Opioid Epidemic | Westside Treatment

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For years, the United States has been struggling with deaths from an opioid epidemic, from prescription medication and heroin alike. Despite having the world’s third largest population, the US consumes almost all the global opioid supply. The result is an absolute tragedy – with about 4 percent of the world’s population, we struggle with about 27 percent of the world’s total drug overdose deaths. Heroin is doubtlessly playing a big part in the opioid epidemic, but legally-distributed medications have their… Read more »

Sober Life | Westside Treatment

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Living the sober life is a challenge – but challenges are what shape people and, generally, help us become stronger and better individuals. When framing something as a challenge, it doesn’t become an impossible wall to climb, but a mountain to conquer. That’s exactly the kind of attitude that best describes a successful recovery – but getting there, to the point where you can feel confident in your ability to overcome addiction and achieve sobriety, is no walk in the… Read more »

Sober In Los Angeles | Westside Treatment

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Los Angeles, the City of Angels, is inhabited by nearly 4 million people spread over roughly 270+ neighborhoods – naturally, there are countless things to do while sober in Los Angeles, that don’t involve drugs or alcohol. From Acton to Woodland Hills, there is no shortage on fun activities and events in town at any given moment. However, before you can get started exploring the city for new things to do while sober in Los Angeles, it’s important to get… Read more »

Sober Fun | Westside Treatment

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People sometimes have this misconception that fun dies the day you decide to put down the drink. What they forget is that a life made fun only by alcohol is not a life lived. Enjoying experiences with a side of alcohol is one thing, but when sobriety becomes a hostile attack on a person’s definition of fun, then there’s something wrong with how they spend their time.sober fun is an entirely possible and achievable goal. Letting a substance consume your… Read more »

Staying Sober | Westside Treatment

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Sobriety is a good thing, but good things aren’t easy to come by or keep. Staying sober can at first feel like a full-time job, so when life seeps in and hits you with an actual full-time job and other responsibilities, letting your sobriety slip can sometimes feel like an acceptable compromise. Don’t let a relapse set in – with these simple tips, you can be in control of your recovery and you can get the most out of staying… Read more »

Addiction Recovery Insurance | Westside Treatment

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Addiction recovery, like many other health care items in the United States, is a piece of health care covered partially by insurance companies, in different ways, throughout the country. Some businesses cover all aspects of drug treatment partially, others only cover rehab or medication. Some help is only available through the government, while other states have excellent private addiction recovery insurance providers. The exact details of what kind of addiction recovery insurance you’re looking at depend on where in the… Read more »

Support Group For Addiction | Westside Treatment

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A support group for addiction is nothing new, but they have been an essential place for those looking to get better. As we begin to understand more and more about addiction, the stigma around struggling with drugs starts to fall to the wayside and we can start to truly feel comfortable about approaching our issues with other people. Sadly, for most, addiction is still an issue that evokes a lot of shame and anger. Beyond the initial emotion of denial, many… Read more »

Signs Of Addiction | Westside Treatment

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Addiction typically creeps up on us – it’s very rare that someone takes a single hit of a substance and finds themselves addicted, especially with the more common drugs such as alcohol and prescription drugs. Instead, we find ourselves using one substance or another as a crutch to deal with other issues in our life, and before we know it, the signs of addiction are clear and the crutch itself is the issue. It isn’t easy for someone to realize… Read more »

The Road To Sobriety | Westside Treatment

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The history of medicine is rich and long – but it is only relatively recently that we’ve begun to explore medication as a road to sobriety for addiction, an issue that first became relevant and studied through medicine itself. Methadone, a household name among prescription drugs and one of the best ways at chemically fighting the effects of heroin and other opioids, has been around for about 80 years, starting off as a synthetic opioid. Yet its history as a treatment… Read more »

Nature Of Addiction | Westside Treatment

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Medicine woke up to the reality and the existence of addiction sometime in the 19th century, when it became clear that there was a downside to injecting patients with copious amounts of morphine, and the downside wasn’t just the potential of an overdose. This is what first sparked the question of the nature of addiction instead of the previous assessment that it was just a moral failure. Mankind’s history with opium, alcohol and hallucinogens is long and extremely detailed. We… Read more »