Dangers of Mixing Substances

Struggling with an addiction can impair your judgment and increase your risk of engaging in dangerous behaviors. Intoxication also lowers inhibitions, which can lead to bad decisions. For example, you may be more likely to experiment with other substances when you are intoxicated. The dangers of mixing substances can include fatal and non-fatal overdoses. Psychoactive substances…

Common Addiction Relapse Triggers

One of the biggest challenges for people in recovery is learning to negotiate addiction relapse triggers. These are cues in our internal and external environment that may cause people to crave their substance of choice. Eventually, it becomes too much and leads to a relapse. It’s important to recognize these triggers so you avoid making choices…

What Is Polysubstance Abuse?

What is polysubstance abuse? In general, polysubstance abuse happens when a person uses two or more chemical substances in ways they were not intended. Often, this means pairing prescription painkillers with alcohol or marijuana with another illicit drug such as cocaine. As a result, you can cause severe harm to your mind and body. It’s…

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Do I Need Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Another pitfall of addiction is that abusing substances can cause mental health disorders and aggravate pre-existing ones. Having untreated mental health drug addiction increases your risk of abusing drugs, as substances can temporarily relieve symptoms. When you experience mental health symptoms while abusing drugs and alcohol, you may wonder do I need dual diagnosis treatment?…

12 Step Approach to Recovery

The 12 step approach to recovery is a concept that has been around for over 70 years. Addiction treatment centers in California regularly adopt the 12 steps because of how effective they have been in helping individuals recover from addiction. Each treatment center has its own way of integrating the 12 steps into its programs.…

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse in Teens

Although drug abuse has declined in the past 20 years (1), teens are using certain substances, like marijuana, more than ever. Mental illness and substance abuse in teens requires treatment, as co-occurring disorders can make it difficult to live a healthy and normal life. While all teens and adolescents experience anxiety, stress, and sadness, some…