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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 →

Exploring Common Relapse Triggers to Avoid After Your Treatment

November 23, 2016 Posted in: Press Release

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 using substances or that you are a weak person. However, avoiding relapse is ideal, and the best way to do that is to avoid triggers that could cause cravings. These vary, but most people in recovery do well to avoid these potential triggers.

Still-Addicted Friends

There is a social aspect to addiction that you may miss when you’re in recovery. You may not have yet found a new circle of friends, so it’s natural to want to gravitate back to the friends you had when you were using.... Continue reading →

What Is a Functioning Alcoholic?

November 23, 2016 Posted in: Press Release

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.

This video provides more information about functional alcoholism. The host discusses the most common signs and symptoms of the illness and how they compare with other alcoholics.

If you have decided to eliminate addiction from your life, and are looking for professional care and support on your journey to better health, consider scheduling a consultation with the behavioral health specialists at Las Encinas Hospital. Contact our Pasadena-area facility at (888) 348-2165 to speak with our team today.

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Helping a Loved One Overcome Addiction with an Intervention

November 23, 2016 Posted in: Press Release

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 single-minded focus. That’s why chemical dependency treatment centers recommend an intervention to clearly demonstrate the destruction that a loved one’s drug addiction has caused.

Planning an Intervention

An intervention requires thoughtful consideration. When organizing such an event, you should carefully decide who will be a part of it. Addiction treatment experts... Continue reading →

Why Alcoholics Anonymous Is an Important Part of Treatment

November 23, 2016 Posted in: Press Release

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 Alcoholics Anonymous can facilitate the discovery of these factors for complete recovery and ongoing support.

Group therapy and support

The group setting of AA is a large part of its success. In a meeting, you will be surrounded by others who understand your condition and have lived through it. One advantage of the group is that you can interact with people in all stages of recovery and establish a support system to set... Continue reading →