Inside the Synthetic Marijuana Epidemic

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From Patriots linebacker Chandler Jones to the residents of upstate New York, synthetic marijuana has affected Americans around the country. Lauded for its affordability and ability to remain undetected in most drug tests, the synthetic substance is wreaking havoc on communities from the East Coast to Los Angeles. Unlike its organic cousin, synthetic marijuana is […]

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 […]

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 […]

In Addiction, Mental Illness is Both a Cause and Effect

Oftentimes, drug and alcohol abuse are closely linked to mental illness. When a dual diagnosis (both a mental disorder and addiction) is present, it is important for drug rehab centers to treat both the drug dependency as well as the underlying cause. Failing to maintain the patient’s mental health long-term will lead to ineffective treatment. […]

Don't Let Alcohol Steal Your Christmas–Staying Sober Over the Holidays

Alcohol can be a holiday “grinch”— taking lives, memories and relationships in the process. Knowing who, what and where your triggers exist is key to staying sober through the festivities and spending quality time with those you love. Don’t let skyrocketing auto-accident statistics, the possibility of relapse and family contention be a consequence of your […]

The Effects of Ritalin Misuse

The stimulant Ritalin was designed to help treat ADHD and narcolepsy, but like many medications, individuals in San Jose and across the nation have found that this drug can easily lead to dependence. For those who seek help from one of the nation’s many drug rehab centers, the effects of a Ritalin addiction—or even from […]

The Decades of Drug Abuse in the United States

It seems that problems with drugs and alcohol have been a part of society for decades—which is, in fact, the truth. Even before the days of Prohibition in the 1920s, our culture has recognized that there are inherent dangers in the misuse of alcohol and drugs. But the drugs that seem the most problematic—or popular—can […]