medicinal marijuana

Medicinal Marijuana in Recovery

Thirty-eight U.S. states and several territories have legalized medicinal marijuana. However, at the federal level, it is still a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, which means the FDA and DEA have declared its potential for abuse outweighs any potential benefits it could have. If you are...

opioid addiction

Opioid Addiction Statistics

Though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis to be a public health emergency in 2017, more than 130 Americans still die of opioid overdose daily, making it our nation’s leading cause of accidental death. To save lives, most states have passed laws restricting the...


Signs of Xanax Overdose

If an anxiety or panic disorder interferes with your quality of life, your doctor may prescribe you Xanax to manage your symptoms. Xanax, also known as alprazolam, is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which have a sedative effect. Unfortunately, these prescription drugs also carry a high potential...

drug-induced psychosis

Drug-Induced Psychosis

Psychosis is a mental health symptom that causes a break from reality. Because it alters the way your brain processes information, this condition can induce hallucinations or make you believe unrealistic things. While psychotic episodes are characteristic of illnesses like schizophrenia, extreme stress and trauma can also trigger psychosis, and...

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Goals for the New Year

Setting New Year’s resolutions is a tradition that dates back thousands of years. However, while anyone can create goals, the challenge lies in sticking to them. If you don’t set specific, realistically attainable resolutions, you could be positioning yourself for discouragement a few weeks or months from now. Healthy New...

recreational drug use

The Dangers of Recreational Drug Use

For thousands of years, humans have used drugs like hallucinogens, alcohol and marijuana to achieve altered states of consciousness. Even today, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an increase in illicit drug use, with more than 23 million Americans experimenting with recreational drugs every year. While you may...

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Holiday Events in Long Beach

Long Beach is a vibrant community all year long, but the holiday season brings opportunities to create new memories while enjoying the company of caring friends and family. After the COVID-19 pandemic caused so many people to cancel or curtail their holiday plans in 2020, many of us are...

polysubstance abuse

Polysubstance Abuse

Addiction is a complicated, chronic illness involving various components, including heredity, environment and the presence of co-occurring mental health disorders. If these factors combine to heighten your risk of developing a substance use disorder, you should also be concerned about the potential for polysubstance abuse. While most people understand the...


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