Some individuals might assume that stopping a drug addiction is as easy as making the decision to do so. What they do not realize is how substance abuse can change the way the brain functions, making it increasingly difficult to cease drug activities without professional help. The following... Continue reading →
Helping Your Teenager Cope with Addiction Has your college freshman or sophomore been displaying strange behaviors lately? Are you worried that he might be addicted to drugs or alcohol? Addiction during the teen years can be especially difficult, as your child’s college friends may be... Continue reading →
Substance abuse treatment can help you break free from addiction, but living sober is a lifelong commitment. It demands that you put into place actions to help you remain resolute when the pull of addiction is strong. The following steps can help you avoid circumstances that may make you... Continue reading →
Alcohol abuse is not a man’s disease. Over five million women in America are considered to be heavy drinkers whose alcohol consumption habits are life-threating. Are you a woman who is concerned about how much you’re drinking, or are you worried that a woman in your life could be struggling with... Continue reading →
The psychiatrists and medical staff at Las Encinas Hospital are proud to offer the finest in quality healthcare and support to patients suffering from addiction or other psychiatric illnesses. We understand, however, that our role as a support system for our patients does not end when they leave... Continue reading →
Cocaine and other commonly abused substances are highly addictive because they affect the brain. The use of cocaine impairs a person’s judgment. It also triggers the “reward” center of the brain, which means that the individual is much more likely to use cocaine again.
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Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction does not happen overnight. Even after you complete substance abuse treatment, the work is not over. You have to learn to re-engage with the world without using the drugs or alcohol that you once relied on. Relapsing doesn’t mean that you can’t ever stop... Continue reading →
Addiction is an extremely complex illness that can take a variety of forms. Functional alcoholism is a form of alcoholism in which the sufferer is not physically dependent on alcohol, but may be emotionally dependent on the substance.
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Seeing a friend or family member struggle with substance abuse can be an emotionally draining experience. Addicts typically cannot see beyond their substance abuse; it takes center stage in their lives to the exclusion of anything and anyone else. Their relationships often take the brunt of this... Continue reading →
Alcoholism does stem from a physical dependency to alcohol, but there are also complex mental and emotional factors to the addiction that should be focused on in treatment for a successful recovery. It is these factors that might drive an individual to alcohol use in the first place, and... Continue reading →