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Substance Abuse

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

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

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

What’s the deal with the ongoing opioid crisis?

President Donald Trump has officially declared the opioid crisis a health emergency. But what is the deal with the opioid crisis?   More than 90 Americans a day die due to opioid abuse. This includes prescription drugs like fentanyl and heroin. In 2015, more than thirty thousand Americans overdosed and died to opioid use. In… Read More

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is typically used as a medication for pain relief and anesthesia; however, a 300-599 mg dose of ketamine is often recreationally to induce psychedelic effects in users. Common in party scenes and nightclub scenes, ketamine can often cause users to feel that they’re in a trance or hallucinating. Some users even state out-of-body or… Read More

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