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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.

Ritalin

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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.

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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.

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A Look at Alcohol Abuse Among Women

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

Alcohol abuse among women is a growing problem that is often overlooked. According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol abuse causes the deaths of 23,000 women and girls annually. And in one survey involving 278,000 women, it was found that one in eight women binge drink. Some researchers believe that women are becoming more susceptible to this substance abuse problem because they may see alcohol use as a coping mechanism for stress.

For more information on these alarming studies, watch this video. This news clip explains how alcohol affects women differently than men, including increased risks of certain cancers and brain damage. This video also discusses which types of women and girls are more likely to binge-drink.

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Why Alcohol Abuse Is Growing Among Seniors

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

Substance abuse treatment centers are becoming increasingly concerned with the number of older Americans addicted to alcohol. This video discusses the issue of senior alcohol abuse.

The concentration of seniors who abuse alcohol may be caused by several factors. First, many seniors were also dependent on alcohol during their younger adulthood. Some older Americans may abuse beer or spirits because of physical ailments that alcohol consumption seems to alleviate. Others might consume alcohol in excess because of an emotional relationship to liquor or beer.

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A Look at the Risk Factors for Alcohol Abuse

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

Alcoholism is a disease characterized by the continued use of alcohol even after it has caused social, emotional, physical, or financial problems. In addition, many people abuse alcohol, even if they are not yet physically dependent on it. Alcohol addiction is typically a problem that develops over time. The following risk factors may make it more likely for a person to abuse alcohol.

Family History

Studies have shown that people with a family history of alcohol abuse are more likely to abuse alcohol themselves. Having a family history of alcohol abuse could mean having an alcoholic parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, or uncle. Men appear to be more susceptible to this risk factor than women.

Personal History

People who abuse alcohol are more likely to abuse... Continue reading →

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