What Are the Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Commonly Abused Drugs?

What Are the Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Commonly Abused Drugs? most commonly abused prescription drugs

Updated on August 24th, 2020 Often we think about drug abuse in terms of all the immediate harmful effects it causes, such as violent and irrational behavior, irresponsible driving, and the short-term physical changes that accompany a high. But it’s also important to remember that long-term drug abuse can also cause serious medical problems, dependence, […]

5 Key Benefits of Inpatient Alcohol Detox

5 Key Benefits of Inpatient Alcohol Detox room at inpatient alcohol detox

Updated on January 4th, 2021 The Dangers of Alcohol Detox and Addiction Alcohol abuse and addiction are common in the United States. According to the most recent information from SAMHSA’s 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than half of current alcohol users in America misuse it.1 136.7 million people in the U.S. […]

What is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)?

What is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)? woman suffering from PAWS

When it comes to drug and alcohol withdrawal and detox, no two experiences are alike. There are several factors that will influence a person’s withdrawal experience, therefore, it’s impossible to predict exactly what symptoms a person will experience or how long the entire process will take. In some cases, a person may experience what’s known […]

What Are Common Drug Withdrawal Symptoms?

What Are Common Drug Withdrawal Symptoms? man having withdrawal symptoms

Published on August 10th, 2020 During detox, you may experience what is known as drug withdrawal. There is no reason to be fearful of this, as it is a normal part of drug and alcohol detox. However, if you are nervous about the experience, it may help to know what happens during withdrawal and what […]

How to Recognize Prescription Drug Abuse

How to Recognize Prescription Drug Abuse prescription drug boxes on shelf

Prescription drug abuse is much more common than you might think. In 2016 alone, 3.3 million people ages 12 and over abused prescription painkillers (narcotics) and 2.9 million people ages 12 and over abused prescription psychotherapeutics excluding pain relievers. But narcotic abuse is not the only common form of prescription drug misuse. Tranquilizers like Valium […]

How to Stay Sober After Detox

How to Stay Sober After Detox outpatient group session

Completing drug and alcohol detox is the first of several steps in a comprehensive addiction treatment plan. Although it may be tempting to just complete detox and assume you’ll be able to stay sober forever, it’s not very likely. Detox alone does little to curb or eliminate addictive behaviors, so it’s extremely important to continue […]

Drug Tolerance: What It Is, How it Develops, and Why It’s Dangerous

Drug Tolerance: What It Is, How it Develops, and Why It’s Dangerous pills in hand

While browsing the Briarwood Detox Center blog, you may come across terms like “dependence,” “addiction,” and “tolerance” often, without truly understanding what they mean or how they relate to your current situation. In this blog, we’ll discuss drug tolerance so you can get a better idea of what you or your loved one is experiencing […]

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