10 Tips To Stop Smoking Marijuana

If you’ve been thinking about stopping marijuana use, you could probably use some tips on how to quit for good. Maybe you’ve tried to quit before, but before you know it there you are smoking again. Or maybe when you get stressed out the first thing you think about is lighting up a joint. In order to stop smoking marijuana, first you’ve got to make a firm commitment to not pick up again no matter what! Are you willing to make that commitment? Great!

Here are ten tips that will help you keep that commitment:

Realize withdrawal may occur. Depending on how long you’ve been smoking pot, you may experience withdrawal symptoms like cravings, headache, anxiety, sweating, and irritability. Know that these symptoms will decrease with each passing day and within a week or two the symptoms should be gone.
Steer clear of people who use marijuana. You know when you get around others who are smoking marijuana you are more tempted, so stay away from those who do so. Let them know you quit smoking and don’t want to be tempted.
Stay away from places that you used to smoke marijuana. You want to stay away from places that trigger you to smoke. Just the smell alone can make you want to light up.
Look at quitting one day at a time. If you start thinking in terms of quitting forever, you might feel overwhelmed, so think of it as one day at a time. Each day, commit to staying clean for just that day. It makes it feel less daunting.
Take up meditation or yoga. If anxiety and stress are triggers, take up a relaxation technique like meditation or yoga. Many people find such techniques to calm […]

Help for Heroin Addiction

With the recent death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the topic of heroin use has increased significantly. Heroin is actually one of the most common addictions in America among adults with many loved ones of addicts not recognizing the symptoms of addiction.
Signs of heroin addiction
If someone is high on heroin, they may be extremely calm, but when the high begins to wear off, they become anxious or even sick. Sometimes the only way to be able to tell if someone is struggling with heroin addiction is if you notice their withdrawal symptoms or needle injection marks.
Withdrawal signs
If you or your loved would like to stop using heroin, it will be helpful to enter a detox program so that the withdrawal symptoms can be monitored and you can be in a safe atmosphere. Substance abuse professionals will offer you support while you detox and oftentimes be able to provide you with certain medications that decrease the amount of withdrawal symptoms. During your detox period, your body will be rid of the chemical toxins and you’ll return to a drug-free state. Detox is just the first step in treatment, as after care treatment such as an inpatient or outpatient rehab is recommended to continue with education and heroin addiction treatment.

Withdrawal symptoms are rarely fatal, but they can be intense. You will find that the symptoms peak usually within 2 to 4 days and disappear altogether after a week to 10 days. The withdrawal symptoms will vary depending on how much heroin has been used and for how long. Common withdrawal symptoms include:

Feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, irritability
Body ache, particularly in the legs and back
Sweating, runny nose, teary eyes
Diarrhea, stomach pain
Nausea, vomiting
Fever
Restlessness, insomnia

The withdrawal symptoms will subside in […]

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 urge or […]

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 […]

Three Stages of Oxycontin Recovery

The National Institute of Drug Abuse states that over one million people in the United States struggle with the addiction of Oxycontin. This is quite alarming since there are plenty of side effects and the potential of overdose that come along with using the prescription pain medicine.
If you are struggling with Oxycontin addiction, you’re not alone. Good news is that there is plenty of help available for you when it comes to getting free from such an addiction. The first step is to recognize that you are dependent upon Oxycontin and are having a difficult time coming off the drug by yourself. Once you’ve admitted that, reach out for help via a detox or rehab center, a therapist, and a 12 step recovery program. As you embark on your journey to becoming free, understand that you will experience withdrawal symptoms when coming off of Oxycontin. Knowing what these stages are ahead of time should decrease your anxiety.
Stage 1: Withdrawal
Once you stop taking Oxycontin, you will most likely experience withdrawal symptoms for a period of time. The severity of this stage will depend on how long you’ve been using Oxycontin and how much you’ve been using. Most experts recommend you go to a detox center to get through the withdrawal symptoms, as there you have access to support and IV detox therapy that will make the withdrawal process more comfortable. The IV therapy essentially helps flush the toxins from your body and can quicken the detox process. Common withdrawal symptoms include:

Muscle aches
Shaking
Sweating
Uncontrollable shaking of the legs
Sleep problems
Diarrhea
Hallucinations

Stage 2: Happy
Once you’ve gotten through your withdrawal symptoms, you’ll most likely enter a stage of happiness about your recovery. For the first time in probably a while, you’ll […]

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 […]