What is “California Sober”?

What is “California Sober”?

“California sober” is a relatively new term that has been circulating and causing confusion among the public. But what does California sober mean? What are its implications? For those involved with addiction and recovery communities, understanding this ideology is crucial, for “California sobriety” is both dangerous and unfounded. What is “California Sober”?  California sober means…

The Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs In The U.S.

The Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs In The U.S.

A drug is defined as any substance that can alter the way the mind or body works. Drug overdoses are in the United States have gotten completely out of hand, claiming responsibility for being the leading cause of death among Americans in recent society. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drug overdoses reached…

What is Adderall?

What is Adderall?

Adderall is a prescription stimulant made up of four amphetamine salts. Typically used to treat disorders such as ADD, ADHD, or narcolepsy, Adderall improves energy and focus while also enhancing mood by stimulating the brain’s dopamine receptors. Because of these desirable side effects, Adderall is listed as being high risk for abuse by the National…

Is Your Loved One Addicted To Adderall?

Is Your Loved One Addicted To Adderall?

In today’s society, our attention is captured by our cell phones, social media, and the news. It seems like sitting still and enjoying the moment is a concept of the past. For people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sitting still and focusing on one thing, unfortunately, does not exist. To battle this neurobiological disorder, a…

Combining Alcohol and Cocaine

Combining Alcohol and Cocaine

Addictive substances can be dangerous when used on their own; however, they become more deadly when used in combination with others. Combining certain drugs increases the likelihood of experiencing adverse reactions, life-threatening side effects, and overdose. One such combination is alcohol and cocaine.  Using these two substances at the same time can cause serious damage…

Is Your Loved One Abusing Methamphetamine?

Is Your Loved One Abusing Methamphetamine?

If you or a loved one has struggled with an addiction to methamphetamine, you know that simply quitting is no easy task. Methamphetamine, also known as “crystal meth,” has become an increasingly popular drug of choice in the United States. According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 12.3 million Americans have used…

How Addictive is Heroin?

How Addictive is Heroin?

All addictive substances have the potential for abuse since they chemically alter the physical body. Prolonged abuse causes the brain to become dependent on the substance, gradually weakening the brain’s ability to self-regulate.  Although all substances carry this risk, some are more addictive than others. The levels of addictiveness can be gauged by the potency…

Is Cocaine an Upper or Downer?

Is Cocaine an Upper or Downer?

Most addictive substances can be classified as either “uppers” or “downers”. These labels refer to the chemical and physical reactions that occur while under the influence of a specific substance. Uppers are central nervous system stimulants that generate an increase in energy, focus, and feelings of invincibility within the user. Downers are central nervous system…

Is Your Loved One Abusing Xanax?

Is Your Loved One Abusing Xanax?

As a prescription medication, Xanax addiction can be easily concealed, making the disease both dangerous and insidious. According to a recent study, approximately 4 percent of Americans met the criteria for a substance use disorder within the past year, with approximately 10 percent reporting a substance use disorder at some time in their lives. While…