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Addiction

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

Signs of Alcohol Addiction

People who suffer from alcohol abuse usually fail to recognize the warning signs of their dependence.  At South Bay Connect Treatment Center – with Dr. John Tsuang, an addiction specialist – we have the resources to help you or a loved one get the treatment to kick the alcohol to the curb. There are many… Read More

Opioids: A Source of Crisis 

Opioid abuse has become an epidemic in America, as many people are addicted to pain relievers. South Bay Connect Treatment Center is the place to help those who are struggling with this addiction. Prescription pain relievers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Demerol are considered opioids. Prescription opioid use is a risk factor for heroin use. Heroin, an… Read More

Legalized Marijuana: Implications

Marijuana use has become legal in California and it is one of the most commonly used substances in America. There are many implications with the recreational use of marijuana, which South Bay Connect would like to share with you. More teenagers are using cannabis due to easier accessibility. Studies have shown that 1 in 6… Read More

Substance Abuse on Decision Making

Substance abuse changes the way people behave since it affects a certain area of our brains. This area is called the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for making important decisions, understanding the consequences of actions, working towards goals, and having control over your life. People who consume alcohol, or use marijuana, cocaine and other substances… Read More

How does my drug addiction hurt those around me?

For those who are addicted to substances, it may be hard to clearly see who they are hurting. When ingesting/taking a substance, it is commonly heard by clinicians that, “They’re only hurting themselves.” In reality, an addict’s substance use not only hurts him/herself, but also hurts those around him/her. For those who are in relationships… Read More

Codependent relationships

The line between a healthy partnership and a codependent relationship is one that is often crossed. According to psych central, codependency is characterized by a relationship that is excessively dependent on their partner. Most often, one person may feel that they depend on the other for meeting all their emotional and self-esteem needs. Unfortunately, these… Read More

What is anxiety and what is it caused by?

Anxiety is often thrown around in our daily vocabulary, but what does it truly mean to suffer from an anxiety disorder? According to the NIH, an anxiety disorder occurs when the feelings of anxiety fail to subside for a long duration of time. Furthermore, anxiety disorders can often interfere with job performance, school, and interpersonal… Read More

What is “huffing?”

There is a category of abused drugs called, “inhalants.” Often used by young people, “huffing” is the action of inhaling chemical fumes through the mouth to feel intoxicated. This act of huffing can be very dangerous, and has even resulted in deaths for children aged 10 years old. Among the population of pre-teens, huffing is… Read More

How does Substance Abuse change the way I make decisions?

Using substances changes the way we behave by affecting certain areas of our brains. The role of the prefrontal cortex is predominantly used for what scientists call “executive functioning.” Simply put, the prefrontal cortex is responsible for making decisions, predicting the consequences of your actions, working towards your goals, and exhibiting control over your life…. Read More

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