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Flesh-Eating Drug Krokodil Hits the U.S.

Paint thinner is one of the ingredients used in Krokodil

Paint thinner is one of the ingredients used in Krokodil

Recent reports say that the flesh-eating drug Krokodil, which has terrorized Russia for more than a decade, has made its way to the U.S. The first report of this intravenous drug was found in Arizona back in September. It has also been reported in Illinois and Utah. The drug, which can be deadly, literally eats the flesh from the inside out of the body.

“Krokodil,” which is Russian means “crocodile,” is a cheap heroin knockoff. It gets its name from the scaly gangrene skin that occurs at the injection site. Krokodil damages blood vessels and tissue so much so that a user’s muscles, tendons and bones cane become exposed. Here are some horrific images caused by the drug (warning graphic images). Read more

What is Neurotransmitter Restoration (NTR)?

Editor’s Note: This post is by Tim Stoddart, founder and owner of Sober Nation, a site dedicated to developing content to help people afflicted by addiction. Follow Sober Nation on Twitter.

What-is-NTRAddiction is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. In addiction treatment, you receive counseling and assistance with your emotional and spiritual needs. You begin to heal by talking about your emotions, learning to cope with them, and figuring out ways to change your lifestyle so that recovery is better for you than addiction ever was.

One thing that is severely lacking in addiction treatment, however, is help for the physical part of addiction. Good nutrition, exercise, and plentiful rest are advocated as ways to take care of your body after addiction, but they’re far less focused on or integrated into a program as are ways to heal your mind and spirit.

There are drugs that can be used to ease the physical withdrawal, but the main way your body heals after addiction is with time. To repair the severe damage that addiction can do to your brain, you have to wait. It can take years before your brain chemistry and functioning return to normal, and sometimes damage is permanent.

However, now there is a method of treating the physical damage from addiction, and it’s becoming more popular. It’s called Neurotransmitter Restoration (NTR), and it was developed by Dr. William Hitt many years ago. In the past several years, several rehabs have developed their own NTR programs with the goals of quickly repairing damage to the brain’s neurotransmitters and neurons that would otherwise take years to repair themselves.

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Remembering Glee’s Cory Monteith

Cory-Monteith-196x300In a tear-filled episode last night, Glee said goodbye to one of its beloved characters, Finn. It was a farewell episode and tribute to actor Cory Monteith, who died of a lethal heroin and alcohol combination in July 2013. It’s such a tragedy to watch someone, such as the talented and loving Cory Monteith, be committed to recovery, to go through recovery, and yet face repeated relapse or overdose. The question that many of us are left with is: what can be done to try and avoid this? What is missing in treatment regimes that leaves a person more at risk for this outcome?

Cory Monteith’s accidental overdose occurred months after he entered rehab, during a risky time for those new to recovery. An extremely dangerous period exists for those who have been in recovery but relapse. Without realizing that their tolerance levels have lowered, they often return to using the same amount they were before becoming sober. This can result in an overdose. Deadly mixes of drugs and alcohol can also lead to overdose. Read more

Get Back On Track: 10 Warning Signs of Relapse

Over the years, doctors and researchers have compiled information that points to specific attitudes, feelings or behaviors occur before the actual relapse “slip” does.Relapse (and the fear of relapse!) is a common occurrence in addiction recovery. Although relapse is something that most want to avoid, it’s important to remember that relapse can provide valuable insight into triggers or other aspects of your recovery that you need to focus more of your attention. Over the years, doctors and researchers have compiled information on specific attitudes, feelings or behaviors that indicate an elevated risk for relapse and that might occur before the actual relapse “slip” does.

Here are 10 warning signs of drug or alcohol relapse:

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“The Neuroscience of Detox” Free CEU Seminar & Open House, November 2, 2013

We are excited about our free CEU Seminar and Open House on November 2nd, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Our Executive Director, Jacquie Damgaard, Ph.D., and our Medical Consultant, Rhett Bergeron, M.D., will be presenting on the topic, The Neuroscience of Detox: Resetting Neurotransmitters and Receptor Systems for Long-Term Recovery.

In this seminar you will learn about:


Rhett Bergeron, M.D. and Jacquie Damgaard, Ph.D.

The use of brain imaging, neurotransmitter levels, and genetic marker profiles for assisting in decisions regarding planning for long-term recovery.

How individualized Lifestyle Evaluations are essential for making decisions regarding the next steps in aftercare for long-term recovery. 

Please come join us. Lunch will be provided. The Open House will also give you an opportunity to tour our facility, meet our knowledgeable staff and network with your colleagues. CEU Credits and Certificates of Attendance will be given. Remember to bring your business cards for networking!

This is a free event but seating is limited. Please register early to reserve your place.

“The Neuroscience of Detox”
November 2, 2013
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

ExecuCare Addiction Recovery Center
3985 Steve Reynolds Boulevard,
Building B, Suite A
Norcross, GA 30093
Phone: 770-817-0711

Register Today!



Fear and Denial: The Barriers to Success?

researchers identified two of the most common barriers to entering addiction treatment: fear and deniall.Are fear and denial keeping you from leading a healthy, happy life free from substance abuse?  According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.1 million people (ages 12+) are in need of treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, but only 2.5 million actually seek help. What is standing in the way? In a study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, researchers identified two of the most common barriers to entering addiction treatment: denial of a problem and fear of treatment. Read more

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