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CITA is a detox center where we always try to keep updated about the latest news and developments in our field: addictions treatments. We believe that the development and continuous improvement are the best way to continue to maintain our high level of satisfaction among our patients. Today we want to echo the news of a doctoral dissertation at the University Cardenal Herrera (Castellón) that points to the possibility of using topiramate for the treatment of cocaine addiction.

Cocaine treatment

A new and exciting development in the treatment of addictions. Dr. Rosa Lopez, from CEU Cardenal Herrera University in Castellón, has presented a study that points to a new possibility in the treatment of cocaine addiction. According to the study presented topiramate have shown effective in preventing the harmful effects of cocaine at the molecular level.

The dissertation (which is available here ) is set up from the concept of addiction as a disease that causes changes in the structure and functioning of the brain. Many studies have analyzed the way that addiction affects brain activity and disposal.

tratamiento de cocaina

Research also suggests a new adverse effect of cocaine at the neuronal level. Cocaine administration in rats have damaged the spatial memory of lessons learned before cocaine use and caused a decline in the activity of the NF-B protein, which would relate to the problems of memory retrieval that causes such drug.

The human application cocaine treatment with topiramate

Although we are still far from speaking of a new treatment for humans, the research of Dr. Lopez Pedrajas suggests new possibilities for the treatment of addictions. Cocaine abuse is a problem that affects particularly Spain, the second largest consumer of this material and outstanding leader within Europe.



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Alcohol, perception and risks | Detox centers.

Alcoholism treatment is one of the most applied in detox centers. Within the world of toxic alcohol has a special -unique- role. First, unlike other toxic, alcohol is a substance commonly used, tolerated and even encouraged by society. Alcohol is present in rituals, public events etc. and consuming alcohol is not perceived in a similar way of consuming other substances marked by the stigma of bad conduct or even illegitimate. Alcohol, which has always been linked to leisure and celebration in our society, has been associated in recent times perhaps harder than ever, to a form of nightlife. It is also a form of consumption that is linked inherently to overconsumption. It’s a habit that frequently is considered harmless to health. There is a widespread view that the consumption of alcohol, even when done excessively, no sequelae if it is just timely. Few associate this practice to the development of a disease (alcoholism) and very few know that, as recent studies show, that excessive consumption itself leaves a mark on the body. Today, on the site of the Center for Research and Treatment of Addiction (CITA) will talk about this recent research.


According to the conclusions of various scientific research papers, excessive intake regularly, ie abuse made ​​by young people from alcohol during weekends is more serious than suspected and one of the most striking results its the damage in the DNA of young consumers.

Typically, references made to the organ damage caused by alcohol take into account the research carried out in alcoholics with chronic disorders caused by prolonged intake abusive for years. However, the objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of alcohol on young, healthy people.

The idea that led to this study was born in university classrooms, finding some teachers in the early hours of Monday that a number of students showed inattention and indefinite discomfort as a result of having consumed alcohol during immoderately weekend before.

Next, set the target of the investigation to assess the oxidative damage caused by the consumption of alcoholic beverages in this group of students. The first conclusion was that young people who drank weekends were twice as oxidative damage than comparison group.

Given these results, they decided to also assess whether the DNA of these young drinkers were affected. In this case, the results showed that the group exposed to alcohol quintupled the number of damaged cells.

And although the researchers caution that it can not be said that there is a significant DNA damage because these young people have not yet been chronically exposed to alcohol, detection of some damage should be assessed at its true and stimulate future studies and preventive policies.

Each year, alcohol kills 320,000 young people between 19 and 25 years, in addition to physical and psychological damage difficult to quantify.


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Detoxification centers | A day to live
In detox centers have a certain routine. In that we are no different from anywhere else.Today we dedicate a space on the web from the center to leave the testimony of a patient tells of a day in the Center for Research and Treatment of Addiction (CITA); one day as ordinary as exceptional. Here, on the website of the clinic, we like to publish from time to time testimonies that patients pay us. The testimonies have several functions and meet objectives that we consider important. First, show the reality of a detox center. A reality that often, should get rid of myths and prejudices. Moreover the inclusion of testimonies gives us the opportunity to talk to those who perhaps hesitate to undertake the path that will get rid of an addiction. This path is always difficult to start and for that, these testimonials offer recognizable models, people who have already made a part of this journey that others will have to go.


What a wonderful sunday. Although the day started cloudy, it was a perfect day because, from seven in the morning, we were expecting the desired output. Go find the horses, wash them (especially Fado, which is not that he was dirty, but had reached a new level of dirt) and saddling. What we do every day routine, that day it was not. It was a special day.

On leaving, we were slog, enjoying the scenery. Suddenly, came the costs and then… go at full gallop. What a wonderful feeling. A way that you do every day is suddenly special. And so on, we alternating trot and canter, to the lookout and beyond, through a gorge where the high walls of each room shows the long roots hanging down to the ground from the trees that were on the slope.

Earlier, we had lunch in a clearing. Seemed a bespoke site: rocks to sit, or vegetation like that in a dense jungle, and tranquility.

Back at the clinic was curious to realize that what had taken us two hours and peak way we did in an hour and a half back. It’s amazing how what you do every day can become magical suddenly, making you feel new sensations and, best of all, free feel in the middle of nowhere. It was a day to enjoy, a day to live.



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In the recovery process, people with dependence on substances need to be vigilant about negative automatic thoughts, as these can lead them to make bad decisions, reduce attention and re-using.
Negative automatic thoughts are misleading and allow one to find «logical arguments» to keep and even take them out. For example:
Automatic thought «What a good food, I sit right now a good beer now».
Distortion of thought: You think you will be able to control your drinking. Although often experience a brief rise of tone mood when you start drinking, discomfort ensues after not being able to take only a beer and just losing control. After three or four beers, one is flooded with rage, depressed and start discussions. It will end up losing the temper and feeling guilty. Next morning, he wakes up with a hangover and despises himself.
Maybe you wake up and discouraged say to yourself: «What’s the point getting out of bed?» You may feel less tense or in a meeting with other people because you think to yourself, «I have nothing funny or interesting to say.» These negative thought patterns are responsible for you feeling depressed and anxious. If you think about your problems in a more positive and realistic way, you will experience increased self-esteem, better relationships and better performance.



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The Center for Addiction Research and Treatment (CITA) is committed to any intervention that may help increase and strengthen a healthy physical and cognitive habits. We believe that addiction treatment should be a comprehensive treatment, because only from a holistic perspective we can achieve a truly effective and lasting work for rehabilitation after a detoxification process. To this end, we present this table of neurobics exercises, a gym of mind to facilitate our brain work better.

Neurobics exercises to fit your brain

The brain needs exercise to function better in the same way that our body needs gym to keep full of energy and without pains. Over the years, the brain also loses its productive capacity and, if you do not train, begins to fail. The American neuroscientist Larry Katz, author of «Keep your brain alive,» created the so called neurobics gymn: a routine of special exercises for the brain. Katz’s theory is based on the argument that, as the body needs exercise to develop in full and balanced, the mind also needs training and stimulation. It is common, for example, that certain routines will be carried out mechanically, and up unconscious. The objective is to use neurobics exercises to stimulate the five senses, forcing us to pay more attention to the actions that we perform on a daily basis, which improves our power of attention and memory. «Do not try to add new activities to your routine , but do them differently as held every day. » The «neurobics» exercises help to develop motor and mental skills that we have in our daily lives, although they are not related to memory.

How neurobics gym works?

The neurobics gymnastics involves investment of some common movements in our daily routine, it alters our perception without change to our routine. The goal is to run consciously actions that generate emotional reactions and brain. The exercises range from read backwards, to greet the neighbor who never gives good morning in the elevator. Neurobics routine affects the physical, emotional and mental aspects of our body. These are the habits that help stimulate the production of nutrients in the brain, developing your cells and making it healthier. The more trained than the brain, the more refined it will be. The Neurobics not require extreme fitness tests: instead of enrolling in a math Olympiad and learned dozens of formulas, try to walk with your eyes closed or dressed with the lights off. The proposal is to change Neurobics gymnastics routines to «force» the memory. Therefore it is advisable to turn the frames to be careful, or change the route to go to work, a twist on the routine.

The role of the senses

The neurobics exercises program provides brain experiences that are off the beaten path, using various combinations of senses (sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing), in addition to the «way» related to emotions and socialization. The exercises use the five senses to stimulate the natural tendency of the brain to form associations between different types of information. The program provides exercises neurobics brain experiences that are off the beaten path, using various combinations of senses (sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing), in addition to the «way» related to emotions and socialization. The exercises use the five senses to stimulate the natural tendency of the brain to form associations between different types of information.

Exercises to get a body 40 and having a mind 20 years

Not true, the Neurobics not return his brain at age 20, but may help you to access the archive of memories. We can not increase our brain power, but with exercise you can activate those brain areas that stopped using due to lack of training. The only way to stimulate the brain is exercising it, so who always cares for her brain reduces the chance of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The training step by step

The neurobics challenge is to do everything contrary to the automatic acts, forcing the brain to make an extra effort. For example:

  1. Use the wristwatch on the opposite arm to that commonly used.
  2. Walk back and forth from home.
  3. Dress with eyes closed.
  4. Stimulate the palate trying different foods.
  5. Read or watch pictures upside down, focusing on details in which you had never noticed.
  6. Set the clock before a mirror to see the time backwards.
  7. Change the computer mouse to the other side of the table.
  8. Type or brush your teeth with your left hand, or right, if you are left-handedness.
  9. Way to work, take a different route than usual.
  10. Enter small changes in your habits, transforming them into challenges for your brain.
  11. Browse through some magazines and find a picture that catches your attention. Then think of 25 adjectives that you think describe the image or photographed subject.
  12. When you go to a restaurant, try to identify the ingredients of the dish chosen, and focus on the more subtle flavors.
  13. When entering a crowded room, try to figure out how many are on the right side and how many on the left. Look at the details of decoration and list them with closed eyes.
  14. Select a phrase from a book and try to form a different phrase using the same words.
  15. Try playing a game or activity that has ever practiced.
  16. Buy a puzzle and try to fit the right pieces as fast as you can, timing the time. Repeat the exercise to see their progress in speed.
  17. Try to memorize the shopping list.
  18. Consult the dictionary and learn a new word a day. Try to use them in your daily conversations.
  19. Listen to news radio and television as wakes and later make a list with the most important.
  20. When you are reading a word think in another five that begin with the same letter.

CITA for addictions treatment

CITA is the abbreviation of Center for Addiction Research and Treatment. We are a detoxification and rehabilitation center with over thirty years in the treatment of addictions. Our working method is accredited by the high rate of customer satisfaction. At our facilities Dosrius (30 min from Barcelona) and the city of Barcelona over seventy staff of professionals are one of the centers of reference in Spain and in Europe for the treatment of addictions. If you want to know more about us visit CITA’s website. If you have any specific questions, you may contact us at the contact form or phone numbers +0034 93 791 80 80 or +0034 93 791 80 08


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The alcohol withdrawal syndrome

In our detox center can handle any comprehensive process of alcohol detoxification and both residential and outpatient manner. Throughout more than 30 years we have treated thousands of patients who have left their dependence to the toxic and have been able to get his life back. In the specific case of alcohol, it is essential to make a good diagnosis of each patient’s personal situation and face detoxification under the supervision of a good team of professionals, and to cease abruptly intake can cause a very serious syndrome that can even be deadly.

The alcohol withdrawal syndrome refers to a cluster of symptoms that appear when an individual reduces or stops alcohol consumption after prolonged intake period.

Alcohol abuse involves tolerance, physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms, which, unlike most withdrawal symptoms caused by other drugs, can be fatal.

When withdrawal occurs

The withdrawal decay occurs when the blood alcohol levels, which can be alleviated by reintroducing alcohol or some cross tolerance agent. Dependence on other hypnotics increases the severity of withdrawal.

Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild, such as small sleep disorders and anxiety, to severe, where life can be at risk due to symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations and convulsions. The severity of the syndrome depends on several factors, such as age, genetic factors and, most importantly, the level of alcohol in which the patient is located (whereas the intake and intake period).

Symptoms that can occur when a person suddenly stopped drinking alcohol after having been drinking too much alcohol every day are: agitation, fatigue, hallucinations, anorexia, anxiety and panic attacks, catatonia, confusion, delirium tremens , depression, derealization, sweating, diarrhea, euphoria, fear, gastrointestinal disturbances, hallucinations, headache, hypertension, fever, insomnia, nightmares, irritability, nausea and vomiting, palpitations, psychosis, mood variability, excitement, convulsions and death, tachycardia, tremors, weakness, cold skin, dilated pupils, headaches, loss of appetite, pale …

Withdrawal symptoms can be more severe if there are other health problems.

Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol are usually after 5 to 10 hours after the last meal, but can occur days later. Symptoms worsen in 48-72 hours and can continue for weeks.

A severe form of alcohol withdrawal called delirium tremens can cause agitation, severe confusion, hallucinations, fever, seizures.

Treatment withdrawal

Treatment withdrawal will aim to reduce withdrawal symptoms and establish a therapy to achieve abstinence.

People with alcohol withdrawal symptoms from mild to severe may require hospital treatment

Permanent abstinence from alcohol for life is the best treatment for those who have suffered the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

The outcome of treatment depends on how much organ damage has occurred and whether the person can stop drinking completely.

Most people who suffer from alcohol withdrawal make a full recovery, however, is likely to occur death, especially if there is a delirium tremens.

Treatment of alcoholism in CITA

The CITA rehab is a complex treatment clinics, where we have over thirty years of experience in treating all types of addictions, provided, of course, alcohol. Our working method is accredited by the high rate of customer satisfaction. In our facilities Dosrius (30 min of Barcelona) and the city of Barcelona over seventy professionals are template which is one of the reference centers in Spain and in Europe for the treatment of addictions. If you want to know more about us you can visit the website of CITA. If you have a specific inquiry, please contact us at CITA form or phone number 93 791 80 80


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Detox Center: The complexity of addictions

Many people have only an addiction but a set of addictions. Indeed, some addictions seem to go together. Sex addiction is often associated with alcohol and drug abuse. Similarly, anorexics and bulimics usually have addiction to exercise. Some uncontrolled spenders are workaholics, and players often overeat. An addiction appears to promote another.

As are finding more and more people, ending an addiction does not «cure» other automatically, in fact, usually produce the emergence of a new one. In detox centers we see every day. The problem is not always the element of mood altering itself. For far too long we have blamed themselves for drug addiction. We wanted to believe that just get rid of drugs, making them inaccessible-would solve the problem. But the fact that we are becoming addicted to activities that do not involve the use of chemicals, such as shopping, working or television shows that can not be solely the chemical action of a drug addiction that causes us.

Nor can we continue to consider that addiction is caused solely by the desire to avoid withdrawal. This concept led to brief detoxification programs, in which patients had abstained from drugs and within days they were sent home «cured». It was thought that all I had to do was an addict to stop using the drug and complete the withdrawal process, and that it would overcome addiction.

CITA detox center. Recovering from an addiction

But recovery from addiction requires more than simply disrupt habitual behavior. It is related to changing lifestyle and attitude more than anything else. By lifestyle we mean what is worldview (belief system), how to approach problems and to what extent is able to meet their emotional, social and spiritual. In other words, when we let go of an addiction will be only to fall into another-or backsliding on that, unless we begin to change the way we live.

All addictions-however different they may seem at first glance, have more in common than differences among themselves. Are different versions of the same phenomenon. In other words, it’s all the same disease.

So what is the common denominator in each case of addiction? There is a particular chemical, or the fact that it causes withdrawal symptoms or how that affects the brain. All these factors vary considerably from one addiction to another. But which is present in all cases of addiction is the addict!. It is our dis-ease restlessness inside-our-what makes us so vulnerable to addictions and substances or activities themselves. The real cause of the addiction lies within us.

That is so even when addicts are turning to positive activities, such as meditation, exercise or healthy eating, may end up doing that in an uncontrolled way too. People who have a predisposition to addictive disease can become addicted to almost anything. Until we create a less addictive lifestyle for ourselves (which is a process that lasts a lifetime), we will remain vulnerable.

Detoxification Center CITA: Addiction inside us

Part of the circumstance of having a dis-ease addictive means that certain harbor contradictory beliefs that promote inner conflicts and struggles, as at the same time believe that we are not enough and that we should be perfect. Or believe that we should be able to control everything, but feel totally powerless to manage our life. Having a bad-be addictive also means being unable to tolerate frustration and demand immediate gratification, lack the capacity to cope with crises and common processes of life and not having enough support from others or from ourselves .

There are five main factors (in addition to genetic predisposition in the case of some chemical dependencies) that put people at high risk of using a drug or activity to change mood, to get it a pleasurable effect and to feel compelled to repeat over and over again:

  • Addictive belief system
  • addictive personality
  • Inadequate capacity to cope with things
  • Emotional and social needs unmet
  • Lack of social supports

(Source: Willpower is not enough, de Arnold Washton y Donna Boundy)

CITA: Clinics for treatment of addictions

In the detox center CITA have over thirty years trying to addictions of all kinds, both those related to toxic substances (cocaine, benzodiazepines, alcohol) as related to addictive behaviors (gambling addiction, sex addiction, addiction to new technologies. ..) our working method is accredited by the high rate of customer satisfaction. In our facilities Dosrius (30 min of Barcelona) and the city of Barcelona over seventy professionals are the staff of one of the reference centers in Spain and in Europe for the treatment of addictions. If you want to know more about us you can visit the website of CITA. If you have a specific inquiry, please contact us at CITA form or phone number 93 791 80 80



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Today on the CITA website (detoxification and treatment center for addictions) we offer the testimony of a clinic patient who talks about his entry into the center. Testimonials are a contribution of CITA virtual community with which we like to think we can help those who are in a difficult situation by providing an overview of the way that, perhaps, they are hesitating to go, the way out addictions, that others before them have already traveled. The testimonies claim that, display a recognizable figure, someone who has done or is doing that route.

My first day at a detox center. Testimony

Years have passed, many more than they should, and with them, life irrevocably. It is going without forgiveness or compassion whatsoever.

And here I am, almost noiselessly. How? Perhaps having done too, I find myself at the crossroads of the 45 Aprils, bare my soul and willing Spartan, ready to face a melee. At best, bloody and bitter against the elements. Yes, yes, with all that out of the way me unfairly, often knocking me down mercilessly in the ring of living …

Drugs, addictions. God, what a rough terms, go buzzwords. But how much damage, how much pain and suffering to the game get into them … So far I have won high peaks, dark storms and dealt supported hulking beasts. However, today’s enemy is presented to me this time disguised as a gentle velvety hand stretched me in apparent open friendship. And I, innocent prey, I would adopt without hesitation thinking that their intentions are noble.

Ay, qué equivocado estaba. Me he pasado años con el demonio en casa dándole lo mejor de mí y los míos. ¡Qué torpeza! ¡Qué horror! ¡Qué sinrazón! Al socaire de “Yo sí puedo”, “esto no me asusta”, «tranquilo, yo controlo”, “soy casi como Dios”, a punto he estado de caer al abismo. A sus puertas, enfangado en lodos malolientes que me parecían rosas plenas de amable fragancia, me coloqué una y mil noches…

-Get up and walk. No more to tempt fate. Open your eyes. Life speaks to you, that so far has treated you well and you have walked the heights from which visionas happiness, true, the usual, which does not come and the not wriggle or jump from car to car . Courage. Wake. Come on, man, get hooked on me and now I’m going slower than ever to enjoy me and please me and I present before yours, as they deserve.Up, then! Sunsum corda! …-Déjame sólo unos días, déjame que suelte lastre, que el miedo a lo desconocido y la vergüenza y el respeto humano y el cambio repentino pesan más de lo que esperaba. Déjame un instante y nos vamos. Guíame tú, que ya eres vieja y tienes experiencia de muchos años. ¡Adelante!

It sounds the engines roar thundered over the runway. Noise, much bustle and noise performance comparable to the vortex desazonado plaguing my mind and waiting to start my journey. The journey of life is about to begin. We flew in a real flight, without fantasies or stories or metaphors. I think it’s an important trip. Perhaps pain, suffering and suffered, although something tells me that at the end, and unlike the others, shine the green hope. A real journey.

The entry into the clinic

It’s time for CITA. We came. Cross the footbridge. All around me I open a bucolic landscape, harmonious and almost contemplative. The atmosphere seeks peace, silence. In the forest, among trees of many species, hides my new shelter. I dismissed the taxi driver, man seasoned in these matters, carrying many hopes, triumphs and failures, in this brief transit has helped me at least soothing balm that has put some desosiego to my heartbeat.

Disclaimer my baggage and even try to do it in order. Do not spend a lot of time. Ultimately all these vessels and little weigh shave compared to internal bundle. And for that, the fat, and there will be days and days of discharge.

The meeting with the clinic staff

Come the first professional meetings. The doctor gives the baton to my partner therapist. «My partner,» as they call it here. Fortuna, Italian by birth and accent, accompanied me to my room and there I requisition all that still binds me to the world from there. I rebel in me. Born early abandonment whys and response gaps.

It’s been a roller coaster, a seesaw of emotions and mixed feelings that have stirred my spirit without any respite. I remember my wife, Dulcinea patient a wild and dreamy gentleman for whom so many sleepless nights have waited pregnant with rage and pain, without even their holy patience cushioned the blows. And between waiting and waiting, his quixotic fool bent on killing when facing giants were only windmills.

At breakfast time and we all know: Tue, Lili, Jorge, Antonio, Maria Eugenia, Estefanie and David (the two French nationals), and Russian mastondonte very complicated name that leaves accompanied by a young, serene patient and secretary. They are all my brothers in the convent. Each with its history and its own backpack. Some have professed their vows for months. Others only a few weeks ago. But all of them are united by one goal: to embrace life and pasture time now as if the water were past that never again yesterday.

Soon the socioterapeuta Fortuna call me to learn from my troubles and adventures. I understand you need a picture of his pupil even blurred. Take this opportunity to throw some of my heavy burden.

A walk by CITA

The main mansion is distributed on two floors. The ground floor serves as a meeting room , TV room , dining room and large kitchen. Everything passes by. It is our agora, the place of meeting, outbursts and long talks . Location plans and purposes , for supplies and stop along the way . It is our place in the world , reserved just for us. All a privilege ! In the upper floor houses the offices of our superiors . The » prior» to his deputies are looking down from the tower and from there watch to ensure the present and , above all, solidly build our future. They go up every day to have personal encounters with some of them. For everything tidy scrambled to soak his wise counsel , to bring to light what more or less time we buried . Here we will go with the patience of Job to return tomorrow to fly like eagles, ever higher , ever further .

The later you go poking through the forest. It’s time to release and vent energy. Antonio I proposed a duel beat us in the paddle tennis court. We hit the ball strong. As if we would release all the rage bad that we caused and caused us. It was worth it. Antonio and I were exhausted. So, after the game, a light victuals and rest is more than required.

I lost my first day at CITA. And the appointment, for the first time in a long time, has been with LIFE.

Clínicas CITA para el tratamiento de adicciones

In the detox center CITA acomunada have an experience of over thirty years in the treatment of addictions. Drug Addiction, behavioral addictions, dual disorders… CITA is currently a reference detox center in Spain and Europe in regard to the treatment of addictions. Our working method is accredited by the high rate of customer satisfaction. In our facilities Dosrius (30 min of Barcelona) and the city of Barcelona over seventy professionals are the staff of one of the reference centers for the treatment of addictions. If you want to know more about us you can visit the website of CITA. If you have a specific inquiry, please contact us at CITA form or phone number +0033 93 791 80 80