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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

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

Marijuana Brain Effects

Marijuana use is very common. Of all age groups, adolescents are the most vulnerable to the effects of marijuana as their brains are developing and maturing. There is major concern for teens who begin using marijuana at a young age as THC impairs attention, memory and learning. Some types of cannabis have been found to… 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

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Spring Cleaning

When spring comes around and the sun-filled hours lengthen, it is time to get rid of the cobwebs of winter in terms of your mental health! Those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) are usually affected during the fall and winter seasons. Symptoms of SAD include depression, lower energy and motivation, and hopelessness during those… 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

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

Is alcoholism genetic?

Many studies, whether they are twin or adoption studies, show that there are several genetic factors that contribute to alcoholism. For example, some adoption studies show that kids who are adopted at early ages often show signs of developing alcoholism similar to their biological parents rather than their adoptive parents (Cloninger et. al 1981).  … Read More

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