Man sitting on stairs distraught over opiate abuse

Recognizing Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

Opiates are drugs made from or containing opium, including codeine, morphine, and heroin. They are most often used to treat pain or induce sleep. Opiates are particularly addictive because they bind to opioid receptors in the central nervous system. Opiate addiction is more common than ever before. Opioids and opiates contribute to a significant portion…

Clients sitting in chairs in group therapy

What Are the Benefits of Group Therapy?

Group therapy benefits folks in many ways. Many of us were unfamiliar with therapy and wary about discussing our personal problems with someone else. Group therapy, specifically, seems like an intimidating prospect—not only are we disclosing personal information about our problems with one person, but we are discussing them with a room full of strangers.…

Man suffering from addiction in the workplace

Alcohol Rehab for Professionals

Alcohol addiction can affect anyone and doesn’t discriminate based on race, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or work situation. Many working professionals with high-stress and high-stakes careers find themselves at odds struggling with addiction. Even worse, they feel like they can’t take time away from work to focus on recovery. Fortunately, there are recovery options designed…

Client learning about themselves in residential treatment

Residential Treatment for Addiction

Addiction and recovery, despite their complexity, are often simplified, stereotyped, or mischaracterized in popular media and social scenarios. Due to the pervasive stigma around addiction, the process of recovery and nuances of addiction treatment is frequently misunderstood. It can make it difficult to ask for help, commit to recovery, and even harder to talk about…

Woman considering alcohol rehab in Laguna Beach

Attending a Laguna Beach Alcohol Rehab

Alcohol is one of the most addictive and easily accessible substances available. Alcohol dependence can begin at any age, and the longer a person is dependent on alcohol, the more dangerous it becomes. In Laguna Beach, more than 21% of high school freshmen and 45% of high school juniors have self-reported using alcohol in the…

a man who has mixed alcohol and prescription drugs seems to have blacked out at the bar

Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Prescription Drugs

One of the greatest dangers of addiction isn’t a particular drug but rather the mixing of various substances to create drug cocktails, also known as polysubstance abuse. Alcohol is one of the most common mixers and most addictive substances available. However, most people mixing alcohol with prescription drugs can benefit from an alcohol addiction treatment…

a doctor writes and fills a prescription of benzodiazepines

Most Commonly Prescribed Benzodiazepines

Benzos, or Benzodiazepines, are psychoactive sedatives. They slow down brain functionality by enhancing gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This dulls the central nervous system to create a sense of calm. They are also highly addictive. Many people use benzos due to a prescription and develop a dependence due to the sedative effects. Due to the increasing prevalence…