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Are Binge Drinkers More Likely to Become Alcohol Dependent?
Binge drinking is a growing problem in the United States. In January 2012, the CDC released estimates that more than 38 million adults participate in binge drinking. Many do so as many as four times a month. While the largest group engaging in binge drinking is in the 18-to-24-age range, those over 65 who imbibe in excess were found to binge drink more frequently. Binge drinkers run a greater risk of serious consequences than those who consume alcohol in limited amounts. Underage binge drinkers, for example, are twice as likely to continue binge drinking as adults and three times more likely ...

Elevate Addiction Services: Northern California Rehab Serving All Residents of California
The first step in successful addiction recovery is recognizing the problem and deciding it is time to seek help. The second step is locating a treatment center that is accessible, proven to be effective and 100% committed to the success of its clients. Elevate Addiction Services offers holistic, individualized addiction recovery programs at three locations, welcoming guests from Northern California, Central California, Southern California and the rest of the United States. About Elevate Addiction Services The Elevate philosophy is to guide individuals struggling with addiction through a life-altering transformation rather than mask the condition with medication. Elevate Addiction Services has three locations in ...

The Expert Corner: Obsession vs. Addiction
You know how something can just replay over and over in your mind, no matter how hard you try to get it out? When I was little, it was like that with Legos: I would build them, take them apart and start all over. Everything was about getting back to a table to build. Now I’m obsessed with heroin, but it doesn’t feel like it’s bad, it’s just my next obsession. I guess I’m wondering if that is all addiction is, being obsessed. Millions of people are obsessed with their stuff. Why does being obsessed with a drug make me ...

California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: CURES
The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), California’s prescription drug monitoring program, was established to combat the adverse effects of prescription drug abuse across the state. The program aims to accomplish this goal by promoting prescription drug safety and educating Californians on the dangers of prescription drugs. What is Drug Diversion?  Not to be confused with programs that offer first-time offenders the chance to attend treatment instead of serving a jail sentence, drug diversion refers to the exchange of prescription drugs from the individual with the prescription to another party. Within the CURES program, the term “drug diversion” refers specifically to ...

Heroin the Number One Problem in South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe, a town of about 20,000 nestled on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, is widely known as a vacation destination. Like any town that caters to vacationers from out of town, South Lake Tahoe has had to deal with its fair share of guests using recreational drugs or engaging in binge drinking. Today, however, the alarming rate of drugs and drinking among the full-time residents of South Lake Tahoe has law enforcement and state officials very worried. Drug Problems in South Lake Tahoe Local law enforcement first noticed the problem in 2008. Prior to then, drug possession, sale and ...

Relapse Prevention and Using the SMART Recovery® Method for Continued Sobriety
Addiction treatment is more successful when there is a long-term plan in place to prevent relapse. The SMART Recovery® method offers the tools necessary to accomplish continued sobriety. The first-time recovery from addictive behaviors is difficult enough; having to recover multiple times because of relapse is even more challenging. In an ideal world, those in recovery could use their occasional relapse as a means of recognizing triggers and self-defeating actions more effectively. Repeated relapse is avoidable when individuals feel empowered and are equipped with the tools necessary for self-directed change. The SMART Recovery® method is a four-point program employing a variety of ...