Alcohol cravings are one of the most prevalent symptoms during alcohol detox and well beyond. These cravings can occur during any stage of an alcohol use disorder, appearing first as alcohol addiction is setting in and lasting even years after alcohol detox. Over time, the alcohol cravings become further apart and can disappear for months…Details
Entering a residential drug detox program is an exciting step toward sobriety and healing, but that doesn’t mean you won’t experience some anxiety or thoughts of uncertainty. New experiences always come with a mix of emotions. Still, you’ll know that you made the right decision when you start the intake process and realize how many…Details
Do you desperately want to end your drug addiction but can’t seem to stop using it? Perhaps you experience physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms whenever you try to stop? If you struggle to quit using drugs or alcohol because you feel your body may be physically dependent on these substances, it’s likely time to enter…Details
Drug and alcohol detox is the first stop on your journey to sobriety. You may not know what to expect, which often means not knowing what to bring with you. Every detox center has its guidelines on what is and isn’t allowed. Still, there are some general items that you should plan to bring whether…Details
You don’t have to have an alcohol use disorder to want to stop drinking. Those who enter alcohol detox with alcohol addiction often express the wish that they had quit drinking earlier. Because the use of alcohol is so widely accepted, many people don’t realize what harm it can do unless they are facing an…Details
Have you thought about inpatient detox? You may know you cannot stop using drugs or alcohol even though you want to, but you’re worried about what detox may mean. While it may seem problematic and difficult, it does not have to be. At Compass Detox, we offer a luxury detox, an opportunity for you to…Details
Drugs and chemicals are separated into five classifications based on a variety of factors. These classifications, or schedules, are used by medical professionals, drug manufacturers, and the government to protect the public from potentially dangerous or addictive drugs.
Whenever prescription drugs, narcotics, or controlled substances are mentioned, a “class” or “schedule” is typically included. Keep reading to learn more about the specifics of drug schedules and how they are determined.
What are drug classifications? Drug classifications were first put in place by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in the 1970s. Since that time, the DEA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were named responsible for determining whether or not substances are fit for medical use.
Both legal and illegal substances are controlled by the CSA, which provides an outline for the five classifications of drugs. Each classification comes with its own set of regulations. Regulations for drugs include possession, manufacturing, importation, use, and distribution. The CSA does not include alcohol or tobacco products among the classified substances.Details
In 1986, an American music group by the name of General Kane released a song describing the painful and consuming nature of drug addiction. The fictional Nathan “Applejack” Lewis came from a loving, two-parent home, but after being exposed to drugs, his life was turned upside down. He stole and even prostituted his wife … and himself … to maintain his drug addiction. There is nothing glamorous about cocaine … in any form. There is no grey area or silver lining when it comes to cocaine usage. It is a dangerous, illegal drug that should be avoided at all costs. Let’s jump straight in and get to the facts.
What is cocaine?
The USDEA categorizes drugs into a number of categories according to the potency and potential for addiction. Cocaine is listed as a Schedule II drug, which is defined as a drug which has the potential for abuse and physical dependence.
Cocaine can appear as a fine, white, crystal powder or as a solid, rock crystal. It can be snorted through the nose, injected into the bloodstream via a needle, smoked, or rubbed into the gums to induce a high that involves feelings of increased energy and alertness. It is an extremely addictive and destructive drug. Cocaine increases the arousal activity in the brain, resulting in feelings of invincibility, loss of appetite, and sexual arousal.Details
Depending on your specific situation, you may not readily be able to tell if alcohol is a stimulant or a depressant. Drinking alcohol brings about a myriad of emotions for people. Some people feel peppy and uppity, while others struggle with anxiety and depression. Scientifically, alcohol is a depressant, but it is more complicated than that. Alcohol enhances the mood you are already in for most people. If you were happy before you started drinking, you may be excited and giddy when you drink. However, if you were sullen or angry before you had a drink, that mood may only get worse. The only way to stop alcohol from controlling the mood you show everyone else is to stop drinking altogether.
Is Alcohol a Stimulant?
Alcohol does have some stimulating effects. Many people who drink wind up with higher heart rates and lower inhibitions, making them appear to be more energetic. However, that is not a simple way of defining what alcohol does to the body. Instead, it is just some of the effects that some people go through whenever they have a drink in their system. Alcohol will speed you up for a short time after having a drink, giving you a tiny bit of energy. However, once you settle into your second or third drink, the depressant effects begin to kick in. Your body will slow, which is why falling asleep is so easy when you have been drinking.
Is Alcohol a Depressant?Details
Have you decided to get sober? If so, that is one step in the right direction and you should be extremely proud of yourself. Now, you will need to decide whether you should go to an alcohol detox facility that is close to home or one that is farther away. There are many pros and cons of going to an alcohol detox program that is closer to your home. Learning about these pros and cons can help you to decide what detox facility you should go to when beginning your sobriety and recovery journey.
Pros of Going to an Alcohol Detox Facility Close to Home
If you are thinking about going to an alcohol detox facility that is closer to your home, there are some benefits of doing this that you should know about.
Loved Ones Are Closer to Support You Through This Journey
One of the benefits of attending an alcohol detox program closer to your home is that your loved ones will be closer, so they can support you better through the journey of sobriety and recovery. Knowing that your loved ones are closer can motivate you to get sober and stay sober. Just knowing that they are close-by if you need them to come and see you is a plus. While you might not be able to see your loved ones during the beginning of inpatient alcohol abuse treatment, after some time, they should be able to see you during visiting or family hours.Details