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San Antonio Drug Detox Presents Video Explaining Services Offered for Drug Abuse Support


SAN ANTONIO, TX (PRWEB) November 04, 2013

Medical Drug Detox Center in San Antonio is announcing that a new video regarding its services and plans is now available for San Antonio and surrounding cities. Those cities include Live Oak, Balcones Heights, Castroville, New Braunfels, and San Marcos.

Drug detoxification is used to reduce or relieve withdrawal symptoms while helping the addicted individual adjust to living without drug use; drug detoxification is not meant to treat addiction but rather an early step in long-term treatment. Detoxification may be achieved drug free or may use medications as an aspect of treatment. Often drug detoxification and treatment will occur in a community program that lasts several months and takes place in a residential rather than medical center.

Substance abuse problems can turn ordinary people’s lives upside down. Alcoholism and drug addiction is a horrid disease that affects the body, mind and spirit. Other drugs like oxycontin, Klonopin, opiates, and cocaine – when taken beyond “normal” levels – destruct whatever kind of lives people have from an emotional and physical standpoint.

Drug addicts and alcoholics who are deep into their addiction will go to any lengths and neighborhoods for their “fix.” These drugs also include heroin. It isn’t surprising to find out how many streets, roads and miles they have walked or driven simply to feel better and medicate themselves. Making sure that these adults and adolescents understand there are different options and choices for life is important. Sometimes, they are ultimately life-saving ways.

There are prescription drugs, when taken under proper medical supervision, to help the detox process flow better for people. Some of these include Ativan, Buprenorphine, Librium, Methadone, Suboxone, Valium, and Naltrexone. Again, it is suggested to receive help and it is available at Medical Drug Detox Center.

When people attempt to detox from drugs and alcohol on their own, the results are not always successful. Getting the proper help and support for gaining and maintaining long-term sobriety can turn lives around. People discover that recovery is an easier, softer way after going through detox.

Also, there seems to be a misunderstanding in some circles that reaching out for help is a sign of weakness. On the contrary, it is not. This truly becomes a source of strength and shows that an individual is ready to leave his or her substance abuse-filled life in the past.

If you want more information about Medical Drug Detox Center, then visit http://drugdetox.org or pick up your phone and call (888) 444-9148.







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Oakland Drug Detox Center Announces New Program Aimed at Stopping Initial Drug Abuse


Oakland, CA (PRWEB) December 18, 2013

An Oakland drug detox center is launching a new program geared toward interrupting people’s tendencies toward abusing drugs after an initial try through Medical Drug Detox Center.

According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, among persons aged 12 to 49 in 2012, the average age at first use was 16.6 years for PCP, 16.9 years for inhalants, 17.9 years for marijuana, 19.0 years for LSD, 20.0 years for cocaine, 20.3 years for Ecstasy, 22.1 years for stimulants, 22.3 years for pain relievers, 23.0 years for heroin, 23.6 years for tranquilizers, and 26.2 years for sedatives.

Heavy use of drugs like barbiturates, Darvon, Demerol, heroin and prescription drugs are not a healthy way to live. Drug detox offers a better alternative lifestyle.

“Oakland is a major West Coast port city and the busiest port for San Francisco Bay and all of Northern California,” according to a Wikipedia entry. “It is the third largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth-largest city in the state, and the 47th-largest city in the U.S. with a population at the 2010 census of 390,724. Incorporated in 1852, Oakland is the county seat of Alameda County. It serves as a major transportation hub and trade center for the entire region and is also the principal city of the Bay Area Region known as the East Bay.”

Marijuana, opiates, Oxycontin and benzodiazepine addiction turns functioning individuals into non-functioning ones over time. Seeking help when recovering from alcoholism is not a sign of weakness.

Locations like Friendship House and LifeRing Secular Recovery are among many substance abuse treatment and drug detox locations in Oakland waiting to help people.

Drug addicts, especially ones using Suboxone, and alcoholics deep in their addiction will go to any lengths for their substance.

Prescription drugs, when taken under medical supervision, help the detox process. Some include Ativan, Librium, Methadone, Valium, and Naltrexone. Getting help to detox from drugs and alcohol is available in Oakland right now.

For more information on Medical Drug Detox Center, visit http://drugdetox.org or call (888) 444-9148.







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Latest Best Drug Rehabilitation Blog Post Focuses on Opiate Abuse Facts


(PRWEB) July 23, 2014

In its latest blog post, Best Drug Rehabilitation, which offers treatment programs and believes that having family close by during a stay in rehab can make a big difference in whether or not the process is successful, is focusing on a topic that is quickly becoming among the most important of all drug and addiction-related dialogues: opiate abuse facts.

The Best Drug Rehabilitation blog post on opiate abuse facts highlights:


An overview of opiates, and why they’re considered “the mother of all Schedule II drugs”
The two most commonly abused types of opiates: morphine and codeine
Common misconceptions between opiates and opioids

“Opiates are among the most addictive and dangerous drugs available today,” commented Best Drug Rehabilitation’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “Tragically, many individuals — especially young people – have no idea what they’re getting into when they experiment with opiates. They think that they can remain in control, but it’s a delusion. Before long, many of them are doctor shopping, stealing pills from family members and friends, and living the painful, often unbearable life of an addict that typically, if untreated, winds up in the emergency ward, in jail, or in the morgue.”

Added Per Wickstrom: “However, as I noted, treatment is the best and, frankly, the only answer for addicts. With the right kind of medical care, combined with compassionate support, they can not only break free of their addiction and get sober, but they can living a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life than they ever dreamed possible!”

The full text of Best Drug Rehabilitation’s latest blog post entitled “Opiate Abuse Facts” is available at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/blog/addiction/opiate-abuse-facts/.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Amber Howe, Executive Director BDR, at (231) 887-4590 or ahowe(at)rehabadmin(dot)com.

About Best Drug Rehabilitation

Best Drug Rehabilitation offers treatment programs, and believes that having family close by during a stay in rehab can make a big difference in whether or not the process is successful. Led by CEO Per Wickstrom, Best Drug Rehabilitation also understands that recovering from an addiction is an intense emotional and physical challenge, and as such provides clients with a comfortable and private space that is safe and free of anxiety. Ultimately, Best Drug Rehabilitation offers recovery geared to the personalized needs of each client, which is an option that makes the chance for long-term success much more likely.

Learn more at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/.







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Recent Reports State That 19 Million Americans Abuse Prescription Drugs; FDA and Novus Medical Detox Agree That Education is Needed


New Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) August 11, 2014

Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that 46 Americans die every day from prescription drug overdose, which adds up to about 17,000 deaths annually. The reports also state that poisonings by drug overdose have tripled over the past 30 years. (1) Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage drug abuse patients, states that the reason behind the high number of fatalities lies in inadequate drug education.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carries this same belief, and has responded by implementing a new drug education program. The program seeks to educate doctors who prescribe these highly-addictive painkillers, as well as the patients who are taking them. The program’s mission is “to teach doctors about proper opiate prescribing for pain patients to minimize the risks of diversion and addiction.” (4)

The United Nation’s World Drug Report 2014 stated that in 2012, 6.1% (19 million) of Americans abused prescription opioids, including morphine, codeine, OxyContin and Vicodin. This figure categorizes the United States as a country that abuses prescription drugs more than any other country in the world. (2) In an effort to lower the number of people harmed by these drugs, Novus warns Americans to exercise caution when receiving a new prescription from a physician, and to ask questions related to its side effects.

“Intentionally or not, Americans may be underestimating the highly addictive nature of drugs such as opioids,” stated Novus Executive Director Kent Runyon. “It may start as nothing more than filling a prescription for legitimate pain, but overdose may result when a patient seeks to elicit a stronger high from these drugs.”

Novus recommends that the following steps be taken when being prescribed a new medication (3):

●    Be sure that the prescription comes from a trusted physician;

●    Only use the medication as prescribed;

●    Ask the physician about the medicine and its effects;

●    Conduct your own research about the drug’s effects; and

●    Be prepared—ask your doctor what to do if one becomes addicted.

All of these tips are important to heed before a patient starts to take a medication, because addiction may begin with the patient being unaware of a medication’s initial effects. This patient may begin to take pills more liberally than prescribed, and the dangers of addiction do not lie far behind.

Runyon maintains that comprehensive drug education, starting in grade school and continuing throughout adult life to physician visits, can help to significantly reduce the number of Americans addicted to such drugs.

While new preventative measures are being taken, Novus recommends looking out for the following symptoms or behaviors (but not limited to), if someone suspects that a loved one is abusing pain reliever prescription drugs (5):

●    Nausea, drowsiness;

●    Mood swings and anxiety;

●    Slowed reactions, movement and breathing;

●    Jittery or secretive; and/or

●    Neglect of work/school responsibilities.

Runyon advises those who are dependent upon any abusive substance(s) to seek out safe, medically-supervised detox programs, and to use those with integrated medicine that allows the detox process to be as comfortable as possible.

For more information on Novus Medical Detox’s addiction and detox programs, visit http://www.NovusDetox.com.

About Novus Medical Detox Center:

Novus Medical Detox Center offers safe, effective alcohol and drug treatment programs in a home-like residential setting. Located on 3.25 tree-lined acres in New Port Richey, Fla., Novus is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an inpatient medical detox facility. Novus is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medication, drugs or alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment—putting the dignity and humanity back into drug detoxification. Patients have 24/7 medical supervision, including round-the-clock nursing care and access to a withdrawal specialist, and enjoy comfortable private or shared rooms with a telephone, cable television, and high-speed Internet access. For more information, visit http://www.novusdetox.com.

1.Hutchins, Sarah. “Drug Overdose: Prescription Painkillers Poison 46 Americans Every Day.” Liberty Voice, 20 July 2014. Web. 22 July 2014. guardianlv.com/2014/07/drug-overdose-prescription-painkillers-poison-46-americans-every-day/.

2.Blake, Matthew. “Extent of US Dependency on Prescription Drugs Revealed: UN Report Shows 6% of American Adults Hooked on Pills.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 07 July 2014. Web. 21 July 2014. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2683318/Extent-US-dependency-prescription-drugs-revealed-UN-report-shows-6-American-adults-hooked-pills.html.

3.Winkel, Bethany. “Avoiding Prescription Drug Abuse—Treatment Solutions.” Treatment Solutions. N.p., 11 Feb. 2010. Web. 23 July 2014. treatmentsolutions.com/avoiding-prescription-drug-abuse/.

4.Sack, David. “FDA Prescription Drug Abuse Plan Hits—and Misses—the Mark—Addiction Recovery.” Addiction Recovery with David Sack, M.D. Psych Central.com, 7 July 2014. Web. 22 July 2014. blogs.psychcentral.com/addiction-recovery/2014/07/fda-prescription-drug-abuse-plan-hits-and-misses-the-mark/.

5.“Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.” Narconon International, n.d. Web. 22 July 2014. narconon.org/drug-abuse/signs-symptoms-pain-relievers.html.







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Teen Rehab Center CEO Releases Answers to Top Five Questions on Prescription Drug Abuse


Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) December 02, 2014

Prescription drugs are the second-most abused type of drug, after marijuana. The abuse of prescription drugs has risen by 33 percent since 2008, putting more and more teens in danger. Yet, due to a lack of education, this issue is continually overlooked.

Eighty percent of parents talk with their teens about the dangers of common street drugs, but only 15 percent address the dangers of prescription drug abuse with their kids. In order to help parents better understand the prevalence of prescription drug abuse among teens, Johnny Patout, CEO of New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center, the leading teen drug rehabilitation program in the Southwest and one recognized nationwide, has answered the five most common questions posed by parents.

1. How dangerous is prescription drug abuse? “In short, extremely,” said Patout. “More teens die from prescription drug overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined. Prescription drugs are just too easy for teens to access. Sixty percent of teens who abuse these drugs have free access to them via friends and relatives. Parents must realize the commonality of this issue and learn how to take the proper precautions against it.”

2. Which prescription drugs are commonly abused? “Prescriptions for opioid painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and morphine have skyrocketed in the last decade,” said Patout. “According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, 5 million of the 7 million people who reported abusing prescription drugs said they were abusing a pain reliever. Additionally, Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium are also massively overprescribed and stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD have escalated in use greatly. Many of these drugs are prescribed unnecessarily for small problems. The excess of these drugs in the hands of teenagers leads to abuse of them.”

3. What if my teen is prescribed a pain reliever or ADHD medication? “The key to dealing with these drugs is monitoring them when they are in the home,” said Patout. “Parents need to keep track of the pills as the teen takes them and not leave extras in the house. It is a good idea to lock up all prescription drugs in the home, even those prescribed to kids. If a parent feels their teen is falsely claiming to be suffering from pain in order to obtain a pain reliever, they should consult a medical professional immediately.”

4. What are “pill parties? “Pill parties are gatherings where teens each bring an assortment of pills,” said Patout. “The pills are then piled together and attendees help themselves. Also called ‘skittles parties’ or ‘pharm parties,’ these gatherings are incredibly dangerous. Teens don’t know what they are taking and could be ingesting lethal combinations of drugs. Sometimes, they will mix alcohol with the drugs, only serving to increase their risk of an overdose. These parties point to the rampant amount of prescription drugs available today.”

5. What should I do if I discover my son or daughter abusing prescription drugs? “The first step is for parents to know the signs of prescription drug abuse so they can keep an eye out for them,” said Patout. “These include changes in appetite, grades, sleeping patterns, mood, personal hygiene and energy level. Side effects will vary depending on what they are taking. If a parent confirms their teenager is abusing prescription drugs, they should explain that prescription drugs are not safe just because a doctor prescribed them. If they believe the drug use is habitual and becoming destructive, it is important to consult a health professional or a teen rehabilitation center. Prescription drug abuse should not be ignored or taken lightly.”

For more information on teen drug addiction and recovery, please visit http://www.newbeginningsshc.com/ or contact a New Beginnings representative at 888-706-1870.

About New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center

New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center, the leading teen drug rehabilitation program in the Southwest and one recognized nationwide, has been helping teens overcome addiction for more than 30 years. New Beginnings offers a continuum of care for inpatient treatment, residential treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient programs, and works with private insurance providers to find the lowest costs for their patients. For more information, visit http://www.newbeginningsteenhelp.com.







Harbor Village Detox Extends Treatment for Drug & Alcohol Abuse to Mass. in Response to Treatment Centers Denying Victims of Abuse Insurance Coverage

USA (PRWEB) March 18, 2015

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment is a costly enterprise for a nationwide epidemic, that often bars essential medical treatment from victims suffering of drug and alcohol substance abuse disorders. According to Wbur on March 11th, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in the state of Mass. are unable to get the drug and alcohol addiction treatment they need because insurance providers will not cover addiction treatment. Some people were allegedly released because of insufficient insurance coverage. Harbor Village Detox is an inpatient medical detox center committed to the long term recovery of its patients. The addiction treatment center is governed on the ideal that all people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction should have uncompromised access to medical treatment, that will save lives from fatal overdose.

Harbor Village Detox is extending their complete services to the state of Mass. to encourage victims of drug and alcohol addiction with the addiction treatment they need to save their lives from continued abuse. The facility offers insurance coverage for most major insurances, and offers 100% financing in some cases. Their inpatient medical detox facility is located in South Florida. Flight accommodations are available in certain circumstances, and their dedicated driver will pick up patients from the airport directly.

A medical associate of Harbor Village Detox comments, “It’s so important for drug addicts to get treatment as soon as they seek it, undaunted. It’s such a difficult process to get addicts to admit they have a problem and seek treatment in the first place. Turning them away from drug and alcohol rehabilitation often derails people from trying to get help at all. Our facility gives patients a warm environment to recover, and offers the protection of continued treatment despite their individual situations. We pride ourselves in not turning anyone who needs our help away.”

Harbor Village Detox helps patients uncover the inner crux of addiction, and provides patients with coping strategies to address feelings of anger, depression, and anxiety perpetuating drug and alcohol addiction. The facility offers drug detox and a variety of other drug and alcohol rehabilitation service to ensure continued treatment and the avoidance of relapse. Providing a 24/7 medically monitored facility, Harbor Village Detox provides patients the security they need to recover with ease.

For more information on the inpatient medical detox facility, Harbor VIllage Detox, visit http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call Harbor Village Detox directly 1-855-290-4261.