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How Prescription Painkiller Abuse Starts

January 6, 2017 Posted in: Announcement

Abuse of prescription painkillers is on the rise. The exact number of people with addictions to prescription painkillers is unclear, but experts believe that millions of Americans are struggling with painkiller dependency. For high school students, only marijuana is more popular than prescription opioids. In one study, one in 10 high school seniors admitted that they had used Vicodin within the past 12 months. How does painkiller addiction start? Consider the facts:

Easy Access

More people have access to prescription painkillers than ever before. In fact, for much of the past decade, Vicodin was the most widely prescribed drug of any kind. Although... Continue reading →

Defining Addiction

January 6, 2017 Posted in: Announcement

Addiction is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but what exactly does it mean? When does use become addiction, and what are the consequences of becoming an addict? This video explains the hallmarks of addiction and what can happen when someone with a substance abuse problem doesn’t get treatment. In the clip, you will learn about the three main identifiers of addiction: it is chronic, progressive, and fatal.

Don’t resign yourself to your addiction. Help is available—and the sooner you get it, the better. Aurora Behavioral Health Care at Las Encinas Hospital offers personalized treatment designed to help you get over your chemical dependency for good. We are here to answer all of your questions about treatment. To learn more, call us today at (888) 348-... Continue reading →

When Moderate Drinking Signals a Larger Problem

January 6, 2017 Posted in: Announcement

Do you worry that perhaps you drink too much or too often? While every person has his own tolerance threshold, some signs can indicate that your drinking habits may be leading to more serious addiction consequences. By keeping in mind the following factors that frequently point to an alcohol addiction, you can better determine if you need help to control your drinking behavior.

Binge Activities

Perhaps you refrain from drinking all week only to indulge once the weekend comes. Yet no matter how many days that you restrict your drinking habits, if you tend to consume more than three or four drinks in one sitting, you may be in danger of developing an alcohol problem. This type... Continue reading →

Alcohol-Alternative Drinks for New Year’s Celebrations

January 6, 2017 Posted in: Announcement

Don’t let a DUI put a damper on your New Year’s Eve celebration. You can still cheer on 2014 with delicious and alcohol-free cocktails this December 31. This video offers tips on how to create delectable nonalcoholic drinks for New Year’s Eve.

If you want to partake in some fruity rum punch, you can do so without the rum. Simply mix together your favorite fruit juices into a large canister. Then, add a few drops of rum flavoring, which you can find in your grocery store’s baking aisle. For a drink with ginger appeal, mix some apple and pomegranate juice with a few cups of ginger ale for a light and alcohol-free spirit alternative.

Las Encinas Hospital offers chemical dependency treatment for individuals in the greater Pasadena area. Call our center today at... Continue reading →

How Drug Addiction Affects the Brain

January 6, 2017 Posted in: Announcement

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 information explains why drug addicts can struggle when attempting to stop their abuse problems on their own.

Dopamine Production

Dopamine plays a critical role in survival. When produced in the brain, this chemical can reinforce the desire to repeat certain behaviors. For instance, when a person consumes a satisfying meal, the pleasing feeling that arises from this activity helps to ensure that the individual will continue to eat. In the same way, the usage of drugs triggers the... Continue reading →

Helping Your Teenager Cope with Addiction

January 6, 2017 Posted in: Announcement

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 participating in the same habits. As the following suggestions indicate, though, you can help him gain control over his chemical dependency problems with patience, diligence, and proactive assistance.

Talk to a Professional

It’s important to remember that if your child has a substance abuse problem, you cannot solve it for him on your own. Drug and alcohol addiction are conditions that often have mental, emotional, and physical components. For your child to successfully overcome his chemical... Continue reading →

Steps to Take Following Substance Abuse Treatment

January 6, 2017 Posted in: Announcement

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 vulnerable to relapse.

Ask for Support

Substance abuse treatment requires the help of friends and family to provide the support you need as you contend with your addiction issues. When you complete your chemical dependency care, your loved ones can become even more important in your recovery process. Friends and family can provide the outlet you need to express your... Continue reading →

Understanding Alcohol Abuse among Women

November 23, 2016 Posted in: Press Release

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 alcohol addiction? Here are the facts you need to know:

Alcohol Abuse

More than one drink per day is considered to be too much for a woman. This amount is lower than the threshold for men because alcohol affects women differently. Women usually have less water in their bodies to dilute alcohol than men do. This leaves women more vulnerable to the short- and long-term effects of drinking, from intoxication to organ damage.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse in Women

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Alumni Services at Las Encinas Hospital

November 23, 2016 Posted in: Press Release

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 the hospital. This is why we offer all patients who successfully complete their treatment regimen the ongoing support of our Alumni Services.

The Alumni Services at Las Encinas aim to make a patient’s transition from hospital to home as smooth as possible. The group meetings are held multiple times each week to help patients fit one or multiple weekly meetings into their schedules. Aftercare can vary depending on whether the patient has completed an addictive disease program or a... Continue reading →

Why Is Cocaine Addictive?

November 23, 2016 Posted in: Press Release

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.

Hear about one study performed on honeybees by watching this video. The researcher in this video explains how he administered cocaine to the bees and evaluated their reactions to it. He found that honeybees and humans share similar reactions to the substance, and hopes to use his research to explore new substance abuse treatment options.

Help for your addiction is available; please call (888) 348-2165 to learn more. You can reclaim your life with a substance abuse treatment plan... Continue reading →