Substance Abuse and Pregnancy: A Sobering Look at the Facts

It’s common knowledge for most people that substance abuse during pregnancy can have devastating effects on an unborn fetus. The effects of tobacco alone can result in birth defects, premature birth and in worst cases miscarriage. Yet what are some of the effects of other substances? With more people checking into drug and alcohol rehab […]

Student Athletes and Substance Abuse

It’s no secret that sports can be a beneficial part of an adolescent’s development. With over 8 million U.S. high school students participating in sports every year, the benefits of sports and exercise include improved physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Yet a startling statistic undermines some of these positive benefits. Recent research has shown that […]

The Effects of Alcohol on the Brain

It’s no secret that alcohol can impair your motor functions, speech and thinking while substantially contributing to addictive behavior. The short and long-term effects of alcohol abuse have caused alcohol rehab centers from Los Angeles to New York City to see an influx in recent admits. So how exactly does alcohol affect brain function in […]

Dual Diagnosis: Facts & Figures

More than half of all individuals living with an addiction also have a co-occurring mental disorder. Dual diagnosis at drug rehab centers in the Los Angeles area are most commonly seen with those suffering from depression, anxiety, personality disorders and schizophrenia. While it’s not always clear if the addiction or the mental illness came first, […]

Risk Factors of Adolescent Substance Abuse

Drug and alcohol abuse has to begin somewhere. For many, things that occur during the adolescent years are the cause of their addictions. These factors can be the result of familial and social environments as well as the individual’s temperament. Childhood mistreatment, emotional or physical abuse, neglect, bullying and peer pressure are all likely causes […]

How to Know if You're an Alcoholic

When does the consumption of alcohol cross the line into binge drinking and alcoholism? The Los Angeles Times reported that alcohol contributes to nearly 90,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone. Moderate, heavy and binge drinking can all have adverse effects on ones health— some more serious than others, potentially requiring the assistance of […]

Alcoholism Across Demographics

Anyone can be at risk to struggle with alcohol dependency, however there are some factors that have been proven to increase those odds. Gender, ethnicity, education level, family history and the age at which alcohol was first consumed can all play a part in one’s risk for alcoholism. While these studies have no conclusive evidence […]

Drug Use and Abuse Around the World

Drug use is prevalent around the globe—no continent is free from illicit substance abuse. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) roughly 5 percent of the world’s population aged 15-64 have experimented with drugs at some point in their lives. While less than one percent of this group will become problematic […]

The Shrinking Gap Between Men and Women’s Alcohol Use and Abuse

A little more than half of all Americans consume alcohol at least once per year. This statistic has remained somewhat static for the last ten years, however another trend has recently developed. Although males reportedly drink more often and more heavily than their female counterparts, women have steadily been closing the gap. The effect of […]