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Skid Row’s Legacy & What It Means for Southern California’s Drug Problem

Skid Row is a 50-square-block area in Los Angeles that has one of the densest populations of homeless people in the country. About 7,872 homeless people live here, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority — more than any other area of the city. This 2.5-minute video from ABC-7 offers an aerial tour of Skid Row in 2019, showing street after street of homeless camps. It’s here in Skid Row that you’ll find the center of LA’s addiction crisis. It’s estimated that more than 12,000 meth and heroin addicts make their way through Skid Row every year. A NYPost article reports it has…

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Drug & Alcohol Recovery

Let’s Talk About Ways to Handle Stress During Drug & Alcohol Recovery

The way stress affects our bodies is similar to the way addictive drugs affect us. Stress increases blood pressure, speeds up heart rates, slows down digestion, reduces the bodies’ immune defenses, tenses muscles, and interferes with sleep. In a summary of scientific research that looked at the connections between stress and addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse found significant overlap between “neurocircuits that respond to drugs and those that respond to stress.” Not only are the effects of stress and drug abuse closely related, but there’s a body of research that suggests stress itself can become an addiction. Let’s first compare the effects…

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Orange County Addiction

Orange County Addiction — What It Is & Why It Matters For Sobriety

Forty to 60% of people who are treated for substance abuse disorders are likely to relapse, according to data collected from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).1 Relapses happen for a number of reasons, so it’s important to understand the common triggers and have a plan to respond when those situations trigger emotions. In the Orange County recovery community, we use the acronym BHALT to describe the common emotions that lead to relapses: bored, hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. When addicts experience those emotions, whether they are in recovery or actively using, they can trigger their urge to drink or…

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How Does Alcohol Affect Sleep?

How Does Alcohol Affect Sleep? It’s Worse Than You Think

Since getting drunk can mean inhibited cognition, slurred speech, stumbling instead of walking, and decreased motor skills, it’s not hard to imagine what it’s doing to your ability to sleep. The bad news is that it’s even worse than you think and a lot more complicated. Researchers have spent nearly a century studying the effects of alcohol on sleep among different groups of people — non-alcoholics, people who suffer from sleep disorders, and alcoholics — and the findings are interesting and significant. We’ll summarize some of those major research milestones in this article, as well as debunk myths about alcohol…

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10 Indicators That You Need Treatment

For most people, admitting that you have a substance use problem can be very difficult. However, if you can admit it, you’re on the right track. Without taking this courageous first step, you may keep walking down a self-destructive path that can have dire consequences for you and your loved ones. Bear in mind that a drug problem is not only an issue when the drugs are illicit. Many people in treatment facilities are admitted for prescription medication abuse. This is when you take medication prescribed to you by your doctor, more often than the doctor has instructed you to….

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