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 […]

8 Jobs That Lead to Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Working full-time can be stressful, and for some, more stressful than others. Whatever the cause, a recent study showed that certain professions proved to be more likely to use alcohol or illicit drugs. SAMHSA conducted the study and polled people ages 18 to 64 employed full-time. According to the organization, dependency issues result in “lost […]

This is Your Liver on Alcohol

Excessive alcohol consumption is dangerous on several levels. Binge drinking can lead to blackouts, hospital visits, depression, disease and early death. One reason alcohol is so degenerative to our bodies is the affect it has on the liver. In large amounts, alcohol is difficult for the liver to process and break down. When the liver […]

What to Expect from Ritalin Withdrawal

While Ritalin is legally prescribed to thousands of persons with ADHD everyday, the drug has become one of choice for struggling college students from the East Coast to Fresno, Calif. Students cramming for a big exam have been known to abuse the so-called “study drug”, with numerous unforeseen consequences. While Ritalin is safe for appropriate […]

Tips for Talking to Your Teen About Alcohol Abuse in College

Sending your teen off to college can be an exciting yet nerve-racking experience. For most teens, it’s the first time they’re away from home and living outside the safety of the family home. Parents have every reason to be a bit nervous about sending their child out into the world. Alcohol use is common on […]

8 Tips for Staying Sober in College

Students from Irvine, Calif. and across the nation recently returned to college for the start of a new school year. For many, this represents a period of great transition as they leave home for the first time. But amidst the football games and late-night study sessions comes another part of the college lifestyle: substance abuse. […]

What Increases the Risk for Addiction?

From Santa Barbara, California to the East Coast, there are millions of people who struggle with addiction. Alcohol rehab centers across the nation are kept quite busy trying to help individuals overcome destructive habits and get back on their feet. But in reality, prevention is the best medicine. Knowing the signs that someone has a […]

Marijuana and the Teen Brain

While the legality and potential dangers of marijuana continue to be debated in Laguna Beach, Calif. and other parts of the nation, one thing has become consistently clearer: marijuana can create serious problems for teens. While drug rehab may not be in the cards for every teen that uses marijuana, there is no denying that […]

Addiction and the Workplace

Addiction takes its toll in many ways, and there are perhaps fewer more damaging than when an individual lets his or her addiction impact work performance. Many in San Francisco and other parts of the country who enter drug rehab do so after their abuse has had a negative impact on their job performance, and […]