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Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Becoming addicted to drugs is a process for most people. Whether it is alcohol, marijuana, opioids, or other substances, people do not start using drugs to become addicted. For many people, the first encounter with addictive substances feels…
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How Do I Help Someone Struggling With Drug Addiction?

Struggling with addiction can make you feel powerless, whether you're the addict or someone who loves them. We all want to help people be better, but even professionals can find it difficult to help addicts at the time. For an untrained person,…
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California Addiction Statistics

Addiction and substance use disorders affect hundreds of thousands of California residents every year. Without professional treatment at drug rehab, many of these individuals face a higher risk of mental illness, life-threatening medical…
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Substance Abuse Statistics in Orange County

As the third-most populous county in California, Orange County is home to a number of beautiful beaches and major attractions that make it a fun destination and home for more than three million people. However, Orange County has its problems…
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7 Ways Alcohol Abuse Can Affect the Brain and Mental Function

If you don’t drink alcohol, there’s no reason to start, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Drinking alcohol in moderation or not at all is key to avoiding related negative health consequences—including those…
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What Does It Mean to Self-Medicate, and How Can It Lead to Addiction?

Drugs and alcohol are relatively easy to access in the United States, where within the last 30 days, an estimated 48.4% of people used at least one prescription drug, and nearly 55% of people drank alcohol, report the CDC and National…
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What Are the 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery?

Modern science has made vast steps forward into understanding the science of addiction and mental health. While these fields are complex and multifaceted, they exist in a distilled form as the 10 guiding principles to the process of recovery.…
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The 5 Stages of Recovery

Once someone who's suffering from addiction makes the decision to pick up the pieces of their lives, they have a complex journey ahead. While every individual has their own unique experience, successes, and pitfalls, recovery occurs in five…
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Alcoholism: Signs and Symptoms

Alcoholism is widespread in the U.S., where an estimated 14.1 million adults are diagnosed with alcohol use disorder, reports the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). This number may even be higher, as it doesn’t include…
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Quarantine and Addiction: Numbers Rising for Substance Abuse

Some mental health professionals have been calling the Covid-19 lockdown "a pandemic within a pandemic" due to the rising numbers of people struggling with substance abuse as a result of the quarantine and its effects. While some people may…