How to Deal with Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

You should be commended for your decision to fight alcohol addiction. After all, not many people have the courage and willpower to choose to fight addiction, much less to something that is easily accessible and legal. At the same time, however, you should prepare yourself for a difficult battle ahead.

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Types of Treatment Programs for Drug Abuse

Coming off of drugs is an incredibly unpleasant and brutal experience. Detoxification, or the process of flushing out addicting drugs from a person’s system, can only be successful when done under the medical assistance of an intensive treatment program. Since every individual has different needs, there is no one treatment that could be deemed appropriate for everyone.

Outpatient Programs

Outpatient treatment programs are less expensive than residential treatment, however the services they offer are often less intensive or as effective. Outpatient programs are more suitable for those who have jobs or those who couldn’t commit a lengthy period of time for rehabilitation. Programs usually involve educating people about drug abuse, individual or group counseling, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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Stopping Meperidine Dependence

A 1996 strip of a popular satirical comic series featured a character who just underwent an operation but is weary of injections during the recovery period. When he learns that one shot the nurse gave him was Demerol, a brand of meperidine (narcotic pain reliever), he suddenly takes a liking to it and asks for another injection. In a way, the scene illustrates the dangerous potency of meperidine or any type of opioids as an addictive substance – one that a drug rehab center in Orange County, CA is well-prepared to treat.

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Signs you Need Help with your Drinking Problem

Usually, you wouldn’t know you have drinking problems unless the people around you tells you so. The symptoms of alcoholism are gradual, particularly if your tolerance for alcohol increases as you consume more of it. It’s important to know the signs of alcoholism and alcohol abuse so you can ask for help as soon as possible.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse

One sign of alcoholism includes problems in your relationships with other people, more particularly with your family. Another strong indicator is when your drinking has caused you repeated legal problems like arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol. Moreover, alcohol abuse can cause you to neglect your responsibilities at home or at work.

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Fighting Off Relapse

Making a change and maintaining it are both important for recovery from addiction. Sometimes, people who have undergone rehabilitation and other treatments for drug abuse don’t stay abstinent. This is called a relapse, and is common enough that relapse prevention has become part of the services offered by substance abuse treatment centers.

Relapse happens when a person takes steps in the direction of returning to addictive behavior. Within the process are several opportunities to adopt ways of thinking or acting to counter the urge to return to the habit. Continue reading

How Addiction Works

There comes a point in every person’s life that he’ll feel utter dissatisfaction and emotional discomfort. Some vent out such feelings of inadequacy through activities like eating or writing. Others, however, are routed to the track of drug abuse.

Humans are naturally wired to seek pleasure and comfort. Addicting drugs provide these for a short period of time but with a more heightened effect. They trigger the release of pleasure hormones, dopamine, which then interacts with glutamate to take over the brain’s reward center. Due to this, not only does the user feel pleasure during dopamine release, but he also sees the drug use as a rewarding experience as well—which promotes its repetitive use. Continue reading