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 […]