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Drugs cut with Medetomidine

Medetomidine in Illicit Drugs

Public health officials have recently begun to sound the alarm about a new street drug that may be responsible for overdose surges in a few large U.S. cities. This drug, medetomidine, is typically added to fentanyl and other illicit recreational substances during the manufacturing process. This means that many people who are harmed by it may not even know that they’ve taken it.

What is Medetomidine?

Medetomidine is a veterinary sedative and anesthetic. In the U.S., it has earned approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sedate dogs for certain procedures. 

The FDA has also approved a version of medetomidine called dexmedetomidine. This is authorized to be used on human patients who need to be sedated while on a mechanical ventilator or prior to surgery. 

Medetomidine can be both safe and beneficial when it is administered by qualified professionals for legitimate medical purposes. Unfortunately, as we will discuss in greater detail later in this post, illicit drug manufacturers have begun to add medetomidine to some recreational substances, particularly opioids.  

A synthetic drug that is classified as an alpha-2 agonist, medetomidine is similar to xylazine, another drug that has recently been linked to a spike in overdose deaths. However, public health officials have emphasized that medetomidine is more potent than xylazine. This increases the risk faced by individuals who intentionally or unintentionally abuse it for recreational purposes.

Illicit Drugs Laced with Medetomidine

Fentanyl and heroin appear to be the two illicit drugs that are most likely to be contaminated with medetomidine. Some sources have also detected medetomidine in samples of cocaine. However, this doesn’t seem to be nearly as common as opioid and medetomidine combos.

When abused on their own, fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine can all put people at risk for serious negative outcomes, including overdose and death. When they are combined with medetomidine, they can become much more dangerous. This danger may be magnified by the fact that most people don’t realize that the drug they’re taking contains this undisclosed ingredient. 

In a June 3, 2024, CBS News segment, an employee of the Philadelphia Department of Health said that the department detected medetomidine in samples of street drugs that also contained fentanyl and xylazine. 

The combination of fentanyl and xylazine is often referred to as “tranq.” According to one source in the CBS News segment, some people are referring to the fentanyl-xylazine-medetomidine combination as “rhino tranq.” However, another experts have said that they had not heard that term.

Regardless of what they are called, the recent surge in illicit street drugs that have been combined with medetomidine suggests that the nation may be on the verge of another devastating increase in overdose deaths.

Dangers of Medetomidine

A June 2, 2024, feature on National Public Radio (NPR) reported that medetomidine was involved in “mass overdose outbreaks” in Chicago and Philadelphia during the previous two months. In Philadelphia, according to the NPR feature, medetomidine-related overdoses caused 160 hospitalizations over a four-day period.

In addition to the risk of overdose, someone who takes medetomidine in a non-medical setting may also be in danger for a variety of other problematic outcomes, including:

  • Slowed heart rate and breathing
  • Low body temperature
  • Dangerously low blood pressure
  • Elevated blood glucose level
  • Excessive urination
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Twitching
  • Easing of anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia

How to Help Somone Who Is Overdosing on Medetomidine

Common signs of medetomidine overdose include:

  • Constricted (pinpoint) pupils
  • Extremely slow or shallow breathing
  • Faint pulse
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty remaining awake
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Cool, clammy skin
  • Blue or purple color near lips or fingertips

Anyone who exhibits these signs after using medetomidine or another drug needs immediate medical help. If you are with someone who is in the midst of a medetomidine overdose, take the following steps:

  1. Call 911 or otherwise summon the closest emergency responder in your area.
  2. If you have naltrexone (Narcan), administer it to the person who has overdosed.
  3. If the individual is awake, help them into a seated position in a comfortable chair.
  4. If the individual is unconscious and cannot be awakened, place them on their side. Do not put them on their back (to reduce the risk of choking if they begin to vomit).
  5. Cover the person with a blanket to keep them warm.
  6. Remain with the person until the emergency responders arrive.
  7. Be prepared to tell the emergency responders as much as you know about what substances the person took, how much they took, and what overdose signs they exhibited.

Also, here are a few important notes about naltrexone (Narcan): 

  • Though Narcan can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose if it is administered in time, it cannot reverse the effects of a xylazine or medetomidine overdose.
  • Since people who ingest medetomidine have usually taken it in combination with an opioid, most trusted sources advise giving Narcan to someone who has overdosed. 
  • However, even though the person may appear to be revived and out of danger after receiving Narcan, any medetomidine in their system may still be harmful to them. 
  • This is why you should always call 911 first, even if you have Narcan with you. A person who has overdosed on an opioid combined with medetomidine needs to be thoroughly assessed by a qualified healthcare provider, even if they appear to be OK after receiving Narcan.

Get Help for Drug Addiction at Sanctuary Treatment Center 

Sanctuary Treatment Center offers a full continuum of care to help adults who have become dependent on opioids or any other addictive substances. We also serve patients whose struggles with addiction are accompanied by anxiety, depression, PTSD, and certain other co-occurring mental health concerns.

Programming options at our addiction treatment center in Los Angeles, California, include detoxification (detox), inpatient rehab, and outpatient care. Our team of experienced professionals will work closely with you to assess your needs, determine which level or levels of care are right for you, and select the therapies and support services that will best prepare you to achieve successful, long-term recovery.

When you’re ready to end your compulsive substance abuse for good, the Sanctuary Treatment Center team is here for you. To learn more or to schedule a free assessment, please visit our Contact page or call us today. 

This man is chroming to get high

Chroming and this Dangerous Trend

You may not have heard about chroming, but your children probably have. This dangerous behavior isn’t new, but it has recently received renewed attention through social media. When you understand what chroming looks like and why it can be so harmful, you’ll be better prepared to keep your loved ones safe.

What is Chroming?

Chroming is a form of inhalant abuse. Other common terms for this practice include huffing and bagging. 

The term “chroming” originally referred to inhaling fumes from aerosol paints that had been sprayed into a paper bag. People who engage in this behavior usually use metallic spray paint. When they hold the bag to their mouth and nose in order to inhale the fumes, they often end up with a paint ring where the bag came into contact with their face. That effect let to the practice being called chroming.

Through the years, chroming has evolved in to a more general term. Today, it can be used to describe the intentional inhalation of several dangerous substances. In addition to spray paints, chroming can also involve:

  • Household solvents
  • Gasoline 
  • Kerosene
  • Paint thinner
  • Certain types of glue
  • Nail polish remover
  • Hairspray

Chroming is most popular among adolescents and teens. This may be due to the fact that the practice incorporates many common household items, which may be easier for young people to acquire than other recreational substances.

About The Chroming Challenge on Social Media

Videos on Tik-Tok and other social media platforms can make chroming look like fun, without acknowledging its many dangers. For some young people, this misinformation can be fatal:

  • In March 2024, an 11-year-old boy from the UK died of what authorities believe was cardiac arrest after engaging in chroming. Members of his family reported that the boy had learned about chroming from videos on Tik-Tok.
  • This was unfortunately not the first death that has been tied to chroming and social media. In March 2023, a 13-year-old incurred irreparable brain damage and later died after engaging in this behavior at a sleepover party. 

As evidenced by previous trends such as the Benadryl challenge or the choking game, teens can quickly become swept up in hazardous fads like chroming. Some may be fueled by the desire to gain social media attention, while others may simply want to feel like they are fitting in with their online peers.

Regardless of what prompts a young person to try chroming, the results – as we will discuss in the next section – can range from upsetting to devastating.

Dangers of Chroming

Chroming is extremely dangerous. People who engage in this behavior put themselves at risk for many harmful effects, some of which can be severe and irreversible. 

The long list of possible chroming-related damage includes:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Problems with coordination and muscle control
  • Muscle weakness
  • Respiratory distress
  • Cardiovascular damage
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Delayed responsiveness
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Brain damage
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Psychosis
  • Seizure
  • Death

How to Talk to Your Kids About Chroming

With such a significant amount of incorrect and intentionally misleading information available to young people online, parents need to be sure their children understand the very real risks that chroming poses.

5 Tips on Having a Productive Conversation with Your Children about Chroming:

  • Be honest: If your children spend much time online, there’s a decent chance that they’ve already heard of chroming. They may even know peers who have engaged in this behavior. So you need to be honest about why some people get involved with chroming and realistic about the dangers they face.
  • Take an age-appropriate approach: For younger children, it may be enough to say that chroming is dangerous, they should never do it, and they should find a responsible adult if someone tries to convince them to try it.
  • Discuss, don’t lecture: Lectures or threats can cause your children to tune you out or immediately become defensive. Instead, make your conversation about chroming a true discussion. Ask them what they’ve heard about this practice, correct any misinformation, and help them brainstorm ways to say “no” if someone asks them to try chroming.
  • Focus on education, not intimidation: We’ve touched on this in other tips, but it bears repeating. Threats, ultimatums, or efforts to intimidate your children into staying away from chroming can easily backfire. Instead, help them understand the dangers of this behavior and provide practical guidance on how to avoid it.
  • Plan to revisit the topic: One conversation about chroming can be a great start. But it’s just that: a start. Be prepared to have many discussions about chroming, other types of substance abuse, and other potential threats to your children’s well-being.

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Chroming can lead to a type of addiction known as inhalant use disorder. If you or someone that you care about has become trapped in the downward spiral of compulsive inhalant abuse, please know that help is available at Sanctuary Treatment Center.

When you choose our addiction rehab in Los Angeles, you will find a safe and welcoming place where you or your loved one can receive personalized services from a team of skilled and experienced professionals. 

Our continuum of care includes detoxification, inpatient treatment, and outpatient programming. We work closely with each patient and, when appropriate, their families to understand the full scope of their needs, so that we can provide them with the most effective types of treatment.

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Facts about kratom withdrawal and addiction

Kratom Withdrawal

Don’t believe the myth that kratom is safe and non-addictive. Using this drug can put you in grave danger – and if you develop an addiction, the intensity of kratom withdrawal can make it extremely difficult for you to stop using it.

What is Kratom?

Kratom is the name of a tree that grows in Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and other Southeast Asian countries. It is also the name of a drug that is derived from the leaves of this tree. The primary psychoactive compounds in kratom are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. 

Traditionally, laborers in areas where kratom is indigenous have chewed the leaves as a means of remaining alert and warding off exhaustion. The drug can also be ingested by swallowing it in pill or capsule form, smoking it, or drinking it in teas or cold beverages. 

In addition to its stimulant-like properties, kratom can also elicit effects such as sedation and analgesia (pain relief), which are similar to what opioids produce. This has enticed some people to use it as a painkiller or for recreational purposes, and prompted others to take it to ease the effects of opioid withdrawal. 

Many reputable sources advise against kratom use for any reason due to the risk of addiction, other dangerous side effects, and the potential distress of kratom withdrawal. 

Some American soldiers used kratom during the Vietnam War. However, the drug did not become popular in the United States and other western nations until the early 2000s. In 2021, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that about 1.7 people ages 12 and older in the U.S. had used kratom at least once in the previous 12 months.

Kratom’s legal status in the U.S. can be confusing. 

It has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but it has also not been banned by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Several states have outlawed kratom or placed restrictions on its sale, possession, and use, yet it continues to be sold openly in many stores and as well as online. 

The Painful Side of Kratom Withdrawal

The lack of a federal ban and the relative ease with which kratom can be obtained may have contributed to a belief that it is a harmless substance. This is not the case. People who use the drug, either recreationally or for self-medication, may be exposing themselves to considerable harm.

The potential dangers of kratom use include liver damage, hypertension (high blood pressure), depressed respiration, and seizure. Kratom use can also lead to addiction, overdose, and death.

Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms

When someone becomes addicted to kratom, they may have to endure intense withdrawal symptoms. 

The type and severity of a person’s withdrawal symptoms can be influenced by several factors. These include their weight and metabolism, how long they have been using kratom, and how much they typically use.

With those caveats in mind, common kratom withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Runny nose and watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Heavy perspiration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Tics and twitches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle pain
  • Insomnia

Kratom withdrawal can also include various forms of psychological distress, such as:

  • Powerful drug cravings
  • Drastic mood swings
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideation

How to Safely Withdrawal from Kratom

The intensity of kratom withdrawal – and the knowledge that you can alleviate this pain simply by using the drug again – can quickly overwhelm even the most fervent desire to stop using it. The risk of suicidal ideation is another reason why trying to get through withdrawal on your own can be a very bad idea.

If you’re trying to end your kratom use after developing an addiction, there’s no way to avoid withdrawal. But there is a way to get through this experience safely and more comfortably. 

Detoxification, or detox, is a short-term, professionally supervised program that can help you complete the kratom withdrawal process without endangering your health or exposing you to avoidable distress. 

Here are a few of the many benefits of beginning your treatment in a detox program:

  • Environment: While you’re in detox, you won’t have access to kratom or other addictive substances. This removes the temptation to use the drug to stop your withdrawal symptoms.
  • Expertise: The professionals who provide your care in detox will be familiar with all aspects of the withdrawal process. This can eliminate fear of the unknown. It can also provide you with the peace of mind that your team is prepared for whatever contingencies may occur.
  • Clinical services: While you’re in detox, you may receive medical and/or therapeutic support to ease your pain and help you manage your remaining symptoms.
  • Continuity of care: Once you’ve completed detox, you can transition directly into an inpatient or outpatient program, where you can establish a solid foothold in early recovery.
  • Sense of success: Getting through kratom withdrawal can be a significant step toward a much healthier future. It can also be proof that you are capable of much more than you may have once believed. This knowledge can be a source of both strength and hope as you face future challenges on the path of lifelong recovery.

Contact Us to Detox from Kratom in Los Angeles, CA

Don’t let withdrawal prevent you from achieving the healthier, drug-free future that you deserve. 

Sanctuary Treatment Center offers a full continuum of customized addiction treatment services, including detox, inpatient care, and outpatient programming. Our compassionate experts can help you get through withdrawal, then develop the skills that will support your successful, long-term recovery. We will work closely with you to understand the full scope of your needs, identify your goals, and develop a personalized plan just for you.

To learn more or to schedule a free assessment, please visit our Contact page or call us today.

Cost of sober living in California

Cost of Sober Living in California

Sober living residences in California fill a vital need for individuals who don’t have a supportive home to return to after they have completed an addiction treatment program or while they are enrolled in an outpatient rehab. 

Contact Sanctuary Treatment Center at (888) 584-4314 to learn the exact cost of our sober living.

About Sober Living in California

California, sober living residences (which are often referred to as sober living homes, sober living houses, or simply sober living) are supportive home-like environments where people can live while they are working to establish a foothold in early recovery. These residences are typically designed for people who are currently in an outpatient program or who have recently completed treatment.

Each residence has it own rules and procedures, but here are some common features of sober living in California:

  • Accountability: For their safety and for the safety of others who are living in the home, residents usually must agree to random drug tests, and possibly unannounced searches of their belongings, to ensure that the environment remains free of substances and other prohibited items.
  • Activities: Some sober livings have on-site support group meetings that all residents must attend. Others may require residents to attend off-site peer support meetings. Some houses mandate that residents be in treatment, while others expect residents to either be employed, looking for a job, doing volunteer work, or engaged in other approved activities.
  • Responsibilities: Sober living residents are usually required to perform certain household chores or duties, such as cleaning, helping with meal preparation, doing dishes, or maintaining the yard.  
  • Structure: Whether you are in a peer-run or professionally supported sober living residence, you will have to adhere to a variety of house rules, some of which we have already discussed in this section. For someone who has recently stopped using alcohol or other drugs, vast stretches of unstructured time can be dangerous. A structured environment can help you fill your days with healthy and productive pursuits.

How Much Does Sober Living in California Cost?

Monthly rent at sober living residences can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Factors that can influence the cost of sober living in California include:

  • Which city and neighborhood the house is located in
  • If residents have private or shared rooms
  • If cable, Wi-Fi, meals, or other amenities are included 
  • If meetings, counseling, or other recovery services are provided
  • If fitness training, massage, supervised recreational activities, and similar services are offered
  • If the house is affiliated with a treatment center, or is privately owned and operated
  • If the house is peer-run or staffed by professionals
  • If rent is a set rate for all residents or determined on a needs-based sliding scale

Once you have identified one or more sober living residences in your area that offer the structure and support you need, contact the homes directly to discuss availability and determine cost.

Is Going to a Sober Living Worth It?

Customization is the key to almost every aspect of addiction treatment. A facility, program, or therapy that is perfect for one person might have limited value to someone else. The same holds true for sober living. Not everyone needs this service – but for those who do, sober living can make a lasting positive difference in their lives.

Here are a few examples of why sober living is worth it:

  • You will be in a drug-free environment. If you can benefit from extra support as you begin your recovery journey, or if you’re working to remain sober in the aftermath of a relapse, being around people who are using alcohol or other substances can be extremely difficult. When you’re in a sober living residence, you won’t have to worry about being exposed to drug abuse.
  • You will be among others who are working toward a similar goal. Every person who is in recovery is walking their own path. But these paths often overlap or run parallel with each other. In a sober living residence, you will be living with people who have had similar challenges and who are also in the process of building a foundation for long-term recovery. These individuals can be sources of motivation, inspiration, and guidance. They can also serve as valuable reminders that you are not alone.
  • You can practice your recovery skills. While you are living in a sober living residence, you will be able to use skills that are essential for establishing and maintaining healthy sober relationships. Examples of these important skills include treating others with respect, setting and maintaining healthy boundaries, sharing support, advocating for your needs in an appropriate manner, and resolving conflicts.
  • You will have a safe space. There’s no point in trying to hide the fact that recovery can be hard. This can be especially true during moments of transition, such as when you’ve just entered or completed treatment. While maintaining your newly earned sobriety, you may also need to find a job, meet certain court-ordered responsibilities, begin to rebuild relationships, and deal with myriad other challenges. Knowing that you have a safe and supportive place waiting for you at the end of the day can make a world of difference.

Contact Sanctuary Treatment Center About Sober Living in California

If you have questions about sober living in California or any other aspect of addiction treatment and recovery, Sanctuary Treatment Center is here to help. 

Our rehab center in Los Angeles offers a full continuum of care, including detox, inpatient treatment, and outpatient programming. If you can benefit from a supportive sober living home while you are in our outpatient program or after you have transitioned out of our care, we will be happy to refer you to trusted residences in the LA area.

To learn more, please visit our Contact Us page or call us today. 

Why do people smoke salvia

Smoking Salvia: Effects & Dangers

Its effects have been compared to LSD and magic mushrooms – but unlike those drugs, salvia is legal in several U.S. states and many other nations. What is salvia, where did it come from, and (perhaps most important of all) how dangerous is it?

What is Salvia?

Salvia (full name: salvia divinorum) is an herb that can produce dissociative and hallucinogenic effects. These effects are due to the naturally occurring presence of salvinorin A, a compound that interacts with opioid receptors in the central nervous system.

Salvia is native to southern Mexico, where the Mazatec have been incorporating it into healing practices and religious rituals for centuries. More recently, it has experienced a rise in popularity as a recreational substance in the United States. 

Historically, salvia was typically ingested by chewing its leaves or drinking an extract that was derived from the plant. Today, some people also grind the leaves and smoke them.

Why Do People Smoke Salvia? 

People who smoke salvia typically do so with the intention of having a recreational hallucinogenic experience.

As for why someone might choose to smoke salvia instead of using other hallucinogenic drugs (such as LSD or psilocybin), the plant’s legal status in the U.S. is likely an important factor. The ease with which salvia can be purchased from smoke shops and similar outlets in some states has surely contributed to its popularity.

There are currently no federal laws to regulate the production, sale, possession, or use of salvia. However, as of the writing of this post, 29 states plus the U.S. territory of Guam have banned it, and some other states have placed some restrictions on its possession and use.

To some people, salvia’s legality in many parts of the U.S. (and in many other countries throughout the world) indicates that it poses little risk of addiction or other harmful effects. Is this an accurate perception, though? Can people become addicted to salvia?

As is the case with LSD, psilocybin, and other hallucinogenic drugs, the likelihood of becoming addicted to salvia is low. However, as we will discuss a bit later in this post, this doesn’t mean that salvia is a harmless substance.

What Are the Effects from Smoking Salvia?

Descriptions of salvia’s effects usually include words like psychedelic, hallucinogenic, and dissociative. Some people who use the drug have enjoyable, insightful experiences. For others, the effects are far from pleasurable.

Depending on a variety of factors – including a person’s history with the drug; their age, weight, and metabolism; and how much they have taken – here are some examples of what salvia’s effects can feel like:

  • Distorted sense of time and space
  • Seeing light patterns and other images
  • Hearing voices and other sounds
  • Feeling of deep sedation and serenity
  • Dreamlike state
  • Depersonalization (sense of being detached from your body and/or mind, which is sometimes described as having an out-of-body experience)
  • Derealization (sense that you have been separated from your environment or lost contact with reality)
  • Difficulty communicating with others
  • Disturbing hallucinations 
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Fear and paranoia
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

If a person smokes salvia, these effects can occur virtually instantaneously, and last for about 20 minutes. If someone chew the leaves, it usually takes about five to 10 minutes for effects to occur, though they can last for up to two hours.  

Experts believe that salvia’s effects are related to the drug’s impact on the default mode network (DMN). The DMN, which encompasses several areas of the brain, activates when you are not focusing on your immediate environment. When you are relaxing, daydreaming, reminiscing, or similarly looking inward, the DMN is typically at its most active.

However, an October 2020 study that involved functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) suggests that other factors may also be at play. 

“Salvinorin A is unique as a kappa-opioid agonist that has psychedelic-like effects, and this calls into question whether reduced default mode network connectivity is really a specific mechanism of ‘classic’ psychedelic drugs,” neuroscientist Fred Barrett, who coauthored the study, said in an article about his team’s research.

Dangers of Smoking Salvia

Although salvia poses a low risk of addiction, it is important to remember that low risk is not the same as no risk. In other words, while salvia addiction is unlikely, it is not impossible.

Also, people who use this drug may be exposing themselves to other types of damage. For example:

  • A bad experience with salvia can feel a lot like a psychotic episode. Some experts fear that having one or more so-called bad trips could trigger the onset of long-term mental health problems or worsen the effects of existing mental health challenges.
  • The perceptual distortions that are central to a salvia high can lead to injuries due to slips, falls, and other accidents. While under the influence of this substance, a person may also be vulnerable to attacks, assaults, and other forms of victimization.
  • Due to a relative dearth of studies on the long-term effects of salvia, it is impossible to know for certain what types of physical and psychological problems a person may incur after using this drug.

If you feel compelled to use salvia or any other substance, you may need professional addiction treatment. The good news about substance use disorders (addictions) is that they are treatable. When you find the right type of care, you can end your drug use and live a much healthier life in recovery.

Overcome Drug Abuse at Sanctuary Treatment Center

Sanctuary Treatment Center offers a full continuum of care – including detox, residential rehab, and multiple outpatient options – for adults who have become dependent on salvia and other substances.

At our addiction treatment center in Los Angeles, you will work with experienced professionals who can assess the full scope of your needs and develop a customized plan just for you. We understand how addiction affects different people in different ways, and we are committed to providing the personalized services that will help you build a foundation for lifelong recovery.

To learn more about how we can help, please visit our Contact Us page or call us today.

Woman with the alcohol shakes after a night out

Alcohol Shakes: Am I an Alcoholic?

Alcohol shakes can be a sign that a person’s drinking has reached a perilous point. If you have been experiencing this symptom, but you don’t take the appropriate steps to end your alcohol use, you may be exposing yourself to life-threatening consequences.

What are Alcohol Shakes?

Alcohol shakes are one of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal that involve twitches and tremors. This shakiness is most common in the arms and hands, though it can also affect other parts of the body as well.

Discussions of alcohol withdrawal typically involve someone who is trying to stop drinking after developing alcohol use disorder (which is the clinical term for alcoholism). Alcohol shakes can definitely be a part of this process, but they aren’t limited to people who are making a concerted effort to end their alcohol use. 

The experience that is commonly referred to as a hangover is actually a form of alcohol withdrawal. For people who drink infrequently, common withdrawal symptoms after a night of heavy drinking include headache, nausea, and dehydration. But for someone who has been drinking heavily for an extended period, “the morning after” may also include the alcohol shakes. 

In extreme cases, the frequency and severity of alcohol shakes can cause people to start drinking as soon as they wake up, in an attempt to ease their tremors so they can function.

Are the Shakes from Alcohol Withdrawal Dangerous?

Alcohol shakes don’t necessarily pose a grave danger on their own – but they can be a sign that a person’s alcohol use has progressed to a dangerous point:

  • If someone has been experiencing alcohol shakes on a regular basis, there is a good chance that their chronic alcohol abuse has also caused other (possibly less obvious) harm. For example, while it is fairly well known that alcohol abuse can lead to liver disease, it is not as widely understood that a person may not exhibit symptoms of this damage until it has reached an irreversible stage.
  • If a person develops alcohol shakes while trying to quit drinking on their own, the distress caused by their tremors and other withdrawal symptoms can become overwhelming, and push them back into active alcohol abuse. 
  • If a person experiences excessive shakiness while going through withdrawal, this can be a symptom of delirium tremens (which is commonly referred to as the DTs). The DTs are a set of particularly dangerous withdrawal symptoms that, if not treated, can be fatal. This underscores the importance of professional detoxification for people who have severe alcoholism.

Does it Mean I’m an Alcoholic if I Get the Shakes?

Alcohol shakes are not specifically mentioned in the criteria for alcohol use disorder as established in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). However, the presence of alcohol withdrawal symptoms is one of the criteria in the DSM-5.

Alcohol shakes strongly suggest that a person has become addicted to alcohol. Anyone who develops this symptom may be in crisis, and they should consult with a healthcare provider. An addiction treatment expert or another qualified professional can assess the full scope of their symptoms, provide an accurate diagnosis, and recommend appropriate treatment options.

How to Stop Alcohol Shakes?

The best ways to stop alcohol shakes are to either quit drinking or dramatically reduce the amount and frequency of your alcohol use. 

If you have become addicted to alcohol, quitting drinking can be quite difficult – but it is by no means impossible. When you get the right type of treatment, you can end your alcohol use and develop the skills that will help you achieve successful, long-term recovery.

For many people who have developed alcohol use disorder, the path to recovery begins with detoxification, or detox:

  • Detox is a short-term program where you can receive both medical and therapeutic support to protect your health and minimize your discomfort while you go through withdrawal. 
  • Detox for alcohol withdrawal typically lasts about five days, though the exact duration of the process can vary depending on a variety of individual factors.
  • Once you have completed detox, you can transition directly into the next phase of your treatment. This can minimize your risk of immediate relapse and help you establish a strong foothold in early recovery.

After you have completed detox – or if you don’t need this service – your best next step may be inpatient rehab or an outpatient program.

  • While you are in an inpatient rehab program, you will live at the treatment facility. This gives you access to round-the-clock supervision and support while providing temporary respite from the stresses and distractions of daily life. A typical day in inpatient rehab includes several therapies and support services, along with nutritious meals and time for relaxation and reflection.
  • At the outpatient level, you will only need to be at the facility while you are receiving treatment. When there are no sessions scheduled, you can return to your home or to a supportive residence. Depending on your needs and the structure of the program, you may even be able to work part-time, take classes, or volunteer in the community while you are in treatment. 

Some people complete detox, transfer into inpatient rehab, then step down to an outpatient program for additional support before they transition out of care. Others only spend time in one or two of these programs. There is no “right way” to get help for alcoholism and overcome the alcohol shakes. All that matters is finding the path that’s right for you.

Contact Our Medical Alcohol Detox to Safely Withdraw Today

If alcohol shakes or other withdrawal symptoms have been preventing you from safely quitting drinking, Sanctuary Treatment Center is here for you.

Our full continuum of care includes medical detox, which can help you to rid your body of alcohol safely and with minimal discomfort. Our alcohol addiction treatment center in Los Angeles, California, also offers inpatient rehab and outpatient treatment options, so that you can learn how to live a healthier life, free from the constraints of compulsive alcohol abuse.

To learn more or to schedule a free assessment, visit our Contact Us page or call us today. 

EMDR for addiction

Using EMDR for Treating Addiction

EMDR was originally developed to help individuals whose lives had been impacted by posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other effects of trauma. In the decades since this approach was introduced, it has also been effectively incorporated into treatment for other mental and behavioral health concerns, such as EMDR for addiction.

How Does EMDR Therapy Work?

EMDR is short for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. As its name suggests, this type of therapy incorporates rapid bilateral (side-to-side) eye movements to help alleviate psychological distress that is associated with certain traumatic memories.

EMDR therapy was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s. The first controlled study on the effectiveness of this approach was published in 1989, and the first sessions to train other providers were held in 1990. 

In its modern form, EMDR is an eight-phase approach:

  1. History and treatment planning – This phase involves a discussion of the patient’s symptoms, so the therapist can determine their suitability for EMDR and identify areas to focus on during later phases.
  2. Preparation – During this phase, the therapist explains the EMDR process to the patient and helps them develop appropriate expectations. This is an important time for establishing a productive alliance between the therapist and the patient.
  3. Assessment – This is when the therapist and patient identify a specific memory to target. This is also the time for the patient to describe the negative emotions and images that result when they recall this memory.
  4. Desensitization – The fourth phase involves the patient’s use of bilateral eye movements or a similar activity while recalling the traumatic memory. This will be repeated until the patient no longer experiences the distress that they identified during the assessment phase.
  5. Installation – During the installation phase, the patient begins to associate a positive emotion with the traumatic memory.
  6. Body scan – Once the positive emotion has been installed, the patient participates in a body scan to ensure that they are no longer experiencing muscle tension or other painful physical effects when they recall the traumatic memory.
  7. Closure – Once the therapist and patient have reached the fourth phase, every session will end with a closure activity. This ensures that the patient is not experiencing overwhelming distress due to the traumatic memory, as it can take several sessions before the desensitization and installation are complete.
  8. Reevaluation – After the therapist and patient reach the desensitization phase, all future sessions will begin with a reevaluation exercise to identify the optimal area to focus on during the new session.

How Does EMDR Treat Addiction?

The eight phases of EMDR have proved to be an effective path for overcoming negative emotions that are linked with particularly distressing memories. But how can these steps benefit someone who is attempting to end their compulsive use of alcohol or another drug?

Many people who develop substance use disorders began abusing alcohol or other drugs as a means of coping with or blocking traumatic memories. Using EMDR for addiction treatment can eliminate the need for this misguided form of self-medication. When a person’s memories are no longer a source of extreme emotional distress, they won’t need substances to elevate their mood or temporarily numb themselves.

EMDR for addiction doesn’t always have to focus on painful memories. For example, this approach can also help people develop healthier ways of responding to memories of pleasurable experiences they had while they were abusing substances. This can prevent these memories from undermining their recovery and pushing them back into active drug abuse.

The potential value of EMDR for addiction underscores the importance of taking a comprehensive, personalized approach to help people end their compulsive substance abuse. EMDR may not be right for every person who receives treatment for addiction – but for some patients, it may be the key to successful, long-term recovery.

Where to Find the Best EMDR Therapy for Treating Addiction? 

The effectiveness of EMDR can be significantly influenced by the skill and experience of the therapist who is providing your care. In the case of EMDR for addiction, it is also essential to ensure that this service is incorporated into a comprehensive plan that addresses the full scope of your needs.

These are two of the many reasons why it is so important to evaluate your options and research providers in your area. When you find a provider that seems to be a good fit, don’t be afraid to ask questions about their programs and services, the qualifications of the professionals who will be providing your care, and how they will determine which types of care will be best for you.

For example, at Sanctuary Treatment Center, EMDR is one of several evidence-based, research-supported therapies that we can select from when we are developing a patient’s customized treatment plan. Before you begin to receive care at our center, you will complete a thorough assessment. The information that we gather during this assessment will help us to select the services that are most appropriate for you. 

Your assessment will also help us determine which level or levels of care are right for you. Many people who heal at our center begin in our residential program, then step down to our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) for continued support. 

As with the services that we include in your treatment plan, all level-of-care decisions will reflect our thorough review of your history, needs, goals, and preferences. We understand that addiction affects different people in different ways, and we are committed to providing you with a truly personalized experience while you are in our care.

Contact Us About EMDR for Addiction

Sanctuary Treatment Center offers a dynamic array of customizable services, including EMDR for addiction, to help people achieve successful, long-term recovery. 

To learn more about EMDR for addiction or any other aspect of care at our treatment center in Los Angeles, California, please visit our Contact Us page or call us today. We look forward to answering all your questions and helping you determine if Sanctuary Treatment Center is the ideal place for you or your loved one.

Find out how long cocaine stays in your blood stream

Cocaine in the Blood Stream

The onset and intensity of cocaine’s effects can depend on how a person ingests the drug and what route it takes to enter the bloodstream. Once a person has cocaine in the blood, these effects are typically brief – but someone may test positive on a blood test long after the drug’s effects have subsided.

How Does Cocaine Enter the Bloodstream?

Cocaine can enter the bloodstream in multiple ways: 

  • The most direct manner is to inject the drug directly into a vein. 
  • Smoking cocaine (or crack) is the second quickest way to get cocaine in the blood, as the lungs have a large surface area through which the drug can pass into the bloodstream.
  • If someone snorts cocaine, the drug will pass from specialized cells in the nasal membrane to capillaries that will distribute it throughout the bloodstream.
  • Oral ingestion is the slowest way to get cocaine in the blood. When someone swallows cocaine, the drug must pass through the stomach and liver before being sent to the central nervous system via the bloodstream.

How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your Blood? 

There’s no precise answer to the question of how long cocaine will remain in your bloodstream. 

Typically, cocaine can stay in your blood anywhere between seven hours and two days. However, the exact length of time that you may continue to have cocaine in the blood can vary depending on several factors, including your metabolism and how much cocaine you have been using.

The half-life of cocaine is about 90 minutes. Half-life refers to the amount of time it takes for half of a substance to be eliminated from the body. It usually takes four to five half-lives for a substance to fall below the detectable limit. For cocaine, this means that it could take about seven and a half hours for the drug to be eliminated.

However, during the process of breaking down cocaine in order to eliminate it, your body converts the drug into compounds called metabolites. The half-life of cocaine metabolites can be as long as 7.5 hours. This means they may still be detectable in your bloodstream for about two days.

Does Cocaine Cause High Blood Pressure?

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the many dangers of cocaine abuse. As described in an April 2014 study in the open access peer-reviewed journal PLOS One, cocaine’s impact on the heart can cause a variety of problems, including “accelerated hypertension, acute myocardial ischaemia and infarction, aortic dissection, and life-threatening arrhythmias.”

The researchers who conducted the 2014 study did not limit participation to individuals who were receiving treatment for cocaine addiction. Thus, their findings suggest that even people who consider themselves to be “casual” or occasional recreational users of cocaine are also at risk of high blood pressure and other heart-related concerns.

What Other Dangers Does Using Cocaine Pose?

The harmful effects of having cocaine in the blood extend far beyond heart-related matters. People who abuse this substance expose themselves to a wide range of negative outcomes, including physical, psychological, and social impairments.

Depending on the amount and frequency of a person’s cocaine use, as well as the ways they ingest the drug, potential dangers include:

  • Damage to the nasal septum
  • Breathing problems
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Malnutrition
  • Elevated risk of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Anxiety, paranoia, and other mental health concerns
  • Job loss and long-term unemployment
  • Financial devastation
  • Ruined relationships 
  • Being arrested and incarcerated
  • Addiction, overdose, and death

The severity of these effects underscores the importance of getting appropriate professional help if you have become addicted to cocaine. With proper care, you can end your abuse of this dangerous drug and build a healthier life in recovery.

Do Cocaine Blood Tests Always Work?

The reliability of cocaine blood tests depends on the quality of the collection procedure and the accuracy of the system that conducts the screening. In most cases, tests for cocaine in the blood are highly effective. When a person has ingested cocaine within the previous 48 hours, there’s a good chance that they will test positive on a blood screening.

If You Have An Addiction To Cocaine 

If you’ve developed an addiction to cocaine, you might feel like there’s no escape, or that no one could possibly understand what you’re going through.

These thoughts are normal and common. They’re also wrong. 

Don’t believe the lies that your addiction is telling you. Don’t allow this disease to undermine your faith in yourself, skew your judgement, and isolate you from the people who care most about you. 

Here’s the truth: Your path toward a healthier and more hopeful future may be much closer than you realize. With one phone call, you can find the proper cocaine treatment that may literally save your life.

Here are just a few of the many reasons why you should make that call today:

  • Cocaine addiction is a chronic, progressive disease. This means that, in the absence of appropriate care, your problem is likely to only get worse. 
  • The distress of cocaine withdrawal can keep you trapped in the chains of active addiction. When you get professional care, you can begin your treatment in a detox program. This is where a team of experts can provide both medical and therapeutic support to help keep you safe and as comfortable as possible while you complete withdrawal.
  • Therapy can help you identify and address any co-occurring mental health concerns or underlying issues that may have contributed to your struggles with cocaine. This can be vital for the success of your recovery efforts.
  • During treatment, you can develop skills and strategies for responding to triggers, managing stress, resolving conflicts, and dealing with other common challenges without resorting to substance abuse.
  • Treatment can introduce you to the power of sharing support with other members of the recovery community. Developing a strong personal support network can be essential for successful recovery.

Contact Our Cocaine Detox and Rehabilitation Center in California

If you or someone that you care about have become addicted to cocaine, Sanctuary Treatment Center is here to help. Our cocaine detox and rehabilitation center in southern California is a safe and welcoming place where you can receive personalized services from a team of highly skilled and compassionate professionals.

Our continuum of care includes detoxification, residential rehab, outpatient programming, and aftercare planning. We can meet you wherever you are in your recovery journey, then develop the customized plan to get you where you want to be.

Don’t let cocaine addiction rob you of one more day. To learn more about our services, or to schedule a free assessment, please visit our Contact Us page or call us today!

Woman speedballing with this speedball drug cocktail

Understanding the Speedball Drug Cocktail

Comedians John Belushi, Chris Farley, and Mitch Hedberg are among the many people who have died of drug overdoses that involved heroin and cocaine. Unfortunately, this dangerous combination, which is often referred to as a speedball drug, remains popular among people who are seeking a particular type of recreational high.

What is the Speedball Drug?

A speedball drug, or a speedball, is a combination of a depressant (typically an opioid) and a stimulant. Taking drugs in this manner is also known as speedballing. 

Perhaps the most well-known speedball drug is heroin mixed with cocaine, which is often delivered via IV injection. In other types of speedball drugs, amphetamine or methamphetamine may substitute for cocaine, and prescription painkillers may replace heroin.

Regardless of which drug combination is included in a speedball, this form of substance abuse is extremely risky, with potential outcomes including overdose and death. 

Why Do People Use the Speedball Drug Concoction?

It’s impossible to identify every influence that could lead someone to use speedball drugs. However, one of the most common reasons that people have given is that the combination of powerful stimulants and depressants leads to a more intense high than they could experience by taking either substance on its own.

People who abuse heroin or other opioids often have difficulty staying awake (a phenomenon that is sometimes referred to as “nodding out”). Adding cocaine or another stimulant may be a misguided attempt to stay awake longer, so the individual can enjoy the euphoric rush of opioids for an extended period of time.

Unfortunately, the “logic” behind this approach doesn’t account for the dangerous ways that these drugs can interact with each other and harm the person who takes them. 

Dangers of Speedballing

As we noted earlier in this post, the greatest danger of speedballing is death. But that isn’t the only negative outcome that has been associated with this type of substance abuse. 

The following are examples of the many other possible short- and long-term dangers of speedballing:

  • Addiction
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Exposure to HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other bloodborne diseases
  • Weakening of the heart muscle
  • Heart attack 
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Onset of co-occurring mental health concerns
  • Being arrested, fined, and jailed
  • Job loss and long-term unemployment
  • Financial devastation
  • Social isolation
  • Suicidal ideation

It is difficult to overstate the level of damage a person can incur if they continue to abuse speedball drugs. When this behavior causes a person to become addicted, they may be unable to curtail their speedball use on their own, which can put them in ongoing jeopardy. 

How Can You Stop Speedballing?

Once a person has developed an addiction, ending their speedball use often involves a combination of medication and therapy. 

Some prescription medications can ease withdrawal symptoms, which can make it easier for someone to stop using stimulants or opioids. Medication can also be beneficial if a person’s speedball addiction is accompanied by certain co-occurring mental health conditions.

The therapeutic part of treatment for speedball addiction is designed to help people acquire the skills and make the lifestyle changes that will support their successful recovery. 

During addiction therapy services, participants can learn about the disease of addiction, identify their triggers (circumstances that could push them back into active substance use), and develop the ability to manage difficult emotions without resorting to speedballing or other self-defeating behaviors.

Treatment Options

Individuals who are seeking help for speedball addiction have a variety of options. While there’s no single perfect course of treatment that works for everyone, many people benefit from spending time in one or more of the following programs:

  • Detoxification: If a person has been unable to get through withdrawal on their own, they may need to begin their treatment with detox. Detox is a short-term program where patients can receive both medical and therapeutic support. This helps them ease their distress as they rid their bodies of cocaine, heroin, and other dangerous substances.
  • Inpatient rehab: Many people transition from detox into inpatient rehab. At this level, patients live at the center where they are receiving care. In addition to multiple forms of therapy, inpatient rehab also offers round-the-clock support to help people gain a solid foothold in early recovery.
  • Outpatient care: Outpatient treatment for addiction may also feature an array of therapies and support services, but it does not offer a residential component. Depending on the needs of the individual and the structure of the program, people who are in outpatient care may work part-time, take classes, volunteer, and otherwise begin to reintegrate into their community.

Some patients step down to the outpatient level for additional support after they’ve completed inpatient rehab. Others transition directly from detox to outpatient care or enter treatment directly at the outpatient level.

Remember: There’s no “right” way to recover from speedball addiction. When you’re seeking professional care to help you end your abuse of speedball drugs, focus on finding a provider who can assess the full scope of your needs, then develop an individualized plan just for you.

Contact Our Drug Rehab Facility in Los Angeles, CA

Sanctuary Treatment Center offers a full continuum of customized care for adults who have become addicted to substances. Our drug rehab facility in Los Angeles, California, is a safe and welcoming place where you can take significant steps toward a much healthier and more hopeful life, free from the constraints of compulsive substance abuse. 

To learn more about our programs and services, or to schedule a free assessment for yourself or a loved one, please visit our Contact Us page or call our center today.

The dangers and side effects of snorting meth

Snorting Meth: Effects and Dangers

Methamphetamine is a dangerous substance that can have a catastrophic effect on a person’s life. People who snort meth (or who use the drug in other ways) put themselves at risk for a range of devastating outcomes, including addiction, overdose, and death.

Can People Snort Meth?

Snorting meth is one of many techniques used by people who abuse this drug.

The most common ways of ingesting meth include swallowing it, dissolving it into a liquid and injecting it, smoking it, and grinding it into a powder and snorting it, 

The effects that a person experiences can vary depending on which technique they use. However, it’s important to understand that none of these choices are risk-free. There is simply no such thing as safe meth abuse.

Why Do People Snort Meth?

Some people snort meth because they mistakenly believe that this technique isn’t as dangerous as other ways of using the drug. However, as we alluded to at the end of the previous section, the only safe choice regarding meth abuse is to abstain completely from this potentially deadly behavior.

Other people may snort meth because they have the drug in pill form, and they want to experience its effects quicker than they would if they took it orally. If someone swallows meth as a pill, they will usually begin to feel the effects of the drug in about 15-20 minutes – but if they grind the pill up and snort it, they can start to feel the effects in as little as three to five minutes.

Effects of Snorting Meth

Snorting meth can produce the following effects:

  • Euphoric rush
  • Elevated heart rate and blood pressure
  • Increased energy
  • Diminished need for sleep
  • Heightened sex drive
  • Boost in self-confidence
  • Greater focus and concentration
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Clenching jaw and grinding teeth
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth

Snorting meth can also lead to addiction. 

Meth’s effects are typically intense but brief, and they are often followed by a physical and psychological crash. The desire to extend the drug’s effects and avoid the crash can prompt people to engage in extended meth binges, which involve taking the drug multiple times over a relatively short period. This repeated use can quickly cause a person to become addicted.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has estimated that about 2.5 million Americans ages 12 and older used meth in the previous 12 months, and about 1.6 million people had methamphetamine use disorder (meth addiction) during the same period.

Dangers of Snorting Meth

People who snort meth expose themselves to considerable danger, including immediate harm and long-term damage. When a person’s meth use turns into an addiction, their risk for significant harm can increase dramatically.

The following are examples of the many negative physical and psychological effects of snorting meth:

  • Aggressive or violent behaviors
  • Cardiovascular damage
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Elevated risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Harm to the kidneys and liver
  • Breathing problems
  • Extensive dental damage 
  • Scabs and sores due to excessive scratching
  • Injuries due to impaired behaviors
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Onset or worsening of mental illnesses
  • Overdose death

Meth-related overdose deaths have increased considerably throughout the current century, with a significant spike occurring between 2015-2021:

  • According to NIDA, in 1999 there were 547 overdose deaths involving psychostimulants with abuse potential (a category that consists primarily of meth overdoses). 
  • By 2015, the annual number of overdose deaths in this category had increased nearly tenfold, rising to 5,417.
  • In 2021, the annual number of overdose deaths involving meth or similar substances had skyrocketed to 32,587.

Individuals who snort meth also put themselves at risk for social and financial difficulties, such as:

  • Being arrested and jailed
  • Diminished performance at work or in school
  • Job loss and long-term unemployment
  • Financial problems
  • Disrupted relationships
  • Loss of personal support network
  • Social isolation
  • Homelessness

Treatment Options for Meth Addiction

It’s hard to imagine how there could be any good news about meth addiction, but there is one glimmer of hope for anyone who struggles with this condition: It is treatable. When a person receives appropriate services that address the full scope of their needs, they can escape the chains of compulsive meth addiction and live a much healthier life in recovery.

When someone enters treatment for meth addiction, one of the first decisions is determining which level of care is right for them:

  • Detoxification may be necessary for people who haven’t been able to get through meth withdrawal on their own.
  • Inpatient rehab may be the ideal option for individuals who can benefit from residing in a closely supervised, drug-free environment where they can receive 24/7 support.
  • Outpatient programs may be the right choice for people who don’t need round-the-clock services. Patients may enter treatment directly at the outpatient level, or they may transfer to an outpatient program after completing detox and/or inpatient rehab.

The therapeutic component of meth addiction treatment can help patients understand the root causes of their addictive behaviors, identify their triggers, and develop the skills that will enable them to deal with life’s stresses and pressures without resorting to substance abuse.

Depending on a patient’s needs and goals, their treatment team may include the following therapies in their customized plan:

Before a patient transitions out of treatment, they should also receive a discharge plan to guide their continued progress. This plan may include information about community-based resources and other services that can help them as they progress in their recovery.

Contact Our Treatment Center in Los Angeles, California

Snorting meth can quickly transform from an ill-advised recreational behavior into a life-threatening compulsion. If you’ve been struggling with meth addiction, please know that help is available. When you get the care you need, you can start living the healthier life you deserve.

Sanctuary Treatment Center is a trusted source of superior care for adults in the Los Angeles area whose lives have been disrupted by meth addiction. Our rehab center is a safe and welcoming place where you can receive personalized services and focused support from a team of highly skilled professionals. With our help, you can end your meth use for good and discover the hope and promise of life in recovery. 

To learn more or to schedule a free assessment, please visit our Contact Us page or call us today.  

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