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Santa Cruz County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

Santa Cruz County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics
Drug and alcohol abuse is considered California’s No. 1 premature killer. In California, 40,000 emergency room visits each year are drug-related. Though illicit drug and alcohol abuse is a statewide problem, it is particularly prevalent in Santa Cruz County. Unlike other areas that often see spikes of one particular drug, the area’s abuse rates cover a range of drugs – from marijuana and cocaine to hallucinogens and prescription drugs. The statistics offered by the Santa Cruz County Health Department show a large disparity between the state and the county. The percentage of adults who need help for emotional/mental problems or drug ...
Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment and Recovery

Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment and Recovery
Once a person is in a recovery program for a methamphetamine addiction, the hard work begins. The treatment may go on for several months and even after that, there will be residual insecurities and emotional difficulties for the recovering patient to deal with. Methamphetamine impairs the mind, working not only on the dopamine receptors but also memory impairment, memory loss, a reduced ability to think clearly or logically, a reduced ability to maintain focus and attention, and a reduced ability to regulate violent or aggressive urges. It takes time to heal from all of these impairments. The brain craves the stimulation that methamphetamine ...
The Latest News on the Opioid Epidemic in America

The Latest News on the Opioid Epidemic in America
We are in the middle of our worst opioid epidemic ever. This current epidemic had its start in the 1990’s when big pharma companies really pushed the sale and prescriptions of their drugs. Their aggressive marketing techniques (that included TV commercials and incentives for doctors to prescribe) are at the root of it. This is according to a recent study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The number of prescriptions has increased from 76 million in 1991 to over 200 million in 2013. America has become the biggest consumer of opioids worldwide. This correlates to the increase in opioid-related deaths. ...
How Cognitive Dissonance Plays a Role in Addiction Behavior

How Cognitive Dissonance Plays a Role in Addiction Behavior
Cognitive dissonance is the tension that is perceived by the conflict of a belief and an opposing desire with which the mind is faced. This inconsistency produces discomfort and anxiety. We are driven to reconcile those conflicting thoughts, beliefs and desires or behaviors to preserve harmony in our minds and make ourselves feel rationally better. Three Ways the Individual Can Resolve the Conflict: Change the behavior to match more closely to one’s beliefs. The individual just stops doing whatever is causing the dissonance. Change the beliefs to match the behavior. This is most commonly used by addicts. Keep the original beliefs, but add a ...
Vitamin Therapy for Alcoholic Recovery

Vitamin Therapy for Alcoholic Recovery
Addiction affects more than just the physical body. It is an emotional issue and a mental issue as well. Alcoholism is one of the most severe forms of substance dependency. Alcohol dependence isn’t the only problem with alcoholism, either. There is a vast array of treatment methods for combating alcoholism. Vitamin therapy may be a great choice for some individuals, particularly those who suffer from some of the less-than-obvious side effects of alcoholism. Identifying Alcoholism Alcoholism is the term used to describe alcohol dependence. Alcoholism typically develops from the consistent excessive consumption of alcohol. Once dependence has set in, the alcoholic can ...
An Introduction to SMART Recovery®

An Introduction to SMART Recovery®
Addiction is a serious condition that affects every part of a sufferer’s life. The recovery process is different for every addict. Almost every method, however, eventually entails analyzing one’s own behaviors and assessing environmental influences on the addiction. SMART Recovery® helps addicts eliminate addictive behaviors through careful self-analysis using scientifically based treatments. Understanding SMART Recovery® While most people are familiar with AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous, it is heavily faith-based and often supported by religious communities. Conversely, SMART Recovery® is secular and based on scientifically supported evidence and treatments. SMART Recovery® branded itself as such in 1994, after being known as the Alcohol ...