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Glossary of Addiction Terms

Specific terminology, acronyms and abbreviations are a big part of life for those seeking recovery. We’ve put together two guides to help you navigate the terminology you may hear or...

How Long Does Xanax Withdrawal Last?

What is Xanax? Xanax is the brand name for a benzodiazepinesedative medication, alprazolam. This calming prescription drug is used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and panic attacks, and anxiety...

What is the Withdrawal Timeline for Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is the chemical name for a potent synthetic stimulant that is often know as crystal meth or just meth. Methamphetamine is easily manufactured by private individuals who use relatively common ingredients, such...

Clonidine: What is it? How Does it Help in Opioid Detox?

  What is Clonidine Used For? Clonidine is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat high blood pressure. It is sold under the brand names...

Using Benzodiazepines for Withdrawal Treatment

It can be difficult and uncomfortable to withdraw from drugs or alcohol, and sometimes it can even be dangerous or life-threatening.1 Medications can be used to help reduce or eliminate...

Using Phenobarbital in the Alcohol Detox Process

People who struggle with alcohol use disorder require medical supervision in order to withdraw from alcohol. Detoxing from alcohol can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms, including a condition called delirium...

How Does Desipramine (Norpramin) Help with Detox?

Desipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant, affecting the production and uptake of neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. The medication is primarily used to treat depression, but it can also be...

How Is Acamprosate Used in the Detox Process?

Acamprosate is the generic name of a prescription drug, often sold under the brand name Campral, which is used in the clinical treatment of alcohol dependence, detox, and relapse prevention....

Using Naltrexone During Drug Detoxification

Naltrexone is the generic name for a medication used to treat both alcohol use disorder and opioid addiction. As an anti-craving medication, naltrexone may have other applications for other substance...

How Can Disulfiram Assist in Alcohol Detox?

Disulfiram is one of the oldest medications prescribed to treat alcohol use disorder. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved disulfiram in 1951 to help people experiencing problem drinking learn...

What Are the Phases of Heroin Withdrawal?

People who are hoping to stop using heroin often hesitate because they have experienced the beginning symptoms of withdrawal and become nervous, wondering if the whole process is as uncomfortable...

What Is the Process of Cocaine Withdrawal?

While the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that cocaine use has generally decreased since the 1990s, the past few years have seen a renewed increase in cocaine-related overdose deaths. Nearly...

The Difference between Withdrawal Symptoms and Side Effects

One of the signs that a person is abusing or addicted to drugs is that the person will experience withdrawal symptoms when use of the drug is stopped or the...

What Is the Timeline for Alcohol Withdrawal?

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are common in our culture. According to the Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 14.5 million people in the US have...

Medications to Help Ease the Pain of Substance Abuse Withdrawal

Substances of abuse can change chemical levels deep inside the brain. When those chemical changes are in place, it can be difficult for people to amend their drug use behaviors....

How to Deal With Withdrawal

Every day, people all across the United States make the powerful decision to stop abusing drugs and alcohol. For many, recovery begins with detox and withdrawal from the substances they...

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