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808, 2018

Why You Need Professional Help Once Addicted to Xanax

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: blog|

<![CDATA[There are quite a few prescription drugs available on the market that, although in most cases are medically effective, have highly addictive qualities. Many who become addicted fall into certain demographic categories with the ability, or lack thereof, to afford appropriate medical care. Xanax and Anxiety Severe states of anxiety can become chronic, with this state of mind being termed as an “anxiety disorder”. There are two primary modes of [...]

3107, 2018

Lession 2 Why do we use it?

By | July 31st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using 'Content here, content here', making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model [...]

3107, 2018

Lession 1 Lorem Ipsum

By | July 31st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset [...]

1607, 2018

OxyContin, Oxycodone and Prescription Opioid Abuse

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Addiction to prescription opioid painkillers has been a problem from just about the time that opioids were first prescribed. The take-away from this is that all opioids have a high potential for abuse and addiction. Not only are they physically addictive, they are also mentally addictive. The combination of the two can make this addiction very difficult to break and withdrawal excruciating to endure. Oxycodone and OxyContin There’s little to [...]

907, 2018

What Is a High Functioning Alcoholic?

By | July 9th, 2018|Categories: blog|

<![CDATA[Many are under the impression that alcoholics are easy to recognize.  They assume that the average alcoholic just wanders about the streets while muttering to themselves with a bottle grasped in hand. That they can’t hold down a job; can’t pay the rent or the mortgage; and are completely unreliable. Unfortunately, this depiction is not only untrue, but is much more complicated than most realize. Some alcoholics have developed an [...]

2506, 2018

Signs of Cocaine Use and Cocaine Abuse Symptoms

By | June 25th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[14% of Americans, age 12 and older, have used cocaine at least once in their lifetime, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The reason may be that when a person uses cocaine, it floods the brain with dopamine, which increases feelings of pleasure. If that makes cocaine sound too positive, take these facts into consideration: Of all the drug-related emergency room visits, an average of 40% are [...]

1606, 2018

Why You May Not Be Able to Stop Using Drugs on Your Own

By | June 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[You want to stop using drugs – congratulations! You’ve taken the first step. The decision to stop is the fundamental step to making a much-needed change. The next step is to set yourself up for success - and there are some important points you should keep in mind so that you can remain drug-free for the rest of your life. This is not a character flaw Think of all the [...]

806, 2018

How Do I Know If My Teenager Is Taking Drugs?

By | June 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Your beautiful, delightful, clever, outgoing teenager has changed. They have become moody and introspective. They won’t talk to you anymore. If they do answer your questions, it’s only a surly one-word answer. Is it teenage hormones that are raging as they grow and learn to cope with the world, or is it a symptom of something significantly more sinister? You may be worried that they are using drugs. Teenagers are [...]

3105, 2018

How to Manage Chronic Pain After Opiate Detox

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Chronic pain is debilitating, making it difficult to think about anything else. Opioids are usually the go-to for treating chronic pain, but for someone who’s completed opiate detox, they aren’t an option. Fortunately, there are alternatives for pain management for people who are in recovery or just want an effective, non-addictive alternative. Acupuncture Acupuncture is a type of traditional Chinese medicine in which sterile needles are inserted into acupressure points [...]

2905, 2018

4 Things to Look for in a South Florida Detox Facility

By | May 29th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[For many people, detox is the first step toward recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism. But not all detox centers are the same. Credentialed programs with a proven history of positive outcomes increase your chances of lasting recovery, and below average programs can put you at risk for complications and unnecessary chaos. There are a few things to look for to ensure that you choose the best South Florida detox [...]

1805, 2018

Why Detoxing From Benzos Requires a Medical Detox

By | May 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Benzodiazepines, or “benzos” or “benzies,” are prescribed to treat stress-related conditions including anxiety disorders, insomnia, muscle spasms and epilepsy. Drugs like Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam) can be useful when prescribed for legitimate reasons, but they have potential to become highly addictive if abused. Medical detox is recommended for anyone who wants to recover from substance abuse--especially if that substance is a benzodiazepine. Attempting at-home detox [...]

905, 2018

4 Reasons to Choose Inpatient Detox

By | May 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[For people who decide to recover from drug or alcohol abuse, some contemplate at-home detox. Although you or someone you care about think you’ll be able to handle the process on your own, you just don’t know what to expect. Medically-supervised inpatient detox is the safest, smartest choice for anyone who is ready to begin their recovery. Detox is one scenario where you can’t afford to take any chances, and [...]

3004, 2018

How to Detox From Heroin Safely

By | April 30th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[When opiates like heroin, codeine, fentanyl, methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone are taken for extended periods of time or in excessive amounts, it alters brain chemistry and can lead to dependence or addiction. Heroin’s impact on the brain causes an overwhelming dependence on the substance. Attempting to detox from heroin is something you should never do on your own, due to the unpredictability of withdrawal symptoms. The safest way to detox [...]

2504, 2018

The 6 Stages of Change in Addiction Recovery

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Recovery requires a total lifestyle change, but for a person or loved one of someone who is considering treatment or is early in recovery, a life free from addiction may feel like a million miles away, especially if you’re unsure what to expect throughout the process. Decades ago, alcohol use disorder researchers James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente created the six stages of change, also known as the transtheoretical model, that [...]

1704, 2018

Is It Safe to Quit Drugs or Alcohol Cold Turkey?

By | April 17th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[For many people who struggle with substance use disorder, quitting abruptly, or “cold turkey,” is appealing because it offers a fresh start that immediately separates a person from the people, places and other reminders of substance use. However, quitting so suddenly poses serious health complications, especially if the substance you are quitting is alcohol, opioids or benzodiazepines, or if you have been abusing any substance in large quantities and/or for [...]

1104, 2018

Study suggests link between glutamate and alcohol cravings

By | April 11th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Researchers at Indiana University have discovered a link between the neurotransmitter glutamate and alcohol cravings, relapse and addiction, warranting more research into the development of more targeted treatment. Nearly 30% of Americans have dealt with alcohol use disorder (AUD) at some point in their lives, and approximately 90% of alcoholics are likely to relapse within 4 years following treatment. Relapses are typically triggered by cues--sights, sounds and situations--that are associated [...]

2803, 2018

Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What You Should Know

By | March 28th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Most Americans with substance use disorder are employed. In fact, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 75% of people with substance use disorder maintain employment, and its impact goes undetected. Some people who abuse alcohol or drugs can achieve personal, professional or academic success and qualify as “high-functioning,” but “high-functioning” doesn’t mean healthy. The consequences of substance abuse in the workplace aren’t always clear-cut, [...]

2203, 2018

8 Signs of Problem Drinking

By | March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Problem drinking doesn’t necessarily indicate full-blown addiction, but it’s a slippery slope. If you think you’re OK because you’re succeeding in your career or earning good grades, you should reconsider. It can be hard to be honest with ourselves when you or someone you have a problem with drinking, but it can lead to dependency, which can lead to alcoholism. These are some of the most common signs of problem [...]

1703, 2018

5 Reasons to Travel for Detox

By | March 17th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Finding the right detox or addiction treatment program is a time-consuming process, and when you expand your search to out-of-town or even out-of-state facilities, it becomes even more convoluted. It’s no wonder why many people choose to attend detox or treatment locally for convenience’s sake. Still, limiting your search to the detox centers closest to you isn’t always the wisest decision. While traveling for detox isn’t possible for every person [...]

703, 2018

The Continuum of Care: An Addiction Treatment Overview

By | March 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Recovery is not a one-step process, but rather a continuum of care, comprising several parts. Some clients begin their recovery journey with detox and progress into the most intensive residential treatment program, while others can succeed in a less intensive setting. Treatment is dynamic, and for it to be genuinely effective, it has to be designed to suit a person’s circumstances. To help you gain a better understanding of recovery [...]

2702, 2018

What Is the Difference Between Opioids and Opiates?

By | February 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[The terms "opioid" and "opiate" are often used interchangeably, but now that use has reached epidemic levels and was declared a national emergency, it’s useful to understand the difference between the two and how they affect the end-user, especially if that person is you or someone you love. Differentiating Between Opioids and Opiates In the most basic sense of the word, “opiate” refers to the natural substance derived from opium. [...]

2102, 2018

Could kratom be the antidote to the opioid epidemic?

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[As the opioid epidemic rages on, more people are searching for ways to wean themselves off of opioids. One natural substance that has reportedly shown promise among those suffering from opioid addiction is kratom. Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is a plant species related to the coffee plant that is indigenous to Southeast Asia. It’s completely legal in the United States and can be sold in powders and capsules or steeped [...]

1402, 2018

New study finds that duration, not dosage, poses greater risk for opioid misuse

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[As a nation ravaged by an opioid epidemic, much of the discussion is centered around how dosage leads to addiction, but a recent Harvard Medical School study published in the British Medical Journal suggests otherwise. The study found among surgery patients with no history of recent or chronic opioid use, the length of time a person takes a medication is a much more accurate predictor of misuse than how much [...]

902, 2018

5 Books to Read When You're New to Recovery

By | February 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[In recovery, there’s a lot of free time, especially if you’ve just begun detox. For example, Boca Detox clients participate in a temporary blackout period where they abstain from communication with loved ones, so they can fully immerse themselves in the recovery process. We encourage clients to use their free time productively. Reading is a fantastic way to turn inward, learn more about yourself and examine your addiction from an [...]

2601, 2018

5 Ways to Support Someone Going Through Detox

By | January 26th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[As a treatment facility that specializes in medically-supervised detox from drugs and alcohol, we’ve seen firsthand what makes a detox truly successful: support. We want family members and friends to participate in their loved one’s detox by encouraging them to get there safely--and letting the experts do their work. Upon entering Boca Detox, clients typically aren’t allowed to communicate with their loved one during the first 7 days. Once that period [...]

1901, 2018

Smoking stats call for more cessation programs

By | January 19th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[A new study found that at least three out of five people who try cigarettes become daily smokers. In other words, of the 60% of people had ever tried a cigarette, 69% reported that they became daily smokers.(1) The study analyzed responses from 215,000 people in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand. "In the development of any addictive behavior, the move from experimentation to daily practice is [...]

1101, 2018

6 Myths About Opioid Use Disorder

By | January 11th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[The United States may represent fewer than 5% of the world’s population, but we consume more opioids than any other country: approximately 30% of the world’s supply.(1) It’s no wonder why addiction was declared a national emergency. Opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl, killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, and 40% of all opioid overdose deaths included a prescription opioid.(2) That’s more than any year on record. Still, [...]

501, 2018

What Will Detox Do For You?

By | January 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Will 2018 be the year you finally get clean and sober--for good? Detox is a vital step toward overcoming any drug addiction. But what is it, and what will it do for you? If you’re considering treatment for yourself or a loved one this year, it’s helpful to know what you can expect in a detox facility like Boca Detox. What Is Detox? In the realm of addiction treatment, “detox” [...]

101, 2018

Anxiety and Addiction Recovery

By | January 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition in the United States, affecting people of all ages, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds. If you're struggling with anxiety while in recovery, you're not alone. Anxiety as a Dual Diagnosis A dual diagnosis occurs when someone struggles with substance misuse and a co-occurring mental health disorder. An individual with a dual diagnosis of addiction and anxiety may begin misusing drugs or alcohol [...]

2212, 2017

Fighting Procrastination During 2018

By | December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[It's human nature to procrastinate a bit when you're faced with a difficult task, but constantly putting off challenges can seriously derail your recovery efforts. Get yourself back on track with these 5 helpful tips. 1. Break Long-Term Goals into Short-Term Goals When you're in recovery, it's best to take things one day at a time. Wanting to be sober forever is an admirable long-term goal, but it’s hard to [...]

1812, 2017

New Research Indicates Vaping Increases Risk of Smoking in Teens & Young Adults

By | December 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Although e-cigs were initially marketed as a smoking cessation aid, a new study indicates that vaping is influencing greater numbers of young people to smoke tobacco cigarettes. This is especially concerning to public health experts since youth smoking rates have been declining steadily since 2010—and are currently at record lows. About the Study Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences conducted the first nationally representative survey [...]

712, 2017

New Study Suggests Smartphone Addiction May Cause Brain Imbalance

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[While many adults would probably agree that their phones and devices tend to play too large a role in their lives, there is a growing concern about heavy smartphone use among adolescents and young people. While we know millions of digital natives tend to interact through their devices more often than they interact in person, it is not yet understood what long-term impact this has on the brain. Hyung Suk [...]

112, 2017

Plan to Give Yourself Grace for the New Year

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Whether you love or hate resolutions, there is no doubt they’re a time-honored New Year’s tradition for many people. And, while it’s never a bad idea to identify areas of your life in need of improvement, it’s also wise to recognize where you are on your recovery journey so you can choose goals that are realistic and achievable. Most importantly, give yourself grace when things don’t go as planned, since [...]

3011, 2017

3 Ways to Focus on Gratitude During Recovery

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Whether you find yourself in the trenches of substance misuse treatment this holiday season or you’re a recovery veteran who’s thankful for years of sobriety—embracing gratitude is one of the best ways to overcome adversity and put your life in perspective. The benefits of gratitude have been proven, time and time again: • A 2012 study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that grateful people report having [...]

2911, 2017

Medical Detox Is the Safest Way to Begin Your Addiction Recovery

By | November 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[For many men and women, detox is the first step in addiction treatment, but it's not a step you should take at home. A do-it-yourself detox is unlikely to be effective and may jeopardize your health—or your life. A medically supervised detox positions you for success and is the safest way to begin the recovery process. The Truth About Withdrawal The term withdrawal is used to refer to the symptoms [...]

2011, 2017

Give Yourself the Gift of a Sober Holiday

By | November 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[The holiday season is here, and life is about to take on a whirlwind pace. Decorations, gift shopping, parties and family gatherings will occupy your mind and your time. On the outside, you may look ready for the celebrations—but if you’re facing your first sober holiday season, you may be wondering how you’ll resist temptation and make it through with your cheer intact. Along with the buzz of activities and [...]

711, 2017

7 Hacks for Healthy Holiday Eating

By | November 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

<![CDATA[Eating healthfully takes resolve any time of year, but the holidays present a new set of challenges. When you are invited to celebration after celebration with friends and family, it's easy to forget the role that quality nutrition and proper portion control play in aiding your recovery. Stay on track with your commitment to a recovery lifestyle with these simple hacks for healthy eating. If you struggle with portion management, [...]

1910, 2017

The Digital Detox: It's Not Just for Tech Addicts

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: blog|

<![CDATA[Virtually anyone living in our plugged-in society can benefit from an occasional digital detox. What is a digital detox? It’s making a conscious decision to break free of “smart devices” for a designated period. Designed to give you a breather from your cell, tablet or personal computer, a digital sabbatical varies in time length. Studies show there are benefits to cutting the cord for just a day or two—or for a more [...]

410, 2017

Being Eligible for Addiction and Recovery

By | October 4th, 2017|Categories: blog|

<![CDATA[Famous people, for the most part, live extraordinary lives. Wanting for nothing can afford one a unique lifestyle. Experiences most of us could hardly even imagine, let alone have, ourselves. However, just because one has seemingly unlimited resources, doesn’t mean they are not eligible for heartache. Like the rest of us, celebrities are not exempt from mental health disorders—such as addiction. Over the past few years a large number of [...]

2509, 2017

Synthetic Marijuana: Safe, Legal and Addictive?

By | September 25th, 2017|Categories: blog|

<![CDATA[Over the past few years, while the country has been fixated on opioids, other deadly drugs became pervasive. Opioids are extremely deadly and highly addictive, deserving of much national attention. But it isn’t as if people stopped abusing other dangerous substances, like alcohol and stimulants. What’s more, other harmful substances have been growing in popularity despite the horror stories seen on television. These substances include bath salts and synthetic marijuana, [...]

2209, 2017

Opioid Relapse After Detox

By | September 22nd, 2017|Categories: blog|

<![CDATA[It is an unfortunate reality that relapse is a part of a number of people’s recovery story. Sometimes multiple stents in recovery centers are required for the seed of recovery to take root. It is not something to be ashamed of, and relapse should not deter individuals from giving recovery another go. Even though it often does for a number of reasons. It’s often said in recovery circles: Progress, not [...]

1409, 2017

Finding Your Way In Recovery

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: blog|

<![CDATA[Recovering from an alcohol or substance use disorder is one of the hardest things people will do in their entire life. Those impacted by the hooks of addiction know first-hand how deep their illness is rooted. Extricating oneself from addiction requires tremendous courage and fortitude from people who have long been without. But, failure to find such virtues in the darkest of hours can prove, ultimately, to be fatal. There [...]

3108, 2017

Cannabis Withdrawal and Detox

By | August 31st, 2017|Categories: blog|

<![CDATA[Marijuana, or cannabis, is arguably the most controversial drug in American history. The debate about the plant has been raging for decades. Recently, advocates have begun to outnumber cannabis opponents. This is despite the fact that much is still left to conjecture when it comes to marijuana’s potential for harm. Many Americans, on both sides of the argument, are absent of hard facts. Whether they could summon the power to [...]

3008, 2017

Heroin Vaccine on the Horizon?

By | August 30th, 2017|Categories: blog|

<![CDATA[When detoxing and treating opioid addiction, a few medications are likely to come into play. Buprenorphine is one such drug, most commonly prescribed in the form of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone). The drug can be used for either acute detox symptoms, or as part of a maintenance regimen over extended periods of time. When it comes to the former, the buprenorphine reduces cravings and the naloxone prevents patients from abusing [...]

2408, 2017

DIY Detox Can Be Dangerous

By | August 24th, 2017|Categories: blog|

<![CDATA[People caught in the grips of an opioid use disorder know that if they do not stop, then they will die. Most opioid addicts have lost friends to the disease, succumbing to overdose. They see the daily headlines of the ever-growing death toll associated with this family of narcotics. They want to quit, and have heard it is possible to do so on one’s own, unaided by medical detox centers [...]

1708, 2017

Medical Detox: The Safest Path to Recovery

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: blog|

<![CDATA[The road to addiction recovery can have various different starting points. Where one starts often depends on the severity, or progression of the disease. Addiction is a debilitating form of a mental health disorder, with no known cure. The condition can be managed, however, so that one can live a fulfilling life free from drugs and alcohol. The likelihood of successfully achieving long-term addiction recovery often depends on the foundation [...]

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