Role of general physicians in preventing substance abuse and maintaining sobriety

In the process of recovering from substance use disorders, an often overlooked entity is the general physician (GP). Various constituents of the recovery process, including therapists, sponsors, support groups, family and friends have an important part to play; however, GPs can provide a critical level of support in preventing substance abuse and maintaining sobriety during withdrawal. People who abuse substances usually suffer from one or more medical issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, liver disorders, lung disorders and cancer. In such a situation, GPs can play a vital role in ensuring the health and well-being of patients. Read more

Insight into detoxification – 1: Choosing detoxification center with care to ensure right treatment

Detoxification is a well-known concept and an integral part of the drug treatment plan. However, there are many myths and misconceptions around it, especially in terms of drug addiction treatment. People addicted to substances often fear undergoing detoxification despite suffering from painful withdrawal symptoms, which cause immense pain and extreme discomfort, as well as remain an ordeal for long. Read more

Common withdrawal symptoms experienced during detox

A successful detox or drug detoxification, which is the first step of the comprehensive rehabilitation program for recovery from dependence on addictive substances, is essential for the success of the consecutive treatment. Read more

Detoxification-eliminating toxins left by drugs and alcohol

According to the 2015 data released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2014, nearly 22.5 million Americans aged 12 years or older needed treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, however, only 4.1 million people received treatment for substance use disorder during the same period. Thus, there continues to be a large treatment gap in the country, despite a significantly high rate of substance use, abuse and dependence among Americans. Read more

California legalizes recreational marijuana; new taxes in the offing

The state of California, home to about 12 percent American population, along with Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada, legalized recreational use of marijuana on November 8, 2016. Recreational marijuana is already legal in Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Washington and the District of Columbia. The verdict in favor of marijuana legalization shows the changing attitude of Americans towards the drug. Read more

Food and Drug Interactions and Awareness Week: Incompatible St. John’s wort combos

St. John’s wort is one of many herbal remedies that have entered the U.S. market as a holistic treatment for some forms of depression. Although there is evidence of its utility, St. John’s wort has also shown to negatively interact with a list of different medications and stimuli. Read more

Unofficial stress relievers: Kava

Kava, also referred to as kava kava, is a root plant that is native to the South Pacific. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, kava has a history of being used for therapeutic and healing purposes ranging from treating disrupted sleep patterns, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pain, sores and swelling. Out of its wide range of beneficial claims, the scientifically supported Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database ranks kava as an effective tool against anxiety in particular. Evidence of this statement was found in multiple studies.

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SoCal vs. NorCal in terms of dependency, addiction and recovery options

California is the third largest state with over 163,000 square miles of land. With so much territory, the state is culturally split between its northern and southern sectors, colloquially known as “NorCal” and “SoCal.” Each area has its own distinct characteristics, but a seldom discussed topic is how equipped each is at dealing with addiction, its related symptoms and the local options for recovery. Read more

Common reasons addicts avoid detox

When people reach the limit of abuse and every decision, feeling and action they make is manipulated by drugs, detoxification is an utmost necessity in order to stop the destructive cycle. While this is the first step to all forms of substance recovery, many addicts fear the process and even continue their addictive behavior just to avoid it. In an effort to help more individuals that need effective intervention, it is important to know why drug dependent individuals do not undergo detox treatment.

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The “Hollywood effect” and its association with drug dependency

Taking increasingly excessive amounts of drugs and other illicit substances can lead to a long list of other problems, including dependency. Although celebrities are flawless icons in the modern world, Hollywood has a habit of making appearances not what they seem. Within the veiled, starlit wonderland of Los Angeles, a countless list of actors, musicians and other performers have lost their lives due to abuse and addiction. While substantial research has detailed the common causes of addiction, its heightened relationship with Hollywood is rarely discussed outside of trending news and tabloid media.

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