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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.

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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

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What to Ask When Considering a Rehab Program

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

Drug abuse is a complex and chronic illness. Although the initial choice to take drugs may be voluntary, addiction can make it seem like stopping is not an option, even when the drug use causes unpleasant consequences. Seeking treatment and rehabilitation for addiction is the first step in living a healthier, happier life. If you or a loved one is ready to enter treatment for chemical dependency, there are a few important questions you should ask. Knowing the answers to these questions will ensure that your choice of addiction recovery program is right for your needs. Las Encinas Hospital offers a variety of programs to address the individual needs of each patient, including treatment for dual diagnoses. Please take a look at this informative infographic and share it with your family... Continue reading →

How to Talk to a Loved One Who Suffers from Alcohol Addiction

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

People who suffer from alcohol addiction often require outside intervention to change their lifestyle. With your help, you can give your loved one insight into how his or her choices is adversely affecting not only his or her own life, but also the lives of those closest to your loved one. It’s likely that your loved one won’t want to listen to you, or will deny that there is a problem. However, in the long run, your persistence and patience will pay off when your loved one realizes the need for substance abuse treatment.

Choose a Time for the Conversation

Choosing an appropriate time to talk to your loved one can make all the difference in the results of the conversation. Although you may be tempted to talk to your loved one about his or her substance abuse right away,... Continue reading →

How to Spot Drug Abuse in Older Adults

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

Although many believe that drug abuse is primarily a problem among the younger generations, healthcare professionals have noted a rising trend in substance abuse among older adults. Chemical dependency in this age group is of particular concern because a slowed metabolism increases the effects and older adults are more likely to have underlying medical conditions. Substance abuse among older adults may also include the misuse of legitimately prescribed medications. Here’s a look at some of the possible indicators of chemical dependency in this age group:

Alteration in Mental State

Make a note of whether your loved one displays symptoms of an altered mental or emotional state. Anxiety and confusion are possible indicators, as are a loss of memory and problems with... Continue reading →

The Impact of Drugs on Nutrition

March 23, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

Some people with substance abuse problems believe that their dependency does not affect their overall wellbeing. On the contrary, drugs impact the body’s core processes—including the body’s ability to take in nutrients and use them for normal function. This impaired operation often causes physical, mental, and emotional issues to which an addict might respond with a more urgent pursuit of drugs. This continuing pattern can eventually prompt significant nutritional deficiencies, which only addiction treatmentcanproperly address.

Detrimental Eating Habits

Chemical dependency can negatively impact a person’s appetite, causing him to eat far less than is considered a healthy amount. Some people might... Continue reading →