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  • Detoxification from addictive substances

    Posted on July 24, 2013
    Detoxification from addictive substances A. Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP Detoxification (“detox”), or withdrawal, is the period of time it takes your body to adjust to being without a substance which it used to have regularly.  During this time period a previous bodily “homeostasis” is restored, one based on not using the substance or substances.  This restored homeostasis is similar to the one you had before you started using the substances regularly. Homeostasis refers to the body’s maintenance, by an ongoing balancing act, of a stable internal condition.  If you go scuba diving to a depth of 100 feet, your body adjusts to having that much additional weight pressing upon it.  We could say that the body is pressing back as much as the weight of the water is pressing in, thereby allo...
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  • Cognitive impairment after multiple alcohol rehab detoxifications

    Posted on July 23, 2013
    Complete abstinence from all drugs and alcohol is promoted in a non 12 step approach to alcohol recovery. This article provides information regarding the importance of complete abstinence during alcohol rehab, and the possible benefits associated with greater lengths of alcohol recovery. Animal studies show that repeated alcohol withdrawals are correlated with impaired cognitive and learning abilities. The cessation of chronic alcohol consumption during withdrawal may lead to increased excitotoxicity in the brain, which can affect frontal lobe function. Researchers from the University of Heidelberg in Mannheim, Germany examined the effect of multiple alcohol rehab detoxifications on cognitive performance and decision making (Loeber et. al., 2009). The researchers recruited 48 alco...
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