Monthly Archives: November 2018

why detox at Christmas?

3 Reasons to Go to Detox Before Christmas

It’s the stress. It’s the family convergence. It’s the weather. Its simply the memories. All of these things that can represent both good and difficult aspects about the holiday season can converge to spell certain disaster for someone strolling with a substance use disorder (or addiction).

Maybe it’s the financial woes, the family drama, or the bigger struggle of making everything work. The end of the year is a time when many people relapse or find the deepest end of the depths of their addiction. It’s vital to get ahead of this before the rock bottom comes and puts everything in danger. Here are 3 reasons to go to detox before Christmas comes this year.

1. Stress Around the Holidays and Addiction 

For plenty of folks, past holiday seasons are a blur. However, for a person with an addiction, that blur is more like a coma. The continual shopping, the family situations, trying to get in front of end-of-year work or school, all of these so often push people to turning to drugs or alcohol. And for a person with an addiction that means the season becomes one binge after the next until it is a single forgotten cold month. Getting into rehab now is a preventative measure. Get in front of the dangerous situation before it takes you down.

The holidays are hard for many people. For those who don’t have a support system, they can feel extra lonely. Instead of using substances to cope with the pain, consider checking into a detox in Orange County, California. They can give you the tools and support to get you on the right path and finally have a Christmas you remember: the first of a new life. 

2. Starting the New Year Sober

Speaking of a new life, the New Year is good timing for choosing recovery. People make resolutions for a variety of different reasons. When the new year rolls around, they want a clean slate and a chance to start over fresh. Many people decide to do things to better themselves. They want to look and feel better than they ever have before. Detox and residential treatment is your first step to the best you. The you that you will want to be next year and all the years after.

You’ve tried to get clean in the past? Possibly even during the new year? There is a reason that didn’t work. The evidence is clear, if you struggle with the chronic disease of substance use disorder (drug or alcohol addiction) you need professional help. Resolutions won’t do it. Promises won’ help. You need professional help from an experienced team that can walk you through the detox and create a sustainable plan for lasting sobriety and help you move into residential treatment. Resolutions are fine, but you can’t simply “decide” to not have a disease. You need a treatment.

3. Giving the Best Gift: Recovery

Here’s where this might feel a little selfish, but stick with us here. Your life. Your relationships. Your finances. Your future. These are all at stake. It’s tough to hear, but the only place addiction leads is to the grave or prison. Now is the time to make the decision for yourself. To give yourself the gift of hope, possibly, and a future.

And though we said this is somewhat selfish, it is paradoxically the best thing you can do for anyone close to you. Your parents, your significant other, your children. They deserve the best version of you. Your decision to find recovery and save your own life can come from a place of powerful selflessness. Indeed, so many people in lasting recovery have found that their family, friends, and loved ones are the real reason they have made it last.

You Can’t Do It Alone

It’s important that anyone with a substance use disorder knows that they don’t have to fight alone. In fact, it’s vital they know that they can’t do it alone. Counselors, detox specialists, doctors, teams of caring professionals are available to help a person get clean during the holidays or anytime they’re ready.

Like it or not, the holidays are here. It’s time to decide if this is the year you turn it all around. The Christmas you remember forever as the best thing you ever did.

Call us today to make this a reality: 888-590-0777.

alcohol use disorder

A Deadly Disease: Discussing Alcohol Use Disorder

The 2013 updated version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) reclassified two previously separate issues—alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse—into one diagnosis, termed Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). With all of the technical jargon, information, and misinformation on the Web in relation to this subject, one may find themselves wondering what is the difference between AUD and alcoholism, or if there is really any difference at all?

Defining Alcohol Use Disorder

AUD, or Alcohol Use Disorder, is broken down into three subsections: mild, moderate, and severe. If one presents with a certain number of 11 selected symptoms, they will then be diagnosed at the correlating level of AUD. The symptoms are as follows:

  1. Drinking more or for a longer period of time than intended.
  2. Feeling incapable of cutting back on the amount of alcohol consumed.
  3. Becoming sick for an extended period of time as a result of drinking too much.
  4. Inability to concentrate due to alcohol cravings.
  5. Inability to care for a family, hold down a job, or perform in school.
  6. Continuing to drink despite problems caused with friends or family.
  7. Decreased participation in activities which were once important.
  8. Finding oneself in dangerous or harmful situations as a direct result of drinking.
  9. Continuing to drink despite adding to another health problem, feeling depressed or anxious or blacking out.
  10. Drinking more as a result of a tolerance to alcohol.
  11. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

*Mild: Two to three symptoms
**Moderate: Four to five symptoms
***Severe: Six or more symptoms

Alcohol and Recovery

If a person has an AUD, their drinking has become a problem. Alcohol is a highly addictive substance, and anyone can develop an addiction. No matter what your family history is, no matter your genetic makeup, your social status, or any other factor.

Treatment options abound for those suffering from an AUD diagnosis or self-proclaimed alcoholics. With so many addiction treatment services, rehabilitation facilities, and therapies, just finding the right help can initiate stress triggers which can drive one to want to wet their lips with a nerve-settling spirit. In the face of these coping mechanisms, one might consider the startling revelation in 2015 when 15.1 million adults (over the age of 18) had been diagnosed with AUD in some form. 

Alcohol Use Disorder, like any addiction, is a chronic disease of the brain. There are a number of factors that contribute to its onset, but there is only one solution: reaching out for help.

The Deeper Strength

Seeking help for an addiction is seen as a sign of strength and readiness to enhance not only the drinker’s quality of life, but that of those around them as well. It’s a choice for health and wellness. This choice is one for life over death. It’s a choice to finally take life seriously and begin to take back the reigns that have been recklessly given over to a substance that will ultimately bring you to ruin.

If you or someone you love are on the spectrum of alcohol use disorder, its imperative to get help for detox and rehab treatment right away. SoCal Detox is a premier addiction treatment center in Orange County, California. Our team of professionals will guide you through the entire process with compassion, care, and individualized treatment.

If you are looking for a place to safely detox and find hope for the future, please call us today for your free consultation. Call now: 888-590-0777.

fetal alcohol prevention

Should I Worry About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

Fetal alcohol syndrome is an alcohol use disorder that is classified as the most severe type of the disorders on the fetal alcohol spectrum. While the condition is relatively rare and affects approximately 200,000 babies annually, the consequences of the disease can be lifelong and widespread. As with other spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol syndrome affects each child differently. Available treatments provide symptom management, but the damage caused by the syndrome cannot be reversed. 

Causes of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 

Fetal alcohol syndrome occurs when a mother consumes alcoholic beverages during pregnancy. While alcohol use during the first three months of pregnancy is particularly harmful, using alcohol at any time during a pregnancy, in any amount, is unsafe and can cause damage to the unborn baby. Alcohol restricts the amount of nutrition and oxygen that the fetus can absorb, resulting in serious birth defects and lifelong challenges for the child. 

Symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 

This syndrome generally has a range of widespread effects across several body systems. Physical symptoms may include cardiovascular, renal, bone, and joint problems. The child may have abnormalities in the fingers or limbs, and his or her head may be smaller than is typical. Facial differences such as an unusually thin upper lip and small, wide-set eyes may be present. The child may be underweight and of shorter stature than his or her peers. Hearing and vision concerns could arise. Mentally, the child may have learning difficulties, which could potentially be severe, and he or she may have delayed speech and difficulty making decisions. Hyperactivity is often present. 

Diagnosis and Treatment 

Diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome can be made with a physical exam and observations. The physical exam may reveal heart murmurs or other heart abnormalities. The physician will also follow the child’s growth to determine if he or she is growing at a slower rate than would be expected. As the child ages, his or her speech can be assessed to determine if there are any delays in language acquisition. The doctor will observe the patient’s behavior patterns to assess whether there are any attention issues. 

Treatment for this alcohol use disorder typically includes a combination of therapies depending on the specific needs of the child. Speech therapists, special education teachers, social workers, and counselors can assist patients and their families with improving quality of life and managing symptoms. While no specific medications are available for this disorder, antidepressants and stimulants can benefit those patients who struggle with behavioral issues and hyperactivity as a result of the syndrome. 


The only way to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome is to abstain from alcohol for the duration of pregnancy. Your family doctor, a therapist, and substance abuse treatment centers can all provide confidential, non-judgmental support to anyone who has concerns about their use of alcohol.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction to alcohol and fear you won’t be able to stop during a pregnancy, please call a SoCal Detox addiction specialist today. The consultation is free, and the information you get could make a difference for a lifetime. Call now: tel:888-590-0777.

what are the dangers of valium

Dangers of Valium Addiction

Valium is a prescription medication primarily intended to treat anxiety disorders, muscle spasms, and seizures. Its generic name is Diazepam and belongs to the class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Over three million Americans take Valium, prescribed to them by doctors, while many more unlawfully abuse it. Valium is considered a narcotic. 

When Does Valium Become a Problem?

While valium can be used effectively to help individuals manager their anxiety and other ailments, it is highly addictive. If a person has been taking it for multiple months (even with a prescription) the likelihood of dependence is probable.

Use of Valium creates tolerance. Tolerance comes after using Valium for a short time, causing the individual to need a higher, more frequent dose to reach the same feeling of being “high,” developing a need to take more pills. As the dosage increases, so do the symptoms of abuse, which is also similar to alcohol use disorder. It can take a few weeks or a few months for an addiction to develop, and according to health organizations, Valium shouldn’t be used for more than four months. 

Symptoms of Valium Abuse 

  • Drowsiness or sedation 
  • Amnesia or memory problems 
  • Dizziness 
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Dilated eyes 
  • Double or blurred vision 

Another trait that a Valium abuser may exhibit is a loss of judgment, and that might include the decision to mix Valium with alcohol, which is often a fatal combination. The symptoms of alcohol use disorder are very similar to those of Valium abuse. Both drugs are depressants, inhibiting the body’s Central Nervous System, controlling the ability to breathe. If breathing is slowed enough, death will result. 

Symptoms of Valium Addiction 

  • Confusion 
  • Depression 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-injury 
  • Loss of inhibitions 
  • Hyperactivity 
  • Aggression 
  • Agitation 
  • Tremors 
  • Seizures 
  • Urine retention 
  • Loss of bladder control 

As with Valium addiction comes the possibility of overdose. The most common symptom of Valium overdose is lapsing into deep sleep or “coma” while still being able to breathe enough to sustain life. 

Symptoms of Valium Overdose 

  • Bluish lips and fingernails 
  • Blurred or double vision 
  • Labored or halted breathing 
  • Confusion 
  • Dizziness 
  • Depression 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Excitability 
  • Rapid eye movements 
  • Stomach upset or nausea 
  • Drowsiness or sedation 
  • Tremors 
  • Weakness, uncoordinated movement 

Treating Valium Addiction 

Once addiction has developed, and the user stops taking Valium, withdrawal symptoms will manifest. The symptoms of withdrawal are severe and can be life-threatening, involving seizures and convulsions if the drug has not been tapered off correctly after heavy use. A person with an addiction to Valium needs the assistance of a professional, experienced detox to help them safely deal with their addiction.

SoCal Detox in Orange County, California, specializes in safely walking our clients through all kinds of detoxes with as much comfort as possible. Beyond that, we make sure the next step of full recovery is taken with an individualized plan that takes into account the specific needs of each person in our care.

If you or a loved one are addicted to Valium or any other addictive substance, please call us today for a free consultation. Our team is ready to help you understand all your options to finding full recovery. Call today: 888-590-0777.