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  • MDMA’s Effects

    Many college students and young adults who go to raves or clubs take party drugs like MDMA (ecstasy). MDMA affects brain neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. It causes a surge in serotonin levels which is associated with an initial mood-elevating effect, but quickly changes to negative consequences of poor memory, depressed mood, anxiety, and… Read More

  • Drugs and Brain Reward System

    When a person is exposed to drugs or alcohol, a neurotransmitter like dopamine will be released into the reward system of the brain. The release of dopamine prompts pleasurable sensations, which is the driving force for people with addictions to continually seek drugs. At South Bay Connect Treatment Center, we help people change the “drug… Read More

  • Synthetic Opioids: A Rising Epidemic

    Synthetic Opioids: A Rising Epidemic   Currently there is an Opioid Epidemic in the US. In 2010, the percentage of fatal synthetic opioid overdose deaths was around 11%, and in 2016 it increased to 46%. Most people associate prescription opioids like Vicodin and OxyContin as being major players in the opioid crisis. However, synthetic opioids,… Read More

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