• Crystal Meth Comedown – Effects and Treatment
    Sunday, September 15th, 2019

    Crystal Meth Comedown – Effects and Treatment

    The crystal meth comedown is intense. It is characterized by: Excessive sleeping and lethargy The increased appetite (which is why the weight loss “virtue” is so temporary) Heightened anxiety...
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  • Danger and Effects of Xanax Bars
    Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

    Danger and Effects of Xanax Bars

    Typically prescribed as an anti-anxiety medication, Xanax is the most widely prescribed of all benzodiazepines as a method to alleviate anxiety and treat panic disorders. Unfortunately, it has also...
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  • Pushing Through Our Triggers
    Thursday, June 13th, 2019

    Pushing Through Our Triggers

      For some people it’s the actual sight or smell of their drugs of choice (alcohol, marijuana, heroin), for others, it’s their family members or certain friends and/or acquaintances,...
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  • Giving Hope
    Monday, June 10th, 2019

    Giving Hope

    Recently, a Pasadena native was admitted to her nearest hospital for a heart attack. The woman, a middle-aged crack cocaine addict was released later that night with prescriptions to...
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  • The Forever Stamp of My Recovery
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

    The Forever Stamp of My Recovery

         I arrived at Pax House, a drug recovery center in Pasadena, California knowing that my future was uncertain. I had absolutely no idea about how I was...
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  • Facing the Consequences
    Monday, June 3rd, 2019

    Facing the Consequences

    Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee a Pax IOP alumnus, whom we’ll call John Doe for the sake of anonymity, grew up in an affluent family. In high school,...
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  • Coming to Spirituality
    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

    Coming to Spirituality

        When I arrived at Pax House in Pasadena, California for treatment it was suggested to me that that I find a power greater than myself. The wonderful staff told...
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