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Synthetic Opioid Overdose: A Guide To Preventing Overdose Deaths
Detox
Rhiannon McKinnon

Synthetic Opioid Overdose: A Guide To Preventing Overdose Deaths

More than 165 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. In some like Ohio, the number of deaths due to opioids more than tripled between 2010 and 2015. Synthetic opioid overdoses are on the rise because they are so much stronger than natural opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin) or hydrocodone (Lortab). They can be even stronger than natural opioids because they can be manufactured in laboratories instead of being produced by plants as with natural opioids. Read on for more information about synthetic opioid overdose prevention and how you can help save lives.

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Fixed-Schedule vs Symptom-Triggered Dosing in Drug Detox Treatment
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

Fixed-Schedule vs Symptom-Triggered Dosing in Drug Detox Treatment

When it comes to addiction treatment, most programs insist on fixed-schedule dosing. But how many different ways are there to administer dosage of detox medications in addiction treatment? Two of the most common methods are fixed-schedule and symptom-triggered dosing. In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of symptom-triggered vs fixed-schedule dosing in addiction detox treatment.

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After Detox
Rhiannon McKinnon

What to Expect When You Go to Your First AA Meeting

Alcoholics Anonymous is a community of people who have one thing in common: they’ve all had a drinking problem. In recovery from alcohol addiction, each person goes to an AA meeting for different reasons. Some people go because it’s what they know and trust. Others go because it gives them a safe space to process their feelings. Some go because they need the fellowship of others who understand what they’re going through. However you choose to attend your first AA meeting, it’s important that you keep an open mind free of judgment. Here is a brief overview of what you can expect when you first enter your local AA meeting:

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Developing a Habit Plan in Addiction Recovery to Reduce Relapse Risk in the Process
After Detox
Rhiannon McKinnon

Developing a Habit Plan in Addiction Recovery to Reduce Relapse Risk in the Process

In addiction recovery, it’s common to feel anxious and stressed. Even the most optimistic person would find it challenging to maintain a positive outlook 24/7. However, there are ways to reduce that stress and build a stronger, more solid foundation for your recovery. One of the best ways to do this is by creating a habit plan in your daily life to reduce relapse risk. Creating a habit plan includes identifying specific activities or tasks you can engage in more often throughout your day to help you maintain abstinence outside of treatment and keep yourself drug-free. Engaging in these activities on a regular basis will become almost second nature over time, making them easier to continue outside of treatment as well as when you return for one-on-one therapy sessions with your mental health professional.

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What is the Best Form of Treatment for Addiction?
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

What is the Best Form of Treatment for Addiction?

There is no single best treatment for substance abuse or addiction. Treatment programs have different mechanisms of action, and each is proven to help people in specific ways.
Addiction affects brain circuits that are essential for normal emotion processing, motivation, reward sensitivity, self-control, and cognitive functioning. Certain types of treatments address these underlying causes by helping the individual heal from the trauma that created an attachment disorder and other stressors that led to an addiction. Others help with cravings, relapse prevention, and other symptoms common to substance abuse or addiction. The primary thing that all effective treatment has in common is engagement from the client — they must be committed to their recovery if it’s going to last. Let’s look at some of the most effective forms of treatment available today for your loved one’s substance use or addictive behavior.

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Tips for A Successful Thanksgiving When You've Got a Newly Sober Family Member at the Table
After Detox
Rhiannon McKinnon

Tips for A Successful Thanksgiving When You’ve Got a Newly Sober Family Member at the Table

If you’ve ever invited a recovering addict to your home for the holidays, you know that it can be a risky proposition. One moment of weakness could lead your loved one right back to active addiction. What makes Thanksgiving especially risky? It’s the perfect storm of stressors — travel, extended family, toasting with alcohol, and the pressure of perfection. But there are ways to mitigate risk and make it a positive experience for everyone. Here are some ways that you can support your loved one in recovery while helping them feel included at Thanksgiving dinner.

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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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