Compass Recovery Blog

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in America

Posted by Compass Recovery on Aug 21, 2017 9:30:00 AM

America is officially in the throes of an epidemic. There is a health crisis that poses a clear and present danger, and it’s not some sort of superbug or plague. Addiction to opioids remains one of the greatest health risks in the country, and the scary part is that it’s evolving.

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Topics: Opioid Addiction

One Size Fits All Does Not Apply to Inpatient Drug Treatment

Posted by Compass Recovery on Aug 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

One size fits all is a good approach to baseball hats and wristwatches, but not addiction treatment. Everyone’s addiction is different, and it’s not something that happens suddenly like a flash of lightning from the sky. It has a long history with events, enablers, and emotions that all need to be considered and addressed to create a lasting change of life, love, and limitless possibilities.

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Topics: Inpatient Treatment

When Suboxone Treatment Becomes Suboxone Abuse

Posted by Compass Recovery on Jul 31, 2017 9:30:00 AM

There’s an old idiom that says something about comparing the devil you know to the devil you don’t. Sadly, devils are everywhere in the drug world: heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, benzos … the list goes on and on. Those are the devils we know about though. Unfortunately, there is also a devil we don’t know. That devil in disguise is Suboxone.

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Topics: Suboxone, Opioid Addiction

Using Heroin and Crystal Meth: A Lethal Roller Coaster

Posted by Compass Recovery on Jul 24, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Picture the world’s tallest roaster coaster, where you go up, up, and further up to seemingly reach through the stratosphere, get to the top of the hill, and then … plummet mercilessly at the speed of light, until you bottom out.

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Topics: Crystal Meth, Poly-Substance Abuse, Heroin

The Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal: Going it Alone Can be Dangerous

Posted by Compass Recovery on Jul 17, 2017 9:30:00 AM

It’s one thing when you go out on a Saturday night and occasionally have a few too many drinks. You may say or do some things you regret and have to deal with a hangover that feels like a baby elephant is using your head for a trampoline. But, once those effects wear off, most of us can get back to our lives without feeling a compulsion to drink more alcohol, more often. However …

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Topics: addiction, Inpatient Treatment, Alcohol Addiction

Does Insurance Cover Inpatient Drug Detox and Treatment?

Posted by Compass Recovery on Jul 10, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Has using drugs or alcohol diminished your quality of life?

Maybe you’ve already been confronted by your family and friends about it.

Perhaps your doctor has told you that your long-term physical health is in jeopardy.

Maybe you’ve lost a job or dropped out of school.

If any of the preceding warning signs are evident, it’s time to seek admission into an inpatient treatment program at a high-quality facility to help you recover from your addiction to drugs or alcohol.

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Topics: Detox, Inpatient Treatment

Benzodiazepine Abuse: The Facts About Overdose Rates

Posted by Compass Recovery on Jul 3, 2017 9:30:00 AM

America is in the midst of a hidden epidemic. The use of benzodiazepines (benzos) has been on the rise since the start of the new millennium. Along with that rise in usage, has come a parallel rise in addiction and overdose rates as well.

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Topics: addiction, Benzodiazepine Addiction

Common Withdrawal Symptoms When Detoxing from Methadone

Posted by Compass Recovery on Jun 27, 2017 11:15:00 AM

To say recovering from drug addiction is challenging is like describing the temperature in Antarctica as chilly. There are many steps to recovery and the road is a long and winding one, but help is available, and you can do it.

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Topics: methadone addiction

Finding Your New Normal After Drug Addiction Treatment

Posted by Compass Recovery on Jun 19, 2017 9:30:00 AM

One of the most challenging aspects most people face when they first leave a recovery center, or after finishing an inpatient treatment program, is rejoining the rigors of everyday life. You’ve successfully completed treatment for your addiction, and now you have all the tools at your disposal to cope with the challenges that exist in modern society.

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Topics: Inpatient Treatment, Outpatient Treatment

The Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Drug Addiction

Posted by Compass Recovery on Jun 12, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Taking drugs starts with a choice, but before long it’s a compulsion that you can’t control. Quickly, choice is no longer part of the equation as your body becomes increasingly dependent on an artificial substance that physically alters your brain and drastically changes behavior.

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Topics: Outpatient Treatment

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