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Heroin Abuse: Number One Problem in South Lake Tahoe

Heroin Abuse: 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

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 ...
California Drug Trafficking & Abuse

California Drug Trafficking & Abuse
California’s Central Valley stretches from Bakersfield in the south to Redding in the north. The Valley encompasses a great deal of the state’s interior, and includes major cities including Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Visalia and Bakersfield. Though it is not as densely populated as the major cities of California, the valley’s substance abuse and addiction rates are well above those in the metropolitan areas. Drugs are Abundant in California’s Central Valley Though much of Central Valley is still made up of rural areas and agricultural centers, the availability of drugs throughout the valley rivals the access found in cities such as San Diego, ...
California’s Interstate 5 A Major Drug Trafficking Corridor

California’s Interstate 5 A Major Drug Trafficking Corridor
Interstate 5 is a major stretch of highway that runs from the border of Mexico, through California, Oregon and Washington State, and into Canada. The road is heavily used by the American trucking industry, whose drivers haul everything from produce to electronics. As a result, the I-5 is an integral part of the commerce and logistics of the West Coast. Unfortunately, the highway also plays a major role in the black market transportation and distribution on illicit drugs. Drug Trafficking on Interstate 5 The manufacturing of drugs such as cocaine, heroin and ecstasy often takes place outside of the United States. However, ...
The Expert Corner: Can Men Have Eating Disorders?

The Expert Corner: Can Men Have Eating Disorders?
I know guys can be really vain with fitness and all, but do men get eating disorders, or is it just girls and women? Everyone seems to only talk about the girls. Men can absolutely get eating disorders. It is just less common for the obvious reason that for decades in America, girls and women have had a lot of pressure on them to have a perfect body. Eating disorders usually start in the teenage years to early 20s, but people of any age can suffer from it. In fact, anyone who is experiencing a lack of confidence in their body ...
Watsonville Sees Its Share of Local Drug Problems

Watsonville Sees Its Share of Local Drug Problems
Watsonville, CA, a rural community in Santa Cruz County, is home to roughly 51,000 California residents. Despite the rustic setting – agriculture and farming drive the local economy – Watsonville residents are regularly impacted by drug abuse and drug-related criminal activity. As a matter of public safety, it’s vital for Watsonville residents to understand the issues facing their community and how to support individuals struggling with substance abuse. Substance Abuse and Drug-Related Crimes in Watsonville The presence of illegal drugs in any community coincides with a rise in violent crime, as well as property crime. Those involved in the drug trade, for ...