Entries by The Treatment Specialist

Symptoms of OD on Xanax and Detox Options

It is very common for someone who is going through a particularly stressful life event to rely on Xanax (alprazolam) to help smooth out the edges.  Xanax is a go-to medication that is prescribed for individuals struggling with anxiety or panic disorder.  By slowing down the central nervous system and reducing the abnormal excitement levels […]

Hydroxycut Abuse and Treatment Options

Someone reading this title about Hydroxycut abuse may be scratching their heads thinking that it must be an old, outdated blog.  Yes, indeed, the original formulation for the weight loss supplement, Hydroxycut, was taken off the shelves in 2009 following reports of serious adverse effects, including liver damage, seizures, cardiovascular problems, and muscle damage called […]

Suicide Warning Signs and Need for Depression Treatment

Dramatic Increase in Suicide Rates and Need for Depression Treatment High profile suicides continue to capture the latest headlines.  In recent weeks, news reports announced the deaths by suicide of D.J. and producer, Avicii; designer, Kate Spade; and CNN celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain.  These suicide deaths follow closely on the heels of The Cranberries lead […]

Fraternity Crisis Awareness and Prevention

Fraternity hazing, that horrific process of vetting recruits or pledges interested in joining a particular fraternity, was supposed to have been outlawed years ago.  Thirty-eight states have banned these “Hell Week” rituals and the national fraternity organizations had as well.  Supposedly. Fraternity hazing has been around for 200 years, with each year seemingly attempting to […]

Celebrities who Committed Suicide

Tragic and Heartbreaking: Celebrities Who Committed Suicide Everyone remembers the collective sorrow felt when the news of Robin William’s death by suicide was reported.  It was shocking—this bright, funny, clever comedian/actor was the last person you’d think would take his own life.  But how we perceive each other, based on outward appearances and demeanor, is […]

Opioid Dependence Rehabilitation

Overcoming an opioid or opiate dependency may seem like an impossible dream during active addiction.  The body literally demands constant replenishment of the drug just to be able to get through the day without horrible withdrawal symptoms surfacing.  But the truth is, people are making their way well into recovery from an opioid dependency each […]

Clonazepam Withdrawal Symptoms List

Clonazepam, under the brand name of Klonopin, is a tranquilizer often prescribed to aid individuals who suffer from panic attacks or seizures.  Clonazepam is in the benzodiazepine family of Schedule IV drugs that happen to be highly addictive, so should only be prescribed for a short-term period. Unfortunately, the drug also produces a euphoric high […]

How Long Does Fentanyl Stay in Your System

If you are wondering what drug could possibly be more dangerous than heroin, the resounding answer is fentanyl.  In fact, in 2016 overdose deaths that involved fentanyl totaled over 20,000, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control.  Fentanyl related deaths represented the sharpest increase among all the drugs involved in overdose death.  Fentanyl is […]