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Benzodiazepines Addiction & Treatment

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Benzodiazepines are often used therapeutically to produce sedation, induce sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, and to prevent seizures. Benzodiazepines act as hypnotics in high doses, anxiolytics in moderate doses, and sedatives in low doses. Benzodiazepines effect the central nervous system functions and are classified as depressants. They are more commonly referred to as “benzos” or “benzies” and are ingestible in pill form or injected.

Benzodiazepines can be found in many medications, including, but not limited to:
Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Tranxene (clorazepate), Paxipam (Halazepam), Centrax (prazepam), Klonopin/Clonopin (Clonazepam), Serax (oxazepam), Restoril (temazepam), ProSom (estazolam), Dalmane (flurazepam)

*Rohypnol (Flunitrazepam) is a benzodiazepine not manufactured or legally marketed in the United States, however it is often smuggled in by traffickers. This drug is often referred to as a “roofie” and is known as both a “party drug” and a “date rape” drug. It often is found to be popular among younger users.

Effects of Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepine use can lead to amnesia, hostility, irritability, vivid or disturbing dreams, as well as tolerance and physical dependence. Use with alcohol or another depressant can lead to death, and often benzodiazepine abuse is particularly high among heroin and cocaine abusers.

Lasting/Long-Term Effects
Benzodiazepines target the emotional response system (limbic) of the brain, rather than the entire central nervous system. This leads to fewer long term effects than other drugs, however continued use can lead to physical and psychological dependence as well as addiction. Due to a tolerance developed to benzodiazepines, users must increase their doses in order to achieve the desired effects. Over an extended period of time, users find themselves unable to sleep without the aid of benzodiazepines.

Users are often very adept at hiding their benzodiazepine addiction from loved ones, as they will explain symptoms as stress and/or anxiety over external problems. However, it is important that when the addict enters treatment that he/she seeks out a medically-supervised detox program. It is critical that the addict follow-up their detox program with an intensive inpatient rehabilitation treatment program. For more information on a medically-supervised detox and/or inpatient rehabilitation treatment, call us now at 1-877-548-4794.

All about Growing Summer Squash in Your Garden

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Summer squash is one of the all time most popular vegetables grown in a vegetable garden. Summer squash is, as the name implies, a warm growing season vegetable. It can grow in most parts of the US during the warm months. Summer squash grows on bush plants well suited for rows, rather than vining squash plants like winter squash, or pumpkins.

These vining varieties of winter squash need to be grown on a hill or a trellis. Hills are not needed for summer squash, as there are no vines. The main varieties of summer squash are scallop, crookneck, zucchini, and cocozelle. Once the last chance of frost has passed, plant seeds one per square foot, following the depth guides on the seed package.

Summer squash has a shallow feeder root system, so routine moisture is a requirement, as well as having well drained soil. The fruits ripen quite fast, and unlike winter squash, summer squash needs to be harvested before the skin becomes tough and woody. The woody texture, and off flavors occur when the fruits hit maturity. Summer squash produces every two days, the squash are ready a week after the flowers appear. Picking squash from the plant encourages it to grow more fruits, allowing the extras to remain on the plant wastes energy that could be devoted to growing more squashes. Summer squash does not keep long after being harvested. Use them immediately, or the next day at the latest. As always, leave an inch of stem on the fruit when you cut it off the plant, this will help it stay fresher longer.

Some gardeners pick the baby fruits at only two days of growth, these ‘gourmet’ squashes are extremely tender and quite delicious. You can even eat the florets with the green pea sized squashes just emerging, both raw and cooked. Handle your harvest with care, as the skin is still thin since it has not reached maturity.

Summer squash produces both male and female flowers at the same time. The males have a thin stem, and the females have a small squash forming in them. You can pinch off most of the male flowers, to help the plant focus on fruit production. You do not need to peel summer squash, in fact – don’t, it’s where all the nutrients reside.

Learning to grow summer squash in your backyard is just that easy.