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A residential drug treatment center for men located in Pasadena, CA. The Gooden Center is a proud member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).

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5 Ways to Break Free From Addiction

Posted on: May 14th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

5 Ways to Break Free From Addiction

Addiction doesn’t have to be a life-long battle. You have the means and the tools to change that. You just have to know where to start. It’s important to note recovery cannot be forced upon, a person needs to choose recovery for themselves.

Reaching Out: The best place to start is with professional help. Get yourself into an addiction treatment facility as soon as you are open to recovery. Addiction treatment facilities help people from all walks of life get to the root of their issues and provide them with the tools on how to break the cycle of addiction.

Finding Help: Admitting that you are struggling and that you want to get well is the first step. Denial can be a detriment to breaking the cycle of addiction.

Detox:  This part of recovery should never be overlooked and can propel someone to fully recover. When you cut out the actions that are contributing to the deterioration of your health your body starts to heal itself. Detox and rest is needed  for one to rid the toxins from their system and be fully present in recovery.

Participation:  By staying active in the treatment and recovery process you will give yourself a better chance to achieve long-term recovery. By participating in groups and activities in treatment you are able to build a common bond with those around you to start to build the foundation of support that is necessary for long-term recovery.

Healthy Coping Mechanisms:  Learning new ways to cope with the problems that life presents is all part of the process of recovery. Without these healthy ways of coping with issues like triggers you will be less likely to maintain long-term recovery.  

Recovery is attainable for everyone so long as you’re willing to put everything you’ve got into getting better.  

Norco Addiction & Detox

Posted on: May 3rd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Norco Detox

Norco Detox

Norco Detox – Drug companies have produced many options for people with chronic pain to be able to deal with the pain and continue with their lives in the midst of a healing process. This is undoubtedly a good thing, but it also creates dangers. Painkillers that contain opioids can have a very high risk of dependency, where a user becomes unable to function without the drug, and are at a high danger of death or serious health problems from an overdose.

Norco is a drug that contains both hydrocodone, a narcotic, opioid painkiller and acetaminophen (Tylenol) , a more mild pain reliever that can increase the narcotic’s effectiveness. When used under strict instructions of a healthcare professional monitoring use, it can be very effective to treat moderate to moderately severe pain, but still carries a risk of becoming habit-forming. However, when taken recreationally, it can be very dangerous. The concern for norco abuse and addiction is the primary reason that, in 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) increased control for Norco from Schedule III to Schedule II, meaning drugs with a recognized medical purpose, but a high potential for abuse and dependence.

Effects on the Brain: A functioning brain has “opioid receptors” that cause the brain to release endorphins, chemicals produced naturally in the body. Endorphins make pain less severe and help you feel happy and relaxed. Norco works by producing synthetic “endorphins” when you need an extra boost to dull more severe physical pain. Eventually, your brain will get used to receiving endorphins from the outside source, and stop producing them naturally. This means the user will have to start taking more and more of a drug in order to have the same feelings, because without it feels impossible to have any good feelings at all. The person addicted has to keep taking more and more in order to get the same effects, or even just to feel “normal.”

Dangers of Abuse: Some people may falsely assume that a drug made in a lab and prescribed by a doctor is safe compared with an illicit street drug. However, if misused, or taken outside of medical supervision, there can be serious dangers. An overdose can result in serious, permanent brain damage and even death.

Because it exhausts and then depletes the body’s natural reception of endorphins, Norco misuse can have serious psychological effects, including:

  • Depression
  • Malaise, or an undefined sense of unease and discomfort
  • Mental cloudiness and confusion
  • Anxiety

There are also some serious side effects to physical health, that become more likely and more severe the more of the drug is taken:

  • Inadequate breathing
  • Hearing loss
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep apnea
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Sweating
  • Nausea

Warning Signs: Misuse and dependency of Norco can be very dangerous, which is why it should never be taken without the strict instructions of a doctor.

However, even if Norco is being used as part of a health care and pain relief agenda, there is still the danger of developing dependency. If you are a Norco user, watch out for these signs suggesting your behavior is abusive or addictive:

  • Taking more or a higher dose of Norco than the doctor prescribes.
  • “Doctor shopping,” going to multiple doctors or lying to your health care providers to get pills you don’t really need.
  • Mixing Narco with cocaine, heroin, or alcohol to get a more intense high.
  • Taking it for recreational purposes, or without a prescription.

Norco Detox and Recovery: Although not an easy process, recovery from Norco addiction is possible. Addiction has both a physical and a mental element, and so your recovery will deal with both of these aspects.

Physical healing and recovery comes first, through the detox process. Before doing anything else, it’s necessary to have a long enough period of sobriety that the drugs are flushed from your system, so the body can do the work of repairing itself. Withdrawl from Norco can be a painful and sometimes even dangerous process, so it is highly recommended that you seek out a rehab center rather than attempting detox on your own. There will be some unpleasant side-effects to withdraw, for a period of time that will vary based on the intensity of the addiction. However, in the end, you will be able to finally start living a life of freedom again.

After Norco detox comes the life-long work of recovery, to address the causes of addictive behavior and stop the cycle of abuse and dependency. Through group and individual therapy, you will learn how to gain a new perspective on life, and start over from a place of caring for yourself.

6 Reasons You Need a Professional Drug Detox

Posted on: April 29th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

6 Reasons You Need a Professional Drug Detox

Even though some people may feel that they are strong enough to quit an addiction on their own, they may not realize how ineffective and truly dangerous that choice can be. When it comes to quitting a severe addiction, there are many important reasons why a professional detox center is necessary. For the sake of safety, well-being and happiness it is crucial for people in recovery to go through detox in a licensed facility.

It may seem like a the right choice to stay home while you are quitting but choosing professional drug detox may actually save your life. Here are some of the key reasons you should attend a drug detox center for an addiction.

1. Withdrawal Can be Severe and Dangerous

People who engage in very heavy substance abuse are likely to have some very intense and painful withdrawal symptoms. It is important to have medical staff available in case there are any complications that occur through the process of detox. People can experience symptoms as severe as seizures and hallucinations and some may have mood swings so intense that they become suicidal.

Experiencing those kinds of symptoms without any assistance can be dangerous and even fatal in some cases. Withdrawal seizures can cause severe physical damage including damage to the heart and kidney. Other withdrawal symptoms can cause people to become severely dehydrated, have panic attacks, an increased heart rate or even breathing problems.

With medical staff available to constantly monitor your progress and make sure there are no complications you can ensure that your detox does not harm your physical health permanently.

2. Cravings are Hard to Fight Alone

In a detox center you will have no access to any of the substances you were addicted to or anything else that could pose a threat to your abstinence. At home there is a much greater danger of giving in to cravings and not being able to resist the possibility of calling a dealer or just going to a bar. People often don’t realize how intense and complicated their physical and mental cravings can be until they are faced with them during detox.

3. Relapse Can be Fatal

One of the most serious dangers with detoxing on your own is the fact that you can easily give in to your cravings and end up relapsing with a much lower tolerance. People that get off a drug for a few days or even a week will not realize how much they have lowered their tolerance by being abstinent for that period of time. If they end up relapsing and doing the same amount of drugs that they are accustomed to then they can quickly overdose.

People attending a detox center are much less likely to relapse and face this danger because they often follow up their withdrawal period by entering a rehab program. They will be in an environment where they have the support they need not to relapse and can remain safe as they adjust to living sober.

4. Professional Detox is Less Stressful

Aside from issues of safety and maintaining sobriety, the experience of detoxing as a whole is much more comfortable in a detox center. Trying to get through withdrawal alone is very stressful, painful and a lot more hard work. In a detox treatment center you will have people caring for you, easing your discomfort and providing you with what you need to get through it.

5. You Need Community and Support to Maintain Sobriety

One of the main reasons people relapse is because they are too isolated and don’t have access to the therapy and education they need to learn how to live sober. Going to a detox center will give you a chance to be surrounded by other people who support you and want to help you quit. Detoxing alone means that you won’t have anyone around to talk to in times of stress and no one to relate to about your experience.

In a detox center followed by rehab you will have educational tools, a built in community and close connections with others that make it easier to fight cravings and prevent relapse.

6. Handling Daily Life in Recovery can be Challenging

If you detox alone you will have to be responsible for dealing with your own withdrawal symptoms and obtaining your own necessities. Handling the daily tasks of life is much more stressful when you are going through withdrawal and trying to quit an addiction. Having staff members in a detox center take care of daily necessities and provide food and medication can make the whole process of withdrawal much easier.

Detoxing from an addiction is already a very difficult experience. Attending a professional drug detox can make it easier and less stressful while also guaranteeing your safety and success.

Alcohol Poisoning and Detox

Posted on: April 27th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Alcohol Poisoning and Detox

People that abuse alcohol regularly can put themselves in very serious danger when they drink. When people binge drink often, their tolerance for consuming large amounts of alcohol continues to increase. They may no longer be aware of how much is too much and are at a high risk for accidental alcohol poisoning.

An alcoholic or a heavy binge drinker may think that they can drink however much they want without experiencing any consequences. However people with these kinds of addictions can suffer from alcohol poisoning and end up in the emergency room. It is not only a painful experience it can also be deadly in many cases.

Alcohol poisoning can occur even for people that are very accustomed to drinking heavily. Someone may not realize how much they are actually consuming especially when they are already intoxicated. After going through alcohol poisoning the victim will most likely go through a period of withdrawal during which they can choose to enter detox.

Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

When someone experiences alcohol poisoning, it usually happens when they have consumed a very large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. Even though people in the U.S. consume alcohol regularly a surprisingly large amount of people experience accidental alcohol poisoning. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are about 2,200 deaths per year related to alcohol poisoning which averages to about 6 per day.

Many people don’t understand the limits of alcohol tolerance in the body and are unaware that they are consuming more than their body can handle. When someone has alcohol poisoning it is because the high volume they have consumed is flooding the bloodstream and is interfering with vital functions of the brain such as breathing, heart rate and temperature. Because the liver can only process a certain amount of alcohol at a time, too much will mean that the toxins are flooding the body.

Alcohol poisoning can cause many severe reactions in the body including-

  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • Dehydration
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
  • Irregular breathing (long gaps between breaths)
  • Blue tinged or pale skin
  • Unconsciousness or passing out

If someone seems heavily intoxicated, it is a good idea to become familiar with the signs of alcohol poisoning so that you can recognize when they need medical help. If someone is passed out or it seems like they are having trouble breathing it is crucial to call 911 as soon as possible. In order to prevent alcohol poisoning from becoming fatal, the person will need immediate medical attention.

It can be difficult to recognize the symptoms of alcohol poisoning in yourself but it is crucial if you are drinking alone or the people around you are too intoxicated to notice that you need help. If you find your breathing or heart rate slowing down and you feel cold or are shivering then you might need to go to the hospital. Getting medical help in time can save your life and prevent your body from shutting down.

Detoxing from Alcohol Poisoning

When someone experiences alcohol poisoning they may go through a period of withdrawal afterward as their body tries to rid itself of the toxins. They may feel very uncomfortable or be in a lot of physical pain as they recover from the poisoning. In the same way that an alcoholic goes through withdrawal, large amounts of alcohol can lead to intense detox in the period afterward.

For someone who has gone through alcohol poisoning, they might consider going to a detox center to help them recover from their experience. Consuming alcohol to the point of nearly dying means that you do not have a safe or healthy relationship to the drug. Even though alcohol is legal that does not mean it is normal for the body to be flooded with that many toxins.

Detox can give you a chance to rid your body of all the chemicals that are making you dependent on alcohol. Having an experience with alcohol poisoning can be a wake up call for people because they realize that they are not able to drink responsibly. There are plenty of detox centers available for people who have been through alcohol poisoning and need to get the drug out of their system.

Although drinking is meant to be a social behavior, it can sometimes turn into a dangerous habit that can mean your life is at stake. Alcohol poisoning deaths are an unfortunate reality in this country as people are not able to control their drinking or don’t know their limit. Avoiding alcohol can be a safe alternative to a risky habit.

If you want to quit drinking, contact a detox center and a rehab treatment program in your area today.