a man concerned about his friend going through alcohol withdrawal

Stages of Alcohol Withdrawal

Going through alcohol withdrawal may seem overwhelming to face. There are several fears that people have when they think about going through this process. For some people, it’s just the fear of the unknown. Others may have anxiety because they’ve heard stories about people going through alcohol withdrawal. Whatever your reasons may be for hesitating…

Why Withdrawal is So Difficult.

“The giant tree grows from a single seed. A journey of a thousand miles starts with the very first step.” Recovery consists of two basic parts: 1) getting “clean” (in the parlance of my twelve-step program)—discontinuing using, becoming abstinent, and halting the vicious obsessive-compulsive circle of active addiction; and 2) staying clean—remaining abstinent by learning…

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

Benzodiazepines are addictive drugs. They are prescribed by doctors, though many people buy them on the streets. They include: Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Lorazepam, Clonazepam, Librium, and others. People who have become addicted to benzodiazepines usually show many of the following signs: They used the medications in low doses for months or years and have…

What Is Medical Necessity?

When dealing with third party payment in the field of mental health and chemical dependency treatment there have been great misconceptions and misunderstandings of what the insurance companies will actually cover. When contacting their insurance provider, prior to entering treatment, clients are told that they have a benefit for 30 to 90 days of treatment,…

Tips for Medically Monitored Withdrawal and Detox

Because of the physical dependence induced by many of mood altering drugs, other drugs are often used to facilitate medically monitored withdrawal and detoxification safely. Studies suggest that when using protocols with PRN dosage of medication (versus fixed dosage), less medications are used and symptoms are controlled, however, PROTOCOLS MUST BE INDIVIDUALIZED AND ASSESSED DAILY…

Buprenorphine Introduction Setting the Stage The Era of Medication-Assisted Treatment

Introduction: Setting the Stage — The Era of Medication-Assisted Treatment More than 50 million Americans are currently living with chronic pain unrelated to cancer. The costs associated with chronic pain are approximately 90 billion dollars annually. During the last two decades of the 20th century, there has been increased interest in support of fundamentally changing…