How to Quit Smoking Pills

How to quit smoking pills

A sad fact of addiction is that when someone is addicted to using drugs, they will continue experimenting with how they ingest the drugs. This experimentation, often dangerous, continues in an attempt to get the best high or the fastest high. Individuals who use cocaine will often move from snorting it to smoking it or injecting it. Similarly, someone who began by ingesting prescription pain medications may begin to snort or smoke the pills. Others, typically those in college or younger, will stumble across smoking opioid pain medications and then find themselves addicted. 

 

As an outsider looking in, you may be trying to determine if your loved one struggles with addiction. You may not know the signs, and you may not know that one drug can be taken in so many different ways. At Laguna View Detox, we know all about the different ways drugs can be taken and the devastating effects created by their use. We are here to help you and your loved one navigate their road away from addiction. 

 

What Does It Mean to “Smoke Pills”?

While many people simply swallow prescription opioids, others crush them into a powder to either inject, snort, or smoke. By injecting, snorting, or smoking the powder, the individual gets a more potent high. However, smoking pills is also more dangerous and can cause respiratory issues. When we swallow a tablet, the drug has to pass through our gastrointestinal system and liver, which means it takes longer to feel the high. When someone smokes pills, the drugs enter through the lungs and result in a faster high. Smoking prescription drugs leads to a higher dependence and, as a result, more drug-seeking behaviors. Someone who is smoking prescription pain pills may be more likely to begin seeking illicit drugs such as heroin as their addiction progresses. 

 

Signs My Loved One Is Smoking Pills 

There are some common signs and symptoms of opioid use, regardless of how they are ingested.  Those who use opioids will have pinpoint pupils, lowered blood pressure, decreased heart rate, and lowered body temperature. Other symptoms include exhibiting a euphoric feeling and appearing to be moving more slowly. 

Those who are smoking pills will likely have paraphernalia for smoking the pills, such as spoons for crushing the pills, lighters, and papers to roll the powder. Sometimes you may see signs of withdrawal when your loved one is between bouts of using. Opioid withdrawal looks almost exactly the opposite of opioid intoxication. You might note that they cannot sleep, are sweating, have teary eyes, complain of pain, are nauseous, and have diarrhea. If you suspect that someone you love is abusing opioids, it’s critical to know the signs of an overdose. Opioids slow down the body, so if you notice that your loved one’s breathing has slowed down to less than ten breaths per minute and they are unable to remain awake, contact emergency services for help. 

 

How Laguna View Detox Can Help You With Addiction

At Laguna View Detox, you will get round-the-clock professional care for your opioid addiction. We understand how quickly opioid addiction can happen, and we’re here to support you as you break free. As one of the leading private drug rehab centers in Orange County, we provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment. With some of the industry’s best staff, we will design a holistic treatment plan catered to you. We are committed to assisting you in getting onto the road to clean and sober. We’ll guide you from detox to inpatient treatment to aftercare in one of the most beautiful areas in California. Contact us today, and let us help you get free of your addiction!  

The Benefits of Inpatient Rehab

Drug and alcohol addiction can be one of the hardest things you’ll struggle with in your lifetime. Addiction is consuming and will get worse as time goes on. At Laguna View Detox, we’re here to tell you we understand what you’re going through, and we can help. We’re a team of addiction experts who have once been in your shoes. If you’re currently struggling with addiction, don’t wait another second to get help. Our inpatient treatment program will help you get your life back. 

What Is Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient treatment is a structured addiction treatment program. Our clients at Laguna View Detox live onsite at our facility for the duration of their treatment. Depending on the drugs you use and severity of your addiction, you may begin inpatient treatment with detoxification. The average length of stay for our clients is 30 days, but this can vary depending on someone’s addiction.

Our inpatient treatment program will remove you from your current surroundings so you can focus 100% on recovery. We have staff present onsite 24/7 incase you need anything. When you arrive at our facility, we work with you to determine a specific course of addiction treatment that’s created just for you. We know no two people are alike and the same goes for addiction. After we create your treatment plan, you spend the rest of your time with us participating in different types of therapy. The two main therapies you will do are group and individual therapy. 

What Are the Benefits?

There are numerous benefits to addiction treatment, especially inpatient treatment. Please see below for a few benefits we’d like to highlight today: 

A break from the madness: By going to inpatient treatment, you’ll be providing yourself relief from the madness that ensued while you were using drugs or alcohol. Before treatment, your living situation probably wasn’t great. You may have burned some personal and professional bridges. Inpatient treatment is a nice getaway that will give you time to collect yourself and become the person you’ve always wanted to be. 

Detoxing in a safe environment: Detoxing from drugs and alcohol can have severe negative side effects on your health. Inpatient treatment provides 24/7 medical supervision while you detox. There are also medical professionals available to ease withdrawal symptoms. 

Routine: It’s pretty common for an addict’s life to be chaotic. Inpatient treatment will help you establish a daily routine that you can continue to do after you leave treatment. Who knows, you may even become a breakfast person after completing inpatient! 

New sober relationships: While you’re completing inpatient treatment, you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people and form sober relationships! Everyone who completes treatment alongside you will be able to relate to your experiences. It’s important to know you aren’t alone during recovery. 

Why Is Inpatient Rehab Essential to Gaining Sobriety?

Inpatient rehab will provide you with all the tools necessary to get sober. At Laguna View Detox, we put together comprehensive aftercare plans for each and every client. We don’t want anyone to feel like they don’t know what their next step is in life. We also want to ensure every client can effectively apply what they learned during inpatient to their outside lives. Our inpatient treatment program will set you up for a successful future. 

Let Us Help You

At Laguna View Detox, we are a luxury addiction treatment and detox center located in the gorgeous area of Laguna Beach, CA. We have trained professionals who can help you and your family with your addiction treatment and mental health needs. We take great pride in combining the latest treatment options with a tried, tested, and proven approach to substance and drug abuse issues. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you!

Cocaine: The Signs, Symptoms, & How To Get Help

Cocaine is often portrayed to be glamorous in movies like Scarface and Blow. Some would even argue that it looks fun. Cocaine is a white powder that might seem harmless during experimentation, but this drug can quickly evolve into a devastating addiction that leads to tremendous personal, financial, professional, and even legal consequences. By knowing how to spot the signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse, you will be able to better identify if you’re personally struggling with a cocaine addiction or if one of your loved ones are. 

The Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Abuse

If you’re using cocaine frequently and are unsure if you’re addicted, below are some symptoms to watch out for:

  • You feel like no amount of cocaine will ever be enough
  • You think about cocaine when you aren’t doing it
  • You don’t see a point to socializing with friends if cocaine isn’t involved
  • You find yourself lying to people if they approach you about your cocaine use
  • Whenever you aren’t doing cocaine you feel ‘off’ or sick

If you suspect someone you know is abusing cocaine, there are a few signs and symptoms to look out for: 

  • Frequent mydriasis – the medical term for dilated pupils
  • They seem to be up at all hours of the night
  • Weight loss
  • Consistent runny nose
  • Paranoia

Long-term cocaine abuse can lead to psychosis, causing the addict to hear or see things that aren’t actually present. Drug abuse as a whole can lead to irritability, depression, mood swings, financial problems, and legal issues. If you’re currently struggling with cocaine addiction, your substance abuse will impact the people around you. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms above, please don’t wait to reach out to Laguna View Detox for help. 

Long-Term Health Problems from Cocaine Abuse

The longer you use cocaine, the higher your tolerance will become. This means every time you use cocaine, you’ll have to increase your dose. You will be constantly chasing a high that you can no longer achieve. High blood pressure, which can damage the body’s blood vessels and organs over time, is one of the major side effects cocaine can have on your long-term health.

Because cocaine is most commonly ingested through the nose, you will eventually damage your nasal septum with frequent cocaine use. A tell-tale sign of a damaged nasal passage is frequent nose bleeds. Long-term cocaine abuse can also lead to dangerous heart arrhythmias, which could lead to heart attacks and strokes, which can have fatal consequences. 

Getting Help for Cocaine Abuse

If you or someone you know needs help with a cocaine addiction, Laguna View Detox is here for you. Our detoxification and residential inpatient program have helped many addicts start their journey to recovery, and we know we can help you too. When you reach out to us for help, we’ll collect information about your addiction and also take some time to get to know you. 

Then, during your intake, we’ll work with you to put together a truly individualized treatment plan. Our facility treats six clients at a time to ensure everyone receives the attention they deserve throughout their stay. Before you’re discharged from our facility, we put together a comprehensive aftercare plan to help you maintain your sobriety. The last thing we want is for all your hard work during treatment to go to waste. 

Let Us Help You

At Laguna View Detox, we are a luxury detox & drug rehab program located in the gorgeous area of Laguna Beach, CA. We’re confident we can provide you with the tools you need to stop using cocaine or any other substance. Call us today to get more information regarding our addiction treatment program. You deserve to live a happy, drug and alcohol-free life!

Checking Into Treatment: Laguna View Detox’s Admission’s Process

If you are struggling with substance abuse, seeking treatment is the best possible thing you can do for yourself. At Laguna View Detox in Southern California, we know exactly what you’re going through. Our staff has experienced the same hopelessness, despair, and frustration you’re currently feeling. We know drug & alcohol addiction is a form of self-deprecation. Us addicts use drugs or alcohol regardless of if we’re happy or not.

We also know that getting into treatment is a delicate process. Although you admit to yourself that you need help when seeking treatment, it isn’t always easy to actually get yourself to go or find the right treatment program for you. For this reason, our owner, Louis Iacona, is heavily involved in the admissions process. Louis is in recovery and has attended over 40 treatment centers before maintaining long-term sobriety. If there is anyone in this world that can relate to a struggling addict, it’s Louis.
If you’re apprehensive about seeking treatment because you fear the unknown, we’d love to share with you some details about our admissions process and checking into our facility for quality addiction treatment in Southern California. Below are commonly asked questions regarding our facility answered by Louis himself.

As the owner of Laguna View Detox, why do you answer the admissions phone line?

I answer all admissions calls. I feel this is imperative to ensuring our clients a smooth admissions process. While most owners decide to take a step back and allow their admissions team to handle this, I am the first sign of contact for any struggling addict reaching out. I enjoy being on the front lines. I remember when I would call a facility and feel some sort of disconnect with who I was speaking to. It seemed as if a call center was fielding the calls and the other person on the line had absolutely no idea what I was talking about or going through.

This is not the circumstance at Laguna View Detox because I don’t ever want anyone to feel that way while seeking treatment. I pledge to continuously answer the phone for an addict, alcoholic, or their family. We are a family at Laguna View Detox and I hope to extend that kind of support to all of our clients and potential clients.

What makes Laguna View Detox different from other facilities in California?

Laguna view detox is a unique addiction program. Our facility has six beds, meaning we treat six addicts at a time, so that we can provide the most exclusive and individualized treatment. We offer 24-hour nursing, individual therapy, group therapy, a holistic approach, and the introduction to the 12-step program. Our facility is absolutely beautiful, with a view of the pacific ocean.

While the cosmetics of our facility are gorgeous, where we really shine is in our clinical services. Our staff to client ratio is 1:1. We take the time to learn about each and every client and their needs. Attention to detail and compassion is important for anyone’s recovery because for so long, us addicts have felt worthless. At Laguna View Detox, our mission is to make you feel worth it. Recovery is the time where you can realize you have a purpose in life.

After completing our inpatient treatment program, each and every client will be discharged with a comprehensive aftercare plan. We believe in a step down in levels of care. This means we strongly encourage each client to continue treatment outside of our inpatient facility, like intensive outpatient and/or sober living. Sobriety is a long term goal and everyone should have a plan before leaving treatment.

What are some things you want people to know before they go to treatment?

I have a few do’s and don’ts for this. Do know that recovery is possible. I personally struggled for years on end in and out of treatment centers. No one in my life was sure if I was even capable of getting sober. When I finally made the decision to find a reputable facility, everything changed.

Don’t make excuses as to why you can’t go to detox and residential treatment. Excuses did not exist when it came to using your drug of choice or alcohol. You must be courageous and we will be here for you throughout this process. Don’t let withdrawal be your biggest fear. There is only one way out of this and that’s to face it and deal with. You must go through that process to get well. At Laguna View Detox, it’s our number one priority to make you comfortable as we can while you’re under medical supervision.

Any tips on how to prepare for treatment?

Preparing is mostly mental. Once you make the decision to check into treatment, I believe you are 85% on your way to success. I also suggest being brutally honest with yourself and loved ones at this time. You or your family are here for a reason. Drugs and alcohol have created consequences in your life. Accepting this is the first step at not only healing but preventing yourself from being in the exact situation you are.

Although preparing for treatment can be a fairly confusing process, we strive to make it as easy as possible. If you call us and our facility doesn’t end up being a feasible option for you, we take the time to get your information and look for another reputable facility that can help you. If our facility ends up being the right treatment option for you, the rest of the process is logistical and easily coordinated by our recovery specialists, such as figuring out what day you’ll check into treatment, how you’ll physically get here, etc.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please reach out to us today.

Aside from being the owner of Laguna View Detox, Louis also utilizes his personal Facebook page as a platform to help those struggling with addiction. Through his personal experiences, he’s built relationships all over the country with various recovery resources and wants to share them with anyone who needs it. Pick up the phone and give us a call today or to start the admissions process now, click here.

How Addiction & Anxiety Affect Each Other

Addiction and anxiety: two topics that aren’t easy to talk about. But it’s important we do. These issues are more prevalent today than ever before. It’s common for people to experience both at the same time. Addiction and anxiety can impact relationships with family members, friends, and coworkers. They can also disrupt someone’s quality of life, making them feel like they’re hopeless and full of despair. No one deserves to feel this way. 

At Laguna View Detox, we’re dedicated to treating both issues with love and care and stopping the stigma associated with both issues. Our dual-diagnosis program tackles addiction and mental health head-on. We utilize therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), along with individual and group therapy, to teach our clients the coping skills needed to overcome mental health disorders and addiction. Today we’d like to talk about how addiction and anxiety affect each other. 

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a substance use disorder. People develop addiction because the pleasure centers of the brain end up getting rewired after repeated drug or alcohol use. When someone ingests drugs, alcohol, or goes through an exciting experience, this can trigger the pleasure centers of the brain. This feeling creates a high that the brain interprets as being necessary for survival. As a result, people feel that they need that addictive substance in order to remain alive. They develop cravings for that substance in the same manner that people get hungry or thirsty. 

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders. It happens when your body responds to stress. It’s a feeling everyone will experience occasionally in life, but when someone experiences persistent feelings of nervousness and worry, they have an anxiety disorder. In some cases, anxiety is generalized. In other cases, anxiety might be specific. Anxiety can occur randomly in generalized disorders and the constant feeling of being worried can last for about six months at a time. Some triggers that might lead to anxiety when it occurs in specific situations include concerns about relationships, money, family, work, or other life issues. 

How do the Two Work Together?

Addiction and anxiety can go hand in hand. People who suffer from anxiety are two to three more times likely to develop a substance abuse disorder. Those who suffer from anxiety have issues controlling their worries and may even experience panic attacks. Panic attacks are treated using benzodiazepines, such as Xanax. These medications are incredibly addictive. Those who become dependent on benzos are prone to becoming addicted to them. Those who suffer from anxiety might have trouble controlling their feelings using traditional medical therapy. This could cause people to turn to alcohol instead, leading to alcoholism. 

In other cases, addiction might precede anxiety. Those who suffer from addictive disorders have plenty of issues they worry about. Addiction stresses relationships with family members, threatening marriages. Those who spend money feeding their addiction are prone to developing financial difficulties. People might end up losing their job due to addiction, making everything worse. It is easy to see how addiction can lead to anxiety, which complicates the addiction treatment process.

If you are suffering from addiction and anxiety, it’s important to address both issues. Once you overcome addiction, your anxiety will still be there. 

We Can Help You with Both

At Laguna View Detox, we offer a luxury drug & alcohol treatment program along with dual diagnosis. We’re dedicated to helping our clients with their addiction and coexisting conditions. We are based in the beautiful region of Laguna Beach, CA. Our unique luxury program provides the ultimate individualized care. Contact us today to get help! 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: How It Works

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is becoming quite valuable in treating drug abuse and alcoholism during addiction treatment. Started in the 1960s, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), helps people address problematic thoughts and feelings. CBT is effective because it not only helps with addiction, it helps with co-occurring disorders as well. It’s common for someone suffering from addiction to also battle depression or anxiety. 

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that’s been a part of addiction treatment for more than 50 years. The goal of CBT is to help people take a look at the root causes that drove them to their addiction in the first place. Because it is hard to prevent relapses without getting people to address their issues directly, CBT is one of the cornerstones of addiction treatment. CBT is used to treat a variety of disorders as well. Anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders (such as anorexia and bulimia), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can all be treated with CBT. 

How Does it Help in Addiction Treatment?

For those who suffer from addiction, there are a few ways in which CBT can help. One of the main reasons CBT was introduced into addiction treatment is because it helps prevent relapse. During CBT, addicts learn to pick up on their problematic behaviors and address them. The theory is that if someone can change their thinking and emotions, they can change their behavior as well. Drug addicts and alcoholics spend so much time numbing their feelings and not thinking. CBT helps bring awareness to recovering addicts. With their newfound awareness, recovering addicts are able to notice if they feel uncomfortable and want to use drugs. This gives the person time to stop, actively say no to using drugs or alcohol, and use a healthy coping mechanism to feel comfortable again. 

CBT is also effective in treating anxiety and depression. These disorders are extremely common in drug addicts and alcoholics. Often someone will treat their addiction but not their occurring disorder. A recovering addict suffering from panic attacks or depression is more likely to relapse. CBT can be thought of as killing two birds with one stone. 

What Are the Benefits?

There are several important benefits of cognitive-behavioral therapy. First, this therapy can be tailored to meet people’s individual needs and circumstances. The treatment of addiction is just as varied as the people who suffer from substance abuse disorders. Next, CBT does not require anyone to take prescription medications. This allows people to avoid some of the unpleasant side effects that come with these medications. It also gets people comfortable opening up and expressing themselves because CBT is talk therapy. Finally, CBT is something someone can continue after treatment. There are plenty of people who do CBT on a weekly basis who’ve never struggled with addiction in the first place. Licensed therapists qualified for CBT are widely available throughout the United States. Because there aren’t any side effects, people can continue cognitive behavioral therapy for years if they’d like. CBT is one of the most effective treatment and recovery options for addiction.

Let us Help

At Laguna View Detox, we are a luxury drug & alcohol treatment program based out of the gorgeous area of Laguna Beach, CA. We utilize cognitive behavioral therapy during our treatment process. We are proud to provide detox and inpatient treatment options for addiction. Laguna View Detox shares a unique luxury program with its participants that combines traditional treatment and modern therapies to assist clients in overcoming substance abuse and maintaining sobriety in the future. To learn more about our services, please contact us today. 

Opioid Addiction: How To Beat It

Addiction is a serious disorder and impacts people of all backgrounds, ages, and socioeconomic statuses. There are many substances to which someone might become addicted to. Some people develop an issue with alcohol, while others abuse drugs. 

One of the most serious forms of drug abuse is opioids. These are painkillers that are meant to be used for short-term pain relief; however, they are extremely addictive, and people often end up using them for a prolonged period of time. Opioids are widely prescribed by doctors to manage pain. Generally speaking, people think if a drug is prescribed by a doctor it’s not bad for them, but this isn’t always the case. 

What Is an Opioid Addiction?

An opioid addiction is when someone becomes physically and emotionally dependent on opioids. Commonly abused opioids are OxyContin, Vicodin, and Fentanyl. An addict’s brain will fundamentally change in structure after abusing drugs for a period of time. This is why addiction isn’t just a ‘lack of self-control’. The brain has been rewired to believe that it requires opioids in order to survive. 

Addicts end up craving opioids in the same manner in which they look for food, water, and air. This can cause people to sacrifice everything at the altar of opioid addiction. Opioid addiction impacts family members, friends, and even professional relationships. For this reason, people need to seek help for opioids that can help them quit for good.

What To Expect When Quitting

Quitting opioids can be challenging but is attainable with the help of the right treatment program. One of the main challenges are withdrawals. This is a set of symptoms that develop when an addict stops taking opioids. Common symptoms are fever, mood swings, uncontrollable shaking, headaches, and body aches. Fortunately, there are a few tips that people can follow that will make this process easier.

Tips for Quitting

Some of the most important tips for quitting opioids include:

Tip 1: Admit you have a problem. It’s hard to seek help or get better if you don’t admit you’re sick. Try looking at yourself in the mirror and say “I’m addicted to drugs”. Or call a friend and let them know. This may seem like common sense but it’s usually one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when seeking recovery.

Tip 2: Nothing changes if nothing changes. Change your environment. There are certain circumstances that get you to where you are. Without getting rid of these circumstances, you’re bound to relapse. Think about what got you using opioids in the first place and then cut that thing or person out of your life.

Tip 3: Stay busy during the recovery process. Unproductivity can easily lead to never stop using drugs or relapsing. If you don’t feel like you have a purpose, you’re bound to continue to use drugs. Pick up a hobby or do community service. Helping others is a great way to feel like you matter in this world. 

Tip 4: Get professional help. You don’t have to do this alone. There’s also information you probably don’t know about your drug use. There are trained professionals all over the country with a lot of knowledge they’re waiting to share. These people will teach you the coping skills you need to live a life of recovery. They’ll help you retrain your brain to live without drugs. By getting professional help you’ll also build your sober network. One of the crucial components to getting sober and staying sober is having a support system.

Let Us Help!

At Laguna View Detox, we are a luxury drug & alcohol treatment program located in the beautiful area of Laguna View, CA. We are happy to offer detox and inpatient treatment for addiction disorders. Our facility is run by recovering addicts with years of sobriety under their belts.  We provide a unique luxury program that combines traditional treatment with modern therapies to assist participants in overcoming substance abuse for good. If you are looking for a solution that can provide you with long-term sobriety, please contact 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!

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.