Tag Archives: Effects Of Substance Abuse

Prescription Antidepressant Abuse, Addiction, Detox and Rehab
When deciding to quit antidepressants, many people struggle to get off the medication because of withdrawal symptoms, a concurrent drug or alcohol addiction, and worries about leading a happy normal life without medication. Under the umbrella of prescription drug rehab, Elevate Addiction Services offers help and healing for safely and effectively getting off antidepressants and starting a new life. Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome occurs when a patient quits using an antidepressant suddenly. Within a couple of days, the patient can experience a host of symptoms, including: Vivid dreams Flu-like symptoms, such as achy muscles and chills Headaches Fatigue Anxiety and irritability Return of depression symptoms, sometimes worsening Nausea Electric ...

Start the Talk With Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol
It’s never too early to start talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol, and chances are your kids are already wondering about them. Our children are bombarded daily with images and ideas about drugs and alcohol. Whether through the grocery store, television commercials, friends, school, or even family members who take prescribed medications, our children are constantly being given ideas about these substances. With colorful prescription medications appearing like candy, flavored tobacco and alcohol products, and street drugs catching trendy nicknames, it can seem overwhelming to shield your children from the road to abusing drugs and alcohol. However, it is not too late ...

Letting Go of Addiction: What Would Your New Life Look Like?
If you were to give up your addiction and start over with a new life, what would it look like? Are you afraid it would look too much like your old life? Maybe that’s why you’re still struggling with addiction. There are two things that keep people trapped in addiction: physical dependence and psychological dependence. Physical dependence is when your body is dependent on the substance to keep functioning and avoid withdrawal symptoms. Psychological dependence is when you’re afraid to quit drinking/using because as much as it’s hurting your life, the idea of being sober is even worse. That’s hard for people who have ...

Expert Corner: Does LSD Permanently Rewire Your Brain?
Ever since I dropped LSD a few times, music just makes cry, like 2-5 times a month, sometimes even more. I’m not complaining. It feels amazing to feel the emotion in the music. But some people say that trips like that permanently mess up your brain’s wiring or make you numb. Is that true?   There has been a ton of research done on the effects of LSD and the dangers associated with taking it, so I won’t repeat that here. But the short answer is that there are potential long-term consequences, particularly from prolonged usage. Anything that severely affects the mind ...

Santa Cruz County, California Drug & 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 ...