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Manhattan, NY Based Train Accident Lawyer Discusses Upcoming NTSB Valhalla Train Crash Report

New York City, NY, 05/25/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

As reported by CBS New York, the National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) is set to release the results of its investigation of a deadly train accident that took place two years ago in Valhalla, New York.

The crash, which occurred on February 3, 2015 in the evening hours, involved a commuter train on Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem Line. The train struck a vehicle, killing the car’s driver and six people in the train. Fifteen other people were seriously injured in the crash.

The CBS report states that her SUV “became caught in heavy traffic on the railroad crossing…” According to the husband of the female motorist killed in the crash, the crossing was dangerous.

Final NTSB Report Expected

The news report states that, although the NTSB report has not yet been released, preliminary documents in the investigation hint at certain factors being responsible for the accident. The driver’s husband says he believes the report will contain a discussion of a failure of a “preemptive traffic light system.”

According to the story, the light is controlled by the State Department of Transportation on the Taconic Parkway and should have turned green to ensure the area surrounding the railroad crossing was free of traffic. The report also states that the NTSB has said the light did not turn green at the time of the accident, causing traffic to back up from the intersection to the crossing.

The news report goes on to state that the crossing remains essentially unchanged from the night of the crash, save for the addition of a sign.  

NYC Train Accident Lawyer Discusses Railroad Crashes  

New York City auto accident lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter explains, “Although rail travel is statistically much safer than traveling by car, railroad accidents are not a rare event. An Amtrak crash in 2015 carrying over 200 passengers from Washington, D.C. to New York killed seven passengers. In December 2013, another Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx, injuring 63 people and killing four. These are just two of the most recent deadly train disasters in the United States.”

Railroad disasters are in fact common enough that a recent CBS News report lists 11 major catastrophic train accidents in recent history, with the accidents occurring between 1993 and 2015. In several of the crashes, hundreds of passengers were injured.

If you have been involved in a train accident or train derailment, it’s important to speak to an experienced New York City train accident and mass transit accident lawyer as soon as possible. Act quickly to protect your rights.   

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Doylestown, PA Eating Disorder Program For Women Goes Live

Princeton Junction, NJ, 05/25/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Summit Behavioral Health in Doylestown, Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the opening of their multi-level eating disorder treatment program.

Doylestown, PA Eating Disorder Program for Women

This comprehensive program is designed for women ages 18 and older who are suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. Women who attend Summit’s eating disorder program will find a real-life atmosphere that provides a therapeutic environment with experiential modalities emulating real life situations. With a brand-new kitchen, women will have the opportunity to create a new, healthy relationship with food and with themselves. They will learn to develop meal plans and prepare food with Summit’s qualified staff, and learn what it is to have healthy and fulfilling interactions with food.

Summit Behavioral Health’s eating disorder treatment program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach that involves an integrated team of clinical, medical, and nutritional providers. Their collaboration is the key to treating every woman in the program individually and holistically. The modalities of treatment that women receive include individual and group support, as well as family support, which is essential to integrating their new recovery and coping skills into their everyday life. The team of experts at Summit focus on the systems approach to healthy recovery. That approach involves addressing all aspects of the clients’ lives including the women themselves, their families, and their environments. This approach provides women in the program with the best chance for favorable outcomes and long-lasting recovery from eating disorders.

Summit’s holistic approach to treatment, in both their addiction programs and their new eating disorder program, include a variety of services that treat the whole client – mind, body, and spirit. Some of these services include group and individual therapy, intensive trauma work, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, multi-family groups, educational classes, and holistic services like yoga, among others.

About Summit Behavioral Health

Summit Behavioral Health, a provider of various holistic treatment programs for addiction to drugs and alcohol, believes this expansion into eating disorder treatment is in line with their core values of providing hope and healing to those who are suffering with life-threatening conditions. Individualized care for each client is at the core of those values. Helping clients connect with their treatment mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and approaching it with love and compassion is at the very heart of Summit’s mission and vision.

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How A Trademark Lawyer Can Help You Protect Your Brand

Dallas, TX, United States, 05/25/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Whether you sell goods and/or services, you want to protect your business brand by preventing others from misusing it to hurt your image. In many cases, a trademark lawyer can help you get maximum legal protection for your brand.

What Is A Trademark?

Your trade mark is your brand name for one or more goods that you sell. You can express this brand in multiple ways, including a name, symbol, words, device, or a combination of these with the purpose of identifying your good(s) separately from competitors.

If you have not registered your trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), you may assert your unregistered mark as your brand by adding a superscripted “TM” to it.

However, to reduce the risk of getting into legal hot water, it’s a good idea to have a trademark attorney review your unregistered mark and have a search performed to see if there are competing claims to the mark or one similar to it.

What Is A Service Mark?

Just as a trademark is a brand for your good(s), a service mark is a brand for one or more services that you sell. If you don’t have a registered service mark with the USPTO, you may assert your unregistered service mark by adding a superscripted “SM” to it.

However, just like an unregistered trademark, you’ll probably want to have an experienced trademark attorney review your unregistered service mark to see if there are legal risks, including potential competing claims to the mark by others.

What Is A Registered Mark, Mark Renewal, and Abandonment?

If your trademark or service mark qualifies under federal law, you can apply to register it with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for extra legal protection under U.S. law. For a registered mark, you add a superscripted “R” inside of a circle.

Why register?

A registered mark receives special protections under U.S. federal law that are unavailable to unregistered marks. For example, a registered mark creates a legal presumption nationwide that you own the mark with exclusive right to use it for the goods and/or services for which you registered it with the USPTO.

If you are building a brand for products and/or services, this is why it typically makes sense to take advantage of USPTO registration for your mark if it is eligible.

Most mark owners retain an experienced trademark lawyer to handle the application process.
This typically includes preliminary work to determine whether you should apply for registration, such as a comprehensive search of federal, state and common law marks that may conflict with the mark you want to register. This search is important because the federal database of registered marks, the USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), does not include state and common law unregistered marks that may conflict with the mark you want to register.

In addition, your trademark attorney will use the USPTO Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual to properly classify and describe the goods and/or services for which you’re seeking registration. This is very important because you want the registration to protect your brand but not be overbroad so that it inaccurately covers goods or services unrelated to what your brand is. For example, if your mark is the unique name of your restaurant chain, the description shouldn’t be so broad that it covers children’s swimwear you don’t sell in your restaurants.

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Bad Drivers Live Locally Says Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer Rand Spear

Philadelphia, PA, USA, 05/25/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Drivers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey rank as some of the nation’s worst drivers, according to a study released earlier this year by insurance company EverQuote. The company uses a smart phone app, EverDrive, to warn drivers of dangerous driving behavior. That information was compiled for drivers across the county. This high tech tool just confirms what those of us living here already know says Philadelphia car accident lawyer Rand Spear; you need to be extra careful when you’re out on the roads.

The company found that those from the following states were the worst drivers overall: New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Pennsylvania drivers came in as the fifth worst when it came to breaking speed limits.

Only California drivers had heavier lead feet than those from New Jersey and Pennsylvania when it came to acceleration.

Not surprisingly New Jersey drivers had the second sharpest braking in the country; those from Pennsylvania came in as the fourth worst.

The two states also broke into the bottom five when it came to poor turning skills.

Rankings are based on drivers’ phone use, speeding, acceleration, braking and turning.

Northeastern states (including Pennsylvania and New Jersey) as a region have the country’s worst drivers with those from the South ranked next in poor driving. Nearly half of Northeastern drivers’ trips involved speeding.

The safest drivers, overall, are from the Midwest. The country’s safest drivers are from Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, North Dakota and South Dakota.


If our collective driving were a high school Driver’s Ed course, we would get a “C+.” Nationally drivers received an average safe driving score of 79 out of 100 under the National Center for Education Statistics grade point average scale.

Speeding is the most common unsafe driving habit. Ranking with the lowest national average safety rating of 79 out of 100, speeding was the biggest unsafe driving offense, compared to phone use (80), hard braking (83), risky acceleration (85) and hard turns (86).

Men and women largely share driving habits though men are less like to talk on the phone while driving however, men are more likely to speed.

Those younger than 21 are only rated slightly worse drivers than those older than 21 and both groups are just as likely to break speed limits. Younger drivers are 15% more likely to use their phones while driving.

The EverDrive app was first developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Science Intelligence Lab. Information from the app was gathered from 15,000 drivers for three months who drove about 18 million miles, analyzing who had the best and worst driving habits.

We help vehicle accident victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, people who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and ending up being injured because of mistakes made by others. We help our clients get the medical care and rehabilitation they need and fair compensation for the injuries they’ve suffered. Quite often our clients have been injured by the habits of those who don’t follow the rules and we are here to help.

Have you been injured in a vehicle accident caused by a dangerous driver who violated the rules of road? Don’t wait to speak to a personal injury lawyer about your case. Protect your rights- visit us on the web or call Philadelphia and New Jersey car accident lawyer Rand Spear now at 877-GET-RAND.


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Andy Woolf, CEO, US Of Bionical Named As PM360 ELITE Disruptor

Hillsborough, NJ, USA, 05/25/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Bionical, a partner to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, is pleased to announce that Andy Woolf, CEO, US has been named to PM360’s 2017 Elite list in the Disruptors category. The winners from this prestigious award were released on May 23rd.

Bionical prides itself on disrupting the norm. With a specialty in healthcare, and an expert team of psychologists trained in uncovering user motivations, the company is perfectly positioned to create and foster improved communication with patients that drives adherence and ultimately leads to improved outcomes.

The company’s flagship engagement platform, MED Select™, was created to increase engagement between sales reps and HCPs and HCPs and patients. It accomplished this through customizing educational pieces created for patients, speaking in their language, and showing images and graphics that are representative of individuals with a particular diagnosis. Up next for Andy and the Digital team at Bionical is to create additional products to be utilized by patients and sales reps to further enhance the patient experience.

On being named to the PM360 Elite Disruptors list, Andy Woolf comments, “It’s an honor to be named among such inspiring individuals. I view this recognition as an illustration of how Bionical is advancing the conversation in patient care. I look forward to working with our digital and creative teams to develop further solutions that help us in our mission to improve patient outcomes.”

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About Bionical

Bionical provides high quality solutions to pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and public health companies in the global healthcare industry.

With a mission to improve health outcomes, the services offered at Bionical accelerate product and treatment development and enhance communication and engagement with healthcare professionals and patients. Bionical’s services span the product lifecycle and include comparator supply for clinical trials, contract research support, clinical educator services, field sales teams, call center support, recruitment, digital and educational platforms.

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Airline Accident Lawyer Discusses How the Montreal Convention Protects You During International Travel

New York City, NY, 05/24/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

As the recent disturbing incident involving a passenger violently removed from a United Airlines flight shows, few airline passengers are aware of their rights.

What happens if you’re injured on a flight? What if another passenger assaults you? What if you trip over another passenger’s carry-on and suffer a concussion in the middle of the plane’s aisle? These are all incidents that can happen. And when you’re on an international flight, being injured on an airplane or in an airport can be especially overwhelming.

Whether you’re flying halfway around the world for a business meeting, or you’re traveling to Mexico for a beach vacation, it’s important to know your rights. Fortunately, an international airline treaty provides passengers with the right to receive money damages for injuries sustained during international air travel.

What Is the Montreal Convention?

Created in 1999, the Montreal Convention provides compensation to passengers who sustain injuries on international flights. The U.S. became a signatory in 1999, and over 120 countries around the world have also signed — with more coming on board from year to year.

Generally, passengers are covered by the Montreal Convention as long as they are traveling between two countries that have signed on. Furthermore, the passenger is covered even if they are injured while traveling on a domestic part of the trip, such as a long journey that involves a flight from Los Angeles, a layover in New York, and then an Atlantic crossing to London. In that scenario, the passenger would be covered even if the injury happened on the flight from Los Angeles to New York.   

NYC Airline Accident Lawyer Discusses Airline Injuries  

New York City airline accident lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter states, “When most people think of airline accidents, they think only of large scale disasters. In reality, the majority of airline accidents involve injuries like slips and falls, injuries caused by turbulence, and other less catastrophic incidents.”

The Montreal Convention also allows injured passengers to file a claim in their own country, as long as the airline on which the injury occurred operates within the passenger’s primary country of residence. This eliminates the headaches of trying to bring a claim in a foreign country.   

If you have been injured in an aviation accident while flying domestically or internationally, protect your rights as soon as possible. Talk to a New York City airline accident lawyer today to discuss your options.


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Federal Drug Defense Lawyer On The Trump Administration’s New Prosecution Policy

Dallas, TX, USA, 05/23/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

On May 10, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to all federal prosecutors that significantly changed the landscape for federal drug cases, reports John Helms, a federal drug defense lawyer based in Dallas. The Attorney General heads the United States Department of Justice and therefore sets policies that Justice Department employees, including federal prosecutors, must follow.  A memo from the Attorney General is official Justice Department policy and must therefore be followed by federal prosecutors.

This memo tells federal prosecutors that they must “charge and pursue the most serious, readily probable offense.” Charging something less serious should be unusual and requires supervisory approval and a written justification in the file.

This may not sound like a significant change, but it is. It means that federal prosecutors must charge crimes with the highest mandatory minimum sentence that the prosecutor thinks can be proven, even if the prosecutor thinks the mandatory minimum sentence is too harsh for the facts, says federal drug defense attorney Helms.

A mandatory minimum sentence means that, if a defendant is convicted by a guilty plea or a trial, the defendant cannot be sentenced to LESS THAN the minimum sentence that applies to the crime.

Most federal crimes do not have mandatory minimum sentences. By far the most commonly charged type of federal crime with mandatory minimum sentences is drug distribution. For federal drug crimes, the amount of drugs is the most significant factor in determining the mandatory minimum sentence.

For example, a first offense for distribution of 500 grams or more of cocaine with no death or serious bodily injury carries a 5-year mandatory minimum. If it is 5 kilos or more, the mandatory minimum is 10 years.

Here is how the Sessions Memo works. Let’s say it can be proved that a person was involved with a group of people who together distributed 6 kilos of cocaine. Before the Sessions Memo, a prosecutor who thought, for example, that someone was less responsible than the others could charge that person with 500 grams or more, with a 5-year mandatory minimum. The prosecutor could threaten to increase the charge to 5 kilos (10-year mandatory minimum) if the person insisted on going to trial. Now, the prosecutor MUST charge the 5 kilos (10-year minimum), and the situations when the charge could be reduced are rare. This gives prosecutors less flexibility.

It also means that defendants whose recommended sentence, according to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, is less than the mandatory minimum, are far more likely to receive a sentence that is more than the recommendation of the Federal Sentencing Commission, which is charged with studying and recommending federal criminal sentences; even with the best drug defense attorney on their side. Before the Sessions Memo, those defendants could be charged with a lower mandatory minimum to avoid this.

There are two ways to avoid a mandatory minimum sentence. First, if a person provides “substantial assistance” to the government in investigating or prosecuting another person, the prosecutor can ask the judge to sentence the defendant below the mandatory minimum. The problem is that many defendants do not know enough information to tell the government something they do not already know or do not have the opportunity to testify against someone else because everyone they know pleads guilty. Also, there is no precise definition of “substantial assistance,” and some federal prosecutors are rarely willing to agree that a defendant’s assistance has been “substantial” unless they testify at trial.

If a prosecutor has a reputation for being stingy with substantial assistance credit, and the prosecutor must charge the highest mandatory minimum, there may be little reason for a defendant to cooperate with the government. This could mean more trials, which use valuable federal prosecutorial and judicial resources.

The second way to avoid a mandatory minimum is through the “safety valve” statute, 18 U.S.C section 3553(f). To qualify for it, you must satisfy these criteria:

1.  You must have almost no criminal history.

2.  You must not have used violence or credible threats of violence and not have possessed a firearm or other dangerous weapon.

3.  The crime did not involve death or serious bodily injury.

4.  You must not be an organizer, leader, manager, or supervisor of others in the crime.

5.  You must provide all information you have to the government about the crime and all criminal activity linked to it.

If you qualify for the safety valve, the mandatory minimum will not apply.

Under the Sessions Memo, prosecutors will have less ability to help make sure that sentences really fit the crime. Unless one of the two exceptions applies, there is nothing a judge can do about this, because a mandatory minimum sentence will tie the judge’s hands.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a drug crime in the Dallas area, you should strongly consider hiring someone who really knows the ins and outs of the law. Contact federal drug defense lawyer John Helms at (214) 666-8010 or fill out the online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and freedom.

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Auto Accident Lawyer In New York City Discusses The Dangers Of Wet Roads

New York City, NY, 05/23/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Spring is often called a time of renewal. It’s a time when people get to hang up their winter coats and look forward to warmer weather. Although the weather during springtime can be unpredictable — shifting rapidly between cold and warm — rain is generally something you can count on happening in the months leading up to summer.

If you’re driving in the springtime, it’s important to remember that wet roads can be just as dangerous as snowy ones. As you hit the road this spring, you should always make safety your top priority.

NYC Auto Accident Lawyer Discusses Crashes Caused by Wet Roads

New York City auto accident lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter states, “It’s easy to underestimate the dangers posed by wet roads. Most people assume that icy or snowy conditions are the most dangerous to drive in, but the presence of oil and other substances on roadways makes them extremely slippery once it starts raining.”

Statistics shows that roads don’t have to be snow-covered to pose a serious threat to motorists’ safety.    

Rain has a much larger impact on road safety than you might think. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Road Weather Management Program, over 950,000 accidents happen each year due to wet pavement. These accidents injure over 384,000 thousand people and result in an estimated 4,700 deaths annually.  

Staying Safe When You Drive in the Rain

If you have to drive in the rain — and chances are good that you will — keep the following safety tips in mind:

Take it slow. It’s important to slow down, especially when the rain first starts, as the oil slicks on the road will be extremely slippery during this time.
Know how to handle hydroplaning. Remember that it takes just one-twelfth of an inch of water combined with a speed of 35 miles per hour or above to create a hydroplaning effect in a vehicle. If you start to hydroplane, remove your foot from the accelerator but don’t press the brake. Keep the wheel steady until your vehicle stops hydroplaning.
Don’t drive into standing water. Never, under any circumstances, drive into standing water. It doesn’t take much water to flood a vehicle’s engine, making it impossible to drive to safety.
Stay off cruise. Don’t use your cruise control in rainy weather.
Adjust for glare and low visibility. Keep in mind that rain causes light to reflect, which reduces motorists’ visibility. Allow more distance between your vehicle and the vehicles around you to ensure you see cars’ taillights in time to slow down or stop safely.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, protect your rights by speaking to an experienced New York City auto accident lawyer as soon as possible.


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NYC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Discusses Rise In Pedestrian Deaths

New York City, NY, 05/23/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

According to a new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian fatalities increased by 11 percent in 2016 alone — the biggest single-year increase ever and highest number in more than 20 years.

The report states that the three main reasons for the spike in pedestrian deaths include:

An improved economy
More pedestrian traffic
Distraction due to more use of technology

Researchers also identified alcohol as a leading cause of fatal traffic accidents, including accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians.  

The executive director of the GHSA called the study’s findings “alarming,” stating, “There’s been an assumption that, because of increased safety of vehicles as we move toward semi-autonomous vehicles, that traffic deaths were going to go down. We’re seeing just the opposite, unfortunately, with a particular spike as it relates to pedestrians and cyclists.”

Safety experts have called the current traffic climate a “perfect storm” of more cars on the road due to a rebounding economy, and more distracted drivers and pedestrians on the roads due to more widespread use of smartphones and electronic devices.

NYC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Discusses States from the GHSA Report

New York City pedestrian accident lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter states, “The statistics included in the GHSA’s report reveal that we have a lot of work to do when it comes to reducing distractions behind the wheel and, for pedestrians, right in the palm of a person’s hand. No one should ever be involved in a serious or deadly accident because they couldn’t wait to read a text or respond to an email.”

According to the report:

Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2016.
82% of pedestrian fatalities occurred outside of intersections.
The number of pedestrian deaths is projected to be 11% higher than 2015 and 22% higher than 2014.
One-third of pedestrians killed in accidents had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above.
15% of pedestrians killed each year are killed by drunk drivers.

The safety experts behind the report stated that pedestrian fatalities could be reduced by lowering speed limits, implementing better road designs, and installing more sidewalks.

If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, or you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you have important rights. Protect your rights as soon as possible by speaking to an experienced lawyer about your options. Talk to a New York City pedestrian accident lawyer today to discuss your case.


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Summit Detox Treatment Center NJ Explains Why You Shouldn’t Detox At Home

New Jersey, 05/23/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

When you are suffering from drug or alcohol dependence or addiction, the natural inclination to remedy it is to simply stop using the substance. And that way of thinking is right to a certain extent – abstinence is the best course of action when dealing with addiction. However, just stopping drugs or alcohol is easier said than done. Addiction is not an issue of self-control or willpower, so it usually cannot be treated with a simple decision to stop. As a matter of fact, attempting to stop using drugs or alcohol cold turkey on your own is not only ineffective in most cases, it can also be dangerous. As you will see it makes much more sense to go to medically supervised drug detox at Serenity Treatment in New Jersey. The following are some of the risks of detoxing from drugs or alcohol at home.

Risks of At-Home Drug or Alcohol Detox
Relapse – Detoxing from drugs or alcohol isn’t an easy or comfortable experience. There are both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms to contend with that vary with the substance and the specifics of its use. While in the throes of withdrawal, sometimes in pain but certainly feeling cravings and the urge to use, it is far too easy for someone to relapse. The knowledge that there is something that will make all the discomfort, agitation, and craving go away make it very difficult to not pick up that drug or alcohol again.
Overdose – When someone is addicted to a drug and they suddenly stop using it, the body automatically begins to recalibrate itself – the tolerance that a person once had to the drug immediately begins to change. That means that even if the period of attempted detox is short, what was once a normal dose can become enough to overdose due to the changes that have already occurred. Without emergency medical care, this can prove to be deadly.
Medical Issues – Withdrawal symptoms vary by substance, but for some drugs they can be severe. For example, withdrawal from alcohol can be serious, including delirium tremens, which affects the nervous system, seizures, coma, and death. Monitoring symptoms at home just isn’t safe enough if those complications occur. Additionally, a person may have underlying medical concerns that become problematic during detox because they were unrecognized during active addiction.
Mental Health Issues – Many people who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction have underlying mental health conditions that they are, knowingly or unknowingly, trying to medicate themselves for. During detox, these conditions can become overwhelming. If you are detoxing at home, it may be hard to tell the difference between the anxiety, agitation, irritability, and depression that are normal aspects of withdrawal and genuine mental illness. Failure to treat a co-occurring mental disorder while in recovery most often leads to relapse.
What is the Best Way to Detox From Drugs or Alcohol?

The truth is, while it may be more appealing to detox from drugs or alcohol in the comfort of home, detox is most safely done in an inpatient detox facility. There are several reasons for this. The detox will be supervised by medical professionals who monitor patients to manage withdrawal symptoms and to be there if emergency medical attention is needed. In a detox facility, there is also the option of using prescribed medications (like benzodiazepines) in small doses to help alleviate some of the discomfort of withdrawal. These medications are only used for a short period of time to help patients over the hump, and then they are weaned off slowly. Patients in drug detox treatment will also have around-the-clock support from staff, doctors, and nurses.

The Benefits of Medically Supervised Detox

Going to a medically supervised detox treatment center provides patients with a wide range of support – both medical and psychiatric – that can help protect them from the risks listed above. While there is no guarantee that any type of detox facility will prevent medical or mental health complications from happening, within the detox facility there are personnel and procedures in place to manage them safely. A facility has both medical and psychiatric professionals standing by to monitor patients from the time that they start treatment, offering medication and support as needed throughout the detox process.

Additionally, people who detox in a facility are more likely to actually complete detox without relapsing than those who try to detox at home, also avoiding the dangers of overdose while there.

The support and encouragement that patients receive in detox treatment from addiction treatment staff, doctors, nurses, and the peer support from other patients, far exceeds what they would be able to get at home. Even if a person has a loving and supportive family, their needs during detox will likely exceed what they have the ability to provide. To put it simply, there is just no substitute for the around-the-clock, comprehensive care that the professional staff and peer support can provide in an inpatient detox treatment facility.

Choosing to detox from drugs or alcohol is a personal decision, as is how a person chooses to go about it. However, the best and safest option is choosing a detox facility where all needs – medical and psychiatric – will be met and managed. Reach out now to find out more about what Serenity at Summit has to offer with their medically supervised drug detox program.

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