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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

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

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

Substance Abuse and PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that occurs in some people after experiencing a terrifying, horrific, life-threatening event. Combat veterans are often victim to this mental illness, and may suffer from flashbacks and anxiety upon returning from war. Healing from PTSD can often be a long journey that requires a lot of… Read More

Substance Use and Suicide

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. For individuals between 15-25 years old and 25-34 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death. In 2014, 9.4 million adults 18 years or older thought seriously about trying to kill themselves in the past 12 months. Of this group, 2.7… Read More

The Risks of IV/Injection Drug Use

IV drug use commonly occurs in those who use opiates, sedatives, crack/cocaine, or methamphetamine. Opiate drug use has significantly increased over the last decade, and often, IV drug use begins because of opiate use. Intravenous drug use indicates high risk for viral infections, such as HIV or Hepatitis B & C. Unsafe injections commonly occur… Read More

How does detoxification work?

It seems counterintuitive to give drugs to people suffering from substance addiction, but this is often necessary to ensure the patient’s safety. Withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that it results in seizures, hyper-excitability, cessation of breathing, and sometimes death. Delirium tremens is said in the medical community to describe severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms that… Read More

South Bay connect Outpatient Treatment Center’s Dual Recovery Anonymous Group

12-step support group for individuals who are seeking support with mental health and substance abuse concerns. When Sundays 3:30 to 5:00 Where 916 North Western, Suite 205 San Pedro, CA 90732 Flyer for Print Dual Recovery Meeting

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