Why You Should Exercise in Addiction Recovery

Each year more than 21 million Americans will be affected by drug and alcohol addiction. Substance abuse is nearly impossible to overcome on your own but with the help of treatment programs, sobriety is possible. 

Like other medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and depression, diet and exercise can be beneficial in overcoming addiction.  At Laguna View Detox, we stress the importance of giving our clients plenty of opportunities to exercise. Addiction affects the mind and body, and we encourage our clients to adopt a healthy lifestyle in sobriety. Healthy clients are happy clients.

Why is Exercise Beneficial for Those in Addiction Recovery?

One of the primary hallmarks of addictions is drug or alcohol cravings.  These urges are strongest within the first few months of sobriety. A combination of time and treatment can help them go away. To help combat these cravings, we introduce exercise into a client’s everyday regimen. Exercise is a great distraction and productive hobby our clients can engage in for the rest of their lives. The exercise routine they adopt during treatment can easily be taken home with them. Aside from the physical benefits of exercise that our clients enjoy, there are mental and emotional benefits as well. 

Better Sleep

Exercise improves your sleep in several ways. It promotes a better, deeper sleep, which is extremely restorative.  Deeper, more restful sleep boosts your immune system, supports cardiac health, and controls stress & anxiety. In addition to improving the quality of your sleep, exercise increases the duration of your sleep.  When you exercise, you expend energy, which makes you feel more tired and ready to rest at the end of the day. A good night’s sleep is an amazing way to start a new day. 

Improved Focus

Exercise helps your body to trigger endorphins which are chemicals in your brain that reduce your perception of pain and increase the positive feelings in your brain.  After you exercise, you’ll find it easier to block distractions from your mind which improves concentration. Maintaining sobriety is a lot of work and the more concentrated you are on your recovery, the better off you are. 

It Can Turn Into a Hobby

Exercise is a fantastic hobby. It can be done anytime, anywhere, and it’s something you can always improve on. At Laguna View Detox we want to set our clients up for success. After they stop using substances, it’s important for our clients to find joy in life again. Exercise is something we can encourage during treatment and they can take it home with them. It’s an activity they can do alone or with friends. They can set goals and challenge themselves in a healthy way. 

We Want to Help

If you or a loved one have a problem with drugs and alcohol, contact us at Laguna View Detox.  Exercise is just one of the many methods we use to help our clients discover a new and healthier way of life. We give our clients all the tools to be happy and get their life back. Give us a call – your new life awaits you! 

Drugs 101: The Most Commonly Abused

Drug addiction is a complex disease and can be fatal. In 2017 there were over 70,000 drug overdoses in the US and over 18 million people struggling with substance abuse disorder. It’s a common misconception that drug addicts can just stop using whenever they want. Addiction is like any other health complication, it needs to be treated and if it’s left untreated, there are serious complications. 

While there are numerous drugs circulating the market, there are five common ones we see people abusing in the treatment industry. 

Heroin

Heroin is the most potent and powerful of all of the opioid drugs. Although it’s illegal to sell or purchase, it’s readily available throughout the United States. When mixed with the drug Fentanyl, it’s not only more addictive than it was before, but the chance of overdosing is increased and has led to countless deaths across the country.

As of 2017, about 494,000 Americans over the age of 12 became regular heroin users and nearly 900,000 Americans had tried the drug at least one time.

Opioids 

According to the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, about 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose and nearly 400,000 people lost their battle with opioids between 1999 and 2017.

Opioids are commonly prescribed for pain management. Oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine are all opioids. It’s common to open up a household medicine cabinet and see at least one of these drugs. Opioids are becoming a crisis in America because they’re easily accessible and it’s easy to build a tolerance when taking them. 

The sale of opioid-based painkillers skyrocketed from 1999 to the present time a total of 300 percent. Several drug companies have recently been sued and held accountable for pushing opioids onto patients with the knowledge that they are highly addictive and can easily lead to overdose deaths.

Cocaine

Cocaine comes from the coca plant that is grown mostly in South America. It’s addiction rate generally includes young users, anywhere from the age of 15-34. It’s estimated that about 7.4 million people in that age group have used cocaine at least one time in their lives. Cocaine can be snorted, ingested, or smoked (normally referred to as crack cocaine) and is highly addictive. It’s the most trafficked drug in the world since the demand for the supply is always present.

Many cocaine users or drug dealers at some point begin to mix the drug with heroin and fentanyl, leading to an increase in overdose deaths.

Alcohol

Alcohol is the most abused substance of all and affects about 300 million people throughout the world. Many people try alcohol at a very young age since it is legal and easily obtained.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an average of 30 Americans die each day due to a car crash involving a drunk driver, and about six people die each day from alcohol poisoning. Approximately 88,000 people die as a result of alcohol addiction every single year in the United States. About six percent of all adults in the United States, which is about 15 million people, have an addiction to alcohol and only a small percentage seek treatment for their addiction.

Crystal Meth (Methamphetamine)

Crystal Meth can be smoked, injected, or snorted. It can cause users to be awake for days at a time and make them feel invincible. It’s highly addictive with an addiction rate of approximately 774,000 Americans each year who are regular users, and approximately 16,000 of that figure are teenagers between the ages of 12-17. In 2017, 10,000 Americans suffered fatal overdoses. 

Seek Treatment Now

If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs or alcohol, or battle drug abuse, you can get help at Laguna View Detox. The unique program offered by the professionals at Laguna View encompasses detoxification and inpatient treatment for all types of addiction. Call us today

An Oncoming Relapse? Here’s What You Should Watch For

The National Institute on Drug Abuse relates drug addiction relapse to the relapse of patients with chronic illnesses like hypertension or asthma. Statistics from 2000 show that 40-60% of people treated for substance abuse have relapsed. Patients treated for hypertension or asthma relapse 50-70% of the time. These rates are alarmingly similar to substance abuse.

If you or a loved one are ready to seek treatment for addiction or are fighting to maintain sobriety, there are a few things to  know upfront about relapse:

  • It’s normal and healthy to worry that you might relapse. It takes time to develop self-confidence and sense of security in your new sober lifestyle.
  • Relapse doesn’t mean you failed. It simply means you’ve taken a step back on the road to recovery and need to act quickly to correct your path.
  • While relapse isn’t uncommon, it isn’t an experience you have to endure. Understanding the signs of an oncoming relapse and acting quickly could keep you from taking that step backward on your journey to sobriety.

At Laguna View Detox we want to help you understand exactly what relapse is and why it occurs for so many people fighting for sobriety. When you’re aware of the risk and the red flags you have a stronger chance of overcoming your obstacles before you sink into relapse. If you or someone you love does relapse, it’s important to contact the professionals at Laguna View Detox to seek help as quickly as possible.

What Is Relapse?

Relapse occurs when someone in any stage of recovery from substance abuse uses a substance that they have abused in the past. It only takes one use to qualify as a relapse and it doesn’t matter how much you consume or how it’s administered. If you’re in recovery from alcohol and consume just a few sips of an alcoholic beverage, you have relapsed.

What about thinking about using a substance? While that may lead to guilty feelings and other emotions, this isn’t considered relapse unless you follow through with the act of using a substance. Many recovering addicts do think about the substances they previously abused. They can even dream about it. Pulling yourself back from those thoughts and reminding yourself why you want to continue with sobriety is often a powerful moment that can help you maintain your clean healthy lifestyle.

The Stages of Relapse

A relapse may seem to occur out of the blue but it’s usually the final stage of a process that starts days or even weeks prior to the use of a substance. Use this list to understand each stage of relapse so you can keep an eye on yourself or your loved ones to catch the cycle before it spins out of control:

  • Emotional Relapse – You experience emotional responses to daily life or inner turmoil which set the stage for an eventual relapse. Using the abused substance is often a reaction to these emotions because you haven’t developed the coping skills needed to overcome obstacles and handle strong emotions without an escape. Continuing to seek help through 12-step meetings and recovery programs in addition to working a sobriety plan daily can give you the strength and skills needed to handle these emotions and stop the relapse cycle right here.
  • Mental Relapse – You’re starting to fight your urges to use. You’re not serious about seeking out the substance, but the thought is starting to cross your mind more and more often. You’re fighting these thoughts but you can’t deny that you think about relapsing.
  • Physical Relapse – This is when you start taking action to relapse. You may find yourself driving to a liquor store in the middle of the afternoon or driving through a neighborhood where you used to buy drugs in the past. You’ve graduated from thoughts of using to actively placing yourself in situations where using is likely or guaranteed. 

Early Signs of an Oncoming Relapse

Some signs of relapse that you may notice in yourself or a loved one include:

  • Poor eating habits
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Mood swings
  • Withdrawal from loved ones or activities
  • Lying
  • Gravitating back to friends and acquaintances from the old lifestyle
  • Glamorizing or bragging about old addictive behaviors
  • Not following a recovery treatment plan

Many of the early signs of a potential relapse are internal so friends and loved ones may not catch them until the mental, physical stages, or relapse begins. 

You may notice that you’re no longer interested in exercising, going to meetings, or taking healthy steps toward daily recovery. You start to realize that you’re thinking about your old lifestyle and friends more often. Those thoughts are signals that you need help to stop the cycle of relapse.

Laguna View Detox Can Help Before or After Relapse

Our Southern California detox and rehab center offers comprehensive addiction therapies that are customized to the individual. If you or someone you love is struggling with a potential relapse contact us to discuss your options. We want to help you develop the skills and the strength that is needed to successfully walk the path of sobriety for life. 

Four Signs You’re Suffering from Addiction

You didn’t plan to be here. You didn’t expect to one day need something so badly that your heart rate elevates at the thought of never having it again. But now you’re here and you’re asking the right questions since you found yourself on the Laguna View Detox blog looking for answers.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is generally thought of as the physical dependence on a mood-altering substance, like drugs or alcohol. If a person does not consume the substance they have a physical dependence on, their bodies start to experience withdrawal symptoms. After the physical dependence is gone, residential treatment and other addiction treatment services are offered to help tackle the emotional stuff to get down to the root of the problem. 

Signs of Addiction

You feel sick when you haven’t done drugs or alcohol in a while.

Withdrawal is one of the first signs you may notice if you suffer from addiction. This can include tremors, slurred speech, nausea, insomnia … the list goes on. On the emotional front, you can also feel empty and completely drained.

Why am I experiencing this?

The National Institute for Drug Abuse explains that your brain is made of billions of neurotransmitters. Imagine these neurotransmitters are a highway navigating through your brain. These paths allow you to do everything from forming thoughts to maintaining a regular heartbeat. When you introduce drugs into your system the foreign chemical(s) disrupts the normal flow of traffic. It’s as if a dog is trying to cross a six-lane highway, chaos would ensue and normal traffic patterns would certainly be disrupted. 

After a certain amount of time, your brain can stop healthily producing signals and becomes accustomed to the disruptions. Withdrawal is your brain’s way of signaling you to take the substance you’re addicted to so it can operate the way it thinks it’s now supposed to. 

You absolutely can’t stop even if you want to.

When your brain becomes altered by drugs or alcohol and dependent on them to function, you’ll feel compelled to do anything and everything to get a hold of the substance. Once you get a hold of it, it may never feel like enough. Like an itch you can’t scratch. 

Medical detox plays a crucial role in overcoming addiction. Laguna View Detox allows you to rid your body of drugs and alcohol in a safe environment. Our professional staff will guide you through the process every step of the way and our residential program is a great – and almost always a necessary step to take – after detox. Our staff will teach you healthy coping skills and retrain your brain to enjoy life without the aid of alcohol or drugs.

You’ve changed as a person and you don’t like it.

It’s come to the point where drugs or alcohol are all that matter. Between your lack of hygiene, unstable mood, and inability to maintain relationships, you’re feeling absolutely hopeless. You look in the mirror and hate what you see. The substances rewired your brain so severely you aren’t even taking them to get high anymore. You just don’t feel normal without them.

No amount of drugs or alcohol is enough.

Your brain is powerful and wants to protect itself. The fight between your brain trying to find balance and you trying to get high creates a tolerance. The more tolerance you have to drugs or alcohol, the more of the substance you need to feel the effects. This also makes you feel like nothing will ever be enough. 

Seek Addiction Treatment At Laguna View Detox

Drug and alcohol abuse is extremely hard to beat on your own. If you feel like you have no one to turn to and have alienated all of the people in your life, Laguna View Detox is here to help. The biggest battle will be getting yourself here but once we get the drugs and alcohol out of your system, we can help you get your life back. Contact us at Laguna View Detox today to talk to an addiction treatment professional. We want to help you!

Why Aftercare is Essential to Long Term Sobriety

Making the decision to seek addiction treatment for drug or alcohol abuse may seem like a major decision. It’s common for you to begin your journey to sobriety in an inpatient setting. This can include a form of detox and intensive inpatient program. At Laguna View Detox our residential treatment program focuses on holistic treatment in addition to evidence-based practices. Once treatment is complete it’s important to remember this is the first step on the long road toward recovery. Staying sober requires daily commitment. One way to stay committed is by completing aftercare. 

What is Aftercare?

Aftercare is a place where people go to learn coping skills that can be used to maintain sobriety outside of residential treatment. One of the biggest challenges during recovery is avoiding a relapse. The coping skills gained in aftercare can be used in everyday life. 

Aftercare is also a place you can go to repair broken relationships. Addiction not only takes a toll on your life but it affects everyone around you. This can even include professional relationships. Taking back your life includes mending broken relationships. 

Aftercare programs will vary from individual to individual but we are confident. At Laguna View Detox, we will put together a rockstar plan tailored to each person’s needs. We believe in empowering our clients and hold them accountable for their actions which helps them stay sober. 

How is it Beneficial for Long Term Sobriety?

Leaving residential treatment can be quite a culture shock. The way you interact with society will be completely different from when you were using drugs or alcohol. You will see the world in a new light and people will look at you differently. You’ve changed but the world around you may not have changed. The job you have to go back to may still stress you out or maybe you’re experiencing financial insecurity and need to get a new job. It’s easy to get caught up in life and forget what you’ve learned in residential treatment. Aftercare will give you the coping skills you need to handle your new life. 

The goal of aftercare is to provide you with a dual system of support and accountability. While the goal is to prevent relapse from taking place, Laguna View Detox also wants to provide you with the support you need to walk the road of recovery. Individuals who leave the inpatient world are particularly vulnerable to relapse during the first year. A high-quality aftercare program can provide tools and support for people who are learning to navigate their lives without drugs and alcohol.

Stay Consistent with Aftercare

Getting sober doesn’t mean you are recovered. The threat of relapse is real. It can happen in the blink of an eye. Life is stressful and you’re only human but you don’t have to live life post-residential treatment alone. Aftercare provides support and accountability. Everyone deserves help from trained professionals.

Laguna View Detox is Here for You

At Laguna View Detox, we’re a luxury drug and alcohol treatment program who really cares. Our services include detox, residential treatment, and aftercare. We want you to get sober but more importantly remain sober. Give us a call to get the help you need.

Why You Should Think About Getting Sober in Laguna Beach, CA

Addiction is a serious disease and needs to be treated as such. Addiction can take many forms including drugs and alcohol. When someone is dealing with addiction, it is important to ask for help. Friends and family members are going to be important sources of support during this difficult time. When someone is looking for a place to get help for addiction, it is critical to think about the location. The location is going to serve as the backdrop for the recovery process. Therefore, it is important to look at all the options available. One of the top places to seek help for an addiction to drugs or alcohol is Laguna Beach, CA. There are a few benefits to seeking help in Laguna Beach that everyone should keep in mind.

A Feeling of Community

One of the top reasons why people who need addiction treatment come to Laguna Beach is the feeling of community that develops upon arrival. Laguna Beach is known for a friendly atmosphere that simply isn’t matched in other locations. When someone needs to help with addiction, a friendly atmosphere is important for keeping spirits high. Laguna Beach is a beautiful, fun place to live, which clearly imbues itself among the residents. There are plenty of leisure activities for people to enjoy which leads to the laid back feel that permeates throughout the area. A lack of urgency allows those seeking addiction treatment to sit back, relax, and focus on themselves.

The Weather in Laguna Beach is Beautiful

Just as important as the community is the weather. Laguna Beach, CA is known for its blue skies, warm temperatures, and sunny days. All of Southern California is known for its weather and there is no exception when it comes to Laguna Beach. When someone needs help with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, the weather is going to play a critical role. When the weather is nice outside and the temperatures are warm, people’s emotions are going to stay high. This positivity increases the chances of addiction treatment being successful. For most of the year, the temperatures are going to fluctuate between 55 and 75 degrees. It is difficult to beat the weather of Laguna Beach, CA.

The Beach is a Plus

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of seeking addiction help in Laguna Beach is the beach itself. The ocean is never far away and becomes a major part of nearly everyone’s lifestyle. There are plenty of activities to do at the beach. Some people simply like to kick back, relax, and lay in the sand. Other people might like to take a dip in the ocean. This is a great opportunity for people to paint their afternoons with blue water and sandy beaches. There are plenty of places to go surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and more. Adventure is never more than a few minutes away in Laguna Beach. There is even Dana Point Harbor which is only a few minutes down the road. The opportunities are endless in Laguna Beach and this can help everyone get their mind off of addiction and focus on the recovery process.

The Food is a Must

Another major reason why so many people decide to seek addiction treatment in Laguna Beach is the food. There are plenty of delicious restaurants in Laguna Beach. This includes seafood, Italian restaurants, BBQ, and more. With so many options for food, people can get their taste buds spinning and go on a food adventure. Food will make people happy, allowing them to stay positive on the road to recovery. Be sure to check out all of the various food options that Laguna Beach has to offer.

The Air is Clean in Laguna Beach

Finally, the importance of clean air in Laguna Beach cannot be overstated. A simple internet search will prove that Laguna Beach has some of the cleanest air around. People will be able to breathe free and easy as they relax and seek help in Laguna Beach. Furthermore, the scenery that serves as the backdrop to this location is just as gorgeous. Just as the air is fresh, people can become one with nature and refresh their minds, bodies, and spirits as they embrace the idea of recovering in Laguna Beach, CA.

Seek Help from Laguna View Detox

These are only a few of the many reasons why people come to Laguna Beach to find sobriety. At Laguna View Detox, we strive to help everyone find sobriety with cutting-edge addiction treatment methods. Our professionals work hard to stay up to date on the latest treatment options in the field. We want to leverage these resources to help all of our patients. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

Medical Detox is the First Step in Beating Addiction

Addiction is a serious problem that impacts countless individuals and families across the country. Addiction is a disease. It is a serious mental health issue and should be treated as such. Sadly, in the past, there was a stigma surrounding mental health conditions. Now, that stigma is starting to fade. This has given rise to numerous new treatment options that can help people who are suffering from an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

For many people who are starting the road to recovery, this period begins with something called detox. For those who might not know, detox is the process of removing drugs and alcohol from the body. This can be a challenging period of time because people are going to go through withdrawal. This is where medical detox can be a great first step.

What is Medical Detox?

A medical detox facility is a specified area in a treatment center that is staffed with doctors and nurses who can help individuals cope with the withdrawal symptoms that are going to develop. When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the body views these substances as a necessity for life. Therefore, when people go for a while without these substances, they are going to feel ill. In some cases, withdrawal can even be life-threatening.

The symptoms of withdrawal are going to vary depending on the substances to which the person is addicted; however, there are a few common signs of withdrawal. Some of the most common symptoms include fevers, shakes, chills, sweats, agitation, emotional lability, and trouble sleeping. Some of the serious symptoms can include hallucinations, which involve hearing or seeing things that aren’t actually there. Some people even end up thinking that bugs are crawling on their skin. In the most serious cases, people can even have seizures.

Clearly, withdrawal can be difficult for people to handle. This is why it is important for people to go through the process of “getting clean” in the presence of trained doctors and nurses.

Who Should Go to Medical Detox?

While not every patient is going to need to go to detox, this can be helpful for a large number of people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Some of the people who might benefit from detox include:

  • Anyone who has a physical addiction to certain drugs or alcohol
  • Individuals who would like to go through the process of withdrawal in the presence of other people
  • Those who would be going to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms without the presence of medical professionals

There are a few common drug addictions that might require the presence of detox personnel. Some of the examples include:

Heroin: The withdrawal from heroin can lead to extreme discomfort. This should be managed by trained medical professionals who know how to handle this situation.

Pain Pills: Some of the most common examples include OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. These are opiates that can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms that merit the attention of medical professionals.

Alcohol: Withdrawal from alcohol can lead to the development of something called delirium tremens. This is a withdrawal syndrome that can be life-threatening in severe cases.

Benzodiazepines: If someone suddenly stops taking these drugs, such as Xanax and Valium, this can be a life-threatening situation. This is why detox is necessary.

How Long Does it Take to Go Through Detox?

The exact length of time it will take someone to go through detox is going to vary. Some of the factors that will play a role include the identity of the addictive substance, how long that substance has been used, the amount of substance that was taken, and when the last dose was. Some detox processes will take a couple of days. In other situations, the entire process might take up to two weeks. For this reason, it is important for everyone to have support when they go through the detox process. This is a critical part of stopping substance abuse and breaking addiction’s hold on the individual. A detox center can be a great place for someone to start the addiction treatment process. Detox is the first step on the road to recovery.

The Detoxification Process with the Help of Laguna View Detox

Medical detoxification is the first step in addiction treatment. Anyone who would like to have access to the latest addiction treatment resources should rely on Laguna View Detox. We are a luxury drug and alcohol rehab center located in the scenic area of Laguna Beach, CA. Our professionals have a tremendous amount of experience working with alcohol and drug addiction. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you with addiction treatment, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing your story.

Why You Should Meditate During Addiction Recovery

Addiction is a serious problem that impacts countless people all over the world. Those with an addiction to drugs or alcohol often end up taking their friends and families down a dark path. Even though the grip of addiction can be strong, there are ways to break its bond. Regardless of how someone decides to address the addiction recovery process, the treatment plans must have long-term goals in mind.

Addiction is very similar to a disease. It can sap someone’s physical, mental, and spiritual strength. While most treatment plans are going to focus on the physical and mental aspects of treatment, it is critical for everyone to remember the spiritual side as well. This is where meditation can come into play. It is important for everyone to know about the benefits of meditation during the recovery process from addiction.

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a spiritual practice that encourages people to sit back and reflect on where their life has been so far and where their life is headed in the future. Meditation is a mental exercise that typically helps people reach a new area of spiritual awareness. In essence, meditation is done to help people learn more about themselves. There are countless ways that someone can meditate. In some cases, people end up meditating by themselves. In other cases, people may join a group and meditate in this way. This is a calm and serene activity that helps people escape the rat race that tends to dominate everyday life. While there are many ways to meditate, it is more important that people simply do the activity. There are several benefits of meditation that should be shared.

The Physical Benefits of Meditation

While meditation is typically done to help people enjoy the spiritual benefits of this activity, it can also help the physical and mental sides as well. Meditation has been shown to help people reduce their blood pressure. This makes sense, as meditation helps people find a new, calming center. In addition, meditation can also help people reduce their pain. As meditation helps people relax and relieve tension, this will lead to the relief of discomfort. Finally, the end result of all of this is that people will end up with an increased amount of energy. This will give everyone the strength and focus they need to face the problems of addiction with renewed vigor.

The Mental Benefits of Meditation

Next, meditation has a number of mental benefits as well. There is evidence that meditation can help someone reduce their anxiety and improve their emotional stability. Anxiety is a major issue during the addiction recovery process. Often, this stems from a fear of the unknown and what life will look like on the other side of treatment. It is important for everyone to get a handle on this anxiety so they can focus on the recovery process. This is one of the most important benefits of meditation. As people meditate, they will reduce their stress as well. This will lead to a relaxed mind and body, helping someone recover from addiction. Do not overlook the mental benefits of meditation. This can help with sobriety.

The Spiritual Benefits of Meditation can Lead to Sobriety

Finally, the biggest benefits of meditation during addiction recovery come in the spiritual sense. Meditation will allow someone to open their mind to the possibilities of creativity and happiness with an improved form of oneself. When someone meditates, they will get in touch with their inner center. The result is an improved sense of intuition and consciousness that will help someone complete their personal transformation during addiction recovery.

Meditation has been a major focus on countless religious and spiritual organizations for thousands of years. When someone uses meditation to quite one’s mind, the end result is an increased sense of awareness. This is a practice that people need to hone in order to improve. Therefore, it is important for everyone to practice regularly during addiction recovery. This is going to be an important part of not just achieving sobriety but maintaining it as well. Fortunately, there are trained professionals who are willing to help everyone with meditation methods, techniques, and practices during addiction recovery.

Rely on the Experienced Professionals at Laguna View Detox

At Laguna View Detox, we believe in a well-rounded approach to addiction treatment. We think that addiction should be treated as a disease; however, the treatment process needs to focus on the entire person. With the beautiful backdrop of Laguna Beach, CA, the professionals at Laguna View Detox will help you find success on the road to recovery. Trust us to help you with addiction treatment. Please contact us today if you would like to learn more about how we can help with an addiction to alcohol or drugs.

Five Signs it Might be Time to Go to a Medical Detox

Addiction can take many forms and one of the most common addictions is alcoholism. When someone has developed an addiction to alcohol, they are going to turn their lives upside down in an effort to feed this addiction. One of the problems with trying to break an addiction to alcohol is that the substance itself is legal. This means that people will have no trouble continuing to feed their addiction as it begins to consume their family members and friends along with the individual. Fortunately, there are professionals who are willing to lend a helping hand. One effective treatment option is called medical detox.

Medical detox is designed to help someone get through the toughest stages of addiction treatment. In many cases, this involves the first few days. There are a few signs that it might be time for someone to consider going to a medical detox center.

Prior Efforts Have Been Tried and Failed

First, if prior treatment efforts have tried and failed, then it might be time to go to a medical detox center. One of the most common reasons why prior efforts to stop are unsuccessful is that it is simply too hard. There are withdrawal symptoms that will start to set in shortly after someone with alcoholism stops drinking. This is one of the nasty side effects of substance abuse. The withdrawal symptoms alone can drive someone to start drinking again. This is why professional help is a must.

An Intervention Has Taken Place

Often, substance abuse will get so bad that family members and friends will try to have an intervention. This is a meeting where loved ones confront the individual with the issues at hand. This can be an incredibly stressful process and, fortunately, leads to the individual trying to get help shortly thereafter. If an intervention is taking place, consider offering medical detox as one of the treatment options. That way, someone can recover from alcoholism under the guidance of trained professionals.

Withdrawal Symptoms are Setting In

If withdrawal symptoms are setting in, it is time to go to medical detox. Withdrawal symptoms can take many forms. For example, some people start to develop agitation, anxiety, sweating, and even fevers. Other symptoms might even include hallucinations and delusions, which involve seeing or believing in things that either aren’t there or aren’t true. Furthermore, some of the worst cases of alcohol withdrawal can even lead to seizures. Seizures can lead to brain damage if they aren’t managed appropriately. Therefore, it is essential for those who suffer from alcohol withdrawal to seek help from trained professionals. The symptoms of withdrawal can be incredibly severe.

Someone is Drinking in the Morning

When alcoholism starts to get out of control, the individual will start drinking in the morning. One of the reasons why this happens is that someone is starting to feel the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal when they wake up in the morning. Alcohol withdrawal can start to develop only a few hours after the most recent beverage. In this case, someone has gone all night without drinking. Therefore, the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are starting to develop. For this reason, anyone who is drinking in the morning needs to consider going to medical detox. This is a critical step on the road to recovery.

Alcoholism Has Landed Someone in the Hospital

Finally, if alcoholism ever puts someone in the hospital, that individual needs to head to a medical detox center. There are countless reasons why alcoholism might land someone in the hospital. Sometimes, people suffer serious injuries because he or she was involved in an auto accident secondary to drunk driving. In other cases, alcoholism places someone in the hospital due to the development of delirium tremens, also known as the DTs. Either way, these are signs that alcoholism has a firm grip on someone. This grip cannot be broken without the help of trained medical professionals. That is exactly what someone will get when he or she goes to a medical detox center.

Rely on the Professionals at Laguna View Detox

It is important for everyone to know that medical detox can be a helpful way to get through some of the toughest stages of addiction treatment. At Laguna View Detox, we are a luxury drug and alcohol treatment program. We are located in beautiful Laguna View, CA. We provide medical detox services and inpatient treatment for those who suffer from various types of substance abuse. We seek to use innovative treatment methods along with proven, traditional, successful treatment options for the benefit of our patients. We would be happy to help you as well. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you and your family, please contact us today!

What Does Alcohol Withdrawal Look Like?

Addiction is a serious issue that impacts people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This is a disease that does not know the difference. One of the most common addictions is alcoholism. Those who suffer from this addiction will do almost anything to get their hands on alcohol. They can destroy relationships with family members, friends, and damage their professional careers beyond repair.

Fortunately, many people who live with alcoholism have people who love, support and care about them. Therefore, they might end up trying to stop drinking. When someone has been using alcohol in excess are in danger of suffering something called alcohol withdrawal syndrome. When someone goes into withdrawal from alcohol, the symptoms can be severe. It is important for everyone to know what it looks like when someone is in alcohol withdrawal.

The Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

The impacts of alcohol withdrawal will primarily impact the central nervous system. The severity of alcohol withdrawal can vary from relatively mild to potentially life-threatening symptoms. Typically, alcohol withdrawal will follow a set progression. Depending on how long and how severe someone’s alcohol abuse has been, the symptoms are going to set in between six and 24 hours from the most recent alcoholic beverage. Once alcohol withdrawal, it can last for up to a week. In order for someone to be diagnosed with alcohol withdrawal, they need to have several of the following symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • The development of psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions (they can be auditory, visual, or tactile)
  • The development of emotional lability and agitation
  • Anxiety
  • The development of seizures (typically tonic-clonic in nature)
  • Autonomic instability, such as changes in temperature, heart rate, or blood pressure

In some cases, these symptoms can be quite severe. The severity of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal will depend on a number of factors. Some of the most important factors that will dictate how severe someone’s alcohol withdrawal is will include how long someone has been using alcohol, the amount of alcohol someone has been consuming, and someone’s past medical history. There are multiple types of alcohol withdrawal that everyone should know.

The Various Types of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

If someone has developed alcohol withdrawal syndrome, this can be classified in a variety of ways. Labeling the medical picture is important for making sure that someone gets the help that he or she deserves. Some of the types of alcohol withdrawal syndrome include:

  • Alcohol Hallucinosis: This is a type of alcohol withdrawal where someone has hallucinations (either visual, auditory, or tactile) but is otherwise medically intact
  • Withdrawal Seizures: This is a type of alcohol withdrawal where someone develops seizures within two days of the most recent drink. These seizures can either come in isolated events or be grouped together.
  • Delirium Tremens: Also known as the DTs, this type of alcohol withdrawal is particularly severe. Anyone experiencing this form of alcohol withdrawal needs urgent medical attention. In addition to the various hallucinations, people with the DTs are very confused, shaking, and can lose consciousness.

Clearly, alcohol withdrawal can be particularly serious. It is important for everyone to know how alcohol withdrawal will progress.

The Progression of Alcohol Withdrawal

If someone has entered a state of alcohol withdrawal, it is important to know how the symptoms are going to progress. Even the most serious symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can develop within only a few hours after the most recent drink. A few hours later, the most common symptoms that will show up include shaking, sweating, anxiety, headaches, and vomiting. Finally, once people have gone a day without a drink, the worst symptoms are going to become more common. This might include agitation, hallucinations, confusion, and more. Seizures start to set in shortly after this time.

After a few days have gone by the symptoms will start to fade. Most people will get better. Those who have developed DTs need to remain with trained medical professionals because the symptoms may continue to worsen. For this reason, anyone who is going through alcohol withdrawal needs to make sure they have the necessary help. This is where trained professionals are essential for withdrawals.

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Withdrawals are a serious concern following alcohol abuse and anyone who suffers from alcoholism needs to make sure they rely on the professionals when it comes to addiction treatment. At Laguna View Detox, we take a tremendous amount of pride in the services we provide to those in need. Our professionals have worked hard to make sure they offer the latest treatment methods to everyone who comes to see us. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact us today! We look forward to meeting you.