Barbiturates vs. Benzodiazepines – Is There a Difference & What are the Dangers?

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As anyone who has taken prescribed medication knows, drugs of any kind can be dangerous if abused. Many prescription drugs have beneficial effects and have been proven to have medical and therapeutic benefits. However, they can also be extremely addictive. Potentially dangerous drugs known as barbiturates and benzodiazepines have become chronically abused. More than 12 […]

Are Klonopin and Xanax the Same? – How are They Different?

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Substance abuse can happen with far more than illegal drugs. Too often, legally prescribed medications used in excess can lead to addiction. Take the drug type benzodiazepines as an example. Many doctors prescribe medications within this category, like Klonopin and Xanax, for patients suffering from anxiety, panic disorders, and epilepsy. But at the same time, […]

Is Alcohol A Stimulant or Depressant?

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Alcohol is one of the most widely consumed psychoactive substances in the world, with over 85% of American adults reporting having tried it at some point in their lives. While many people turn to alcohol for its mood-enhancing effects, it’s important to understand that this popular substance can also have significant effects on the brain. […]

How Long Does It Take to Become an Alcoholic?

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How Long Does It Take to Become an Alcoholic? Alcohol Dependency Timeline According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, over 85% of people 18 and over have consumed at least one alcoholic beverage in their lifetime. This large number reflects the significant role alcohol plays in social settings and everyday life. Attend […]

Can You Die from Alcohol Detox? – How Dangerous Is It?

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For many people struggling with alcohol use disorder, the withdrawal process looks very daunting. Detoxing from alcohol can bring with it several complexities and challenges, including the risk of suffering from significant physical symptoms. The detox process, in many cases, can be hazardous. Some people can die from alcohol detox. Undergoing detox through a certified […]

What Is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

What Is Medication Assisted Treatment?

There is a huge need for treating substance use and addiction in the United States. Due to the various addictions, there is a wide variety of treatment options offered. Treatment must be individually based because everyone is affected differently. Most treatment programs can create an individualized treatment plan to fit the need of the client. […]

Does Alcohol Affect My Nutrition?

Does Alcohol Affect My Nutrition?

Have you been feeling slower than usual? Maybe you have less energy for activities. Have you ever considered maybe you’re not eating enough or eating the right things for your nutrition?  Diet and Nutrition Sometimes it’s hard to understand the difference between diet and nutrition. Some people use them interchangeably, and nutritionists help you with […]

You Are What You Eat: What a Healing Nutrition Education Looks Like at Villa Oasis

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What you eat has a direct impact on your physical and mental health. The types of food you choose to eat each day will affect your focus, energy, and how well you cope with stress.  According to Nutrients, “[C]hanges in diet may influence psychiatric disorders through direct effects on mood, while the development of psychiatric disorders can lead […]

Are 30 Days Enough to Achieve Sobriety?

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You might wonder how long it takes to achieve sobriety. The answer depends on a wide range of factors. However, for many people, 30-day programs provide effective treatment for substance use disorder (SUD). Essential aftercare services will ensure you maintain the sobriety you achieved in treatment.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […]

When People Don’t Take Your Addiction Seriously

When People Don't Take Your Addiction Seriously

Taking the initial steps toward treatment is difficult, but it’s even more difficult to go through treatment when everyone around you doesn’t think your addiction is serious. Those with addiction to normalized substances like alcohol and cannabis might struggle to convince others in their life that they have a problem when the drug itself isn’t […]