What Causes Addiction?

Of all topics related to substance abuse, perhaps few are more hotly debated than what actually creates an addiction so powerful that drug rehab or other treatment is required to overcome it. For while drugs themselves contain powerful addictive substances, there are other root causes that can cause individuals in San Diego and elsewhere to […]

Heroin Usage Increasing Fast Among Drug Users

Heroin may be the least-used drug compared to meth, marijuana, prescription medications and cocaine, but that doesn’t mean it will be that way for long. According to the National Heroin Threat Assessment, heroin is now increasing in usage faster than any other drug. Between 2007 and 2013, heroin users doubled. With that increase has come […]

Is Micro-dosing Really a Safe Alternative?

Recent news stories have reported that micro-dosing—or taking small amounts of LSD and other psychedelic drugs—has been gaining popularity in some circles around the world. But what many in Laguna Beach, Calif. and elsewhere likely don’t realize is that this habit sets a dangerous trend that could cause many to need the help of drug […]

How Cocaine Destroys the Brain

When it comes to illicit substances, few are more dangerous than cocaine. Yet millions of Americans from Los Angeles to the East Coast use this drug, despite its potentially deadly effects and the fact that many require the assistance of drug rehab in order to overcome their cocaine addiction. One area where cocaine has a […]

The Serious Effects of Cocaine Use

Of all the substances that cause individuals in San Diego and across the nation to enter drug rehab, few are more notorious than cocaine. Cocaine is one of the most addictive and deadly drugs on the market today, and despite legal efforts to contain its use, cocaine-related deaths have actually increased in the United States […]

Helping Your Addicted Child

Drug and alcohol addiction does not discriminate against race, class or age. Furthermore, underage drinking and drug abuse are on the rise, causing parents in San Diego and across the nation to worry about their children. Parents may discover their children have drug or alcohol problems in various ways. It is rare for a parent […]

Bad Beats: Music and Substance References

Pop culture is full of references to dangerous substances, and typically, songs and movies glamorize the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other dangerous drugs. Music can prove especially problematic, as artists from the 1930s to today have made plenty of references to drugs and alcohol in their songs—though typically ignoring the potentially devastating side effects […]

The Question Remains: Are E-Cigarettes a Gateway Drug to Tobacco?

A recent report by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that e-cigarette use tripled between 2013 and 2014 among middle school and high school students.  At the same time, use of conventional cigarettes decreased to its lowest point in years. Although this decrease is positive, E-cigarettes still contain addictive substances suggesting […]

The Dangers of Flakka

Most individuals associate drug rehab with addictions to heroin or cocaine. But a lesser-known danger that is on the rise are so-called “designer drugs”—synthetically manufactured products that can prove extremely harmful to their users. One drug in particular, known as Flakka, has recently made headlines across the nation. Flakka and other designer drugs have extremely […]