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The Risks of Methamphetamine Abuse During Pregnancy

March 24, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

Methamphetamine is a very dangerous and highly addictive substance that leads to significant and possibly permanent side effects for the user. However, if that user happens to be pregnant, the child will suffer as well. Methamphetamine crosses through the placental barrier, resulting in prenatal exposure to the child. The drug tends to cause low birth weight, premature delivery, and placental abruption.

When the child is born, doctors are likely to notice abnormalities or defects of the heart and brain. As the child grows older, parents or guardians will likely observe neurobehavioral problems. Meth use during pregnancy has been linked to increased stress, anxiety, moodiness, and depression. The child is at a higher risk of being diagnosed with attention and aggression issues,... Continue reading →

Is There a Typical Methamphetamine User?

March 24, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

Everyone who uses methamphetamines could potentially become physically dependent and addicted to them. Although there is no “typical” description of a methamphetamine user, clinicians have noted that there are a few characteristics that a person with this substance abuse problem may have. For example, one recent trend is that methamphetamines are increasingly being abused by young Caucasians.

People in their teens and early 20s appear to be more likely to abuse methamphetamines because these drugs are more easily accessible to them and they provide a longer high as compared to cocaine. There appears to be no significant trend toward an increase in abuse with one particular gender. However, it has been noted that rural users of methamphetamines are more likely to be heterosexual,... Continue reading →

What Is Binge Drinking?

March 24, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

Binge drinking is a specific manner of consuming alcohol that can indicate abuse. The medical community advises both men and women to consume alcohol on a moderate basis. This means a maximum of seven alcoholic beverages for women during any given week, and 14 beverages a week for men. Binge drinkers might exceed these limitations in a single night. Men and women alike are prone to binging, which can raise their blood alcohol concentration past the legal limit in a matter of minutes. The body cannot properly metabolize this volume of alcohol, and binging can lead to dangerous circumstances. Since alcohol impairs a person’s ability to accurately assess his or her coordination, mental acuity, and reaction times, binging can lead to poor decisions, such as driving while drunk.

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The Relationship Between Alcohol Abuse and Depression

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

It’s quite common for adults to enjoy a glass of wine after a stressful day to enable relaxation. When this behavior occurs on an occasional basis and the individual does not drink to excess, it isn’t considered alcohol abuse. However, some individuals may consume alcohol immoderately as a primary coping mechanism for depression and anxiety, rather than address the underlying causes of their depression. For these individuals, it may be helpful to find an addiction treatment program that explores these underlying causes of emotional imbalance.

Depression as a Cause of Alcohol Abuse

The link between alcohol abuse and depression is much like the chicken and egg question: which comes first? People who are depressed may be more likely to abuse alcohol, yet those who abuse... Continue reading →

The Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

If a doctor prescribes it, it can’t be bad for you, right? It’s this line of thought that can cause people to slide down the slope of prescription drug abuse. Unlike cocaine, heroin, and other illegal drugs that have widespread reputations of being harmful and addictive, prescription drugs are typically regarded as beneficial for your health. When used in excess or beyond their medical purpose, prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as any narcotic. Once addiction has begun, substance abuse treatment may be the only option for recovery. Here are three types of prescription drugs that millions of Americans commonly abuse.


Stimulants are a category of prescription drugs... Continue reading →

The Societal Costs of Meth Addiction

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

The physical effects of meth addiction are easy to see on a user. But did you know that meth addiction also exacts a significant financial toll? It isn’t only the individual user’s finances that suffer; the U.S. economy as a whole suffers heavy losses each year due to meth addiction.

As you’ll learn by watching this video, meth use has become increasingly prevalent in the U.S. A 2005 study estimated meth addiction costs the country more than $23.4 billion each year, although some experts say that number is too low. More recent estimates state that the costs of meth today could be as high as $48 billion.

It’s never too late to free yourself of substance abuse and get your life back on track. If you’re struggling with chemical dependency, call Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena... Continue reading →

Recognizing the Signs of OxyContin Addiction

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

OxyContin is the brand name of oxycodone, which is a narcotic pain reliever. While OxyContin may be prescribed for legitimate purposes, such as relieving pain after a surgery, many people begin to abuse the drug and develop a physical dependence on it. Quite often, this is because the individual seeks the feeling of euphoria achieved from taking the drug.

To learn about the warning signs of OxyContin addiction, watch this video. This substance abuse expert explains the three main warning signs, including feeling as though you require the drug to carry out your daily activities.

Pasadena-area residents who are concerned that they may have a substance abuse problem are encouraged to seek help at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital. You can reach us at (888) 348-2165 with any... Continue reading →

The Dangers of Improperly Using Prescription Drugs

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

The premature death of actress Brittany Murphy is an example of how prescription drugs can lead to a dangerous substance abuse problem. This video explains why prescription drug dependency is so common in the United States.

Murphy is just one of many individuals who have succumbed to prescription drug addiction. Though a drug may be perfectly legal to prescribe and use, taking more than the recommended dosage can be dangerous. Celebrities may have an easier time obtaining these medications, but even ordinary citizens have easy access to these drugs with or without their doctor’s consent.

Las Encinas Hospital offers substance abuse treatment for individuals in the Pasadena and Los Angeles area. Call (888) 348-2165 to learn more about our chemical dependency treatment... Continue reading →

What Does Meth Do to Your Brain?

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

Meth and other addictive substances wreak havoc on your body and your brain. There are three main ways to characterize substance abuse: chronic, progressive, and fatal. Substance abuse is considered chronic because it will continue if help or intervention is not sought. Substance abuse problems become progressively worse over time, and they can become fatal if left untreated.

Learn more about addictions to meth and other substances by watching this video. This expert explains the different definitions of an addiction and its two main elements.

With our personalized substance abuse treatment plans, the caring professionals of Aurora Behavioral Health Care at Las Encinas Hospital can help you successfully overcome your addiction. Please call us today at (888) 348-2165 to... Continue reading →

The Difference Between Alcoholism and Alcohol Dependence

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

A person who drinks to excess may have a drinking problem, although he or she may not necessarily be addicted to alcohol. There is a key difference between alcoholism and dependence on alcohol. With alcoholism, in which a person is addicted to alcohol, the person needs to drink more and more alcohol to get the same effects because his or her tolerance to the substance has increased. When that person stops drinking, he or she will experience physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal.

As you’ll learn by watching this video, alcohol dependence does not lead to symptoms of withdrawal. However, there can be significant personal, health, and social consequences as a result of the drinking problem.

If you think you could have a problem with alcohol, turn to the addiction... Continue reading →