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How Naloxone Reverses Opioid Overdoses

Monday, February 13th, 2017

How Naloxone Reverses Opioid OverdosesThe United States is in the midst of an overdose epidemic involving opioids. In 2015, prescription and illegal opioids killed 33,000 people. An estimated 1.9 million individuals in the country are addicted to or abusing opioids. A medication known as Naloxone can reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose and give addicts an opportunity to recover.

The Impact of Opioids in the Body

Opioids include all substances that bind to opioid receptors in the brain and throughout the body to block the experience of pain. The chemicals also stimulate reward centers in the brain, cause drowsiness, and depress respiration. Secondary effects of opioids include constipation and irregular heartbeats.

Over time, users may need more of the drug to achieve the same state of well-being. Continued use can also change the natural release of opioids in the body, creating a sense of discomfort and craving for the drug. Users can experience an overdose if they take too many doses at one time, mix opioids with other drugs, or alter the drug’s composition for faster absorption. The drug’s effects on the brain can cause a user not to realize the potential deadliness of the dose taken. Taking opioids based on how one feels is dangerous.

Signs Of Opioid Overdose

When someone overdoses on opioids, his or her breathing slows significantly. Often, a person suffocates without losing access to air. Those who die during opioid overdoses lose consciousness and stop breathing. If taken with a stimulant, the effects of the opioid may not manifest until the stimulant wears off.

Signs of an opioid overdose include constricted pupils, trouble breathing, and loss of consciousness. A witness may notice changes in breathing, bluish extremities and nails, and vomiting during an overdose.

Death from an opioid overdose can happen quickly or over the course of several hours. In the event of an overdose, first aid life support combined with the administration of Naloxone can prevent death. Anyone who notices the signs of an opioid overdose should immediately contact emergency services.

Signs Of Opioid Overdose

How Naloxone Combats Opioid Overdoses

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist and will not affect individuals who have not used opioids. Health care providers may use naloxone to diagnose and treat opioid overdose. Given via injection or nasal spray, the medication blocks the effects of opioids for up to an hour and a half, which allows the body time to restore respiratory capabilities.

The medication will reverse the overdose effects for anyone who has used:

  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Methadone
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Codeine
  • Buprenorphine
  • Hydromorphone

Naloxone is only used for opioid overdose and will not stop the effects of stimulants, hallucinogens, benzodiazepines, or non-opiate sedatives. Taking naloxone will not make anyone experience a high, and opioid users will not develop a tolerance to the medication. It only reverses opioid effects on the body.

Treatment Using Naloxone

To reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose, care providers may administer between 0.4 to 2 milligrams of Naloxone every two to three minutes until the individual begins breathing normally. If the patient does not respond after receiving 10 milligrams of Naloxone, the care provider may need to begin an alternative therapy. Naloxone typically takes about five minutes to reverse the effects of an overdose. If the person overdosing took a delayed-release or long-acting opioid, a professional may recommend ongoing Naloxone treatment and constant observation until all opioids have left the body.

Side Effects of Naloxone

The drug itself causes few side effects. Someone allergic to naloxone may experience difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling after treatment. More commonly, patients will experience opioid withdrawal symptoms after taking the medication. Symptoms including stomach pain and upset, fever, sweating, nervousness, chills, increased blood pressure, and a fast heart rate may all arise after the effects of opioids wear off. Certain medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins can interfere with the efficacy of naloxone.

Naloxone Kits for High-Risk Individuals

Naloxone Kits for High-Risk Individuals

Certain states now sell naloxone kits over the counter because of the widespread opioid epidemic. CVS and other pharmacies may sell kits without a prescription in Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Access to a naloxone inhaler or injection kit could save someone’s life in the event of an overdose.

According to the most recent information available from the World Health Organization, naloxone kit distribution in the United States prevented more than 10,000 overdose deaths between 2006 and 2010. Today, the number may be much higher thanks, in part, to the number of states that sell kits without a prescription.

Preventing Future Opioid Overdoses

One risk associated with a Naloxone-remediated overdose is the secondary overdose. Individuals who take additional opioids after receiving a naloxone treatment may overdose again. Naloxone is not a backup plan for opioid addiction. It is an emergency treatment given only in life-threatening situations. After an overdose, withdrawal support and additional therapies can address the underlying opioid addiction and help individuals on a path to recovery.

Naloxone plays a crucial role in the opioid epidemic as the first step in addiction treatment. When combined with proper aftercare and support, it offers addicts another chance to live life without substance abuse.

Opioid overdoses can happen unexpectedly to anyone who abuses prescription narcotics or takes illegal opioids. The amount of drugs and the time frame can vary widely, making immediate naloxone administration vital to survival. Instead of turning to opioids for pain management and recreational drug use, health care professionals recommend finding natural ways to stimulate the opioid receptors in the body. Meditation, exercise, and biofeedback practices can all minimize pain and create a natural feeling of ease and wellness.

While Naloxone May Save A Life When Administered, Those That Continue To Use Opioids Still Risk The Possibility of Overdose And Death

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Simple Tips to Help Family Members Cope With Addiction Within the Family

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Tips to Help Family Members Cope With Addiction Within the FamilyMuch research has been done regarding the effects of substance abuse on an addict. When someone is addicted, there is plenty of focus on how to provide treatment and help them stay sober. However, family members often don’t receive the attention and treatment they need. If you are an addict’s family member, you’re probably going through a plethora of confusing emotions and wondering where to turn for help. The Treatment Center is honored to provide the guidance you need.

Educate Yourself

Some drug and alcohol abuse symptoms are common no matter what substance the addict uses. Such symptoms include severe weight loss or gain, bloodshot or glazed eyes, poor performance at work or school, and loss of interest in favorite activities. That said, some symptoms are unique to specific drugs. A heroin addict might have nosebleeds or a sore or peeling nose if the drug is snorted.

The Treatment Center urges family members to educate themselves on the specific drug being abused and its effects. Additionally, family members should educate themselves on recovery. Many people assume once an addict achieves sobriety, the addiction is “over.” Actually, addiction is a lifelong disease. Your loved one may relapse, or need continuous therapy to maintain sobriety. Most addicts battle temptation the rest of their lives, but can overcome it with a strong support system of family and friends.

Treatment, Not Punishment

Addicts’ family members often communicate treatment is punishment, whether they mean to or not. The addict gets the message he or she has done something bad, shamed the family, or deserves to feel miserable. Thus, his or her confidence and self-concept sinks lower, increasing the likelihood of seeking substances for relief. A vicious cycle begins, one that families struggle to escape.

Although you may be angry, sad, or confused, don’t treat your addicted loved one as if he or she is being punished. Do not shut the addict out of your life unless they ‘re a legitimate danger to themselves or others. Don’t shield an addict from negative consequences such as court appearances or jail time, but don’t shame them. Set boundaries, but do not use them to shame the addict, or as a form of discipline.

Provide a Safe, Relaxing Environment

Addicts often struggle to feel safe. Their brains have been so affected; they think they need their substances of choice for basic survival. Addicts may deal with anxiety, depression, nightmares, tremors, and other frightening symptoms, especially during withdrawal. They will be given a safe environment in inpatient treatment; professionals are trained to help them cope. After treatment, though, your addicted loved one needs to feel safe and secure in whatever environment is available.

Your addicted loved one has learned to use drugs and alcohol to relax, or as a reward. Give them healthy alternatives; enjoy a shared hobby together, encourage them to exercise and eat some favorite healthy foods, or encourage them to get adequate sleep and do relaxing activities such as yoga and meditation. Keep the environment as calm as possible; in a relaxing environment, the addict’s brain will gradually calm, as well. It will relearn substances aren’t necessary for survival.

Do Not Enable Your Loved One

Loved ones often enable addicts without realizing what they are doing. Enabling can be anything from giving an addict money to giving them transportation to dealers. Sometimes, offering an addict a place to live is enabling, because the addict assumes they can use drugs in your home. Speak with treatment professionals to determine what constitutes enabling. Learn to say “no” and stick to it. Learn to recognize manipulation, and refuse to be sucked in.

Watch out for statements like,

“If you loved me, you would…” or “You know what will happen to me without this substance.”

Addicts’ families often struggle to set and keep boundaries on their own. They also struggle with getting an addicted loved one to accept treatment. If this is the case, seek outside help from family, friends, clergy, and addiction support groups like Al-Anon. An outside support system will not only keep your loved one on track, but also prevent you from enabling.

Recognize an Addict’s Potential

Engage in behaviors that encourage the addict to change. This is called positive enabling. Positive enabling encompasses offering the addict the opportunity to change through long-term treatment, and letting him or her know you believe change is possible. Let your addicted loved one know you remember who is still there underneath the addiction. Communicate that he or she can be that person again. Emphasize that although you will not contribute to the addiction, your love for the addict has not changed.

Take Care of Yourself

An old proverb says you cannot pour if your own cup is empty. While dealing with addiction, physically, mentally, and spiritually care for yourself. Eat right, and get adequate sleep and exercise. Do activities you enjoy, and don’t be afraid to get away for a break. Do not blame yourself; your loved ones addiction was not your fault. Your addicted loved one needs your strength, but strength can only come from a person who takes care of their own needs.

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The Hazards of Leaving Rehab Early

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Often, when an individual comes to rehab, it’s an eye-opening experience. Given that they aren’t in their natural environment with people they know, it can take a lot of adjusting. It’s common for one to get discouraged with the process and want to leave early.

Leaving rehab early is a risky gamble that can sabotage any opportunity for progress. However, in most cases, the decision to stay and receive the proper treatment can help one transform their life in recovery and achieve future goals.

If you or your loved one is in treatment, check out the following hazards of leaving rehab early and why staying for the entire program is best:

Hazard #1: Believing You Don’t Need Rehab to Recover.

While some patients realize they need help and admit themselves, many go to rehab because their loved ones demanded they go or they were required through court-ordered treatment. However, the decision to get addiction treatment is often the cry for help one needs to begin their journey in recovery.

Why You Should Stay? Receiving addiction treatment is definitely an adjustment and requires surrendering to those willing to help you. The decision to get the proper treatment can be the difference between life and death. While you may resist the idea of treatment, accepting and admitting you need help is the very decision that could save your own life.

Hazard #2: Thinking Detox Alone is Enough.

Detox cleanses the body of all the toxic chemicals from drugs and alcohol. The anxiety, withdrawal symptoms, and cravings can be intense. Depending on the type of drugs abused and the length of use, the physical discomfort can vary with each person. Some may have it better or worst than others and the duration of detox can last a few days or over a week.

Why You Should Stay? Leaving rehab during detox or immediately after detox could put yourself at risk of relapse. Without the proper medical supervision, you may not be able to handle the withdrawal symptoms or resist the cravings on your own. This puts you at a greater risk of overdose as the cravings to use drugs or drink again grows stronger.

Hazard #3: Believing You Can Recover On Your Own

Sometimes a patient may come to rehab and become overconfident after detoxing. Since they are feeling better physically and mentally, they may feel that they are no longer addicted to drugs or alcohol. This idealistic thinking may leave the patient wanting to return home early or with the idea that they can recover on their own. Yet, early recovery is a crucial time when the most support is needed and returning to the same environment can often trigger a relapse.

Why You Should Stay? Addiction recovery is a lifelong journey and the truth is no one stays on the road to recovery on their own. To maintain a healthy lifestyle in long-term recovery, it often means attending ongoing individual therapy and support group meetings, and receiving the constant help of loved ones, family and friends.

Hazard #4: Deciding That Your Problem Is “Not That Bad”

Some individuals may come to treatment and think their situation isn’t as bad as others or they simply can handle detoxing on their own because their problem is “not that bad”. They may even believe that they are in a better place than other addicts. However, this superior thinking is often a front and a way to avoid digging deeper into their situation. Many people use this as an excuse to leave rehab early.

Why You Should Stay? After detoxing, the next crucial step is receiving the proper therapy. Therapy is designed to treat the whole person, through mind, body and spirit. A licensed therapist can help you move forward in your recovery, suggest healthy behaviors and coping mechanisms, and help you repair damaged relationships.

Recovery is a Lifelong Journey

It’s a common misconception that addiction can be “cured”. Yet, addiction recovery doesn’t stop after detox or treatment, it’s a lifelong journey. If you are serious about your recovery, then receiving the highest level of care for however long it takes is the best thing you can do.

Detox alone won’t ensure long-term recovery nor will leaving rehab early. However, with the help of board-certified professionals, licensed therapists, and the support of loved ones, you can continue your journey on the road to recovery.

From the Desk of Our CEO: Run for Recovery

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

As The Treatment Center family grows, we are able to touch more lives that have been affected by addiction and mental health disorders. However, as healthcare professionals, we feel that we have a responsibility to serve not only our patients, but the community as well.

One way that we serve the community is by providing our time and resources to several nonprofit organizations. This Saturday, November 22, we will be the main sponsor for Fern House’s annual Run for Recovery 5k race at Dreher Park. The race will be held in West Palm Beach and will begin at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event will allow Fern House to continue their life-giving mission.

As a nonprofit residential rehabilitation center, Fern House helps indigent men get back on their feet. Their six-month program helps men achieve sustained sobriety and become productive members of society. Since 1983, they have helped 4,300 men recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Since Fern House does not accept federal, state or local tax dollars, it is crucial for the organization to raise funds at this race and other charity events.

Millions of Americans go untreated for addiction every year, and nonprofit organizations like Fern House are doing their best to chip away that this number. We ask that you lace up your sneakers and walk or run for this worthy cause.

If you would like to pre-register for this event, please click on this link.


Best Wishes,
Bill Russell, CEO


What is a Higher Power in Addiction Recovery?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

There is a common misconception that the term Higher Power makes 12-step programs religious. Entering a life in recovery is considered a spiritual journey and doesn’t have to include religion. Addiction is a powerful disease that an individual cannot control on their own. In 12-step recovery, connecting with a Higher Power is a major part of the process.

Without the use of religion, individuals are able to interpret a Higher Power to be a God of their own understanding. This allows those from all walks of life to come together in their spiritual journey as recovering addicts. Those who have their own religious beliefs are still able to practice them in recovery. With a Higher Power of their own understanding, Christians, Buddhists, atheists and many others are able to co-exist while working a 12-step program.

Many addicts will tell you they can’t maintain a clean and sober life alone. By having faith in a Higher Power, the ability to stay clean and sober becomes possible. It’s important for recovering addicts to have a power greater than themselves to turn to for strength, hope and guidance. Embarking on this spiritual journey allows individuals to gain their lives back one step at a time.

For those who struggle to find faith in a Higher Power, it’s helpful to seek guidance from a sponsor. They will be able to give you tips on how to make a connection through activities such as prayer or meditation. Take time to observe how a Higher Power is working in the lives of those around you. If you are able to believe a Higher Power is working in someone else’s life, then you will be able to recognize how a Higher Power can work in yours.

When it comes time to finding faith in a Higher Power, it’s important not to set specific limitations or circumstances. The amount of time it takes for each person to make a connection with a Higher Power is different. Whether someone enters a life in recovery with religious beliefs or not, each will have their own unique spiritual journey.


Tips On Overcoming Shame in Addiction Recovery

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Many addicts experience shame when they enter a life of recovery. While it’s important to recognize the harmful behaviors and actions that occurred during active addiction, beating yourself up about it will only make it worse. Overcoming shame is a monumental step for recovering addicts.

Guilt and shame are often used interchangeably; however, their meanings are very different. When people feel guilty, it is because they think they have done something wrong, but when they feel shame it is because they believe they are wrong. Shame creates feelings of inadequacy, failure and inferiority. Living in shame causes people to lose touch with themselves and feel disconnected with their friends and family.

The first step in overcoming shame is recognizing it does not define who you are. Shame is a compilation of judgments and beliefs you have about yourself. Convincing yourself that you are undeserving of the great things life has to offer will only cause self-destruction. If you’re not sure whether or not you are experiencing guilt or shame, question if you’ve ever thought these things about yourself:

  • I’m a failure.
  • I don’t deserve happiness.
  • I’m not a good person.
  • I’m a fake.
  • I’m flawed.
  • I’m not important.
  • I’m not lovable.

If you have felt any of these things about yourself, it may be due to the shame you are experiencing.

Every person makes mistakes. Instead of holding onto them and letting them define you, accept your imperfections. Changing your perception is a huge part of overcoming the shame in your life. When you catch yourself thinking some of the negative lines above, stop yourself. Instead, think about what you can gain from the mistakes you’ve made and move forward with the lesson learned.

Shame is simply a painful sense of self which causes us to run away from our friends, family and sober support. Making mistakes and feeling ashamed is no reason to run and hide; they are reasons to draw closer. Overcoming shame in recovery requires being vulnerable enough to express these emotions and work through them. Since many recovering addicts experience these feelings, reach out to your sponsor and sober support group to learn how to work through them.


For Couples in Need of Addiction Treatment

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Couples Addiction Treatment | Couples Drug Therapy | Couples rehab

Addiction is a disease that affects all areas of life. The physical and emotional effects are suffered not only by the addict, but their friends and family as well. These consequences are felt severely by the romantic relationship, possibly more than any other. Whether it’s a lifelong marriage or the earlier stages of a relationship, addiction can quickly destroy a union between two people. When one or both partners are suffering from addiction, the steps to save the relationship are similar. When couples choose to receive help together, they have a higher chance of recovering together.

For couples who are wondering if they are in need of treatment, there are many consequences to consider if they refuse to receive help. Addiction causes a lot of distrust, anger and resentment. When one or both members of a couple are in active addiction, many unhealthy behaviors begin to develop. If these behaviors are not addressed and dealt with, the future of a relationship will be in jeopardy.

Oftentimes, if couples want to save their relationship and family, their only choice is to receive treatment together. With many unhealthy coping mechanisms already in the works, couples need outside help to rebuild a happy and healthy relationship. Whether both members are addicted or only one, the need to heal together remains the same. The first step is admitting there are things to work on for both parties and a willingness to work on healing both together and individually.

It’s important to recognize there are many issues that will still be there once addiction treatment is complete. Long-term treatment in the form of therapy and support groups are key for a lasting recovery. For a non-addicted partner, Al-Anon and Nar-Anon have proven to help many who suffer from a loved one’s addiction. In order for a relationship to last after rehab, the work is far from over.

Couples addiction treatment is the most successful when both members fully support one another. Whether it’s couples rehab, couples drug therapy or other sources, there are many ways to receive help together. If you are ready to receive help for an addiction or better understand your loved one’s substance abuse, we are here to help. Contact us today: 877-412-3342.


Hope Diaries 12: Reaching Out in Active Addiction – A Testimonial

Monday, July 7th, 2014

In this “Hope Diaries” testimonial, Tracie discusses her battle with addiction. For many, reaching out in active addiction is extremely difficult. Tracie explains, “One of the hardest things for alcoholics and addicts is they believe they’re a burden when they ask for help. It’s not a burden for those who help you, it’s a joy.” After being in and out of rehabs, halfway houses and mental institutions, Tracie is now able to help others overcome the hopelessness felt during active addiction.

Watch Tracie’s story here:

If you or a loved one needs help, take action now. Admission Counselors are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have: 877-448-5521.

Hope Diaries 9: From Overdose to Sobriety – A Testimonial

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

In this “Hope Diaries” testimonial, an employee of The Treatment Center opens up about his struggle with the disease of addiction. Laz explains, “In the last six months of my addiction, I lost my job and I ended up going to prison on charges of possession because I was trying to support my habit. The last time I went to prison, I was facing 64 years.” After pleading out to the judge, Laz got his second chance at life.

This message of hope proves that there is freedom from addiction. After attending rehab and working a solid program, Laz is now able to help others who are suffering. Watch his story of triumph here:

If you or someone you know is caught in the grips of addiction, we are here to help. Restore your hope today. We are available to help you 24/7: 877-412-3342.

The Best of the Week: #NoMoreShame Quotes

Friday, June 20th, 2014

#NoMoreShame is a movement to break the stigma of addiction. This movement creates awareness that addiction is a disease, recovery is possible and nobody should be ashamed to ask for help. Here are uplifting quotes that share the #NoMoreShame message:


Sobriety is a journey, not a destination. #NoMoreShame You are stronger than you think. #NoMoreShameRock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. #NoMoreShameYour strength is greater than your obstacles. #NoMoreShameYou are NOT a lost cause. #NoMoreShame I am not what I have done. I am what I have overcome. #NoMoreShameRecovery is about progression, not perfection. #NoMoreShameI choose recovery. #NoMoreShame






































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