Medical marijuana has been legal in California for over 21 years, but to this day, not even the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has “technically” approved marijuana as an acceptable form of medical treatment. As of February 15, 2018, this statement appears on...

What is a “protective factor”? In the context of substance abuse and treatment, a “protective factor” reduces the likelihood of an individual to initiate drug and alcohol abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the following have been identified as protective factors against substance...

“Benzos,” short for benzodiazepines, are a class of tranquilizers that are prescribed for anxiety disorders, insomnia, seizures, panic attacks and other conditions. Highly addictive in nature, benzos have become popular among users for its euphoric effects due to surges of dopamine levels in the brain....

Why do some commit more DUI offenses than others? In a study examining the relationship between repeat “driving under the influence” (DUI) offenders and other first-time offenders, the results revealed that the repeat offenders were diagnosed with comorbid disorders whereas the others were not (Nelson, Belkin,LaPlante,...

It’s a little annoying when stores start putting up Valentine’s Day decorations before it’s even January. Well, February is here already, and now the countdown has begun toward that lovely – or dreaded – Hallmark holiday. Relationship experts and addiction professionals warn about love during...

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