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Dangers of Designer Drugs

The Dangers of Designer Drugs Though they may sound glamorous or even high end, designer drugs are anything but. A fancy nickname can’t disguise these substances for what they truly are: harmful, illicit drugs that have serious, potentially life-threatening consequences. The dangers of designer drugs are real — even if they’re legally prescribed, these substances…

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Dangers of Substance Abuse

Many people experiment with drugs and alcohol. They try different things due to peer pressure, curiosity, and other reasons. But you don’t have to let those experimental moments turn into something more serious. If you find that you’re starting to use substances, it’s time to get the help and support you need to break your…

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Types of Addiction

At Serenity Lodge, we aim to help those seeking relief from substance abuse disorders in Lake Arrowhead, California. As part of this mission, we believe that the more our clients know about addiction, the better their chances are for a life free of drugs and alcohol. There are many types of drug addiction, from alcohol…

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Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

Substance abuse treatment centers specialize in addressing the needs of someone suffering from a substance addiction. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 20.3 million Americans age 12 and older had a substance use disorder, comprising 7.4% of that population. There are many different types of facilities that offer a variety…

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Hydrocodone Side Effects

A synthetic opioid, doctors and physicians prescribe hydrocodone to treat severe pain. Similar to other opioids, hydrocodone affects receptors in the brain to change how the body responds and feels pain. Also like other opioids, hydrocodone side effects are potentially dangerous. When people take hydrocodone as instructed, it can be an effective medication. However, the…

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Teen Drug Abuse

Drug use, abuse, and addiction can affect all age groups. However, male teens may be at greater risk because of hormonal changes, life changes, susceptibility to peer pressure, and experimentation. Learn how to spot the signs of teen drug abuse. Knowing how to identify a teen drug problem means you can get the teen help…

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Heroin Addiction in Orange County, CA

Recent news stories in Southern California indicate a rising problem of heroin addiction in Orange County, CA, surprisingly among the privileged suburban youth of communities like Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. Youth heroin addiction, like many across the country, tends to start with prescription painkillers. Prescription Opioid Use Leads to Heroin Addiction in Orange County,…