Malibu Opioid Treatment

Why The Brain Loves Opioids

Why The Brain Loves Opioids Societies have long coveted opioids for both the euphoria and the pain relief they provide. When chemists extracted morphine from opium poppies, it quickly became the go-to treatment during the American Civil War. After morphine caused widespread addiction, drug companies invented what they thought was a “non-addictive” substitute: a cough syrup called heroin. That turned out poorly for the 20th century.  Today, prescription opioids, like fentanyl and oxycodone, crowd America’s medicine cabinets and its streets. Opioid overdoses now kill more Americans every year than car accidents. To understand how we arrived here, you’ll need to venture deep into the mind. Here’s why our brains love… Read More

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder Out of all the mental illnesses, personality disorders are the least talked about. Most people think of those who suffer from a personality disorder as crazy or dangerous. Let’s shed some light on one personality disorder in particular: BPD or Borderline Personality Disorder is a personality disorder marked by unstable and insconsistent moods, behavior, and functioning. This often results in unstable relationships, impulsivity, anger, depression and anxiety. It is often confused with bipolar disorder and thus mistreated. BPD is a personality disorder where you feel as though you lack control, creating frustration. It is though to be triggered by a traumatic event in early childhood, though there… Read More

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Opioid Crisis

Opioid Crisis

Opioid Crisis The opioid epidemic is essentially a public health emergency in the United States as we are in the middle of an opioid crisis. According to the CDC, around 90 Americans die from opioid overdoses every day; that’s about as many as those who die in car crashes. There are all kinds of different factors that led to this crisis.  The main reasons have a lot to do with what these drugs are, how they reduce pain,and why they’re so addictive. You hear people throwing around words like opioids and opiates, not to mention heroin, oxy, and fentanyl. Opioids are any drug that acts on opioid receptors on your… Read More

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How We Become Addicted

How We Become Addicted

How We Become Addicted The word addiction comes from the Latin term for “enslaved by” and rightly so, millions of people are enslaved by their fix, whether it be controlled substances, food, alcohol, sex, gambling or even the internet. We all have that one thing that we just can’t live without.  How or why do we become addicted and what can you do to help?  Addiction is a serious global concern and in some countries addiction rates, especially to illicit drugs, are a serious and growing concern.  In the United States for example, substance abuse is one of the leading causes of death, with a substantial percentage of the American… Read More

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Understanding & Talking To Someone About Getting Help

Understanding & Talking To Someone About Getting Help

Understanding & Talking To Someone About Getting Help No one wants to be addicted, it comes from a root cause, there’s a root problem here. You really have to get to that root problem or it’s just gonna keep coming back. Say I hurt my back at work and go to the doctor, instantly I get four prescriptions, so that’s kind of where the addiction starts. I take lots of them, three times a day and at first it’s great. So eventually after three months, I need them, it wasn’t “Oh,it makes me feel better. ” I’m running from being sick at that point. I keep telling myself it’s okay… Read More

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Remaining Active In Recovery

Staying In Recovery

Staying In Recovery Recovery gives us the ability and skills to deal with the “normal” issues we face in life: loss of loved ones, loss of relationships, empty nesting, career changes, physical impairment, and grieving. Recovery is a process not an event. Life is a continuum of ever-deepening circles. Put those two ideas together and we begin to understand what growing old sober might look like. In life, discovery often precedes recovery. You wake up one morning and realize, “Oh, that’s what that’s all about. We live life forward and understand it backwards. Recovery goes through stages, even as life does. In the beginning, we have an early awareness and… Read More

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