Crownview Co-Occuring Institute offers top-tier drug and alcohol detox in San Diego for our clients who need help cleansing their system from substances. The detox phase of recovery is important, and proper detox can lay the foundation for a healthy and lasting recovery. Whether you're using opioids, alcohol, benzodiazepines, or any other substance, proper attention during the withdrawal process can make all the difference as you journey toward sobriety.
Over the years that I have worked in treatment I have been exposed to many people who are attempting to recover from addiction. Helping people recover is something that I am passionate about and I take care to educate clients and their families about addiction. I write extensively on my own therapy blog, One Mind Therapy, about addiction, recovery, and mental health.
One topic that often comes up in my work is the different stages of addiction. There are many different models that provide stage theories of addiction. However, the most widespread model is SAMSHA’s four stages of addiction.
Xanax® is the brand name of the drug alprazolam. Like many other prescription drugs, people can become physically dependent upon this medication and develop an addiction. The time it takes to get addicted to Xanax varies from individual to individual, and depends largely on the nature of use. Benzodiazepines like alprazolam are involved in a surprisingly high number of overdose deaths, with benzodiazepine overdose rates climbing in recent years. Although it is most often when another drug is present in the body, Xanax overdose is a very serious issue and often results in fatalities.
Functional alcoholism is a term used to describe those that suffer from an addiction to or dependence on alcoholism but are able to function effectively in daily living activities. Often, functional alcoholics are able to retain a job, have some sort of personal relationships, and may even seem healthy on the outside. However, a functional alcoholic often suffers from co-occurring mental health disorders, stress, and a deep dependence on substances.
Stimulants are one of the most commonly abused class of drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found in their 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health that over 1.5 million people used cocaine, and over half a million used methamphetamine in the past month. These stats do not include the non-medical use of stimulant medications. Stimulant withdrawal can be incredibly uncomfortable without proper care, as the drug can wreak havoc on the mind and body. From amphetamine to cocaine, there are many stimulants out there which can be dangerous.