Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ 

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WHAT IS SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER?

A new terminology instead of using addiction or addict to describe someone who is addicted to opioids use disorder, alcohol use disorder. 

SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER DEFINITION

Substance use disorder occurs when a person's use of alcohol or another substance (drug) leads to health issues or problems at work, school, etc. 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS YOU ARE AN ALCOHOLIC?

Increasing amount you drink, shaky when waking up, have the urge to drink upon waking up to feel better from the withdrawals, can't stop drinking once you have, increase the amount needed to feel intoxicated, if you don't have a drink you can get tremors, shakes, sweat, stomach pains. 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF ALCOHOLISM?

Alcoholism is a disease, now referred to as alcohol use disorders. Signs include: tolerance has increased, get annoyed when people criticize their drinking, might feel that they need to cut down on drinking, if they ever need a drink first thing in the morning to steady nerves and get rid of a hangover. Blacking out from over drinking. 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF ALCOHOL POISONING?

Vomiting, passed out, sweats, dehydrated.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL?

Sweats, tremors, irritable, can lead to DTs (delirium tremors), shaky, depression, anxiety, dehydration, lack of appetite, 

WHAT ARE THE FIRST SIGNS OF LIVER DAMAGE FROM ALCOHOL?

Feeling sick, suffering from weight loss and loss of appetite, yellowing of the eye and skin, swelling of the ankles and belly, etc.

AM I AN ALCOHOLIC?

Is your tolerance getting higher? Are you drinking more than average? Do your hands shake when you wake up? Do your friends and family tell you there's a problem with your drinking behavior and patterns? Are you dehydrated? Are you dependent upon alcohol as a source of happiness? Are you using the alcohol to treat an underlying condition?

DOES ALCOHOL KILL VIRUSES?

No, drinking alcohol does not kill viruses in your system. It in fact, weakens your immune system.

IS ALCOHOLISM A DISEASE?

Yes, alcoholism is a chronic disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure. If you or a loved one suffers from alcohol use disorder, please call us for help. 

ARE YOU A DRUG AND ALCOHOL REHAB FACILITY?

We are not a clinic, we are a private practice. We will detox people off of alcohol, oxys, heroin, in the comfort of your home. We don't' encourage rehab, we encourage a home-detox where the patient is comfortable in their own setting. 

IS HEROIN A OPIOID?

Yes it is.

IS XANAX A OPIOID?

No, Xanax is a benzodiazepine.

IS TRAMADOLAN A OPIOID?

Yes, it is.

WHAT IS OPIOID ADDICTION?

When you take prescribed medication such as: oxycodone, percocets beyond what is prescribed and to a point where if you stop you start withdrawals. 

WHAT IS A TYPICAL OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT?

We offer two treatments for opioid addiction. Suboxone is one of the treatments, you have to be in the beginning stages of withdrawal before starting. Suboxone is a partial agonist opioid that is used to treat opioid addiction. The second is the Vivitrol Shot: a 3-4 week injection that is used for people with opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. It blocks the mu receptors. The patient cannot get high with the vivitrol shot in their system. 

CAN YOU FUNCTION NORMALLY ON SUBOXONE?

100%. it does not get you high, it keeps the urges away and allows you to function in society. 

WHAT IS MAT (MEDICALLY ASSISTED TREATMENT)?

Any medication used to treat a substance use disorder such as: using  suboxone, methadone for opioid use disorder. 

WHAT IS THE SINCLAIR METHOD?

Sinclair's method is to have people drink within normal limits using a medication called naltrexone. Normal is such as: 14-15 drinks per week for a male, 7-8 drinks per female and drinks are 1 1/2 ounces of liquor. 

WHAT IS NALTREXONE?

Naltrexone is a pill that goes to the mu receptors and will block any opoids that someone takes.

CAN I GET DRUNK OR HIGH ON NALTREXONE?

You can get drunk but it stops the reward mechanism so the patient does not get the urge to continue to drink.

CAN I DIE FROM HEROIN WITHDRAWAL?

No. You will get sick. 

CAN I DIE FROM ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL?

Yes, if you stop suddenly from alcohol withdrawals you can get a seizure and die. 

WHAT ARE THE TWO DRUGS TO NOT STOP COLD TURKEY?

Alcohol and benzos. 

WHAT IS VIVITROL?

A 3-4 week injection that is used for people with opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. It blocks the mu receptors. The patient cannot get high with the vivitrol shot in their system. 

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