Drinking Costs More Than You Think

Most social drinkers probably never give much thought about how much money they spend on alcohol. But the fact is, they would likely be shocked to learn that by just going out on the weekends and having a couple of drinks each time, they can easily drop almost $3000 a year! In Southern California, for example, the average price of …

Why California Needs More Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment

“The government is talking about treatment and medication-assisted treatment in a way that the government has never done before.” ~ Tom Hill, National Council for Behavioral Health, Vice-President of Addiction and Recovery The good news is addiction is FINALLY recognized as a disease of the brain, instead of a moral weakness or a lack of willpower. The bad news is the …

What California Cities are the Hardest-Hit by Opioid Deaths?

In 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, nearly 2000 California residents died after overdosing on opioid drugs. This tragic trend reflects what is going on right now elsewhere in the United States. The ongoing opioid epidemic has been called the “worst public health crisis in American history.” The ability to pinpoint exactly which parts of the state are …

Addiction: Men Versus Women

While research has shown that there are differences in how and why opioid addiction manifests in men and women, a 2017 Canadian study suggests those gender differences do not significantly affect the effectiveness of Medication-Assisted Treatment. Researchers also sought to explore whether women and men have a different perception of how effective their treatment program was. This was done by …

The Abuse Potential Difference Between Immediate-Acting and Extended-Release Opioids

Depending upon the injury or condition, physicians routinely prescribe either immediate-acting or extended-release opioids for pain relief. But patients who don’t know the difference between the two will often take these very different medications in the same manner. And that little mistake can have big consequences. What Is an Immediate-Acting Opioid? “If we know that pain and suffering can be …

Amphetamines – The Biggest Drug Problem in California

Did you know that amphetamines are the most-abused drugs in the state of California? Amphetamines are the class of drugs that include methamphetamine as well as prescription medications prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2015 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) report found there were almost 45,000 drug treatment admissions in California …

Drug Rehab in Orange County: Finding the Best Fit

Finding the right drug rehab can be confusing. Admitting that you have a substance abuse problem is the most important step on the road to recovery. But after that, what do you do NEXT? Even if you live in a populous area of the country, like Orange County, California, how do you find the drug recovery help that you need? …

How to Support Someone New to Recovery

 “Despite the challenges, families who understand the inevitable ups and downs of early recovery put themselves in a strong position to offer their loved one meaningful support.” ~Beverly Conyers, Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts When a loved one is in alcohol or drug rehab and hoping to begin a new, sober life, you might understandably worry …

Are You a Functional Alcoholic?

An alcoholic looks just like everyone else. Even a seemingly-“successful” person can secretly struggle with alcohol. The disease of alcohol addiction doesn’t respect boundaries of race, sex, income, or education. It doesn’t care how good your job is, how nice a house you live in, or how prominent you are socially. In other words, your success doesn’t matter to your …

Exciting News about Vivitrol

According to a brand-new study published  in The Lancet, a once-a-a-month injection of Vivitrol is equally effective at preventing opioid relapse as oral Suboxone, a medication containing the opioid buprenorphine and the anti-abuse additive naloxone. This is the first American study to compare these two medications, although a smaller Norwegian study was published in October 2017 in the Journal of …