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Make Your Business More Profitable: Invest in Addiction Treatment
If you own or operate a business with more than ten employees, the odds are that at least one of those workers has a substance abuse problem. Bloomberg News reports that: 3 million Americans admit to using prescription painkillers for non-medical purposes; Overdose is a leading cause of death in the USA; Opioid abuse costs employers $12 billion a year; At any given time, at least 10% of American workers are intoxicated at work. These are startling figures, particularly as employers recognize that employees who are under the influence not only underperform and have greater absenteeism than their counterparts, but they al...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - May 1, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Pre-Existing Conditions: How the New Proposed Healthcare Plan Could Deny You Coverage
Congressional Republicans are dead-set on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, seemingly without regard for making improvements to the system. The President’s promise was more people covered with better care at less cost. That is not what the new GOP proposal would provide. The main criteria for GOP proposals seems to be to make plans cheaper by eliminating access to care for millions of Americans. The latest iteration of the Republican healthcare proposal is to remove protections for “pre-existing conditions” from health insurance policies. This is the most disastrous of the Republican prop...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - May 1, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health addiction treatment center drug treat Source Type: blogs

Why Can ’t People Get Healthcare in Rural America?
Why Can’t People Get Healthcare in Rural America? There is a medical crisis in rural America. There aren’t enough physicians to meet the needs of small towns, and the problem is only getting worse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are more than 6,600 primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSA) scattered throughout the United States. The total number of HPSAs in the United States, including areas that lack adequate mental health services and dental care, is nearly 17,000. Most of these shortages occur in rural areas. The same rural areas experiencing a shortage of m...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - April 10, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health addiction treatment center alcohol ab Source Type: blogs

To Overcome Addiction, You Must Address Underlying Trauma
One of the most widely known addiction treatment groups, Alcoholics Anonymous, famously lists twelve steps the addict must take to overcome their addiction. While these steps include everything from admitting you’re powerlessness over the substances you abuse to seeking out people you’ve wronged in the past to make amends, none of the steps mentions acknowledging or coming to terms with a traumatic experience. Some healthcare professionals take a different perspective on addiction recovery. According to a wide body of research over the past 20 years, experiencing a traumatic event as a child or young adult gre...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - April 3, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Medical Marijuana Saves Lives
With so many political crises to attend to daily, it’s hard not to let important issues fall by the wayside. However, with the unveiling of the Republican plan to reform the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the powerful opposition to that plan, nothing is being done to address the opioid abuse epidemic our nation faces. Every day we turn our attention to other matters, Americans die of overdose. But there is something we can do while the national debate on health insurance rages – encourage the use of medical marijuana for pain sufferers. More than half the states in the nation and the District of Columbia have l...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - March 13, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Prescription Lies: Five Myths about Prescription Pain Killers
When you’re in pain, you’re willing to do whatever it takes to feel better. For Americans diagnosed with chronic pain, getting a prescription for an opioid-based pain killer can seem like the only way to regain day-to-day function. But in desperation to find a treatment that effectively manages chronic pain, patients may rush into a treatment plan that fails to live up to their expectations or even meet their medical needs. Here are five of the biggest myths about prescription pain killers and the surprising truths about the drug they conceal. Prescription pain killers are a permanent solution for chronic pai...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 12, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Getting Better With Time: Engage Your Brain for Mental Fitness Later in Life
What can you do to keep mentally fit as you age? Here are a few tips to consider. Play: Play is not just for children. It is also a great work out for the brain. A recent study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience asked elderly Japanese adults to play a game geared towards increasing their cognitive function, once a day for fifteen minutes over a period of four weeks. The researchers found that participants not only enjoyed the exercise, but they also saw a decrease in depressive moods after playing the interactive game. Use technology: There’s a stereotype that getting older means being less interested in n...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 30, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Hit the Hay: Three Reasons Why Good Sleep is Crucial for Mental Health
One in three American adults don’t get enough sleep. Though Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that as many as ninety percent of North Americans respond to this chronic lack of sleep with a regular dose of caffeine, that little pick-me-up doesn’t cut it. Sleep deprivation is still having an impact on the individual’s body. Failing to get at least seven hours of sleep at night for adults can have dangerous effects on individuals’ mental health. Here are three reasons why you should prioritize quality sleep for the sake of your peace of mind. The brain needs regular cleaning. Throughout the day as the br...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 25, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

How the Federal Government ’s Opposition to Medical Marijuana Research Keeps Patients in the Dark
How the Federal Government’s Opposition to Medical Marijuana Research Keeps Patients in the Dark Last week the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report surveying over 10,000 scientific studies to determine conclusively how marijuana interacts with the body. The review was especially concerned with marijuana’s efficacy as a medicine as well as its positive and negative short- and long-term effects on users. Some of the Academies’ published conclusions were incredible. For example, there is conclusive evidence that cannabis and/or cannabinoids are an effective treatment for...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 17, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

What You Need to Know about Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is one of the most under-utilized tools we have to fight our country’s ongoing addiction crisis. Ideally, this intervention employs specific pharmaceutical drugs combined with counseling and behavioral therapies, but its true power is often obscured by misunderstanding. Effective use of MAT can make the difference between a long, healthy life and an untimely death by overdose. Here’s what you need to know about MAT and why people battling addiction should consider it. Decades of research shows that properly administered MAT is a safe, effective treatment option for substance...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 9, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Deadlier than Heroin: How Fentanyl is Becoming Public Health Enemy No. 1
For the first time in the city’s recorded history, more than 1,000 New Yorkers are expected to die from a fatal drug overdose in 2017. Key to this record-breaking statistic is the increased abuse of fentanyl, a cheap synthetic opioid up to 100 times more powerful than heroin. Relatively unknown to the general public until recently, this drug’s astounding lethality is tearing across the country as deaths related to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids surged more than 70% from 2014 to 2015. So where did this drug come from, and why are so many people dying because of it? Fentanyl has been utilized in medical se...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 3, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Making New Year ’s Resolutions that Work in 2017
Making New Year’s Resolutions that Work in 2017 The key to making and keeping New Year’s resolutions is that they have to involve complete lifestyle change. Throwing money at a gym membership without a solid plan to change your lifestyle results in squandered money and disappointment. Here are six tips to help you create New Year’s resolutions that will actually change your life. Make a plan. If the change you want to make is important to you, you must make a plan to ensure that the change happens. For example, if you want to improve your fitness, you must identify a type of workout that you enjoy and sc...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - December 29, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health Source Type: blogs

How to Talk to Your Family about Drinking this New Year ’s Eve
How to Talk to Your Family about Drinking this New Year’s Eve Talking with friends or loved ones about being more careful when they drink alcohol can feel uncomfortable. But for thousands of Americans who die from alcohol poisoning every year or are killed by a drunk driver on New Year’s Eve, one uncomfortable conversation could have made the difference between life or death. Here’s how you can broach the subject with friends, children, siblings or parents, and help them stay safe and healthy as they welcome 2017. Your loved one may brush off your concerns about their drinking on New Year’s Eve by b...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - December 29, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Exporting Pain: Here ’s Why Some Doctors are Labeled ‘Opioiphobic’
Exporting Pain: Here’s Why Some Doctors are Labeled ‘Opioiphobic’ While patients and medical professionals in the United States have wised up to the potential harm of prescription opioids like OxyContin, its manufacturers aren’t willing to sell any less, instead choosing to pursue an aggressive marketing campaign internationally rather than give up on potential profits. This move is a threat to the health and well-being of millions of people worldwide. There’s no need for other countries to make the same mistakes we’re still overcoming. America is in the thick of an opioid addiction and ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - December 20, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Elephant Sedative Carfentanyl is the Latest and Deadliest Heroin Additive
One of the biggest risks associated with illegal drug use is that there’s no way to know for sure exactly what’s in the substance you’re consuming. Many drug cartels dilute their products with nearly indistinguishable substances, for example mixing powdered milk into a batch of heroin, in order to increase the overall quantity of the drug, sell more, and make more money. One uncommon heroin additive that’s been making headlines recently is carfentanyl. An analogue of the more commonly known opioid analgesic fentanyl, carfentanyl was first produced in 1974 and intended for sedating large animals lik...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - December 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite addiction Addiction Recovery addiction treatment addiction treatment center drug treatment center prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction substance abuse Source Type: blogs

How Can You Know if You ’re Depressed?
How Can You Know if You’re Depressed? Though we’ve come a long way in the treatment of mental illness, there still is not consensus on the diagnosis and treatment of even the most common metal illnesses, including depression. In a recent review of diagnostic tools conducted by Universiteit van Amsterdam, researchers revealed that there is relatively little consistency in how practitioners define and diagnose depression. For example, some diagnostic tools focused specifically on the physical symptoms of depression, like loss of appetite and insomnia. Other tools asked the patients about their moods and feelings...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - December 7, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite addiction Addiction Recovery addiction treatment addiction treatment center alcoholism drug treatment center prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction substance abuse Source Type: blogs

Here ’s How Stress Recalibrates Your Brain, Driving Alcohol Consumption
Here’s How Stress Recalibrates Your Brain, Driving Alcohol Consumption Stress creates feelings that we sometimes deal with in maladaptive ways. A long wait at the post office might stress you so much that you choose to stay home with pizza and a movie instead of going to the gym. Caring for an ailing parent might start you on a path of drinking every night. Responses to stress vary, but fall within a set of norms. Skipping the gym or feeling compelled to go out for a drink are the kind of responses we accept without question. It’s natural to want to “indulge” after a bad day, conventional thinking g...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - December 6, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health Source Type: blogs

Benzodiazepines: What You Should Know Before Filling Your Prescription
The opioid crisis is still in full swing, but that doesn’t mean opioids are the only class of drugs hurting people. Benzodiazepines, like Xanax, Versed, Ativan, or Valium, are a class of drugs that are prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders. Prescriptions for and overdoses caused by benzodiazepines, which depress the central nervous system, have increased at alarming rates over the last twenty years. Here’s what you need to know about benzodiazepines before you fill your prescription. Like all prescription drugs, there are some people in specific circumstances who can benefit from properly used prescriptio...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 29, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Looking Forward: Obstacles and Opportunities for Trump ’s Fight Against Opioid Addiction
Looking Forward: Obstacles and Opportunities for Trump’s Fight Against Opioid Addiction What will the fight against opioid addiction look like under President Trump? Although the president-elect has yet to appoint the Secretary of Health and Human Services who will inherit this public health crisis, Trump and his transition team have been discussing possible strategies since his historic election just two weeks ago. With under 60 days to go until his administration begins running the country, here’s what President Trump’s strategy to end opioid addiction could look like and the obstacles he’ll face ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 22, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Richard Taite addiction Addiction Recovery addiction treatment drug treatment center prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction substance abuse Source Type: blogs

States Aren ’t Enough: Here’s Why the DEA Should Change Marijuana’s Schedule I Classification
More than half the states in the nation and Washington DC have legalized medical marijuana. While people managing pain or living with extremely painful forms of cancer in those states are grateful, some researchers and addiction treatment providers are arguing that just changing the drug’s status at a state level doesn’t go far enough. Here’s why we have to move marijuana out of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) Schedule I category and how that move could improve millions of Americans’ lives. The DEA’s tiered drug schedule originated in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and created...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 16, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Trump is Backpedaling on Obamacare: Here ’s Why That’s Good
One thing Trump voters say they love about him is his propensity to “tell it like it is.” But just days after becoming the next president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump is already backpedaling on his campaign promise to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) once he’s in office. Here’s why Trump’s pivot may be a good thing for millions of Americans who need health care. It’s true that for many the ACA wasn’t exactly as affordable as we were told it would be. Many people who signed up for insurance through state markets were hit with unconscionably high premiums,...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 14, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health Source Type: blogs

Cutting Off the Supply: The Good and Bad of Opioid Prescription Limits
In October 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin proposed regulations that would limit the number of opioid-based prescriptions a patient can receive based on certain criteria. At face value this seems like a simple, no-nonsense way to curb the state’s raging opioid epidemic, but some addiction treatment professionals aren’t so sure it will work. Here are the benefits and the shortcomings of state-based opioid prescription limits. As many people’s first exposure to the endorphin rush of opioids is through a prescription, giving out fewer prescriptions can be a helpful addiction prevention tool. Curre...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 7, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Legalizing Marijuana: Separating Fact from Fiction
In addition to choosing a president this November 8th nine states have marijuana legalization on the ballot this election day. Just like the presidential election, misinformation abounds when it comes to marijuana and the effects its legalization would have on the states considering it. Here are a few of the most common myths associated with marijuana legalization and the truths they’re hiding. Myth: Only recreational smokers want to legalize marijuana. Reality: Medical marijuana is an effective treatment for a wide variety of physical and psychological illnesses ranging from chronic pain to seizures to ongoing canc...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 1, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite addiction treatment center drug addiction drug treatment drug treatment center healthy eating prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction substance abuse Source Type: blogs

Pharmaceutical Lobbyists Are Gearing Up to Fight Pricing Regulations
In a republic like that in the USA, elected officials are appointed by the people to represent their interests at all levels throughout the government. Sizable campaign donations from big businesses with specific policy interests have a way of distorting this relationship between elected representatives and their constituencies, often compelling officials to act in the companies’ best interest at the expense of the American people. The biggest pharmaceutical lobbyist groups are no different, and during this congressional recess they’re gearing up to use their considerable power, money, and influence to protect...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 26, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Richard Taite addiction Addiction Recovery addiction treatment addiction treatment center drug abuse drug addiction drug treatment center substance abuse Source Type: blogs

Voting Yes for Medical or Recreational Marijuana Legalization Will Probably Save Lives: Your Vote Matters
This year’s election is already underway and while most of us are paying attention to the presidential candidates, there are a lot of other elected positions and ballot measures that are important to consider. One issue, being voted on in nine states, regards varying levels of marijuana legalization, either for medical or recreational use. As an addiction treatment professional who closely follows healthcare issues, I urge you to consider a yes vote if your state has a marijuana legalization measure on the ballot. Doing so probably will save lives that would otherwise be lost to opioid abuse and addiction. Is the le...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 25, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite addiction Addiction Recovery addiction treatment addiction treatment center alcoholism drug abuse drug addiction drug treatment center prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction substance abuse Source Type: blogs

How and Why You Should Keep Your Temper in Check
It never feels good to lose your temper. Nothing can end a conversation or hurt a relationship as quickly and deeply as a few angry words uttered in the heat of the moment. You may feel like these outbursts are out of your control, or feel frustrated that you can’t keep them from happening so often. But no matter how frequently or to what extent you find yourself seeing red, you can take back the reigns from your more emotional side with patience, practice and a little empathy for yourself. First, you’ll need to fight the urge to run from yourself, your feelings, and the kinds of situations that can cause you ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 21, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Richard Taite addiction Addiction Recovery addiction treatment addiction treatment center drug treatment center prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction substance abuse Source Type: blogs

The DEA is Lowering Opioid Production in the U.S.: Here ’s How that Might Affect the Opioid Epidemic
The DEA is Lowering Opioid Production in the U.S.: Here’s How that Might Affect the Opioid Epidemic In the latest federal policy meant to curtail the ongoing opioid epidemic, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced earlier this week that the overall volume of opioid prescriptions permitted in the nation’s pharmaceutical market would decrease by at least 25% in 2017. The DEA’s new, smaller production quotas will work with the guidelines and regulations other federal agencies are putting in place to combat opioid-based addiction and overdoses. A natural partner in fighting addictio...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite addiction Addiction Recovery addiction treatment addiction treatment center addicts alcohol alcoholism drug treatment center prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction substance abuse Source Type: blogs

Kratom Needs to be Researched Before It ’s Listed as a Schedule 1 Drug
Kratom Needs to be Researched Before It’s Listed as a Schedule 1 Drug In August of this year, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced that kratom, an herbal supplement sold in headshops and mixed into drinks at trendy bars, would be reclassified as a Schedule I substance, making its use or possession illegal and stopping any research into legitimate medical uses for the drug. While the DEA considered this appropriate given the supplement’s similarities to opioids, kratom users, addiction treatment researchers and even elected officials are pushing back against this ban. In our system, current ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health addiction treatment center drug abuse Source Type: blogs

Legalizing Marijuana in California: Information for Parents
It is likely that Proposition 64, which will legalize the use of recreational marijuana in California, will pass in November. At least, that is what most people expect. As an addiction treatment provider, it matters little to me whether or not marijuana is legal or illegal. The drugs that people use and abuse are based largely on social norms, not legal status. When it is socially acceptable to use a substance, more people will choose that substance to use over others. Think about prohibition; people didn’t stop using alcohol because it was made illegal. Although use trends fluctuated, people continued to use alcoh...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 5, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Apples and Honey, but No Wine: Here ’s How the High Holidays Can Support Your Recovery
Apples and Honey, but No Wine: Here’s How the High Holidays Can Support Your Recovery A plane ticket home can burn a hole in your heart. Just thinking about how you’ll handle your family’s controversial politics or misaligned values can make even the calmest among us look around desperately for some way to make it through dinner. If you’re someone who has traditionally leaned on alcohol to get through the High Holy Days, you’re not alone; the alcohol industry makes a quarter of all its sales during the last quarter of the year, the holiday season. If this is your first High Holy Day season in ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 3, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health addiction treatment center cocaine Source Type: blogs

Challenge is Inevitable, Stress is Not: The Case for Including Mental Health Care in the Workplace
Workplace stress comes from a wide variety of circumstances and situations. It’s easy to see how an attorney speaking on the record or a surgeon making that first incision could feel a twinge of anxiety or a rush of anticipation. But just because we don’t all have someone’s life or freedom in our hands doesn’t make our work any less anxiety producing. Stress that comes from or interferes with your work can have a huge negative impact on your quality of life, not to mention the quality of your performance. Employees and business owners alike have much to gain from a renewed commitment to work enviro...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 28, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health addiction treatment center drug treat Source Type: blogs

How Will You Handle Loss? Here ’s How Substance Abuse Makes Grieving Harder
How Will You Handle Loss? Here’s How Substance Abuse Makes Grieving Harder Tragedies are frequently unexpected. When we think about worst case scenarios, we assume our planning is all hypothetical, but tragedy in one form or another hits all of us sooner or later. How can you make sure you’re ready for the emergency or crisis headed your way? Your most important tool may seem obvious: preparing to grieve. Luckily for us all there are several practical ways you can strengthen your ability handle stressful experiences and their aftermath before finding yourself in the lions’ den. Of course, making plans for...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 27, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Not Everyone Wants to Ban Kratom: Here Are Some Issues to Consider
Never heard of kratom? The media has been so focused on the ongoing opioid epidemic that it’s easy to miss a less frequently used or abused substance, like kratom. But a movement to ban or restrict the sale of kratom in cafes, at head shops and on the internet is gaining momentum across the country and states are taking legal action to curtail the public’s use of this drug. So what exactly is kratom, and why are people divided about its use? Common in the United States for almost ten years before catching the attention of the federal government, kratom is a plant grown in Southeast Asia and cultivated as a kin...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 21, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health drug addiction drug treatment center Source Type: blogs

Words Matter: How the Words You Use Can Decrease Anxiety
A healthy concern for your well-being can make you more likely to anticipate and effectively head-off possible threats. But taken to excess, worrying too much can make your days filled with anxiety and stress. What is a person to do? One of the most effective ways to combat excessive anxiety is to build confidence in yourself. There will always be unexpected, difficult elements of life that you can’t change, like a sudden death in the family or losing a job, but taking charge of how you view these uncontrollable circumstances and their impact on your life is a powerful way to reorient yourself in any situation. Seri...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 20, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Richard Taite addiction Addiction Recovery addiction treatment addiction treatment center drug treatment center prescription drug addiction substance abuse Source Type: blogs

You Can Change Your Mood Without Drugs: Understanding and Choosing Better Coping Skills
When it comes to better understanding and treating addiction, we can learn a lot by looking at a person’s coping mechanisms. Conventional wisdom tells us that a certain number of negative experiences are just part of life. Things don’t always turn out like we hope they will; we are sometimes disappointed in ourselves and others. The question is not if you will go through hardship at one time or another in your life, but rather, how you will handle it. Coping mechanisms are skills we all have that allow us to make sense of our negative experiences and integrate them into a healthy, sustainable perspective of th...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 16, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health addiction treatment center drug treat Source Type: blogs

Neuroscience Made Easy: Here ’s Why Your Brain Makes Quitting Drugs/Alcohol So Hard
Neuroscience Made Easy: Here’s Why Your Brain Makes Quitting Drugs/Alcohol So Hard There’s little more tempting than a quick and easy solution to our problems. That’s one of the ways addiction begins to take hold of us. Initially, drugs and alcohol ease difficult feelings about intractable problems. But this evolves over time as the drugs used, and the drug-seeking behavior that seeks them out, changes the way the brain works. Addiction becomes not a choice, but a hard-wired reality of brain function. It is these brain changes that make recovering from addiction so hard. Traditionally, as a community, we ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 14, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite addiction Addiction Recovery addiction treatment drug treatment prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction substance abuse Source Type: blogs

How Drum Circles Can Improve, if not Cure, Your Depression
Have you ever wondered how people used to treat depression before prescription medications were invented? Even today many developing countries do not have the medical infrastructure or cultural norms in place to connect depressed individuals with medically indicated anti-depressant medications. Although historical interpretations of and treatments for depression vary widely from culture to culture, one common antidote may surprise you: communal drumming. Some benefits to making and dancing to music in a circle with your friends, family and other community members are intuitive. Dancing is a physical activity that can crea...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 7, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health addiction treatment center addicts Source Type: blogs

Working Out in Recovery: How Exercise Can Help Keep You Drug-Free
Eating, sleeping and feeling healthy may seem like normal parts of life, but being able to function effectively on a day-to-day basis should not be taken for granted. Like so many other medical problems, addiction interferes with an individual’s normal physical functioning. Instead of eating properly or seeking intimate partnerships or healthy relationships, addiction overrides the brain’s survival circuits, leaving the addict seeking drugs or alcohol above all else. Rebuilding these inborn mechanisms that encourage health is essential to a successful recovery, and many people entering recovery choose to buil...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 7, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite addiction Addiction Recovery addiction treatment addiction treatment center alcoholism drug treatment center exercise prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction substance abuse Source Type: blogs

How the Role of Doctors is Changing in the Wake of the Opioid Abuse Epidemic
Pushed and pulled by many competing interests, doctors are ultimately and unfortunately an important gateway to opioid-based prescriptions – and their abuse. Although providing medication to patients they see is a key part of their job, at this point an opioid-based prescription to relieve pain could cause suffering through its abuse or ease the physical suffering of chronic pain; knowing the outcome isn’t always certain. Doctors will likely always be willing to provide prescription opioids to some of their patients, and that is appropriate, but as an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse rips across the count...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 31, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

The Case for Recognizing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Purple Heart Injury
Receiving a Purple Heart in recognition of a veteran’s bravery and sacrifice is a cherished honor among military families. Traditionally given out by the Pentagon in the name of the sitting president, Purple Hearts formally recognize the physical injuries and sacrifices an individual endures in combat, including death. But not all of the most disfiguring injuries our veterans experience during their service are physical, and the lasting effects of mental health disorders originating in combat are sorely underestimated and often ignored. If severe cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are capable of destroyi...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 30, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health addiction treatment center drug addic Source Type: blogs

Deadlier than Ever Before: Here ’s How the Federal Government is Fighting Back Against the Opioid Epidemic
Deadlier than Ever Before: Here’s How the Federal Government is Fighting Back Against the Opioid Epidemic One of the federal government’s important roles is to take on our county’s most pressing issues and respond with solutions on a national scale. Responsible for killing nearly 50,000 people in 2014 alone, the opioid epidemic is clearly a crisis our country needs a sweeping and effective response to overcome. What tools does the federal government have in its pocket that can combat the opioid epidemic, and how can we be sure that they’ll work? Where national agencies can alter their policies to su...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 24, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health addiction treatment center alcohol ab Source Type: blogs

Not Your Grandmother ’s Joint: Here’s How Marijuana Use is Changing
Not Your Grandmother’s Joint: Here’s How Marijuana Use is Changing It’s not hard to see how some parts of American culture are light years ahead of where they were just a few decades ago. While our grandparents couldn’t text, call, or email one another, today there are dozens of social media apps that find almost infinite ways to connect you to your friends and paramours. Drugs have changed too. We tend to think about all kinds of drugs, including marijuana, as staying essentially the same over time. But the last few decades have changed the face of marijuana use in the United States in more ways th...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 22, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

As Research Advances, Treatment for Depression Keeps Getting Better
Have you ever felt like you were at the bottom of a deep hole with no way out? One of the most characteristic effects of depression, a mental health condition that affects some 22% of Americans, is a feeling of exhausted sadness towards the present and hopelessness that things can or will ever get better. Given our advancements in the fields of psychology and neuroscience, this condition has never been so treatable; so why does it continue to affect so many? Incredible stigma exists around almost all mental health conditions, and depression is no different. Over centuries a diverse group of thinkers from economists to sci...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 17, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Here ’s How Creative Arts Can Diminish Stress
Here’s How Creative Arts Can Diminish Stress Everyone gets stressed sometimes. Dealing with disappointments or unforeseen difficulties is a natural part of life that we handle by developing coping mechanisms, like calling a friend after a bad day at work or journaling to consolidate and review a hectic week. But too much stress without adequate coping skills can negatively affect your health and prevent you from living a fulfilling daily life. How can you handle stress? Science suggests that art might be one way to kick stress to the curb. First, it’s important to understand that not all stress is bad. Certain ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 16, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health addiction treatment center drug addic Source Type: blogs

Why Some Therapists Want to Treat Patients with LSD, Explained
When someone tells you they’re in therapy, their taking LSD as part of that psychotherapy is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. While most of the time your instincts would be spot on, small but meaningful studies being conducted around the globe are beginning to change that. There is growing proof that the clinical use of LSD, in limited doses and for a very short period (usually 1-2 sessions), can have a tremendous positive impact on mental health. Take for example the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Nearly one in ten Israelis have post-traumatic stress disorder, pushing therapists...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health Uncategorized drug treatment center Source Type: blogs

Texas Just Made Naloxone Available Over the Counter: Here ’s Why Your State Should Too
Texas Just Made Naloxone Available Over the Counter: Here’s Why Your State Should Too If you don’t live in the Lone Star state, you may have missed some big news about opioid overdose prevention happening now. According to a press release issued by CVS Pharmacy in late July, Naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug, is now available over the counter at all of their locations throughout Texas. In order to implement this unorthodox policy, CVS obtained a special standing order from Texas physicians permitting the sale of Naloxone without a prescription. Surprisingly, CVS isn’t the first pharmacy in Texas ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 9, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health Source Type: blogs

Looking to Get out of a Rut? Here are Three Ways to Refresh Your Perspective on Life.
It’s easy to wake up one day to find yourself in a rut, when your life’s momentum has stalled and you’re not sure what will come next. That’s what addiction is, in a manner of speaking, a king-sized rut that seems to have no way out. But, no matter how you’ve found yourself at a dead end or on a hamster wheel, there’s no reason to despair. A rut is your chance to go off-road and write the rules for the next big adventure in your life. Here are three small things you can do to change your life, when you think you’re starting to get stuck, either in recovery or simply everyday life....
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 8, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: sheilas Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

Unhealthy Items at the Health Store: Four Reasons to Be Wary of Supplements
Who doesn’t want an extra boost to their health that’s as easy as taking one little pill? Although herbal supplements are often touted as a relatively easy way to support your body’s healthy functioning, in reality many of the products that are supposed to increase our quality of life may actually harm. Here are four reasons you should avoid herbal supplements, unless the brand, supplement and dose are specifically prescribed for you by a qualified naturopath or acupuncturist with extensive training in the use of supplements and herbs. Unseen side effects. You probably picked up your supplement of choic...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 4, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Constance Scharff, PhD Tags: Abuse Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Current Events Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health addiction treatment center drug treat Source Type: blogs

Don ’t Bother Me: Four Things You Should Know about Adolescent Anxiety Disorders
Don’t Bother Me: Four Things You Should Know about Adolescent Anxiety Disorders My children are still quite small, but I know the day is coming fast when they will be teens. That means while raising my kids to be competent, engaged adults, I am at the same time looking out for potential problems, including anxiety. What’s the difference between a moody teenager and a young person too anxious to leave their room? While wanting more independence from adults is a natural part of teenage years, experiencing a level of anxiety that interferes with their daily functioning is not only unhealthy, it could be a sign of ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 2, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite addiction Addiction Recovery addiction treatment addiction treatment center alcoholism drug treatment center prescription drug addiction Source Type: blogs

You Can Do It! Four Ways to Help Your Kids Avoid Depression and Addiction
Giving our kids the best is relatively easy when it means choosing between premium products, setting a bedtime schedule or picking out new clothes for their first day of school. However, giving them the best also entails emotional and intellectual support, not just giving them a roof over their heads. Here are four ways you can support your children as they grow up and help them to avoid insidious physical and mental health conditions including depression and addiction. Make time for their passions. When it comes to depression and addiction, the best defense is still a good offense. One of the most effective ways you ca...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - July 29, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs