Adult Acne: Blasting Zits Into Oblivion

My name is Jamie Turner and when I turned 22, I started to form a horrible case of acne. I used every cleanser and lotion I could find and I even asked my physician for a topical steroid cream to clear up the zits on my face. After six months of treatment, my physician completed a blood test that concluded that a hormone imbalance was causing my acne. I started on therapy to control the amount of estrogen my body produced. The therapy along with a good diet and exercise regimen helped to clear up my acne. I am sharing my story, because acne is not just a condition that affects teenagers. It can affect adults at any age, and it can cause a great deal of embarrassment. Don't let your acne go untreated. Read my blog instead and learn about both natural and medical treatments that can help you.

Top 4 Heroin Detox Tips

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If you've made the decision to quit your heroin addiction you must prepare for the long journey ahead. There will be emotional and physical difficulties that you need to overcome. You can't do this without guidance. Here are four tips to help you detox so you will be successful in your recovery:

1. Establish a support system

You cannot do this alone. You need people by your side to give you strength when you don't have it and who will make sure you're safe. This is why it's important to have a team. Here are the people you need:

  • A close friend or family member who can monitor you and take care of you in the detox stage
  • A therapist or life coach who can help you sort your emotions and addiction
  • A medical professional who can make sure you're safe physically
  • An addiction specialist from an outpatient drug rehab who can design a recovery plan and give you more tips

2. Distract yourself

The best way of dealing with detox is using distractions. The busier you keep yourself, the less you will focus on your withdrawal symptoms and your cravings. Here are some ideas:

  • Spend all your time with family and friends. Ask that they don't bring up your addiction or detox.
  • Watch drug-free comedy shows and movies.
  • Write.
  • Play board or video games.
  • Go to a gym. If you're feeling sick, take a walk in your neighborhood instead.
  • Cook.

3. Have home remedies available

At some point during detox, you're likely going to feel pretty miserable. You will feel like you have the flu. When this happens, have a good friend or relative there to care for you. Have some of these remedies available to help you:

  • Laxatives and anti-diarrhea medicine for digestive problems
  • Anti-nausea and vomiting medicine
  • Gatorade and soup so you can stay hydrated and nourished
  • Pain reliever

4. Deal with cravings

While you're detoxing and dealing with the symptoms of heroin withdrawal, you will get cravings that can seem overwhelming. You need a plan to deal with the temptation to use again. Here are some tips on dealing with cravings:

  • Set a timer for fifteen minutes. Repeat "no" out loud when the desire to use gets very strong. Your craving should pass by the time the timer goes off.
  • Write a list of reasons why you want to quit heroin. For example, you want to save money or not go to jail.
  • Eat chocolate.
  • Leave. Something in your environment may have triggered you. For example, if you're at home, go to a coffee shop.
  • Call a friend, relative, counselor, or addiction specialist.
  • Exercise.

These are four tips that will help you get through heroin detox. For more information, resources, and support, contact an addiction specialist at an outpatient drug rehab center like Stepping Stones Recovery Center.


25 March 2016