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PCP (Angel Dust) Facts: Dangers and Signs of Abuse
Detox
Rhiannon McKinnon

PCP (Angel Dust) Facts: Dangers and Signs of Abuse

In the early 1990s, PCP became popular among high school and college students as a party drug. It’s also known as angel dust, hog, ozone, and rocket fuel. PCP is a dissociative drug that induces hallucinations, distorted sensory experiences, and an altered state of consciousness. Because it’s so unpredictable and unsafe, PCP is illegal to buy, sell or possess. If you suspect someone you love is using PCP, read on to learn more about the dangers of using this drug so you can take action to help them get treatment sooner rather than later.

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Detox Admissions Process Walkthrough
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

Detox Admissions Process Walkthrough

Addiction treatment specialists at Briarwood are ready to guide and assist you through a simple admissions procedure and individualized detox treatment as soon as you are ready to begin. The following is a step-by-step guide on Briarwood’s tailored admissions process, so you can be prepared and know what to expect from the experience.

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Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: What to Know Before Detox
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: What to Know Before Detox

Withdrawal by itself is scary, but some severe cases develop into Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS). This condition can be life-threatening if not monitored and treated properly by medical professionals. Below is everything you need to know before entering detox for alcohol dependency.

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What Are Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants?
Detox
Rhiannon McKinnon

What Are Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants?

Central Nervous System Depressants encompass a wide variety of medications from simple sleep aids and anxiety medications to cancer treatments. You may even be surprised by how familiar you are with some of the listed medications, despite being less than familiar with the term CNS Depressants. It’s important to understand how these drugs affect the body and the dangers of prolonged use and abuse. So let’s discuss some definitions, name-brand examples, and warning signs of dependency/addiction.

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What Medications Are Used to Detox From Opiates
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

Medically Assisted Opioid Detox

Opiate withdrawal is a very difficult and potentially devastating process. It’s only natural to try and seek out methods that lessen the severity of symptoms.

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Can You Die From Withdrawal Symptoms - Briarwood Detox Programs
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

Can You Die From Withdrawal Symptoms?

Withdrawals are a difficult but necessary step in any recovery journey. Symptoms can be scary and traumatic, leaving many to wonder if halting their substance use can lead to death. That’s why it’s important to learn how to categorize the different types of withdrawals and identify the dangers.

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happy couple after they detoxed from alcohol
Alcohol Addiction
Shehan Karunaratne

Why Intervention is Important To Start Addiction Treatment

Intervention is a series of steps you take when you find out your friend or loved one is addicted to a drug and can’t seem to get out of that habit. It is a carefully planned process, where you explain the person with addiction, about their condition and present your solution to their addiction problem.

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8 stages of addiction substance abuse
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

The 8 Stages of Addiction—Know the Signs

The stages of addiction are a gradual progression that effects over 20 million Americans annually. That may be a staggering number to hear but considering the amount of people with undiagnosed substance abuse disorders, the number should likely be even higher. These 8 stages can help you identify the signs of addiction in yourself or a loved one.

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