Monthly Archives: May 2015

Germ Phobias

Germ phobias are exaggerated and often debilitating fears of germs.  These fears are  part of the anxiety spectrum and often are symptoms of OCD, although they can also exist on their own.  Germ phobias often manifest with both obsessive and compulsive components.  When a person suffers from germ phobias, he or she obsesses about germs in the environment and/or on the body and will spend large amounts of time compulsively cleaning the surfaces and objects that are the focus of the contamination fears.  The compulsive cleaning is a ritualistic attempt to relieve the anxiety caused by the obsession over germs.  Often, germ phobias entail a sense of loss of control over the safety of the environment in terms of hygiene and a fear of contamination.  These phobias and related compulsions are often connected with a sense of shame or embarrassment, as the person suffering often realizes at some level that the obsessions and behaviors are unreasonable yet are unable to control them. Continue reading Germ Phobias

Compulsive Behaviors Related to OCD

Definition of Compulsions and Compulsive Behaviors

Compulsive behaviors are actions that are performed persistently and repetitively without necessarily resulting in any reward or positive effect.  Compulsive behaviors are usually not pathological in and of themselves, but are characterized by the fact that they are typically not related to the purpose to which they seem to be intended.  Compulsions can also refer to mental behaviors that fit the same characteristics.  Compulsions have a variety of causes, including religious ritualistic behaviors, anxiety, physiological dysfunction, and mood disorders.  One of the most common causes of compulsions is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  This can feel similar to a skip in a record player, where the person is fraught with an irresistible urge to repeat again and again the same behavior until something releases her or him from the skip. Continue reading Compulsive Behaviors Related to OCD

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Approaches on How to Perform a Heroin Detox

Detox is a term that gets thrown around quite a lot in today’s society. Many television, print media, radio, and online ads talk about products that can supposedly help the body to get rid of the toxins it has accumulated through years of bad habit. Detox, as these ads make it out to be, is a simple process without any ill-effects. However, not all types of detox are as easy as drinking some kind of liquid formula, taking a pill, or going through some kind of home regimen. Detoxing from alcohol and drugs, for instance, is a completely different and more complex process, which often involve health risks, when not done and monitored properly. Toxins from these substances are totally different and more difficult to purge out of the body than toxins from food. Continue reading Approaches on How to Perform a Heroin Detox

Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone is a strong opiate painkiller that is highly habit-forming. Medically, it is meant to ease medium to severe chronic and terminal pain. People who receive such medication find that it also brings about a euphoric feeling that they deem desirable. For this reason, they may end up taking increasing doses of the medication in pursuit of that euphoric sensation. Even worse is the fact that many oxycodone abusers may use other means to experience the high effect of the narcotic drug. Usually, this will take the form of directly injecting it into the bloodstream or sniffing the drug after crushing its tablets. Continue reading Oxycodone Addiction

Heroin Withdrawal Timeline

Heroin is one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs in existence. Withdrawal symptoms can be scary, but there are ways that you can prepare yourself for dealing with withdrawal. Outpatient treatment programs are designed to give you the most support and medical supervision possible while quitting heroin.  In order for you to be fully informed of the details of this process, it is necessary that you establish and understand your heroin withdrawal timeline. Continue reading Heroin Withdrawal Timeline

Methadone Detox

Nowadays, new  medical methodologies and treatments have been established to smoothly and effectively detox, bringing relief to people who are addicted to opioids, including those using  painkillers, morphine, or heroin. To a degree, although methadone therapy can provide substantial help for those recovering from heroin addiction, it can create another addiction to opioids when continued over the long term.  As such, it is not what people would consider a ‘treatment’ for this specific addiction beyond the initial heroin rehab process.  Enduring treatment must help opioid addicts become drug free, and such treatments are now available.   Continue reading Methadone Detox

Promising Treatment for OCD and Depression

A significant number of people who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) also suffer from depression.  While the exact mechanics are not fully understood, It is believed that OCD often increases depressive symptoms, sometimes leading to major depression, although OCD can exist in non-depressed individuals as well.  Similarly, depression can involve OCD components, as well as lead to their manifestation over time. When OCD and depression occur together, it can be more challenging to decide how to best treat the patient.  Seratonin-Reuptake Inhibitors (SRI´s) may or may not be totally effective at controlling both the OCD and the depression at a given dose, and, at the same time, it is often desirable to make the medication regimen as simple as possible.  The effects of some medications, when taken simultaneously, counteract or exacerbate the effects of another leading to undesired effects, and sometimes a single medication would be effective for both OCD and depression, but at different doses.  This presents a complex situation for assessing which treatment of combination of treatments will work best in a given patient´s situation. Continue reading Promising Treatment for OCD and Depression

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How to Detox from Alcohol Naturally

A lot of people associate drinking alcohol with living a good life, in celebrating life’s achievements, many people raise their glass toasting to life. Nevertheless, many people who have found that their alcohol use has gotten out of hand want to know how to detox from alcohol.  Alcohol is a drug that affects the largest and one of the most important organs of the body, the liver. The liver performs a variety of functions including the removal of toxins (like alcohol) and medication from the blood,production of bile and storage of glucose. In most young people, especially females, there is difficulty in eliminating alcohol from the blood stream due to the immaturity of the liver. Due to the slow elimination process alcohol continues to cause damage over a longer period of time. Alcohol also affects the brain killing a number of brain cells.  Alcohol addiction often requires professional help.  However, there are natural methods that can complement professional help for people who are trying to stop drinking and who are looking into programs that will teach them how to detox from alcohol.  Among these, some detoxification programs teach natural detox methods to remove alcohol from the blood. Below are several natural steps that you can take to detox from alcohol using foods and other natural ingredients and lifestyle changes.

a.) Introducing an anti-alcohol diet in your lifestyle. All the blood in the body must pass through the liver for filtering and removal of toxic substances. An anti-alcohol diet entails eating certain types of foods that help the liver to detoxify itself from alcohol. These foods also help in reducing the urge to drink. Among these highly nutritious and effective foods is a high quantity of fruits and vegetables, for example, a plate of salad every day can also work as a great detoxifying mechanism. One or two glasses of fruit juice every day is another part of this step and the glasses of juice can be taken at any time.  Consumption of foods rich in vegetable proteins such as legumes, nuts and soy products are also advisable. Whole grains provide fiber and energy for the body but serve as good detoxifying alternatives by aiding the liver in detoxification.

b.)  Taking liver protectors and re-generators (infusions and fruits): In this category, there are two options to choose from, with both being equally effective.  One choice is radish. Radish, scientifically known as Raphanus savitus, is able to detoxify the liver and can be eaten fresh in a salad or as a juice. Radish has several advantages, it increases bile production and detoxifies and acts as a decongestant of the liver. Radish also has a sulphurated glycoside which is converted to raphanol through a series of enzymatic hydrolysis, raphanol acts as a stimulant for the regeneration of liver cells (hepatocytes) previously destroyed by ethyl alcohol.Milk Thistle, also known scientifically as Silybum marianum is the second alternative,it has silymarin which is a powerful medication included in some pharmaceutical preparations. It is obtained from the fruits and seeds of Milk Thistle. Silymarin stimulates regeneration of liver cells damaged by toxins and its fruits and seeds can be taken in an infusion.

c.) Anti-alcohol supplements.  A person who wants to know how to detox from alcohol naturally can still make use of supplements.  There are certain supplements (minerals and vitamins) which, apart from their designated functions, are also able to facilitate the liver’s detoxification work, they include:  Folic acid .Vitamin E .Magnesium and zinc .Flax seeds, soy, brewer’s yeast, lecithin and wheat germ .Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12

d.) Inhalation of aromatic essence.  Inhaling an aromatic essence has the ability to sedate and balance the nervous system, in turn, this balance helps in controlling the urge to drink. There are certain essences that are particularly effective when it comes to balancing the nervous system: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Citrus Blossom (Bitter orange, Citrus aurantium).

e.) Cold Rubdowns: If the foods, aromatic essence and anti-alcohol supplements listed above are inaccessible or expensive, a person can opt for a cold rubdown which is cheap and equally efficient. Rubdowns are done progressively with a glove or a clean cloth soaked in cold water. First, rub the arms and legs, then move to the chest and abdomen rubbing the whole area. The effects of the rubdown helps overcome alcohol dependency and drug addiction. The rubdowns does this by improving blood circulation. It tones the nervous system leading to an increase in will power and subsequently the ability to resist the tendency to drink alcohol. Rubdowns increase resistance to cold which prevents having to turn to alcohol. Cold rubdowns also produce optimism and increases life energy.

A person can choose from any of the above methods to find the one that best suits them, as well as use any combination of the methods.  All of them are true detoxifying aids that can help people in search of how to detox from alcohol using natural methods, and some also serve as stimulants that lead to regeneration of the liver cells.  Before any program is undertaken, however, a person should consult with their physician or qualified addiction recovery specialist in order monitor recovery and safety.

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The amazing health benefits of Bentonite detox clays

What is Bentonite detox clay?

Bentonite is a form of Montmorillonite, a crystalline clay substance that has some pretty amazing properties. Discovered in Benton Shale – Wyoming, Bentonite is a grayish-white, odorless clay that is smooth to the touch. At first glance the clay might look like any other dirt, but you’d be foolish to dismiss Bentonite’s benefits as a health clay.

Wait a minute, what exactly is a health clay?

A health clay is a form of medicinal treatment that has been utilized by humans (and animals) for thousands of years. Either ingested or applied to the skin, some minerals have properties which detoxify the body. Eating dirt and rubbing it all over your body might sound strange, but if you’ve ever enjoyed the benefits of a mud bath treatment, then you have already used a type of health clay.

What makes Bentonite so special?

Bentonite has a unusual chemical makeup. When dry it’s much like any other volcanic dirt, but when it comes into contact with a liquid, strange things start to happen. Firstly Bentonite is incredibly absorbent. It has a shocking ability to act as a natural sponge, pulling in water and retaining it. When touched by a liquid, Bentonite changes on a molecular level and takes on a negative electrical charge. This charge attracts any  (positively charged) nasty toxins is comes into contact with, and replaces them with more beneficial minerals.

So what exactly does a Bentonite detox do?

Bentonite can be used in a practically endless list of ways, to treat a practically endless list of problems. From contact dermatitis, to digestive problems, or even just rejuvenation of the skin, It’s hard to imagine anyone that could not use the benefits of Bentonite in their daily lives.

Okay, I’m sold. In what ways can Bentonite be used?

Spot treatment Bentonite can be used as a powerful spot treatment. Just rub a small amount of Bentonite detox clay over a wound, itch, outbreak of psoriasis, or patch of eczema. Wait until the substance is dry, and gently remove it with warm water and a damp cloth. The soothing effect of Bentonite should be apparent almost immediately.

Mud bath: For a more full-body treatment, why not add 1/2 of a cup of Bentonite detox powder to a hot bath. Just climb in, and relax. This treatment will help with any dermatological condition’s you have, as well as drawing toxins out of your skin and into the water. You’ll notice your skin will be soft and smooth to the touch. Repeat this process once a week, or as often as you feel like treating yourself.

Facial mask: Mix half a cup of Bentonite detox powder with warm water to create a paste, and apply a thick later to your face (avoiding your nose, eyes, and mouth). Leave the mix on for half an hour before you go to bed, but be sure to remove it before actually sleeping. I guarantee you will wake up feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready for whatever the day can throw at you.

As a digestive aid: Add a teaspoon of Bentonite to a glass of water and stir well. Bentonite is perfectly safe to consume, so you should aim to have at least one glass a day. You will notice improvement’s to your digestion, bowl movements, and your overall feeling of well-being. If you suffer from constipation, diarrhea, or constipation then you will see a marked improvement after just one or two treatments. In recent studies, Bentonite has been used successfully to combat several common antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens including Salmonella, E.Coli, and the dreaded MRSA virus.

Oral health: On top of all of it’s other benefits Bentonite can even help give you a winning Hollywood smile. Just mix a small amount of Bentonite with water into a paste, and brush daily like normal. The paste is practically tasteless, but after a few weeks you will notice your teeth looking stronger, and shinier as the formula removes stains, and replaces minerals. For best results, brush once more afterwards with your regular toothpaste.
Does Bentonite have any other applications?

It actually has thousands. Bentonite is used in construction, purification, medicine, and farming. It is incredibly important to the food industry, where it has special important in the creation of vinegar and wine. Even food packaging can be coated in this miracle material to protect it’s contents from spoiling. With all of these great benefits, isn’t it time you tried a Bentonite detox?

Some Advantages of the Mountainside Treatment Center

Mountainside is an innovative rehabilitation treatment center in the Northeast. It is an insured institution which is located in Canaan, CT at the base of the Berkshires mountain range. The location is peaceful and provides a pleasant environment for the transformational work being carried out in this rehabilitation center.

Mission

Mountainside’s mission is to provide an ultimate rehabilitation experience to its clients by raising the standards of drug and alcoholism addiction treatment. With this mission, the institution serves all members of the community who are willing to live a drug-free life.

Mountainside’s Staff

The rehabilitation practices are successfully carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of well experienced experts who have specialized in the addiction treatment. The team of licensed and certified psychotherapists always works together with a director, psychiatrist, and a nurse consultant. With this unity, the clients of the institution are always provided with the best treatment programs.

Services Provided

Apart from rehabilitation programs, Mountainside has been proven to be a pioneer of effectively employing evidence-based methods and holistic approaches to rehabilitate clients. This has in turn triggered the inspiration required in their recovery of clients hence enabling them to carve their own paths. Each client is taught to create a personal drug and alcoholism rehabilitation plan according to his/her preferences. This has naturally resulted in a high engagement rate hence making the rehabilitating process a success. The experts use an integrative methodology to provide a wide range of therapies such as acupuncture, nutritional therapy and massage therapy.

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The life skill lessons being taught have helped clients to learn values like integrity and self-control. Nonetheless, simple tasks like washing dishes and clothes, moping, sweeping and wiping tables have also been designed to help clients become all-round. Treatment options are availed and designed to the individual’s preferences after undergoing a thorough diagnosis. These unique treatment programs have made the institution to win national accolades for the efficiency in their therapeutic assistance.

Accommodation

If you become a client at the institution, you will be given one or two roommates. You will then be given a well-sized, tidy and comfortable room where you will stay with the roommate(s). The room ought to be kept neat, clean and tidy without supervision from anyone. Nonetheless, a job will be assigned to you depending on the duration of your stay at the institution. This job is to prevent boredom or idleness.

Food Offered

The institution has experienced chefs who offer a varied menu with healthy soups, salads, vegetables, fruits and snacks such as sandwiches. Main meals include foods like Prime Rib, Chicken Saltimbocca or Butternut Squash Ravioli. Meals also include items such as burgers, pasta, buffalo wings or tacos. At 9am,  coffee is served. All the 3-day meals provide a balanced diet.

Advantages of Mountainside

Some of the main benefits of Mountainside Treatment Center include:
a. The services are affordable.

b. Financial help is provided to those clients who need financial assistance.

c. In completion of the treatment from this institution, you will be assured of quality and satisfactory results.

d. You will be allowed to communicate to any of your family member or friends using a provided phone during the selected times. This is unlike many rehabilitation centers.

e. They also have two full-time counselors who have specialized in addiction medicine. As a result of this, clients are assured of full-time treatment.

Cost of Services

The detox program fee is approximately $5,000-$7,000.  This includes the lodging, food, detox treatment, psychological counseling, and all other services involved in this program.  Financial help and payment options exist so that money doesn´t have to be a major impediment in choosing this center.

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In conclusion, this center’s approach to rehabilitation and wellness addresses the root problems from multiple directions, and has helped thousands of people to achieve inner growth, sustained wellness, and sustained freedom from addiction.  The center has a high success rate because they are devotedly engaged while undertaking the rehabilitation treatment process and provide holistic care.  If you want their help, you can reach them on 800 762-5433 or visit their website which is http://www.mountainside.com.