Tag Archives: Detox

Nelsan Ellis: A Cautionary Tale About Detoxing Alone

On July 8, 2017, critically acclaimed actor and playwright, Nelsan Ellis, passed away at the Woodhull Medical Center in New York. He was best known for his award-winning role as Lafayette Reynolds in the hit HBO show, True Blood. He went on to star in films like The Soloist, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and Get […]

Family Dynamics Around Addiction and Recovery

Addiction of any kind and the recovery process affects family dynamics in multiple ways. People assume different roles throughout the process and grapple with the addiction on an individual basis. The best route is not always separation as that can leave the individual suffering from substance abuse without the resources to recover and at risk […]

5 Tenants of Recovery from Alcoholism and Addiction

Millions of people who struggle with alcoholism or addiction want recovery but do not fully understand the concept. They often imagine that recovery includes white-knuckling through urges to drink or use drugs again, while still staying the same person they were when their troubles began. A full recovery program should address multiple areas of an […]

How Long Do Drug Cravings Last During Withdrawal?

For a person contemplating entering recovery for their struggle with addiction, one of the biggest concerns revolves around experiencing physical cravings for their drug of choice. The idea of feeling the familiar,  urgent drive to indulge that craving but not having the option due to being in a residential or hospitalization program can be overwhelming.  […]

Why Medically-Supervised Detoxing Is Best


When a person is addicted to alcohol or drugs, they often find themselves in need of detoxification, also called detox. The idea of going cold turkey off alcohol, prescription drugs, or street drugs frightens most people. Still, getting off the substance they abuse is critical to their physical and mental health. Even when a person […]

Taking the long view

Justin came to us with severe alcohol withdrawal. When we used a breathalyzer, he tested beyond the lethal limit. Note that was “lethal” not “legal”—that means the point at which someone could be dead. So after initial medical assessment, we sent Justin to the hospital. He remained under observation for a while, and was then […]

Naloxone & Naltrexone Training next Wednesday

As part of Valiant Living’s educational initiative for service providers, we are offering a training on the use of Naloxone and Naltrexone in overdose and stabilization. Please let us know if you hare interested in joining us by RSVPing to tmiller@valiantliving.com. Details are below: Wednesday, March 13 11:30am to 1:30pm 7120 E. Orchard Rd 4th […]

Valiant Living Detox Center—three weeks in

Three weeks in, and we are off to a great start at Valiant Living’s new detox center. We officially opened and began serving clients on January 7th. This “interventional detox” approach creates a safe landing place for clients struggling with chemical addictions and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, and trauma. Our full treatment team […]