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Can You Detox From Alcohol at Home?

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) reports that alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States. The effects of alcohol addiction or consistent, recurring alcohol abuse on the brain are significant and damaging. The more the brain becomes accustomed to the impacts of alcohol on neurotransmitters, the more… Continue Reading Can You Detox From Alcohol at Home?

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Rapid Detox vs. Traditional Medication-Assisted Detox

There is a substantial difference between rapid detox and medication-assisted detox. Understanding heroin and the need for assistance in the detoxification of drugs is the first step in choosing the right medication-assisted treatment program. Heroin Explained Heroin is a highly addictive substance that begins as opium, a narcotic derivative of the opium poppy plant. The… Continue Reading Rapid Detox vs. Traditional Medication-Assisted Detox

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Signs of Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine is a potent and fast-acting drug. Those using cocaine experience a rush of pleasure, intensified focus, increased energy, and a reduced need for sleep and food. Because of its effects on neurotransmitters, cocaine has a high potential for abuse, which can quickly descend into physical and psychological dependence and, ultimately, addiction. Dangerous enough on… Continue Reading Signs of Cocaine Withdrawal

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Best Options for Medical Detox in Los Angeles

Recognizing the need for drug or alcohol detox is the first step on the path to lifelong recovery. Because there are so many treatment center options, finding the rehab center best suited for you or your loved one can feel overwhelming. It is essential to do the proper research before making a final decision. Substance… Continue Reading Best Options for Medical Detox in Los Angeles

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11 Tips in Facing This Sober Holiday Season

The holidays are fast approaching, and while they can be exciting and fun, they can also cause chaos and panic. This is especially true for those who are newly sober or those in recovery. After all, you will find that your social calendar is filling up with dinner, parties, and so much more. When you… Continue Reading 11 Tips in Facing This Sober Holiday Season

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Alcohol Detox Timeline

Choosing to quit drinking can be a life-changing decision, especially when someone suffers from alcohol abuse or addiction. As is the case with all addictive substances, the downside of quitting is that you will likely experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild to moderate to severe, depending on your history of alcohol consumption.… Continue Reading Alcohol Detox Timeline

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Physical and Psychological Effects of Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a highly addictive drug made from the leaves of the coca plant. In its powder form, it is most often snorted but can also be liquified and injected. Crack is a crystallized form of the drug that is smoked. It is even more potent and addictive than powder cocaine. Cocaine is a stimulant… Continue Reading Physical and Psychological Effects of Cocaine Addiction

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Benefits of Withdrawing in a Detox Center

For many who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction, the desire to quit can be overshadowed by the fear of the withdrawal symptoms of detox. Attempts to detox at home frequently fail because of the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, making people want to give up trying to be sober altogether. At Westwind Recovery®, we understand… Continue Reading Benefits of Withdrawing in a Detox Center