Alcohol abuse is a serious problem, with an estimated 88,000 people dying each year due to alcohol-related issues. Out of the estimated 15.1 million people who have alcohol use disorder, more commonly thought of as alcoholism or alcohol addiction, just 8.3 percent of those who need it sought help. For many, the discomfort of detoxing from alcohol coupled with the physical craving by the body to consume more often outweighs the desire to seek help. Detox From Alcohol At Home Is Not Wise Believe it or not, alcohol is actually one of the most dangerous drugs from which to detox. This is because some of the alcohol detox symptoms, such as seizures and excessive dehydration, can be life threatening. In the most serious of cases, a condition known as delirium tremens might occur, and those at risk of this condition should only detox under medical supervision. It is important to understand what to expect, including how long the detoxification process will take, before starting. […]
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On many occasions, our clients will benefit from living arrangements that minimize exposure to the people, places and things that may trigger a relapse into addiction. Livengrin provides our clients with a very strong foundation for recovery through our inpatient treatment programs. We offer a safe and protected environment during the first few weeks of this type of treatment. But what about beyond those first 28 days? Often we suggest an intensive outpatient program or a more lenient […]
When people use alcohol in excess on a regular basis the body undergoes a physical and psychological transformation that makes it nearly impossible to live without it. These severe cases reach a point where that person’s body “NEEDS” it and without a regular flow, the body responds adversely. We are convinced alcoholism is a VERY serious disease and has the power to kill those in the grips of this progressive illness. Those with alcohol dependence often lose their jobs, their significant relationships and more during the more advanced stages of their addiction. Unfortunately it is only when these complications are severe enough that individuals begin to contemplate what life would be like without alcohol and move towards any alcohol detoxification process. We are here to say that no individual in these advanced stages should attempt to stop abruptly without medical monitoring of some kind, preferably at an inpatient facility. […]
by Peggy Sweeney The Sweeney Alliance This video outlines some of the causes, signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD, when gone untreated, may lead to suicide. In 2000, I wrote a research paper on the effects of traumatic stress and grief on firefighters. As a firefighter, EMT-B, and mortician, I witnessed first-hand the physical, mental, and emotional traumas these men and women experience daily in the field. I strongly believe today, as I did then, that programs such as Grieving Behind the Badge must be provided to help reduce the staggering number of heart attacks, suicides, unhealthy addictive behaviors, and high divorce rates in the fire service as well as the emergency medical service and law enforcement/corrections communities in general. [av_video src='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzUfKTEPnpA' format='16-9' width='16' height='9'] I have taken the information from that research paper and condensed it here. You will note throughout this article that several fire service organizations, including the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation and the National Volunteer Fire Council, consistently recommended programs to help reduce mental and emotional stress for firefighters. That was in 2000! Today, there is still NO working solution to the problem. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the fire service is a REAL problem. Firefighter [...]
Police, Firemen and EMS crews throughout Bucks County are fighting an uphill battle against The Opiate Epidemic. By the time they arrive on the scene of an overdose, disaster has already struck. These First Responders are equipped with a drug called Naloxone (Narcan) in hopes of saving someone’s life, but it often requires someone to call 911. That could be you or someone in your life and we wanted to share with you what to look for. […]
“What brought me into treatment was my mom finding me overdosed on heroin in her basement. What got me to that point was the unmanageability of my life; I couldn’t hold a job, I had no money, I was living in my parent’s basement at 33 years old, I had no friends, I was out of options. I exhausted every option possible trying to do it on my own and it never worked. Dying seemed like the best way out of the pain of addiction. I figured it was impossible to get out any other way. When I was high, I would say ‘I don’t like living like this, this is the last time I’m using’ but then as soon as I would start to withdraw and get sick, I would get high without even thinking about it. I didn’t have the solution, but I knew people out there did.” - Mickey, combat veteran- US Army Unwillingness to surrender is what makes great police officers, soldiers and firefighters. It is trained into first responders from day one at the academy and boot camp. “One trooper, one riot”, “Army of One”. You must be self-sufficient. You must be able to solve any problem. [...]
Our nation’s Top Doctor sent a letter to every doctor in the United States in August 2016 asking for their help to solve, “The most urgent health crisis facing America: the opiod epidemic”. Abuse of prescription drugs can be even riskier than the abuse of illegally manufactured drugs. Synthetic (man-made) drugs are often more potent and create a higher overdose risk. This is particularly true of OxyContin and similar painkillers, where overdose deaths more than doubled over a five-year period. […]
Matthew Lowry was out of pills and getting desperate. The doctor who prescribed pain medication to ease his chronic and painful inflammation of the intestines had disappeared. He went to clinics, but his wife had begun questioning the bills. He was shaking, sweating, tired. It had been four years since Lowry graduated with honors from the FBI Academy, and he had just been assigned to an elite drug task force chasing the biggest narcotics dealers along the border shared by Maryland and the District. He was also addicted to his pain medication and going through withdrawal that felt “like the worst flu you ever had.” His wife, pregnant with their first child, suspected. He needed to find a new way to get through the day. As he drove home from work one August evening in 2013, Lowry remembered a man he had interrogated months earlier. He, too, had a family, a profession and an addiction to pain pills. He told Lowry that snorting heroin was “just like taking a pain pill.” The agent pulled over near the U Street corridor. Protected from curious eyes by the tinted glass of an unmarked FBI sedan, he pulled out a bag marked “FBI evidence.” [...]
The news can sound dire. Opioid addiction is ruining families and taking lives at an ever increasing rate. In this roundtable discussion, Dr. Gottlieb brings together Livengrin Board member Bruce Murray and wife Ginny, a clinician, researcher, family members and individuals in recovery to go beyond the headlines and look at what is working to bring addicts into treatment.
Dense woods, undulating hills and gently flowing streams shroud the Livengrin Foundation’s Bensalem headquarters, largely isolating the 43-acre addiction treatment facility from the bustling community outside it.