Thursday, September 29, 2011

Presctiption Drug Rehab/Detox PA, NY, NJ, CT

Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic that is sweeping the streets of our country. In the northeast, prescription drug abuse in PA, NY, NJ, and CT, is up 26% from 2006. Our teenagers are abusing these drugs, most notably, oxycontin and roxicontin. A poll of high school students revealed that one in twenty admitted to taking one or both of these drugs. Oxycontin is synthetic heroin. It was invented in Germany as a pain reliever without the high euphoric effects of heroin or opium. It was made to be time released when swallowed in a pill form to regulate the high the drug produces yet relieve pain. Teenagers and adults have found ways to abuse oxycontin by injecting the drug intravenously or by grinding up the pills and ingesting them through the nose. Pharmacy robberies have soared through the roof in the last ten years. Home invasions of people who are prescribed this drug have also increased. Adolescents have also been mixing these pills with alcohol. The combination is extremely deadly. Parents or loved ones should listen for the code names the addict has given these drugs to know whether or not they are taking them. The words to watch out for are Oxys, Roxis, blues, and OCs.

The treatment for prescription drug abuse in NY, NJ, PA, and CT, can be handled successfully at Clearbrook Treatment Centers. The first step into successful sobriety from these drugs is a fully licensed, medical detox. The addict on prescription drugs faces a tough road in regards to detox, but can and will be accomplished if they follow the treatment plan outlined by our addiction specialists. Sometimes people that are on prescription drugs think that they are not as bad as those who use the street drugs like cocaine and heroin. This is denial and this denial needs to be addressed. These drugs are killing the same if not more people on our streets every day. Depression during the initial detox can occur as well. This is a physcological dilemma that is also immediately addressed by our staff.

Often times when our loved ones are addicted we don't know what to do. If you are looking for help and to save the life of yourself or someone you love, we assure you that we can help when you thought no one else can.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


September 28-Daily Gratitude

I am grateful for the guidance in my life. Today I will make myself available to guidance from others. I pray that I will be encouraged to reach out for guidance.

Today, the Daily Gratitude is focusing on guidance for others and guidance for ourselves.

The guidance we offer to others can be by sponsoring someone or also just being a source of support for some one who needs help. You don't have to be someone's sponsor to help them. Sometimes offering guidance to someone else also helps us in our own lives. It can teach us a lot.

Reaching out for guidance is not always an easy thing especially if our ego gets in the way. Sometimes we are humbled by asking for guidance. But don't be afraid to ask for guidance. That's what we have a sponsor and a support group for. It helps us learn and grow as we are less fearful of asking for guidance and ask for it more frequently. You don't have to do this alone!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Roxicodone Rehab/ Detox NY NJ PA

Roxicodone- Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic medication synthesized from opium-derived thebaine. It was developed in 1916 in Germany, as one of several new semi-synthetic opioids in an attempt to improve on the existing opiates: morphine, diacetylmorphine (heroin), and codeine. (

Prescription drug abuse in NY NJ and PA is the fastest growing category of drug abuse. From early teens to adults, prescription medication can be easily obtained in doctors offices and on the streets. Many people are disillusioned into thinking that they do not have a drug problem because a doctor is prescribing them the medication. A drug called Roxicodone is one of the most widely abused drugs out there. The abuse of this drug, like the common street drugs, is often times fatal. In the state of Florida these drugs can be obtained by teenagers easier than alcohol can. Florida produces about 80% of all presciption drugs that are being sold illegally on the street. The laws in the state of Florida allow people from as far away as Canada to readily obtain these pills at a low cost. They bring them to their towns and cities all over America and sell them for a hefty profit.

What is Roxicodone
The pills are usually blue and come in 5,15, 30, 45, and 80 milligrams. The pill was invented to deal with moderate to severe pain. It will slow the brain function down to trick the body into not feeling the pain the pill was prescribed for. Taking Roxicodone can cause depressed breathing, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. The ability to preform every day tasks becomes severely impaired including driving and operating machinery.

Signs of Roxicodone Abuse

1) The pupils will remain pin sized. Opiates ignore the ability for the eyes to properly react to light.
2)Are you missing money. These drugs can cost up to $100 a pill on the street. Many people who are abusing roxicodone can take up to 20 pills a day.
3)The drug suppresses appetite. Watch for weight loss.
4)Constipation often occurs when taking this specific drug
5)Sleep patterns will vary. Often times after taking the drug, people will have a lot of energy, followed by a crash that makes them sleep for long periods of time.
6)Look for drug paraphenalia. These drugs can be swallowed but are also injected, smoked or ingested through the nose.

Clearbrook Treatment Centers are drug treatment centers in PA. People in need of a presciption drug detox in NY NJ or PA can feel assured that Clearbrook can help when the sufferer is ready. Tomorrow we will talk about the treatment for roxicodone abuse.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey Alcohol Detox

The first step in ridding the body of alcohol and getting sober is to detoxify the body. This can best be accomplished by going to a medical, fully licensed, and monitored alcohol detox. The definition of alcohol detox is the time necessary to overcome the physical dependence of alcohol. Without medical help, the effects of coming off alcohol can be very painful and sometimes fatal. When someone is attempting to rid their bodies of alcohol, withdrawal symptoms almost always come into play. They can range from small symptoms like sweating and mild shaking to very severe including seizures and hallucinations. That is why it is imperative to seek a medical professional in order to control the symptoms of withdrawal. When the detox process starts some ways of helping with the withdrawal symptoms is to administer certain medications in order to help with the physical aspect. Water is key to getting the alcohol out of the body so that the physical symptoms can begin to subside. The average time for alcohol detox is between 3-7 days. Some may be shorter and some may take a little longer. This is by no means an easy process. Without it though there is often times no chance at long term sobriety. The disease of alcoholism is both mental and physical. We can not start the mental healing process if the body is still crying out for more alcohol.

Clearbrook Treatment Center has been helping in the field of drug addiction and alcohol addiction since 1972. We have a full Pennsylvania alcohol detox and can serve people who need a New York alcohol detox and New Jersey alcohol detox. We built and opened a new building in the summer of 2010 and made two components to the recovery process. The first step in this process is our medically monitored detox unit. With 21 beds and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our patients are on the road to recovery after completion.

If you or a loved one have questions on alcohol detox, please do not hesitate to call us. We can help when no one else can.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Making Decisions

Looking back on our lives in active addiction we can see that a lot of the decisions we made were less than favorable, even though at the time we may have thought they were correct. Now that we are sober and working a program our lives are completely different. There are decisions to be made but maybe we are apprehensive to make them because of our past bad decisions.

We are not perfect. But a wonderful gift of recovery is that we can now clearly way the positives and negatives to our decisions and we can take responsibility for them. We must trust ourselves that today we can make better decisions. We will still make wrong decisions in our lifetime but at least we know how to deal with issues in a different way that is more positive for us and those around us!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey Alcohol Rehab

What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism defined ( a chronic disorder characterized by dependence on alcohol, repeated excessive use of alcoholic beverages, the development of withdrawal symptoms on reducing or ceasing intake, morbidity that may include cirrhosis of the liver, and decreased ability to function socially and vocationally.

Alcoholism today is a growing problem in our country and throughout the world. It affects people of all races, ages, religions, and social status. When someone is diagnosed as having alcoholism, it can be fatal. Nearly 14 million Americans suffer from the disease. In a poll recently done, over 53% of the people asked have said that some close family member suffers from the disease. The physical problems that happen to the person who has alcoholism can be catastrophic. Cancer of the liver, throat, and larynx can develop after years of drinking. Cirrhosis of the liver is very common for the alcoholic. This disease is characterized both mentally and physically.

Some may ask, "Why can't they just stop? Show some will power." The answer to the question is that the alcoholic, no matter how much will power, can not stop. They are consumed with a physical craving that can outweigh any amount of will power. Add on the mental obsession and they are in trouble without some help. We by no means will say that we have a cure for alcoholism. There has never been a cure. Some can stop on their own. We have found that most can not.

Signs of Alcoholism
1) Have you questioned whether or not you are drinking too much?
2) Are other people criticizing you for drinking too much?
3) Do you suffer from overwhelming guilt and shame from drinking?
4) Do you drink in the morning?
5) Have you lost your memory while drinking?
6) Are you missing work or school due to excessive drinking?

These are just some of the questions you can ask yourself. If you are answering yes to one or more of these, you may have a problem. This problem can be helped if you honestly want it.

Treatment for Alcoholism

Clearbrook Treatment Centers offers help for the suffering person due to alcoholism. If you need a NY Rehab, NJ Rehab, or Pennsylvania Rehab, we can help. You will be screened by our admissions staff for the proper treatment. We have a full medical detox, followed by a 28 day inpatient drug treatment program. Our families are also affected by our drinking. We have a family program at Clearbrook that can help to repair the family structure.

When you think that no one can help, that is where we would like to step in. Like we said before, alcoholism is not curable, but it can be treated. Please call us with any questions or to speak with an admissions specialist.

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Relax Today

September 19-Daily Gratitude:
I am grateful for my ability to relax. Today I will make time to relax. I pray that I may know the importance of relaxation.

Coinciding with today's daily gratitude we take the day to relax. Even if it's just for a moment today. Take a breath. Realize where you are, how far you have come and how far you can go. Today, recovery has given us the blessing to move forward and better ourselves. So let us relax. Embrace serenity. Take a breath. Where you are is where you are supposed to be. Enjoy every minute of it.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Past The Present and The Future

The present moment is really the only thing that we need to live in. What an easy statement to write and a hard statement to live. We are by no means going to be able to practice this princeable with perfection.

We worry, we're human. We think about the past and how we wish we could change some things about it. Well, that is never going to be possible. I heard someone say that worrying about the past is one of the biggest wastes of time in the world. There is nothing that we can do to change our past. Our pasts have made us what we are today. If we are sober today, and living a life beyond our wildest dreams, it would not be possible if we didn't have something to compare it to like the past.

Worrying about the future is probably the second biggest waste of time. We are, by nature, not the best projectors of the future. When we are thinking and worrying about the future, we usually make it out to be much worse than it is going to end up anyway. When we worry about the future it is almost like we have taken our will back, and we are again managing the whole show.

The present moment is the easiest to live in.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Promises

"If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and selfpity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves."

This excerpt from the Big Book is one that a newcomer may scoff at. It's a challenge to show the newcomer that this can be true for their lives. The only way they see that it works is through the people around them working the program. After working the steps themselves they will see a change little by little. They will see the promises coming true in their lives. Until they see it in their own lives, sponsors and those in the rooms must be an example. When you look around the room and you see someone happy and free, realize...that can be you if you just work the program whole heartedly!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thinking VS. Actions

We hear all the time, "It doesn't matter what you think, it's how you act." That sentence is very important especially in early sobriety. When we first get sober, sometimes the obsession to drink will still be there. When talking about thoughts and actions, we need to not listen to what our minds are telling us. We can not drink, and not drinking is the action we need to take.

Alcoholism and drug addiction are described as a physical disease of the body and a mental obsession of the mind. After we have overcome the physical part and we are sober, we have to begin to live our lives productively. It doesn't matter what we think it matters what we do.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Be grateful and lend a hand

Due to the recent flood in our surrounding area, although Clearbrook was not affected, we wanted to take a minute to be grateful for what we have. We saw first hand how fast lives can change. Although we may have not lost anything, many others did. So please lend a hand where you can. Give whatever you can. Whether it be food, clothing, shelter, or helping others clean up the wreckage, the time is now to lend a hand.

Whatever you can do will go such a long way. We are sober today. Today we can be of use to someone in need. We are grateful for our recovery, without it we would not be able to help in this time of need.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Once an alcoholic...always an alcoholic

So many people have tried after some period of sobriety to drink or use like normal people. Usually this ends in disaster. In the literature of AA/NA we read so many stories of people that realized that they had the addiction of alcoholism and or drug abuse, got sober for some time, and thought that it would be different if they tried the old game again. We can say that we have never heard a good ending to any of these stories. Most people that are able to get back tell the story that in a short amount of time they were as bad off as they ever were. It just proves to us that if we have the disease of addiction, and we pick up again, we get worse and never better.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Take a look at your life

Feeling vulnerable is normal especially when we first enter recovery. It is a good thing. In order to get in touch with the real you, we must become vulnerable. We must open our minds and hearts to anything and every thing so we can really take a look at our life and evaluate the way we have been living.

Take a look at your life. It's not that scary. It may seem that way but once you progress in recovery, you find out that taking a look at yourself and your life is a beautiful. Don't be afraid. We are at an advantage because we know what to look for. Some people go through life and never truly see themselves. We've been blessed enough to survive this disease and move forward to bigger and better things with it.