Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dangerous New Opiate

The prescription drug craze for Oxycontin that has spread across the United States for the past decade was originally spurred as doctors got the powerful new drug in place of Hydrocodone, which -- though still an opiate -- is much milder of an opiate than Hydrocodone. With this new stronger drug, those that were already addicted to opiates began to switch over for Oxycontin's more powerful effects. On the other hand, patients who had never previously been prescribed any sort of opiate were beginning to get prescribed this drug as well. With as powerful as Oxycontin is, those individuals became addicted to the drug quite quickly.

This change of popularity from Hydrocodone to Oxycontin may come again this year, to a more powerful drug known as TD Hydrocodone. TD Hydrocodone is the purest form of Hydrocodone ever synthesized; and while this is good news for those in severe pain that suffer side effects from the ancillary chemicals found in standard Hydrocodone, this could lead to almost instantaneous chemical dependency for those who abuse it.

New Dawn Treatment Center in California treats many patients with addictions to prescription medications every year through its chemical dependency treatment programs. Many of these patients have severe addictions to Oxycontin. For drug treatment professionals, the prospect of an even more dangerous, more addictive, and purer form of the drug they already treat dependencies to, is frightening.

Learning lessons from the release of Oxycontin, pharmaceutical companies and doctors know the risks associated with TD Hydrocodone, and medical professionals are sure to be hesitant to prescribe this drug to just any patient, but it will be available and the danger is still there. Those already addicted to opiates like standard Hydrocodon are at the highest risk for abuse of the new TD Hydrocodon. The world's purest form of the drug you are addicted to, is quite enticing for an addict, and they will surely go to great lengths to obtain the drug. Once it is out on the streets, it could spread rampantly.

This is proof drugs simply will not go away, they actually keep getting stronger and more dangerous. All the more reason for addicted individuals to seek treatment right now. It will not go away on its own, and it will continue to get worse until you seek treatment.

New Dawn Recovery Center specializes in the treatment of addictions and chemical dependencies to prescription drugs like the ones discussed in this article. For help battling prescription addiction, contact New Dawn at:

New Dawn Recovery has 4 locations throughout California:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Anxiety: Save Me From Myself

"Someone save me from myself," is what addicts say quite often. This phrase gives a lot of insight into the workings of addiction and how an addicted mind functions.

Essentially, this phrase is a call for help, begging someone to save them. The interesting part of the sentence is, "from myself." This is quite telling, as the addict is admitting responsibility for the problems of addiction, and admitting that they do need help. But how do you help someone who has uttered this phrase?

Addicts that are in this state of awareness of their disease often say that even though they know that use of the drugs or alcohol will not bring any long-term positive effects, but they simply do not know what else to do with themselves. This could be the evidence of a dual diagnosis, in-which the addict has a subliminal condition that is driving them to continue the use of chemicals. Most often, the diagnosis for the underlying condition is anxiety, panic attacks, and/or anxiety attacks.

Even in patients who have never used drugs or alcohol -- but suffer from anxiety and panic attacks -- this feeling of "save me from myself" is present. For anyone who has ever suffered through the misery of a panic attack, you know that this is a terrible feeling.

During a panic attack, those afflicted often feel like the world is constricting down on them. They can feel a tightening in their chest and do not know where to turn for relief. If left untreated, individuals may take it upon themselves to begin self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. In the short-term, these substance can stop the effects of a panic attack quite quickly; but, as time passes on, the anxiety and panic attacks will build up and become more fierce. Finally, when an addict has the will to attempt to quit, they can be quickly deterred by a panic attack that forces them to medicate in order to stop the attack. For the addict, continuing the use of the drugs is much more bearable than going through the sheer terror of a panic attack.

Anxiety is a strange condition, in-that drugs and alcohol can be both the cause of, and the temporary cure for panic. Anxiety works alongside the addiction, forcing an addict into a dark corner where they may finally scream, "Somebody, save me from myself" 

Monday, November 19, 2012

New Dawn Recovery Treats Underlying Causes of Addiction

Nobody wakes up one day and decides, "Hey, I want to have an addiction to opiates." Additionally, the first time a person uses a drug or alcohol, they know the risks, but something prompted them to use it anyway; for that person at that moment, the risk was worth the perceived benefit. So what was the factor that prompted them to use the drug anyway?

Finding out the underlying cause for the initial use of a drug or alcohol is a main goal in dual diagnosis residential treatment, a form of addiction treatment. Any treatment center or program can ween a patient off of a chemical and hope that they don't return to using it again. However, a chemical dependency treatment center that employs a dual diagnosis approach tackles the underlying conditions that led the patient to take the drugs; this condition could be chronic pain, depression, trauma, or stress.

New Dawn Recovery is a dual diagnosis treatment center in California that knows the importance of treating underlying conditions in order to successfully rehabilitate its clients and prevent the possibility of future relapses after treatment. This approach is not only essential to the recovery of those with mental or physical conditions that are negatively affecting or worsening addiction, but it also helps the addict himself/herself understand how the chemical dependency came about, and ways to avoid it from happening again.

To learn more about dual diagnoses, or about the programs that New Dawn Treatment Centers offer, visit their official website:

New Dawn has 4 locations in Northern California:

New Dawn Recovery: Location #1 
7447 Antelope Road #103, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

New Dawn Recovery: Location #2
2320 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965

New Dawn Recovery: Location #3
3 Harbor Drive #110 Sausalito, CA 94965

New Dawn Recovery: Location #4
7011 Sylvan Road Citrus Heights, CA 95610

Monday, October 29, 2012

Solutions For All Addictions

Addiction, and how it plays out in the mind and life of the individual afflicted by it, is essentially the same no matter what substance is at the root of it. It is for this reason that addiction is often used interchangeably with the phrase "chemical dependency. Though some substances and chemicals can bring on addiction quickly and more seriously, the brain's reaction to the chemicals is similar no matter what chemical is to blame.

Just as all addictions have much in common with each other, alcohol and drug counseling programs are often rooted in the same vein and take similar core steps to evaluate and treat the problem.

This is not to say that cocaine rehab treatment is the same thing as that in alcoholic rehabs, just that they do follow similar lines both in the brain and in treatment.

Realizing the similarities between different types of addiction is important because it suggests that there may also be a similar treatment or "cure" underlying in all types of chemical dependencies.

It is important to remember also, that a single treatment option will work for every type of addict or every type of addiction. This is why so many treatment centers stress the importance of looking over all treatment programs, and -- with the help of an addiction counselor -- choose the correct treatment program to fit the nature of your own personal addiction.

This is made all the more important when seeking and outpatient drug rehab, as many factors -- including lifestyle and type of drug you are addicted to -- can define whether recovery is possible in different programs. knows the importance of matching up those who wish to get sober with the correct treatment program that will promote initial and ongoing success. They even offer a number of holistic drug rehab programs to cater to those who would like to try a more natural approach.

For a full list of programs and treatment options available, or if you would like to browse more information regarding specific types of addictions and the recovery programs associated with them, visit the official Drug Rehab site at:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

California Drug Rehab Utilizes 12 Step Programs

The California drug rehab facility Above It All Treatment sings the praises of the classic addiction treatment program famous for its 12 steps. Above it all offers numerous programs at its facility located high in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles, but every time of addiction treatment program utilizes the fundamentals of the 12 steps. The reason this classic technique is used so widely is because of its value in people recovering addicts on a clear path to sobriety.

The 12 steps are laid out to form a brightly lit pathway to success. Their rigid structure allows patients to focus their direction to recovery, and also stays with them after treatment, offering a clearer path if faced with the possibilities of weakness or a return to addiction.

To learn more about Above It All, or to browse through their various treatment program options, visit them at:

Path To Sobriety

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