Can Addiction Kill Me?

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Addiction Can Kill | Westside Treatment

In short: yes, addiction can kill. But rather than keep it at that, it’s better to go in-depth into how and why addiction can kill you – and how you can keep it from killing you. There’s no doubt that addiction carries with it a lot of baggage. Not only can it lead to long-term damage to your health – addiction can change the way you behave and feel, and cause irreparable damage to your relationships and future. An addiction will… Read more »

Causes Of Addiction: How Does It Develop?

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Causes Of Addiction | Westside Treatment

Although the causes of addiction aren’t as big of a mystery to us as it may have been in the past, there are still many things we don’t completely understand. As meticulous as the scientific community can be, studies are imperfect, and many theories require years of research and data analysis to verify. As such, there is still a lot of controversy among scientists on some of the details. But a few things are undeniable, including the fact that there… Read more »

The Advantages Of A Recovery Community In Los Angeles

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advantages of a recovery community | Westside Treatment

We thrive on being social, on hunting and trading, and on relying on each other to survive. And long before organized religion, civilization and written language, we relied on community. To this day, nothing can change any one person’s life as much as the power of a community. If several people come together with a joined interest, the result is an instant bond, a camaraderie that leaves us feeling happier and better. And for people in addiction recovery, that sense… Read more »

What Is The Impact Of Drugs On The Los Angeles Community?

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impact of drugs in Los Angeles | Westside Treatment

LA’s drug history starts early, with the prohibition of opiates and cocaine in 1914, and a rise in crime as patients addicted to previously legal substances found themselves going through illegal channels to get their fix. Since then, the county has been fighting a war on drugs, and the impact of drugs in the community.   Drugs, Crime, And Militarization When the impact of drugs (specifically crack cocaine) became a recognized problem in black communities throughout Los Angeles, the response… Read more »

How to Live Drug Free in Los Angeles

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Live Drug Free In Los Angeles | Westside Treatment

Los Angeles is notorious for its seedy underbelly, and a history of violence (that has largely declined) – but as with any large city, LA is a melting pot of stories, some tragic and some miraculous. Here, cultures come and blend together, and you’ll find a little bit of everything and everyone on the streets of LA, from the richest actor to the poorest pauper. Living in such a colorful and vibrant city comes with its challenges. It’s hard to… Read more »

What Makes Drug Addiction In Los Angeles So Easy To Fall Into?

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Drug Addiction In Los Angeles | Westside Treatment

Drug addiction in Los Angeles has often been called an urban problem, one that affects people in cities more than elsewhere in the country. However, recent statistics are showing that this trend, even if it did hold true in the past, most definitely doesn’t hold up today. With drugs like methamphetamine, opiates and prescription stimulants hitting the streets, fields and suburbs en masse, drug addiction isn’t just an urban problem anymore. However, for Los Angeles, the images of drugs and… Read more »

Why Is It Important To Seek Treatment For Drug Addiction?

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It goes without saying that drug addiction continues to be a problem in America, as opioid overdose rates are higher than ever before, and prescription drugs like Xanax and Adderall still find themselves being used non-medically. You’d think that, given the overdose rates behind opiates and heroin, the dangers with using sedatives like Xanax, and the potential for psychological damage behind Adderall, the people using drugs like this would just stop or seek treatment for drug addiction. But they can’t…. Read more »

Location And Culture: How Your Environment Impacts Recovery

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Environment Impacts Recovery

Recognizing And Overcoming Environmental And Cultural Factors During Your Recovery The environment and culture with which you surround yourself can impact how well you recover from your drug or alcohol addiction. Factors in both situations could influence your success or undermine your efforts to beat a problem that has plagued you for years. You can regain sobriety and look forward to a brighter and healthier future by recognizing these environmental and cultural influences and knowing what steps to take to… Read more »