The Top 10 Warning Signs of Becoming Addicted to Medication
Substance abuse and addiction isn’t just limited to alcohol and street drugs. It can also be very easy to become addicted to medication. This can be very confusing and dangerous all at the same time, because medication has been prescribed to help treat something that might be wrong. While taking medication prescribed by a doctor and following all dosing instructions can be beneficial for many, it can also lead to addiction when tolerance builds and someone begins to take more than the recommended dose. If you feel as if you may be becoming addicted to your medication, read these warning signs below and seek help. Top...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 16, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Anxiety Depression Depression Treatment Drug Treatment Painkiller Substance Abuse medication painkillers prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction prescription drug detox prescript Source Type: blogs

Can I Become Addicted To My Depression Medication?
What is depression medication? Depression medication, also known as antidepressants, are prescription medications used to treat moderate to severe depression. When taken under the supervision of a medical professional and according to their prescribed dosage, depression medication can work well to help people manage their symptoms and lead happy, healthy lives. Depression is more than just feeling sad, or needing to be cheered up. Often times, people can become frustrated that nothing is making them feel better, when in reality depression is a chemical imbalance that needs to be treated. Depression symptoms can include: T...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 12, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Recovery Depression Depression Treatment antidepressants depression disorders depression medication dual diagnosis Source Type: blogs

Can I Become Addicted to My Anxiety Medication?
What is Anxiety? Having anxiety is a difficult issue suffered by millions. It is much more than just butterflies in your stomach before going on stage or before an important event – it can be crippling and can cause severe impacts on one’s life, and you may need to be on anxiety medication to help with the symptoms. According to anxiety.org, there are many anxiety-related disorders, and they are divided into three main categories: Anxiety disorders Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders Trauma and stressor-related disorders Anxiety disorders are characterized by a general feature of excessive fear (i.e. e...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Anxiety Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment PTSD anxiety medication benzodiazepines Source Type: blogs

Co-Occurring Mental Health and Addiction
What is a Co-Occuring disorder? The coexistence of both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse use disorder is referred to as a co-occurring disorder. Any combination of mental health and addiction can be referred to as having a co-occuring disorder. The combinations can be seemingly endless, and can even include more than one of either a mental disorder or an addiction. Combinations may include depression and alcoholism, anorexia and cocaine addiction, bipolar disorder and heroin addiction and the list goes on. Surprisingly, as many as 6 in 10 substance abusers also have at least one other mental disorder. There i...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 27, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources ADHD Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Anxiety Behavioral Addictions Depression Depression Treatment Drinking Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eat Source Type: blogs

Is Addiction Hereditary?
Looking at Your Family History It can be widely speculated that addiction can be hereditary. If there are addicts in your family, it could be possible that their behaviors can be passed on to you, as well. When considering this, it is important to look at your family history, especially your parent’s. Numerous studies show the cause of addiction can be broken down to 50 percent genetic and 50 percent issues with coping skills. Further studies have shown that children of addicts are up to 8 times more likely to also develop an addiction. One study in particular took 231 individuals who had been clinically diagnosed wi...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 20, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Alcoholism Depression Depression Treatment Drinking Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eating Disorder Treatment Mental Health family family disease hereditary Source Type: blogs

What Support You Should Have After Treatment
What happens after treatment? When you leave a treatment facility, you will be entering an entirely new life. For many people, entering treatment means completely changing one’s life in order to maintain sobriety once they leave. While this is an exciting time, it can also be a little scary for some. But with the right support system, you might be able to transition into your new life quicker than you think. New daily routines During treatment, you learn many new skills that will help you maintain a sober lifestyle. This includes exercise, eating healthy and being active in order to take care of your body. Holistic t...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 14, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Drinking Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Exercise Sober Living and Aftercare continuum of care family frien Source Type: blogs

Anxiety and Addiction
Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders Anxiety is a complex condition that affects millions of people all over the world. It is a broad term in itself and can look different on everybody. It is literally defined as: “a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.” Often times, anxiety and addiction can also go hand-in-hand. Much like anxiety, panic attacks can be completely different for everybody who experiences them. You may experience all symptoms, or only some. Some symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks may include: Rapid he...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 11, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Anxiety Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eating Disorder Treatment Source Type: blogs

Why Involving Family is Key to Success
Substance abuse is a family disease A little known fact that families of addiction tend to overlook is that addiction is a family disease, in which each member is affected. If a family member is going through addiction, it is important for everyone to rally together in support. It may not always be possible to have the whole family come together, but the help of even one individual family member can prove to be crucial to a successful recovery process. There can be many factors and circumstances with members of a family that can cause them to not offer support. Does any of this sound familiar? A family doesn’t have t...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 6, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Drinking Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Parenting Relationships Sober Living and Aftercare Substance Abuse Source Type: blogs

Depression and Addiction
How does depression cause addiction? Addiction is a common place issue amongst people who are experiencing a depressive disorder. Alcohol is classified as a central nervous system depressant. This means it will actually trigger typical symptoms of depression like sadness, lethargy and hopelessness. Many people who are depressed reach for alcohol and drugs as a way to numb the pain. This tends to lead to depression and addiction further feeding each other and each condition making the other amplified. When someone is experiencing both addiction and depression, it is often referred to as a dual diagnosis. This diagnosis can ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 4, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Anxiety Behavioral Addictions Depression Depression Treatment Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eating Disorder Treatment Sober Source Type: blogs

ADHD and Addiction
What is ADHD? ADHD is a behavioral disorder, which stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a condition that either makes it difficult to keep mental focus on a single topic, control the impulse to act out, or both. While it can be diagnosed as an adult, people with ADHD are usually diagnosed in childhood. This is the period of time in one’s life when symptoms become most prevalent. Children with ADHD are often misunderstood and looked at as troublemakers or class clowns in school. It’s difficult for them to stay still, to focus and to control their impulses while in the classroom. ADHD sympto...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 30, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Stories ADHD Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Behavioral Addictions Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eating Disorder Treatment behavioral disorder Source Type: blogs

What Makes Cliffside Better
Our Approach Cliffside Malibu is a world class luxury drug and alcohol treatment center. We want you to recover for good, and we do that with seven major factors. 1. We Stand By Our Commitment To Your Success. Our main goal is: We only want you to come to treatment once. 2. We Recognize The Root Cause Of Addiction As Pain/Trauma. Most treatment programs are based on the 12 Step Model. While 12 Step programs have largely been the go-to way to recover from addiction for over 75 years, the model does not address the underlying causes of addiction. While we use 12 Steps as an adjunct to other forms of therapy, we work to help ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 25, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Rehab Information Complementary Therapies Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Holistic Treatment Protocols Sob Source Type: blogs

Medically-Assisted Detox with an Onsite Addictionologist
What is Medicated-Assisted Detox? Medicated-Assisted Detox is the use of medications under supervision of an addictionologist to help treat the symptoms of detoxification from substance use disorders including opioids, alcohol abuse and more. Detoxification is often the most uncomfortable and most feared process of recovery. Cliffside Malibu takes great care in ensuring that this process is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Detoxing is one of the very first steps in the recovery process. Once the body has become dependent on a substance for a long period of time, their brain can become chemically altered to requi...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 25, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates Drinking Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Medic Source Type: blogs

Cliffside Malibu Approach vs AA Approach
What is the Cliffside Malibu approach? Cliffside Malibu has a evidence-based, well thought out three-fold approach to addiction treatment that creates the foundation for lasting recovery that is different from AA. When all three are used together, the outcomes are more effective than any individual part on its own. Those three approaches are: Intensive one-on-one psychotherapy using the Stages of Change model. Complement intensive therapy with carefully chosen, evidence-based holistic treatments. We employ the first two tools together to create changes in the brain consistent with the ways neuroscience research suggests...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 18, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Complementary Therapies Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Relationships Sober Living and Aftercare Spirituality Substance Source Type: blogs

What is Continuum of Care?
What does Continuum of Care mean? Continuum of Care is a concept involving guiding and tracking patients over a period of time through a comprehensive array of health services and spanning all levels and intensity of care. Depending on the need, Continuum of Care can be from birth to end of life for all levels and stages of care. It also includes both the services and the mechanisms of the integration of care. Services can be broken down into the basic 7 categories which are: Extended care Hospital care Ambulatory care Home care Outreach Wellness Housing The mechanisms can be broken down into 4 basic categories: Plannin...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 16, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Cocaine Complementary Therapies Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Sober Living and Aftercare Substance Abuse healthy life Source Type: blogs

Holistic therapy and how they help fight addiction
What is holistic therapy? Holistic therapy is defined as non-medicinal recovery methods. At Cliffside, we use holistic therapy to complement traditional treatment practices. Holistic therapy aims to bring the mind, body and spirit into alignment. It focuses on the patient’s overall well-being while also treating physical symptoms of addiction and withdrawal. They can be very beneficial to addiction therapy because they can be calming, healing outlets to use in place of old behaviors. They support the constant growth of each patient – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Holistic therapy aids in he...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 14, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Acupuncture Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Complementary Therapies Drinking Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Eating Disorders Exercise Healthy Eating and Recovery Holistic Treatment Source Type: blogs

Behavioral Therapy: DBT and CBT and How They Help Fight Addiction
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBD) is a short-term behavioral psychotherapy used as a hands-on approach to re-teach patients problem-solving as well as changing the patterns of behavior and thinking that lead to a patient’s difficulties. It can be used to treat a wide variety of issues from problems sleeping, to relationship issues, to drug and alcohol abuse. CBT is designed to change the patient’s attitudes and actions by focusing on thoughts, images and beliefs and how they relate to the way the patient behaves towards emotional problems. Cognitive Behavioral Therap...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 9, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Alcoholism Anxiety Behavioral Addictions Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Mental Health Relationships behavioral disorder cbt dbt emotions family positive relationships psychotherap Source Type: blogs

Stages of Change
What are the Stages of Change? At the University of Rhode Island, two researchers named Prochaska and DiClemente deciphered that there are 6 stages individuals go through and experience while seeking addiction, going through recovery and ultimately maintaining sobriety. These stages became a model known as “The Stages of Change”, which we base our individualized treatment plans on at Cliffside Malibu. This means that we meet you where you are mentally, physically, and spiritually, helping you to overcome the issues that have caused your addiction to grow to what it has become. Utilizing a carefully selected arr...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 3, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Behavioral Addictions Cocaine Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Heroin Methamphetamines Sober Living and Aftercare Substan Source Type: blogs

What is the Difference between Residential/PHP/IOP treatment?
What is Residential Rehab? Rehabilitation in a residential setting is referred to as Residential Rehab. In residential rehab, patients reside in a facility more reminiscent of a home for the length of their treatment. Treatments can vary anywhere in length from 30, 60 to 90 days or more. (Duration of stay can be shorter or long depending on the type of addiction, as well as co-occurring dependency on other addictions or coinciding mental health disorders).
Duration of stay is wholly dependent on how well the Client is doing during their stay in rehabilitation. Our treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders are als...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - August 3, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Depression Treatment Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Substance Abuse addiction treatment center addiction treatment facility Source Type: blogs

Luxury Alcohol Treatment Center
Americans are drinking more than ever. In fact, a 2017 study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that 1 out of every 8 Americans struggles with alcohol abuse. The number is rising at a steady amount, and the study suggests the importance of “destigmatizing these conditions and encouraging those who cannot reduce their alcohol consumption on their own…to seek treatment” from professional resources, like alcohol treatment centers. There are more stages between casual drinking and alcoholism than most people think – and often, it can even take years for someone to progress from one stage to the next. ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - July 25, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Drinking Substance Abuse alcohol abuse luxury recovery sobriety Source Type: blogs

Nine Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab
This year, the USA is on pace for 50,000+ overdose deaths as we saw in 2016 and 88,000 deaths from alcohol misuse. There is no indication that the Federal government will follow through on past initiatives to stem the opioid abuse epidemic. Plans to cut Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act could decimate treatment opportunities for those most in need. The time to act, if you have a loved one in need of addiction treatment, is now. But how does one choose the best treatment center? Here are some questions that might help you find the best addiction treatment facility to meet your needs: Do you have a bed available ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - June 18, 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 Source Type: blogs

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 2, 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 Tate Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

The Impact of the Proposed Republican Reforms to the Affordable Care Act
Americans have gotten their first glimpse of proposed Republican reforms to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the news is not good for those who suffer from addiction and other vulnerable populations. The changes could make it impossible for many who currently have access to care to get treatment in the future, reversing the progress made by the ACA. The result, if the changes pass Congress, will mean a loss of life. There is some good news in the Republican proposal. Some of the most important and popular aspects of the ACA will be retained. These include: 1) Young adults up to the age of 26 will be able to stay on their...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - March 9, 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 abuse 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 Tate Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs

State Autonomy or Federal Negligence? Medicaid Cuts in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction
State and federal governments pay deeply for addiction. One study conducted by researchers at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that the opioid addiction crisis has cost the United States more than $78 billion. The cost is staggering. As President Trump and Congress consider deep cuts to Medicaid, a move designed to give states more freedom and curtail federal funding, public health advocates have to ask: is Trump’s proposed health care reform a nod to states’ independence or federal negligence to address a national addiction epidemic? The dramatic decrease in funding key to Congr...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 6, 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 drug abuse drug addiction drug trea Source Type: blogs

The United States ’ Greatest Barriers to Improved Mental Health Care Services and What Advocates Can Do to Enhance Care
The United States’ Greatest Barriers to Improved Mental Health Care Services and What Advocates Can Do to Enhance Care What stops people who need mental health treatment from getting the support they need? While on average one in five American adults experiences some form of mental illness every year, just over 40% of people living with a mental health disorder receive treatment. What happened to discourage the other 60% of people from getting help and what can we do about it? One of the greatest barriers to seeking mental health care is system capacity. There just aren’t enough mental health professionals or t...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 30, 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 Uncategorized drug addiction drug t 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 Tate 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