What To Expect When Quitting Meth

Crystal meth is a drug that wreaks havoc on users. As with any substance abuse addiction, pain and loss can occur due to the addiction, such as relationships, money, jobs, and more. One can also fall into a deep depression or struggle with other negative emotions like anger, resentment, guilt, and so on.

If you’re thinking about quitting meth, you may be experiencing some anxiety because you’re not sure what you might encounter as you do so. It can be difficult for addicts to stop using drugs, but there is plenty of help available via detox and rehab centers, as well as substance abuse professionals and 12 Step groups. It also helps to understand what you might go through mentally and physically.

If you want to quit meth, here are some things you can expect to encounter as you do:
Psychological Withdrawal
You’re bound to go through withdrawal symptoms once you quit meth and the psychological ones will most likely be the most intense depending on how much meth you were using. Once you’ve stopped using meth, the toxic substances take approximately two days to pass through your system. During this time you will mentally crave the drug more than you’d like to. Meth tends to raise the dopamine levels in your brain, which makes you experience a euphoria, but at the same time it destroys dopamine receptors. When you stop taking meth, you could very well experience a major depression and perhaps anhendonia, which is a condition in which you cannot experience any pleasurable feelings at all. You may also suffer from anxiety, nightmares, suicidal thoughts, and psychosis.
Physical Withdrawal
The physical withdrawal when stopping meth is not quite as terrible as many other drugs, but you will most […]

How to Create a Relapse Prevention Plan

Even though you may receive addiction counseling and/or work a program of substance abuse recovery, chances are you will encounter unexpected cravings when it comes to the drug of your choice. Addictions have a tendency to cause occasional cravings- especially when you face some common triggers. The best way to contend with such is to create an Addiction Relapse Prevention Plan that will help you to know what you can do when those cravings occur.
You can create your own Relapse Prevention Plan or you can ask someone for some assistance. Oftentimes a counselor, sponsor, or someone familiar with addictions will help you to create one that works for you. Here are some things to consider as you create yours:

Identify your addiction triggers.

A trigger is a person, place, or thing that causes you to want to use your drug of choice. For example, if you see a commercial on television for alcohol, it could cause you to crave a drink. Or if you drive by the dope man’s house, you could be tempted to turn into the driveway. Identifying your triggers and doing whatever you can to avoid them is helpful in staying clean. This is especially important in the beginning stages of recovery, as cravings can become pretty intense and relapses are more common among newcomers to recovery. You might think you have a lot of will-power, but sometimes will-power is not enough when it comes to addiction, so a plan is necessary.

Make a list of those you can call.

When you encounter a trigger or an intense craving, have a list handy of those you can call for support and encouragement. This will come in handy as you unexpectedly run into an […]

By |February 21st, 2014|Uncategorized|

Alcohol Rehab Treatment Tips

If you’ve been struggling with addiction to alcohol and are planning on attending a rehab center, there are some valuable tips you can learn before you go in order to get the most out of your stay. The decision to attend rehab is one of the best decisions of your life, as you can not only stop abusing alcohol but learn valuable life tips so you can life a happy and free life.
Be patient
If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, you’ll understand this concept. As you stop drinking and go through rehab, you will certainly experience some changes, but you most likely will not become a superhero by the end of your stay. Once you remove alcohol from your life, there are still issues to work on when it comes to your emotions, past behaviors, tackling triggers, and so on. Rehab is the beginning of a lifelong journey of personal and spiritual growth, so be patient when it comes to your goals, as change will certainly come, but it requires an investment of time and energy.
Allow others in for support
While you are at rehab treatment, you will be surrounded by professional staff and other men and women who are in your shoes getting sober and learning how to live life that way. There are some people that put a wall up in rehab and won’t let anyone get close to them, but it will serve you well to let your walls fall and allow others in for support. The other recovering alcoholics are going through much of the same things that you are, so to offer support to each other can be quite helpful. You will also receive individual […]

By |February 20th, 2014|Addiction, Alcohol|

Valium (Diazepam)

Has your life become unmanageable and painful due to Valium addiction or the abuse of other medications containing diazepam? If so, our Valium detox and recovery program can provide you with the relief you need. Call us today at our 24 Hour Toll-Free Addiction Helpline (855) 904-7873.
Valium (Diazepam)
Valium abuse and addiction has long been associated with middle and upper class women who have difficulty coping with the stress of everyday life.  But the truth is Valium addiction can and does happen to most anyone from all walks of life. Although Valium abuse and its associated dangers are less common than with other benzodiazepines such as Xanax, the numbers are still profound. DAWN ED reported 24,118 emergency room visits as a result of Valium abuse and overdose, which are over 66 visits per day in 2011 alone.  And like other benzos ER visits, many abusers went to emergency rooms to get help with Valium detox and withdrawal.

What is Valium (Diazepam)?
Valium belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs, which are central nervous system depressants (CNS). It is the brand name of a drug called diazepam that acts on unbalanced chemicals in the brain, causing a calming or sedative effect. For that reason, Valium is effective in treating anxiety disorders and the short term relief of anxiety symptoms. Sometimes this medication is also prescribed to manage alcohol withdrawal symptoms, muscle spasms and seizures.

Valium and other medications containing diazepam are controlled under Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act. Even so, the drug has a long history of diversion for nonmedical use. Recreational and pleasure users abuse Valium and other diazepam containing tranquilizers because they create feelings of euphoria. These drugs are often used along with methadone to […]

Klonopin (Clonazepam)

If you are trying to stop using Klonopin, but find yourself starting back up again because you are addicted or find the withdrawal symptoms too unpleasant, then a medically managed Klonopin detox program can help you. Call our 24 Hour Toll-Free Addiction Helpline (855) 904-7873 today to see how A1 Behavioral Health Services can help you free yourself from Klonopin addiction.
Klonopin (Clonazepam)
The use and misuse of prescription tranquilizers such as Klonopin is widespread and growing. Even though Klonopin is a pharmaceutical that is prescribed to treat mental disorders, its misuse and abuse can be just as dangerous and debilitating as illicit drugs found on the streets. In fact, the number of emergency rooms visits due to the nonmedical use of Klonopin in 2011 was 61,219 — an increase of 117% from the 28,178 visits reported in 2004 (DAWN ED). Many of these emergency department visits were from abusers seeking Klonopin detox services.

So what is Klonopin and why are so many users in need of detox and rehabilitation services?
What is Klonopin (Clonazepam)?
Klonopin is the brand name for a drug called clonazepam. It is part of the benzodiazepine class of drugs, which also includes Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Restoril. The sedative effects of Klonopin benefit those suffering from anxiety. The tranquillizer is used to prevent and treat the acute symptoms of anxiety such as the sudden onset of a panic attack. Klonopin is also used alone or with other prescription medicines to control seizures in patients who have epilepsy.

Like other benzodiazepines, Klonopin can be very effective in treating anxiety and other disorders, but it can be habit forming as well. Only use Klonopin for therapeutic purposes as prescribed.
Adverse Effects and Potential Dangers of Klonopin (Clonazepam)
After taking […]

What Should I Do If I’m Addicted To Pain Pills?

Substance abuse experts assert that 75% of the U.S. population is affected by pain killers in some way, shape, or form. In fact, painkiller addiction tends to increase year after year, with Oxycontin one of the most frequent culprits. Sure, everyone encounters some physical pain now and then, but it is alarming that so many people take a prescription pill designed to help them, yet get addicted so easily.
How painkillers work
Pain pills come from a class of drugs known as opiates and essentially they have an effect on the central nervous system and brain. When you take a pain killer, instead of your brain getting a signal of the pain, the pain killer blocks the opioid receptors that usually tell the body there is pain and instead of pain, you get a feeling of euphoria. What happens much of the time is that a tolerance to the medicine develops and people have to take more in order to reach the same effect, which can lead to a serious addiction. Additionally, there are people who simply like the euphoric feeling, so they begin taking pain pills for recreation.
How do you know if you’re addicted?
There are certain signs and symptoms if you are addicted to pain pills.

Taking the pills more often than prescribed
Continuing to take the pain pills even when the pain has subsided
Seeing various doctors in order to get more pain pills
Getting agitated or angry when you run out of pain pills
Isolating from family and friends
Getting defensive when someone asks you about your drug use
Stealing pain pills from other people
Experiencing blackouts
Taking pain pills to cope with life’s stressful issues

What are the side effects of taking pain pills?
There are always side effects to taking medications and […]