Why CSAM Doesn’t Endorse Rapid Opioid Detox
© Waldo Jaquith

Though the idea of avoiding withdrawal symptoms while under sedation sounds appealing, the California Society of Addiction Medicine does not endorse rapid opioid detox. Here are 5 primary reasons why ...

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Tramadol Withdrawal – Advice on Coping with Discontinuation Symptoms © T. Magnum

A how-to guide with practical advice on coping with the opiate-like and atypical withdrawal symptoms of tramadol discontinuation.

Tramadol Detox – Withdrawal and Tapering Guidelines © (OvO)

A how-to guide to tramadol tapering - What to expect from tramadol withdrawal, how to taper, example tapering schedules to minimize your discontinuation symptoms and practical advice on low dose reduction tapering.

Tips for Coping with Opiate Withdrawal Induced Restless Legs Syndrome © Iamarocker

Those creepy-crawly-jumpy legs that make sleep impossible – there are few things worse than the restless legs of opiate withdrawal. Only time will solve the problem, but there are medications and home-remedy treatments that can minimize their severity. Read on to get the tips you need to get to sleep.

Detox Info: CBT Improves Success Rate when Tapering from Benzodiazepines or Z Drugs © Irina Souiki

Rebound withdrawal symptoms, like a return of panic or insomnia, make benzo tapering tough. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is research proven to help you manage rebound withdrawal symptoms and increase your likelihood of a successful taper.

Overcome Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms by Focusing on Cognitive Improvements © John O Nolan

Many people find that heavy marijuana use causes reversible thinking and memory problems. By focusing on the cognitive improvements of the first weeks of recovery, you can find the motivation to continue to work to avoid relapse.

Quitting Benzodiazepines – Weighing the Pros and Cons © Helga Weber

Thinking about quitting but not sure if you’re ready? Want to quit but worried about the withdrawal symptoms and your pre-medication anxiety? To stop or not…how to make up your mind!?! Well, read on to find a list of common quitting pros and cons, and then make your own list – and then make a decision, once and for all.

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal: What to Expect - How to Taper – How to Cope © Anthony Will

Done wrong, a benzodiazepine detox can turn into months of agony. Done right, by slow taper, it’s very manageable. Read on to learn more about what to expect, how to taper, how to minimize your withdrawal symptoms and how to cope with those you do experience.

Protracted Withdrawals – The Basic Info You Need © Sherman Geronimo-Tan

Withdrawals are only supposed to last a week or so…so how come they sometimes last for months or years? Learn more about protracted withdrawals symptoms, why you might get them and what to do if your withdrawal symptoms just won’t quit.

Crystal Meth Detox – What You Need to Know © Stephen Poff

Read this before you start your meth detox and find out: what to expect, whether you need an outpatient or residential detox (or whether you can do it on your own), how to stay safe and how to make it through protracted withdrawals.

At-Home Opiate Detox: Medications Used to Reduce the Severity of Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms © selva

Thinking about a home opiate detox? Talk to your doctor before you get started to find out more about a bunch of over the counter and prescription medications that can help to reduce the discomforts of the withdrawal period.

10 Life or Experiential Factors That Influence the Severity of Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms © Louisa_Catlover

Thinking about giving up your marijuana habit but worried about the withdrawal symptoms… And how tough are they, anyway? Well, everyone’s experience differs, but read on to learn about 10 life and experiential factors that are associated with more challenging withdrawal symptoms.

Valerian Root - An Herbal Remedy for Marijuana Withdrawal Insomnia © Battlingdweeb

Should you take valerian root to fall asleep while dealing with marijuana withdrawal insomnia? Read on to learn more about the safety and clinical effectiveness of this herbal anti-insomnia medication.

How to Taper off Benzodiazepines – 11 Secrets to Success © Dean812

11 tips for making a tapering plan that minimizes the discomfort, puts you in control of the process and gets the results you want.

Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms Explained © Cult gigolo

Like other stimulants (cocaine, methamphetamine) Adderall is an addictive drug with a high potential for abuse. Once addicted and using daily, a sudden stoppage of use will result in withdrawal symptoms such as depression, mental fatigue and others. Read on to learn more about what you can expect from an Adderall Detox.

Xanax Detox – How Fast Should You Taper? © Dean821

Information on how long a total Xanax tapering program should last and how quickly you should reduce your daily dosage.

Lofexidine and THC – Medications to Treat Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms © Striatic

While Lofexidine is not yet FDA approved, it is used in Europe to treat heroin addiction. Initial research results out of The New York State Psychiatric Institute suggest that combining Lofexidine with low doses of oral THC reduces the severity of marijuana withdrawal symptoms and relapse rates.

Tips for Dealing with Insomnia During Marijuana Detox © R0bbit

One of the most difficult aspects of quitting a heavy marijuana habit is the insomnia that often plagues that first week or so. Although in time you can expect to sleep better naturally, struggling with insomnia during those first days of withdrawal can sometimes derail good attempts at abstinence with a relapse born of frustration and a need to sleep! While there aren’t yet any medications approved to treat marijuana insomnia, you can take some steps to get a better night’s rest. Learn more here…

What to expect from a Xanax detox, and how to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate), when taken in heavy doses for a period of days, can cause a physical addiction, and a dangerous syndrome of withdrawal.

Suboxone for Opiate Detox and Long Term Therapy © Bored-Now

A newer and in some ways preferable alternative to methadone maintenance therapy for the treatment of opiate addiction is Suboxone therapy. Suboxone therapy can be used to help addicts overcome the initial pains of withdrawal safely and humanely, and can also be used as a long term form of opiate replacement therapy.

Problems With Rapid Opiate Detox © ChernobylBob

Although rapid detox promises a very tempting pain free period of detox, there are problems with the safety, efficacy and cost, and addicts considering the relative merits of an opiate detox may need to be concerned.

You pay a high price for fleeting hours of pleasure, and the sooner you stop using and abusing ecstasy, the sooner your mind can begin its healing process, and the sooner you can return to life of natural happiness. If you can’t stop on your own, get help; life's too short and too beautiful to risk it all for a few pills in a club.

Marijuana Detox © DavidRphoto

Marijuana detox symptoms may not equal the dangers of alcohol detox or the pains of heroin withdrawal, but the discomforts, anxiety and cravings of a marijuana detox make quitting very difficult. If you cannot get past the cravings, get help. With greatly increased potency the numbers of patients in marijuana rehab programs have risen - and when you can't quit on your own you need to take your problem seriously, make a commitment to change, and take the first step towards a healthier future free from marijuana addiction.

Heroin Detox © San Diego Shooter

Heroin withdrawal symptoms aren’t dangerous, but they are certainly uncomfortable. Learn what to expect in a heroin detox and find out more about the therapies and medications that can reduce the discomfort.

Cocaine Detox © HTB

The cravings can feel overwhelming, and you'll never feel lower in your life; but cocaine addiction can be beaten. Get into treatment, get away from access to drugs, and learn what you'll need to know to stay sober. Take a step forward to a better life; get help now and never use again.

Prescription Opiate Detox © Effekt!

No matter how you got addicted, once dependent, you need to endure the pains of opiate detox. Few people have the strength to go it alone, and when the pains get bad and pills can be bought at the nearest pharmacy, it's hard to maintain resolve. For the best chance at sobriety you need professional help; help that can ease the pains of detox and also keep you away from access to pills and a too easy failure. It’s not going to be easy and you can expect some discomfort; but you can do it. Don’t let a fear of detox deter you from what needs to be done. Get off pills today, start enjoying life again tomorrow.

Alcohol Detox © Meridith_Farmer

Need to detox? Learn more about alcohol detox and find out what withdrawal symptoms you can expect, how long it will take to end and whether or not you need professional help to make it through to the other side.

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Overview
  • Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms: In severe cases, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be life threatening
  • Suboxone: A newer alternative to methadone, Suboxone is a medication that allows opiate addicts to break free from illicit drug use without experiencing initial withdrawal symptoms
  • Detox is Not a Cure: Too many people make it through a difficult detox period and think they’ve beaten their addiction. Detox is not a cure – it is merely the first stage in the recovery process, and those that leave treatment after detox only are almost certainly doomed to relapse.
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The CIWA-AR Alcohol Withdrawal Test A quick test that is used to gauge the severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
The COWS Opiate Withdrawal Severity Test A clinical scale test that is used to measure the severity of opiate withdrawal symptoms.
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