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 […]

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 […]

Benzo Withdrawal: Signs You Are An Addict

A benzo addiction is one that should not be taken lightly, as it is a very serious health condition that affects you not only physically but emotionally and psychologically as well. An addiction to benzodiazepines and attempting to come off of a mistreated prescription drug can be very dangerous and difficult without medical supervision. That is why A1 Behavioral Health is here to walk you through the process one step at a time.
What Are The Different Types of Benzos?
To begin, “benzo” is a short name, or nickname, for a pharmaceutical drug known as benzodiazepines. This class of drugs is primarily used for treating anxiety, and they are highly addictive if mistreated in any way. The downside to becoming addicted to benzos is that they do what is called a “paradoxical effect” on the addict, meaning that the symptoms are what the drug is meant to alleviate from the user. Such addictive symptoms include actual anxiety, restlessness, nervousness and extreme sweating.
There are many different names for benzos, but the following is a short list of some of the more common namebrands:

Xanax, or Alprazolam
Klonopin, or Clonazepam
Ativan, or Lorazepam
Valium, or Diazepam

Every benzo can cause an addiction or dependency. Stopping use “cold turkey” can be very dangerous because of the withdrawal symptoms associated with it. Typical withdrawal symptoms may include irritability, insomnia and depressed feelings. For more intense addictions, stopping benzos suddenly could result in withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, muscle aches and pains, vomiting and tremors. The dosage can be lowered slowly, but should be done so in a treatment facility where medical supervision is given.

When you or someone else is addicted to a benzo, a benzo withdrawal syndrome may occur at some time. Benzo withdrawal syndrome […]

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Counseling

As discussed in previous postings, there are many different effective methods for approaching drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation. One of the most highly revered and useful approaches is that of counseling. Counseling offers the individual a resource to open up to about their journey in and out of addiction and aids in releasing emotional stresses associated with rehabilitation. In this article we will discuss counseling in it’s entirety and how it relates to drug and alcohol abuse.
The Importance of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselors
In the drug rehab center setting, counselors play a very vital and crucial role. Trained and skilled counselors help treat and guide the addicted individual on different therapies and physical and emotional exercises that help train the brain to drop the addiction need and move past the withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, drug and alcohol abuse counselors help to change the patient’s daily routine by offering different methods and ideas to keep the person busy and moving toward his or her goals.

Counselors and nurses are different in the rehab center because they both play different roles, however they are still supporting the addict. As in the case of the counselor, he or she is primarily there to guide and direct the patient in a psychological sense, rather than a medicated or detoxing sense. The counselor is there for the patient to talk to, confide in and work through emotional stresses and issues.
The Different Types of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling/Therapy
Group Therapy
One of the most seemingly and proven to be effective therapies and counseling is that of group therapy. The goal of group therapy is to meet with other like-minded people who have underwent the same issues as the addict. These people are […]

Drug Detox Myths

Drug detox is a very useful method for helping an addict come off and remain off of a drug. There are many different types of drug detox and they have all proven to be very effective. However, there have been several myths floating around questioning the effectiveness and credibility of a drug detox program, or just simply detoxing. In this article, we will be discussing the various myths and the answers to whether or not these so called myths are correct or not.
What Is Drug Detox?
To begin, let’s define what a drug detox program is. Detoxing is a way of helping an individual, or patient, come off of a drug or alcohol. With the use of medications and other methods, detox aids in reducing the withdrawal symptoms and clears the body of all toxins associated with the abused substance. Before rehabilitation can be done, these toxins must be released from the body. Once the detox has been performed, a rehabilitation program will become very effective in helping the addict remain sober. Typically, a drug detox is well supervised in a facility and trained medical staff accompanies the addict. Not only is the medical staff there to administer and monitor the detoxing process; they are also there for physical and mental support.
Common Myths Associated with Drug Detox
There are several myths that discredit the drug detox process. These myths include that medication eases or takes withdrawal symptoms away completely. Another myth states that following detox, a rehabilitation program may not be necessary. And one of the most common of drug detox myths is that the detox will completely cure the addiction and that is all the individual will need for total recovery.
Myth #1: Medication Takes Withdrawal […]

Dual Diagnosis Miami

What Is Dual Diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis is a very effective treatment for those who suffer from co-occurring disorders related to mental illness and substance abuse. The idea with dual diagnosis is to address the needs of both of the issues happening within the individual. Treatment cannot solely be focused on one of the issues, simply because it does not ensure that the other issue will disappear. Dual diagnosis works to integrate treatment for all problems and conditions, which in turn helps the individual recover from both problems at the same time.

A dual diagnosis treatment service reaches past the scope of traditional therapies and incorporates other methods of recovery. These methods may include family counseling and relationship building management. The issue with mental illness is the increased risk of drug abuse that occurs primarily with marijuana, opiates, stimulants and alcohol. It has been estimated that over one-third of people who abuse alcohol battle with a particular mental illness.
What Treatments are Available for those with a Dual Diagnosis?
Diagnosing and treating individuals with mental illness and substance abuse can be a very complex and difficult action to take. To begin the process, it is important to look for any dangerous complications that may come with the dual diagnosis and go from there.

A great place to start when treating dual diagnosis is with an inpatient detoxification program, which can be very useful in eliminating the desire and cravings for the substance being abused. The hope here is to keep the patient from experiencing severe withdrawals, which can then lead to more complex issues associated with the mental illness.

Once the patient has been detoxed of all toxins from the substance, it is then safe to begin treating the mental illness. […]