high school and college, binge drinking is normalized. Blacking out is perceived as a badge of honor in college, and because so many young adults engage in heavy partying, real issues aren’t always easily detected. However, it is important to recognize alcoholism as a chronic, relapsing brain disease, not merely a facet of the average social experience. If you or someone close to you has been drinking excessively, and you believe you or they may be struggling with an alcohol-related disorder, seeing professional medical help is essential.
Detox for Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
Of all existing chemical dependency issues, the withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol abuse and alcoholism can be the most dangerous and potentially life-threatening. If you believe you may be in need of medical detox, but you’re unsure as to whether or not you’re actually an alcoholic, there are several signs and symptoms to look for. Those who drink alcoholically will develop a tolerance, which means that they will require a greater amount of alcohol in order to experience the same effects. For example, someone that used to be a “lightweight” and get tipsy off of one beer might now drink a six-pack and feel relatively sober. Another telltale sign to look for is beginning to drink at inappropriate times. Maybe you used to have a glass of wine with dinner during social events, and now you have two or three glasses of wine as soon as you come home from work, whether or not you’re alone.
Those who are struggling with alcoholism will usually push their loved ones away, especially if their loved ones have expressed concern. Alcoholism is a disease of denial, and if someone tells you that they’re worried about your drinking, you might get defensive rather than hear them out. You may also feel anxious if you know there won’t be alcohol available, or start getting into frequent trouble at work or at school.
How Our Facility is Different
As previously mentioned, alcohol detox can be extremely dangerous when not medically overseen. Some common withdrawal symptoms include tremors, spike in body temperature, headache, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. While these acute symptoms are typically not life-threatening, they can be extremely uncomfortable, and often lead alcoholics who are trying to stay clean right back to drinking. The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal that can be lethal is called delirium tremens. Those who have consumed large quantities of alcohol for an extended period of time may experience this condition, marked by symptoms like hallucinations, extreme paranoia, anxiety attacks, seizures, and coma. We at Intrepid Detox Residential make sure that those who have been drinking heavily are under 24/7 supervision, and are given all of the medications and medical assistance they need to stay safe during the withdrawal period. Once physical and psychological symptoms have been stabilized, the resident will be introduced to cognitive behavioral therapy – but not before he or she has been deemed medically cleared. For more information on our comprehensive and individualized alcohol detox program, contact the addiction treatment specialists at Intrepid Detox Residential Residential today.
Heroin is an opioid narcotic, derived from morphine. In the past decade, rates of heroin abuse have skyrocketed nationwide. Now, the US is in the midst of what has been labeled a “heroin epidemic,” with more overdose-related deaths occurring than even before. Up until recently, potent prescription painkillers were widely available. Once the government realized the dangers involved in prescribing the drugs so readily, they issued a nationwide crackdown on distribution. Unfortunately, this crackdown lead those who had developed physical and mental dependencies to turn to a more readily available and affordable alternative – heroin. The National Institute on Drug Abuse concluded, in 2011, that between four and six percent of individuals who abuse prescription opioids will eventually turn to heroin. Since then, the amount of heroin addicts in the US has continued to rise. Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been struggling with heroin addiction, help is available.
Heroin Addiction – Signs and Symptoms
When it comes to heroin abuse and addiction, there are both short-term and long-term symptoms. First, short-term symptoms include nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, flushing of the skin, intense itching, compromised mental clarity and function, drowsiness, nodding off, and a heavy feeling in the arms and legs. Long-term symptoms of heroin addiction include collapsed veins (intravenous users), infection in the heart valves and the heart lining, ongoing sexual dysfunction, kidney and liver disease, severe stomach cramping and constipation, abscesses, and long-term mental disorders, like anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Many low-level drug dealers will cut heroin with additives in attempts to increase their profits. These additives, which might include anything from baby powder or cornstarch to the highly potent synthetic opioid fentanyl, can cause serious, sometimes irreversible damage.
Overdose is also common, when a person takes more heroin than they intended, or when the heroin is cut with another potent drug like fentanyl. Overdose causes respiratory depression – breathing will slow so much that it will actually stop, and oxygen won’t be able to make its way to the brain, causing untimely death.
Many recovered heroin addicts equate the symptoms of withdrawal to a very bad case of the flu. Symptoms include muscle cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever, cold sweats, runny nose, and excessive yawning. While the physical symptoms aren’t generally life-threatening, the discomfort of the symptoms, combined with intense cravings, will typically lead heroin addicts back to using before the detox process is complete. We at Intrepid Detox Residential Residential do everything in our power to make the withdrawal symptoms as bearable as possible, and to ensure that each one of our residents is getting all of the medical care they need to make a full and fast recovery. We also utilize medication-assisted treatment (MAT) whenever necessary, developing a short-term, comprehensive plan to help our residents taper off of heroin in the most safe and effective way possible.
Intrepid Detox Residential – What Sets Us Apart
There are many things that set us apart from other detox facilities, but above all else, the amount of individualized care that we pour into each one of residents truly speaks to our unique and personal philosophy. We never assume that one resident should be treated with the same combination of medication and therapy as another. Upon your arrival, we will undergo a thorough evaluation, which will help us to determine how to best suit your needs, and how to get you started on the road of lifelong recovery as effectively and quickly as possible. For more information on our comprehensive program of heroin detox and inpatient treatment for heroin addiction, contact compassionate professionals at Intrepid Detox Residential Residential today. We look forward to speaking with you soon!
Cocaine is an extremely addictive stimulant, made from the leaves of the South American coca plant. The recreational use of cocaine is illegal, though it is often sold on the streets and mixed with other substances, ranging from additives like talcum powder and baking soda to other drugs, like methamphetamine or synthetic opioids. Because the street value of cocaine is so exceptionally high, it is usually cut with something, making it impure and potentially dangerous. If you or someone close to you has been struggling with cocaine abuse or addiction, it is important that professional help is sought immediately. Cocaine can do serious damage regardless of how it is used – whether it is snorted or ingested. Crack cocaine, a more affordable (and impure) version of powdered cocaine, is even more potent and habit-forming. If you have any questions about the distinctions between these two drugs,or about how and where to seek help for addiction to either, please reach out today.
Cocaine Abuse and Addiction
Cocaine is a very well-known stimulant, and it has been depicted by mainstream media since it first made a major appearance in the US. Because of this, most people are familiar with the standard signs of cocaine intoxication – heightened alertness, abnormal bursts of excitement, fast talking, sweating, and increased heart rate. In most cases, these are the short-term effects of cocaine use. Those who use cocaine will experience these symptoms, whether or not they’re addicted. Those who are abusing the drug regularly or who have developed a physical and mental dependency, however, will experience a different set of symptoms.
Signs of cocaine abuse and addiction may include:
- Regular nose bleeds, or an extremely runny nose. Because cocaine is usually taken nasally (snorted), it can do serious and lasting damage to the nasal cavities. Many long-term cocaine addicts need to have reconstructive surgery, because they do so much damage to their noses.
- Dilated pupils. Small, pinpoint pupils are usually a good indicator that someone is high, either on cocaine or another chemical substance.
- Inexplicable aggressiveness or irritability. Cocaine usually causes mood swings – these mood swings typically occur when an addict runs out of drugs, or when they don’t have drugs readily available. Cocaine makes people happy and excitable initially, but the comedown can be rough and unpleasant, leading to angry outbursts.
- Frequent trips to the restroom, especially at social events. The high from cocaine doesn’t last very long, thus users believe that they need more and more in order to maintain their high. For this reason, they may excuse themselves regularly in order to take more of the drug.
- Legal problems, or problems at work or at school.
When a cocaine addict becomes preoccupied with the drug, more and more attention will be leant to obtaining and using, and less attention will be leant to previous commitments, such as work or getting good grades in school.
- Interpersonal issues. Drug addiction of any kind can lead to serious problems in relationships. In many cases, loved ones will express concern, and the addict will push them away in order to continue using.
- A change in friends. Someone who gets involved in heavy drugs like cocaine will typically begin hanging around with a different crowd – a crowd that condones drug use, or maybe a dealer, so that a supply is always available.
- Financial problems. Because cocaine is so costly, those who develop addictions will usually be unable to pay for their habit. For this reason, they may get into illegal activities, like stealing, in order to continue using.
Cocaine Detox and Withdrawal
Cocaine withdrawal is rarely life-threatening, though it can be harshly uncomfortable, and often requires some degree of medical treatment. Even if cocaine detox symptoms are mild, the security offered by Intrepid Detox Residential will help prevent detox, and get residents started on the road to recovery. Symptoms of cocaine withdrawal include exhaustion, restlessness, the inability to feel pleasure, insomnia agitation, nightmares, increased appetite, and intense cravings.
For more information on our comprehensive program for detox from cocaine, please feel free to contact the addiction treatment specialists at Intrepid Detox Residential today. We are available day or night to take your call, and answer any and all questions you may have.
Methadone is an opioid painkiller, highly potent and only legal when prescribed by a medical professional. In many instances, methadone is used to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal from other opioids, like heroin. When taken under the care of a prescribing physician, methadone can be beneficial as a short-term treatment for other, more potentially life-threatening addictions. However, it is important to remember that methadone is not a long-term solution, and that only a combination of medical detox, inpatient treatment and aftercare can lead to authentic and lasting addiction recovery. It is also extremely important to note that when used other than as prescribed, methadone use can cause addiction. While the substance is less potent than heroin, it is still extremely addictive. We at Intrepid Detox Residential have developed a comprehensive and effective program for those suffering from methadone abuse or addiction. We work hard to educate our residents on the risks involved in methadone misuse, while working with them hand-in-hand to develop a long-term recovery plan.
Methadone Abuse and Addiction
Those who are prescribed methadone and have a personal history of substance abuse are far more likely to begin misusing the substance, especially if they are not being closely monitored by a medical professional. In many cases, a physician will hold onto the medication, and administer it once or twice a day to prevent misuse. However, misuse is still common – methadone is sold on the streets, and despite its regulations, it is still readily available. If you or someone you love has been abusing methadone, there are several signs and symptoms to look for. These symptoms include:
- Increased tolerance. This means that a higher amount of the drug will be required in order for the same feeling to be achieved.
- Prioritizing methadone over other things. Those who are struggling with an addiction to methadone will start prioritizing the drug over previous commitments, work, school, and interpersonal relationships.
- The presence of withdrawal symptoms with discontinued use. If someone has been taking large doses of methadone for an extended period of time, they will start to experience symptoms of withdrawal within the first 6 to 12 hours of the last use.
- The avoidance of friends and family members. If friends and family members express any level of concern, the addict will likely push them away – not wanting to face the truth, and hoping to avoid all potential consequences.
- Doctor shopping. Looking for doctors who will fill a prescription if one doctor “cuts off” the supply, or if tolerance is built, and the addict needs more than one prescription at a time.
- More time spent alone and isolated. In order to avoid conflict, the methadone addict will begin to isolate.
- An attempt to cut down or quit, or return to regularly prescribed dosage. Perhaps the individual who has been abusing methadone realizes that he or she has a problem, and makes an effort to cut back – finding him or herself unable to adequately control cravings and urges.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Methadone
Methadone withdrawal symptoms are not usually life-threatening, like withdrawal from other opioids, but they can be extremely uncomfortable, and difficult to deal with if you don’t have access to the right medications. Symptoms of methadone withdrawal include abdominal cramping, hot flashes, cold sweats and chills, insomnia, profuse sweating, and severe constipation. The side effects of methadone withdrawal are similar to the withdrawal symptoms of heroin in that they closely resemble a very bad flu. Although symptoms aren’t lethal, detoxing in a medical facility will speed up the process, make it infinitely more comfortable, and prevent potential relapse. For more information on our comprehensive methadone detox and recovery program, contact the addiction treatment professionals at Intrepid Detox Residential today.
Benzodiazepines are a class of man-made medication, typically used to treat anxiety disorders, seizures, or severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. They work to depress the central nervous system, and cause mild to moderate sedation (when taken as prescribed). Because benzodiazepines (also called benzos) are extremely habit-forming, their distribution is widely regulated. Doctors will typically only prescribe benzos to those who do not have a personal history of substance abuse or dependency. Those who have been known to abuse drugs in the past run a great risk of addiction, and will do best to avoid the drug altogether. Of course, not all addictive tendencies can be accurately predicted. In a lot of cases, people who are prescribed the drug by a professional will begin to misuse it – taken greater doses than recommended, or taking it more frequently throughout the day. If benzo addiction does occur, it is crucial that you seek professional help immediately. Tolerance is liable to build quickly, and taking the drug regularly and in high doses can prove to be life threatening.
Benzodiazepine Addiction – Signs and Symptoms
Similar to other pharmaceutical medications, benzos are initially prescribed by prescribing doctors and physicians to alleviate the symptoms of pre-existing medical or mental health conditions. When this potent medication is taken other than as prescribed, a physical and mental dependence is likely to develop. Some of the physical signs and symptoms of benzodiazepine abuse and addiction may include (but are not limited to):
- Blurred vision – an inability to see clearly.
- Weakness in the muscles and joints.
- Fatigue and drowsiness.
- Profuse sweating.
- Nausea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal issues.
Psychological and behavioral symptoms will also be present, and these will likely include:
- Abrupt changes in mood. Mood swings are common amongst drug addicts, especially when they feel anxiety due to not having their drug of choice immediately accessible. This might make them irritable and on-edge.
- Poor judgment and difficulties making decisions. Because cravings are essentially a mental obsession, it can be difficult for the addict to focus his or her attention on anything other than obtaining and using the drug. This can lead to preoccupation and poor decision making.
- Asking others for benzos and/or doctor shopping. If someone who is abusing benzos runs out, he or she might ask around to see if anyone else has a prescription, or try to get a prescription from one or several doctors. This usually involves a fair amount of manipulation.
- Increased tolerance. More of the drug is needed in order to obtain the same desired effects.
- Increased risk-taking behaviors. Risk-taking behaviors could include mixing benzos with other drugs, like alcohol, engaging in illegal behaviors in order to obtain more drugs, or doing things like taking benzos and getting behind the wheel of a car.
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms
Those who have been abusing benzodiazepines for any length of time will typically experience a wide range of physically, mentally, and emotionally unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms may include anxiety, depression, panic attacks, heart palpitations, headaches, muscle cramping and stiffness, changes in perception, dizziness, tremors, and intense cravings. We at Intrepid Detox Residential are more than willing to help you begin your journey of recovery, and the very first step is always medical detox. Attempting to detox alone can be dangerous, and it increases the risk of relapse significantly. If you are looking for a safe and secure place to detox and to begin your journey of recovery surrounded by compassionate support, look no further! We’re here to help you along every step of the way. For more information on our comprehensive benzodiazepine program, please feel free to contact the addiction treatment professionals at Intrepid Detox Residential Residential today. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
The term “opiate” covers an extremely wide range of drugs, including both prescriptions medications and illicit substances. In recent times, heroin and prescription painkillers have become the most frequently and widely used opiates. This is largely due to the fact that prescriptions painkillers are so easy to obtain. According to the CDC (Center of Disease Control), the number of opioid prescriptions has been climbing rapidly since the early 1990s. From 1999 to 2016, over 200,000 Americans lost their lives to painkiller overdose. While the number of painkiller-related fatalities was high in 1999, it had more than quadrupled by 2016. In 2010 alone, it was estimated that nearly 210 million opiate prescriptions were filled nationwide (prescribing rates peaked between 2010 and 2012).
Unfortunately, because prescription painkillers are legally prescribed, many individuals will overlook their potential for abuse or addiction. If it’s prescribed by a doctor, it has to be safe – right? Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Those that take prescription painkillers for longer than prescribed or in higher doses than prescribed are exceptionally likely to develop a physical and mental dependency. The CDC also reported that in 2017, there were 58 painkiller prescriptions written for every 100 Americans. That means that over half of all American men and women have been prescribed an addictive narcotic painkiller at least once during their lifetimes.
As prescription rates began to climb, cases of painkiller-related addiction also began to skyrocket. Increased fatalities brought about stricter prescribing laws, and the government began to crack down on distribution. Unfortunately, thousands of Americans were already deep in the throws of opioid addiction. Because they were no longer able to obtain painkillers, many switched to a cheaper and far more readily available alternative – heroin. NIDA (The National Institute of Drug Abuse) reports that nearly 80 percent of all individuals who are seeking treatment for heroin addiction first began by abusing prescription painkillers. Unlike painkillers, which are synthetically manufactured, heroin is naturally derived from the seed pod of the opium poppy plant. Regardless of how heroin is used (it can be snorted, injected, or smoked), it enters the brain rapidly, and induces feelings of euphoria. Heroin works by binding to opioid receptors within the brain, and greatly affects heart rate, breathing, and feelings of pain and pleasure. Aside from feelings of euphoria, heroin use commonly causes dry mouth, flushing, decreased motor functioning, and “nodding” (moving back and forth between consciousness and unconsciousness). Long-term use can have much more severe effects, ranging from collapsed veins, liver and kidney disease, and sexual dysfunction to mental health issues, heart failure, and death.
All opiates are highly addictive, and using heroin presents a host of other issues, such as the risk of accidentally injecting fentanyl, which oftentimes lead to respiratory failure, overdose, and fatality. Those who overdose on heroin alone have a much higher rate of resuscitation. In most instances, they arrive to the emergency room alive, where they can be quickly treated with naloxone (an opioid blocker and antidote). If heroin is laced with fentanyl, however, rates a resuscitation are not nearly as high. Because this drug is significantly more potent than heroin, side effects are far more severe, and overdose occurs far more quickly. When fentanyl is involved, the necessary 1 to 2 mg of naloxone jumps to 30 to 5 times that amount.
If you are currently struggling with opioid abuse or addiction, it is extremely important that you seek professional care as quickly as possible. It was reported that in 2016 alone, there were nearly 42,249 opioid-related deaths. Out of all of these fatalities, nearly 50 percent (19,413) were directly related to fentanyl. For more information on opioid abuse or treatment for painkillers, heroin, and other opioid narcotics, please feel free to reach out today.