drug abuse

Texas Drug Rehab
November 25, 2016

A Victim of Geography: Where Is Texas’ Drug Supply Coming From?

As Texas continues to reel from rampant alcohol and drug addiction, and as more and more residents succumb to overdose and other…

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November 17, 2016

The Legacy of Lean

Some know it as “lean,” some know it as codeine-promethazine and many don’t know it at all. Although blues musicians were mixing…

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Recovery Unplugged Releases New eBook on the Impact of Addiction on Families
November 3, 2016

Recovery Unplugged Releases New eBook on the Impact of Addiction on Families

Families are the lesser-discussed casualties of addiction. For practically every one of the over 23 million Americans suffering from chemical dependency, there…

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Supervised Injection Sites: Compassion or Complacency?
October 31, 2016

Supervised Injection Sites: Compassion or Complacency?

A recent study conducted by NYU regarding the use of heroin in New York City’s public bathrooms is further reinforcing calls for a new, and arguably radical anti-overdose tool: supervised injection centers. Also known as SIFs, these facilities would give users of heroin and other illicit injection drugs a sterile and supervised environment to inject the drug with an extra layer of protection from fatal overdose. Medical personnel would be on hand to prevent fatality and even assist with wound care and sterilization….

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Synthetic Drugs and Their Impact
October 12, 2016

A Lesser-Discussed Threat: Synthetic Drugs and Their Impact

By now we’re all aware of the widespread devastation caused by heroin and prescription opioids. If we haven’t experienced it in our own personal lives, we’ve heard second-hand accounts of people whose lives were destroyed by these two addiction threats. As heroin and painkillers continues to dominate whatever infrequent national conversation exists regarding addiction and substance abuse treatment, other significant substance abuse issues are getting a dangerously little amount of attention. One example of this is synthetic drug abuse. As more and more Texans, and Americans in general, fall victim to these dangerous drugs, solutions continue to emerge at a snail’s pace, if at all….

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The Day After: What 11-09-2016 Can Mean for Recreational Marijuana Use
September 13, 2016

What Election Day Means for Recreational Marijuana Use

There is a political sea change coming any way you slice it. In what can be charitably described as one of the…

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Austin drug treatment for inhalant addiction
February 2, 2016

Inhalants: Not a Drug of the Past

It seems like a long time ago that our news broadcasts were filled with stories of teens getting in trouble for ‘huffing’ permanent markers and spray paint. Unfortunately, while these stories may not inundate our televisions and computer screens anymore, the threat and prevalence of teens, inhalants and addiction should still be on our radar. There are three main types of inhalants: solvents, gases and nitrates. The use of these inhalants creates a short “high” feeling, similar to the feeling of anesthesia. The numbing, drug-like sensation calms the body down and sometimes causes the user to go unconscious.

Obviously, the extensive use of inhalants turns into addiction and can have serious long-term effects and even instant death. The most dangerous aspect of inhalants and addictions to huffing is that many of the items used can be found in every household. Paints, hair sprays and lighter fluid are among some of the most common inhalants….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Taking Time On Veterans Day
November 11, 2015

Taking Time On Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day andRemembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center What is Flakka?
May 26, 2015

What is Flakka?

If you are here in South Florida all anyone is talking about is the new street drug that is sweeping the streets of South Florida called Falkka. Flakka’s technical name is- Alpha Pyrrolidinopentiophene (A-PVP). It’s similar to “bath salts,” another dangerous drug that’s grabbed headlines in recent years. It’s off-white, coarse crystals sell for as little as $5 a hit.

Flakka has been reported to be the cause or a significant contributory cause of death in suicides and polydrug overdoses. It can cause a condition called “excited delirium” that involves hyperstimulation, paranoia, and hallucinations. The drug has also been linked to at least one death where it was combined with pentedrone and caused heart failure….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Recovery Unplugged's NCAD 15 Pleanry Speaker 2
February 26, 2015

Recovery Unplugged’s NCAD 15 Plenary Speaker

It was announced yesterday that Richie Supa, Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center’s (a Florida drug rehab) Director of Creative Recovery, will be the Opening Plenary Speaker for the 2015 National Conference on Addiction Disorders and Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit, August 1-4 in St. Louis, MO.
Though all of his musical success Richie considers his 27-year recovery to be his greatest accomplishment. He has released several albums devoted to his sobriety, and his undertaking to use music as an inspiration to those struggling with addiction….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Physical Side Effects of Addiction
September 16, 2013

Physical Side Effects of Addiction

Drug addiction is a very serious situation that often has severe physical side effects. After extensive drug use, a person can begin to look very different from their pre-addiction selves.
Weight loss and weight gain is one of the potential drastic physical side effects of addiction. Some drugs will suppress appetite, leaving the person dangerously thin an uninterested in eating and building or maintaining muscle mass. In other situations, drug users will feel almost ravenous and gain extreme amounts of weight. Some of the drugs considered to be more addictive and dangerous tend to have serious physical side effects. Drugs such as meth can cause a person to have open sores throughout their body. Some substances that require injection will cause a person to have numerous injection sites on their arms and legs….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Goal Setting
August 2, 2013

Goal Setting

Everyone, at some point in their life, has hopes and aspirations. Growing up, everyone wants to be a professional athlete, astronaut or maybe a fireman. Dreams and goals don’t have an expiration date. In order to continue to accomplish challenges and reach new milestones, goal setting is essential. This is especially relevant when it comes to achieving and continuing a life of sobriety. There are two different types of goals: short term and long term. Both are equally important and can be used to build on each other. Short-term goals can be hourly, daily, weekly or maybe even over the next month. These can be little victories such as regularly attending recovery meetings or avoiding certain snacks that you usually eat when feeling stressed. As implied in the name, long-term goals span over an extended period and can be supplemental to short-term goals. These can be achieved over a 3-month, 6-month or multiple-year period. These goals can be things like completing a college degree or switching careers.Whatever your short or long-term goals may be, they are very important, especially when completing rehabilitation. If you have goals in place, you have something to work towards. It is also said that if you actually write down these goals, you are more likely to complete them….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center The Role of Stress
August 1, 2013

The Role of Stress

I do not want to suggest that it is OK to make excuses for addictions, but it is important to understand situations and triggers that can aggravate addiction or rehabilitation. In this case, let’s examine the role of stress. Stress can trigger in morning traffic, at the beginning of the month when bills have to be paid or even just with a simple disagreement with a coworker. While everyone experiences some degree of stress every day, it is especially relevant when someone is struggling with addiction or is on the road to recovery. Some choose fatty foods or candy in stressful situations, which can cause obesity. Those struggling with addiction may turn to drugs or alcohol to trigger the pleasure sensation in their brain to avoid the situation. They use the substance to avoid their problems, which only prolongs the suffering and introduces life-threatening consequences….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Planning an Intervention

Planning an Intervention

Confronting a family member or loved one about alcohol or drug addiction is hard, no matter how you approach the topic. It is important to remember that while you are approaching them in love, they still may feel attacked or be caught off guard by the situation. With that said, you must make sure the person is as comfortable as possible.There are several important factors to keep in mind if you should choose to confront someone in your life. First, when choosing the location of the meeting, it is important to find somewhere your loved one is familiar with so they do not feel like they are being ambushed. Choose a place they have been before and is associated with positive memories. Another consideration to make is who will attend the intervention. This is determined by the nature of the person you are approaching. Would they feel comfortable with a big group of family and friends? Would it be better for you to approach that person alone or with one other close friend?…

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Continuing Treatment
July 8, 2013

Continuing Treatment

When a person ends drug rehabilitation, the process of recovery isn’t over. The time after a person leaves a rehab facility is just as important as their time in the program. There are ways to continue healing and practice sobriety while getting back to a normal life routine. Transitional facilities are always an option for those recovering from addiction. These houses are completely drug and alcohol free and give residents structure and accountability partners to help with recovery. Typically, these places are a good place to transition back to living independently by staggering a person’s exposure to the pressures of the real world. Many use support groups or meetings to stay accountable for recovery. Typically, when a person has friends to help them stay on track mentally, they are more likely to stay on the path of sobriety….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Reading the Signs of Drug Addiction

Reading the Signs of Drug Addiction

When you suspect a child, parent or loved one is struggling with addiction, it is hard to know what to do. There is always a risk of damaging a relationship and many do not know how to be sure addiction is present.Many times, when someone is struggling with drug abuse there are certain warning signs that arise. By no means is this list all-inclusive, but it may be helpful to know some of the indicators. Typically, the first things you may notice are changes in behavior and temperament. Are they extra sensitive or defensive when you bring up certain topics? Do they have drastic mood changes? As drugs alter a person’s mental state, they begin to act out of character. In addition, as they try to keep their addiction secret, they will act more secretive and make changes to their normal routine to keep others off their trail….

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