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It’s Important to Be Honest About Substance Use with Your Doctors: Here’s Why

Reading Time: 4 Minutes We often tell “little white lies” to our healthcare providers in terms of our diet, exercise, taking our medications as prescribed, and the amount of alcohol (and if we consume any drugs) we drink. We may say that we eat healthy, but in reality, we have a soft spot for fried food and drive-thru restaurants. […]

Care Courts in California to Combat Mental Health Substance Abuse Disorders

Reading Time: 5 Minutes Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Court is a new program in California that launched in October 2023 and slowly rolled out throughout the year to other counties to help people with mental health and substance use disorders get the support they need while combating California’s homeless crisis. Eight counties are enrolled in this plan: […]

The Relationship Between Instant Dopamine and Addiction and Earned Dopamine and Recovery

Reading Time: 4 Minutes What do drugs, alcohol, sex, social media, and food all have in common? They all create the same “instant feel good” response in our brains. Fueled by the neurotransmitter dopamine, pleasurable activities significantly impact our brains’ reward and motivation center. Dopamine is a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) released from your nucleus accumbens, a tiny structure within […]

Stages of Treatment and Importance of Early Intervention

Reading Time: 5 Minutes Treating an addiction, also known as a substance use disorder, is very similar to treating any other type of medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure; the goal is to reduce problematic symptoms and improve your overall well-being and lifestyle. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance misuse or addiction, […]

Breaking News: Overdose Deaths with Xylazine

Reading Time: 2 Minutes You may have heard of Xylazine making headlines in the news this past year, as it is becoming a popular drug laced with opioids, contributing to lethal overdoses. Xylazine makes fentanyl, the deadliest drug in the United States, even more fatal. The DEA Laboratory System is reporting that in 2022, approximately 23% of fentanyl powder […]

A Parallel Between Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

Reading Time: 3 Minutes National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week) is an annual campaign to educate the public about the realities of eating disorders and to provide hope, support, and visibility to individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDAwareness Week 2022 will take place during the week of February 21 – February 27, 2022. Studies suggest that […]

Does My Teenager Have a Substance Abuse Disorder?

Reading Time: 3 Minutes Teenagers can be demanding and challenging for many parents. This age group is often struggling to discover their true identity while juggling how to fit in with their peer group and gaining independence from their parents. Raging hormones, impulsive behaviors, and challenging authority are all pretty normal in the teenage phase however it is important […]

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