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How Addiction Damages Men’s Health

Drug and alcohol abuse has a devastating effect on everyone with a substance use disorder. However, certain conditions are unique to men or women. At Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach, CA, our men’s rehab program addresses gender-specific issues in a safe environment. Learn the lasting impacts on men’s health and what to expect from an…

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What does Alcoholics Anonymous mean by “Physical Allergy”?

For many years, alcohol use disorder, or alcoholism, has been known as a threefold disease that affects the mind, body, and spirit. Within the disease, three parts are referred to as the spiritual malady, the physical allergy, and the mental obsession. These components, in conjunction, make up the disease of alcohol addiction, as defined by…

Defining Substance Abuse

Can You Define Substance Abuse? Getting Past the Confusion

The terms “substance abuse: and “addiction” are often used interchangeably, but they are not exactly the same. Substance abuse is the act of abusing a drug (prescription, over-the-counter, or illegal) or substances like alcohol for the wrong reasons, in incorrect amounts, and without proper medical approval. When substance abuse becomes a clinical health concern, it…

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5 Reasons to Go to Alcohol Detox

Repeated alcohol consumption can have serious consequences. When individuals regularly drink, they put themselves at risk of developing a dependency or addiction. Alcohol dependence occurs when the body and brain become reliant upon alcohol to function normally. Dependence is hard to beat on your own, but treatment, including alcohol detox, can help. It can be…

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Benzodiazepine Addiction. Why Can’t My Loved One Just Come Off This Drug?

Benzodiazepines (aka “Benzos” and “Downers”) are a class of psychoactive drugs that enhance the effect of a chemical in the brain called GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). This neurotransmitter suppresses neuron activity, slowing the brain and nervous system. There are over a dozen benzodiazepines on the market, and they differ in absorption rate, duration of effects, and…