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Inpatient Detox v. Outpatient Detox

In order to understand why outpatient detox for drug addicts and alcoholics rarely gives satisfactory results, we have to review a couple of things about addiction. Addiction is a compulsion to use a substance or behavior to alter the way we feel. However, it is more than that: it is a physical and emotional way …

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Is There A Difference Between “Clean” and “Sober”

Clean is when the drugs have left our system. There are three aspects to sobriety: Physical sobriety, where we are abstinent for a long enough time for our brains to begin to recover so that we can think more clearly and make decisions based on reality instead of confusion and fear; Emotional and spiritual sobriety, …

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How long does alcohol detox last, and what can I do to relieve the symptoms?

Alcohol withdrawal without medical help can, and frequently does, result in some or all of the following: extreme anxiety, disorientation, hallucinations, sleep disorders, hand tremors, nausea, sweating, seizures, blood pressure spikes, and racing pulse. Delirium tremens (DTs — physical and visual hallucinations accompanied by terror reactions) may be present. In the worst cases, untreated alcohol …

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So, What’s The Story On Cannabis Addiction And Detox?

Cannabis users sometimes develop a mild physical addiction, with withdrawal symptoms that can last several weeks. These usually include the jitters, occasional other symptoms, and emotional unease. There have been a few reports of psychotic episodes, but it has not been established that those were due to removal of the chemicals. They may have been …

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Religion or Spirituality? A Checklist

Religion may involve spirituality, but spirituality does not necessarily involve religion. Here’s how I differentiate (your mileage may vary): Religion Relationship with a God or Gods Beliefs Metaphysical or Supernatural Reality Faith Dogma Ritual Prayer Salvation Eternal reward Spirituality Qualities of the Human Spirit Love Compassion Patience Tolerance Forgiveness Sense of Responsibility Sense of Harmony Things that …

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What is the success rate of alcohol intervention?

The problem with statistics is that, by Federal Statute, alcohol treatment is seriously confidential. Furthermore, outcomes over time are pretty much a guess, since it is pretty hard to track people whose treatment was confidential to begin with, many of whom have no desire to remain in contact with the treatment facility. Thus, these are educated guesses …

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No Drugs or Booze in the Food Pyramid

Recent research indicates that as the intake of alcohol and other drugs increases, the quality of meals declines.  According to the National Health and Nutrition Survey, both male and female alcoholics made worse food choices the more they used. This is important to people in detox and early recovery, because, in addition to the issues of food selection, …

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