Addiction & Spring Break

Spring Break & AddictionAlcohol and drug abuse wreak havoc on men’s and women’s lives every day of the week. But rarely is the level of temptation as intense as that which is offered during spring break. Each spring, teens and young adults scramble to vacation destinations like Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Daytona Beach, determined to throw caution to the wind on many fronts – from underage drinking to drug use to sexual promiscuity. The devastating results range from car accidents to overdose and unplanned pregnancies…to name a few. Continue reading

Men & Addiction

a man is desperately sitting at a table with a bottle of alcoholLast week, we discussed the ways addiction impacts the female system. This week, in the interest of equal representation, we want to discuss how substance abuse and alcohol affects men.The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that men are more likely than women to abuse illicit drugs and alcohol. In fact, 11.5% of males over 12 years of age have active substance use disorders, compared to just 6.4% of those deemed the “fairer sex.” It hardly seems fair, does it? Continue reading

Women & Addiction

Women and Addiction Treatment RiversideIf you think you hear more about men using drugs and drinking alcohol to excess than women, you are right. Research shows that women use substances at lower levels than men. However, equally true and yet not widely known, women typically progress from substance use to addiction more quickly than their male counterparts. What’s more, they almost immediately experience associated severe health consequences. These include cancer, heart disease, memory problems and even death. Continue reading

Overdose

Overdose MFI Riverside
While few deny that drug and alcohol use compromise quality of life for millions of affected Americans, its close companion, Overdose (OD), dramatically claims life itself. In fact, OD is currently the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioid addiction drives the epidemic, with more than 47,700 overdose-related deaths associated with prescription opioids and illicit drugs (heroin and illicit fentanyl). Continue reading