The Dangers of Taking Xanax Frequently

Dangers of Taking Xanax Frequently

Somehow when we get a drug through a prescription, we tend to think of that drug as being safer. That’s not always true. Even if the drug is safe, it’s only considered safe when taken in precisely the manner it is prescribed. One example is the dangers of taking Xanax outside of the parameters specified by your healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider instructs you to take one pill per day and you take three, you are abusing the drug. Even if taken as prescribed, using Xanax still requires caution because it can be dangerous when mixed with other drugs, including alcohol. Laguna View Detox, we understand how easily you can become dependent on or addicted to drugs like Xanax, and we are here to help. 

Is Xanax Dangerous if I’m Prescribed It?

The short answer is that it depends. While taking Xanax can be relatively safe, it is safer when taken for a short period of time. For example, if you are going through an incredibly stressful time in your life and your healthcare provider prescribes a few days’ worth of Xanax, you will likely not become dependent or addicted. However, if you take Xanax daily over a longer time, you will find that you become dependent on the medication. You may even find that you require more of it to continue to function at the same level. Additionally, if you mix Xanax with other substances such as alcohol, it can be quite dangerous.  Both alcohol and Xanax are depressants and can depress your central nervous system. The mixture of these two drugs can result in slower breathing and possibly death. To know if your prescription Xanax is dangerous to you, you should speak to your healthcare provider or an addiction professional for more information. In the end, you may already know that Xanax is dangerous to you. Often, if we question whether we have become too dependent on a substance, the answer is yes. 

What Should I Do if I’m Addicted To My Xanax Prescription?

If you are addicted to taking Xanax, the first thing you need to do is to get honest with yourself and someone else about your use. If you’ve been kidding yourself about how much you depend on those pills, talking to your healthcare provider or another person can be especially helpful in facing the problem.  It is critical to note that you should never stop taking Xanax without tapering down your dose. Withdrawing from drugs like Xanax can be quite dangerous and, in an ideal world, should be done under medical supervision. Your brain has been rewired while you’ve been using Xanax, and it will need some time to adjust to your stopping. While withdrawing from Xanax, you may experience symptoms, including shakiness, seizures, insomnia, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, elevated body temperature, hallucinations, seizures, and overactive reflexes. A healthcare provider can help you detox in the safest way possible and help to manage your symptoms. Detoxing on your own is not only tricky, but it is also dangerous. 

How Laguna View Detox Can Help You With Addiction

At Laguna View Detox, you will get round the clock professional care for your addiction. As one of the leading private drug rehab centers in Orange County, we provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment. With some of the industry’s best staff, we will design a holistic treatment plan catered to you. We are committed to assisting you in getting onto the road to clean and sober. We’ll guide you from detox to inpatient treatment to aftercare in one of the most beautiful areas in California. Contact us today, and let us help you get free of your addiction!  

Movies About Addiction and Recovery

Movies About Addiction and Recovery

Oscar Wilde wrote that “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” And while that can be debated, we know there is a benefit to reading books or watching movies that crossover into your life experiences. You may not always know someone personally who shares your experiences, however, watching a similar experience on a film, television, or device screen can help you feel less alone. It can also help you see things in your own life differently because you’ll likely watch a movie more objectively than you view your own life.  Finally, films about addiction and recovery humanize the problems you face for others. It’s not always easy to explain addiction and recovery to someone else, but it’s not too hard to get them to watch a movie about it. At Laguna View Detox, we love movies about addiction and recovery. 

Laguna View Detox’s Favorite Movies About Addiction and Recovery

Not only do we love movies about addiction and recovery, but we also have a few favorites. 

A Star is Born

A Star is Born (2018) does far more than show a famous singer’s struggles with addiction and recovery. The movie shows how we can find ourselves using drugs and alcohol to soothe our childhood wounds. It also shows how addiction affects the whole family across the generations. Bradley Cooper has been in recovery for years, and there are moments in A Star is Born when you can see how well he incorporated that experience.  

Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy is based on a book written by David Sheff, a New York Times writer who stood by his son through a long and heartbreaking road of methamphetamine addiction. The movie manages to capture the heartbreak of the father and the son while also demonstrating how complicated it can be to get sober.  Beautiful Boy delivers a realistic look at the effects of addiction on the family and highlights that recovery can take time. 

28 Days

28 Days with Sandra Bullock is a movie that shows one woman trying to find her way out of her addiction because the court ordered her to go to rehab. It is literally the consequences of her drinking landing in her lap and the events that follow. While it is a movie that seems to be loved or hated, 28 Days does offer insight into how hard it can be to make the changes needed to get sober. Watching Sandra Bullock’s character navigate early sobriety is sure to remind you of your own life just a little bit. 

Thirteen

Thirteen tells the story of an adolescent girl so desperate to fit in that she finds herself engaging with a world of drugs, drinking, sex, and crime. The film highlights how addiction does not have a minimum age requirement. Thirteen demonstrates how quickly bad decisions can spiral our lives out of control until we find ourselves so far over our heads we don’t know how to get out. While some feel the film oversteps in what can happen during teen addiction, some know better. There are a lot of movies about addiction and recovery but these four made it to the top of our list. 

How Laguna View Detox Helps with Addiction

At Laguna View Detox, we understand addiction and recovery first hand. We know it’s not as neat and tidy as it looks on the movie screen, and we’re here to support you with round the clock care for your addiction.  We are one of the leading private alcohol and drug rehab centers in Orange County. We provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas California has to offer. 

Our staff includes some of the most experienced and most compassionate in the industry, and we’ll create a holistic treatment plan tailored to you. If you or your college student is struggling with drinking, we are here. We will care for you while you safely detox and then guide you through inpatient treatment and aftercare.  Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!  

The Dangers of Binge Drinking in College Students

Binge Drinking in College Students

Getting drunk and making a fool of yourself has been a storied part of college life for years. It’s almost considered a rite of passage during young adulthood. Young adults away from home for the first time like to test out their newfound freedom, and that includes experimenting with alcohol and drugs. However, that experimentation can cross the line from investigation to substance misuse and abuse. College binge drinking isn’t so much about how often college students drink; it’s more about how much they consume when they do drink. You’ve likely seen the heartbreaking headlines reporting the untimely deaths of college students who binge drank to their death. Parents, colleges, and universities realized that they had to face up to the dangers of binge drinking in college students. But while many policies have been put in place to curb binge drinking in college students, the sad fact remains that it’s still happening on college campuses all over the United States. At Laguna View Detox, we understand the dangers of binge drinking, and we’re here to help you. 

Why Do College Students Binge Drink?

Binge drinking is the top way that college students misuse alcohol. Many students see it as a right of passage as if the college experience would not be complete without it. Researchers have found that nearly 53% of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 drank alcohol in the past month, with 33% of those admitted to binge drinking. While drinking before college will likely lead to more drinking in college, there are other contributing factors. College life is much different than life in high school at home with parental supervision. College students find themselves with unstructured time and the availability of alcohol. Add in the inconsistent enforcement of underage drinking laws, the pressures of being a new college student, and fewer parents’ interactions. You have the perfect storm for binge drinking. 

What Are the Dangers of Binge Drinking in College Students?

Binge drinking can have adverse effects in and outside of the classroom. Leading to the death of nearly 2,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24 each year, binge drinking also leads to almost 700,000 assaults and 100,000 sexual assaults.  With one out of four college students experiencing academic difficulties due to drinking, this rite of passage needs to become a thing of the past. 

In one study, college students who binge drank multiple times per week were six times as likely to perform poorly on exams and projects. Students who engage in binge drinking regularly find themselves unable to learn and memorize information in the same way as their non-drinking peers.  In addition to the immediate consequences of binge drinking, there is also an increased risk that it will turn into a regular habit, lead to drug use, and possibly lead to addiction. 

How To Get Help With a Drinking Problem

At Laguna View Detox, we understand the effects of binge drinking and addiction. We will support you with round the clock care for your addiction.  We are one of the leading private alcohol and drug rehab centers in Orange County. We provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas California has to offer. 

Our staff includes some of the most experienced and most compassionate in the industry, and we’ll create a holistic treatment plan tailored to you. If you or your college student is struggling with drinking, we are here to help. We will care for you while you safely detox and then guide you through inpatient treatment and aftercare.  Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!  

The Dark Side of Social Media Use and Mental Health Among Young Adults

Social Media Use and Mental Health Among Young Adults

Being a parent is hard. Being a parent of an adolescent or young adult is even more challenging. The prevalence of social media use has made this stage of parenting increasingly difficult. You may wonder when or even if you should allow your child to use social media. If you do say yes, the next questions are how to monitor which sites you should let them use, and how to best protect them online. 

Managing your child’s social media use is necessary because their social media use and mental health are related. Social media is also fairly unregulated. At Laguna View Detox, we understand the role that social media can play in mental health and we’re available to help you and your family today. 

What Is Social Media?

Depending on your age, you may remember when social media was just MySpace. Since that time social media sites have exploded. With so many different social media sites and apps available, it’s hard to keep up with what your children are using. Popular social media sites and apps include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and more. Some apps such as Facebook and Instagram have content that can remain available until deleted or even longer. Other apps such as Snapchat disappear after being viewed or at a specific time. However, other users can record or capture the content before it disappears. What seems to be most challenging for adolescents to understand is that what they post online may have persistent negative consequences. It is essential as parents to ensure children understand this.  

Does Social Media Have a Negative Impact on Young Adults’ Mental Health?

While social media does have positive effects there are risks to its use as well. Social media use can help teens explore their interests and have less stressful interactions than face-to-face socialization. However, time spent scrolling on social media is time spent away from physical activity and face-to-face interactions. Young adults risk judging their self-worth based on the number of “likes” on a post or may hide any cyberbullying they experience. This risk is increased for girls, likely because they mature faster than their male counterparts. 

Researchers have found that the depression teens experience from social media can be cyclical. This means that a teen may become depressed from excessive browsing on Instagram and then respond to this depression by spending more time posting on Instagram. The increased posting leads to more depression and the cycle continues.  This cycle leads to more severe depression and increases the risk of suicide. Girls are at a higher risk of experiencing this, especially those between the ages of 10 and 14. This increased risk may be due to girls’ increased focus and distress around body image. 

In an ideal world parents should establish an open dialogue around social media use and model the behavior they want to see in their children. Talk to your child about the role that social media should and should not play in their lives. Explain the permanency of posting and the importance of being selective in what is posted. Set limits around screen time and keep the conversation going.  Most importantly, keep an eye out for behavior changes and encourage them to participate in activities offline. With the strong tie between social media use and mental health, you can’t afford to ignore it. 

How Laguna View Can Help 

At Laguna View Detox we’re here to support you and your loved ones through depression, anxiety, addiction, and more. We are one of the leading private treatment centers in Orange County, California. We provide luxurious, inpatient treatment in one of the most beautiful areas California has to offer. 

Our staff includes some of the most experienced and most compassionate in the industry, and we’ll create a holistic treatment plan tailored to you. We will care for you through inpatient treatment and aftercare.  Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction! 

Can You Become Addicted to Adderall?

Can You Become Addicted to Adderall?

We often believe that prescription drugs are inherently safer than drugs purchased illegally. And, while this can be true, prescription drugs still require caution when taking them. The news headlines are focused on the opioid crisis but you might also want to be more concerned with the medications prescribed to you. If you have been diagnosed with ADHD, you may be taking Adderall and might be asking if you can become addicted to Adderall? The short answer is yes, and if you are worried about how you’ve been using Adderall, we are here to help. At Laguna View Detox, we provide a beautiful, intimate setting for you to end your relationship with Adderall. 

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is the brand name for the combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. It falls into the prescription stimulant drug class along with Dexedrine and Ritalin. Healthcare providers prescribe it to treat conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. You may also hear these drugs referred to as speed or uppers. 

Prescription stimulants are considered Schedule II drugs, which means that they have positive effects and considerable abuse potential. Researchers have found that roughly sixty percent of children with ADHD are treated with prescription stimulants, and the data supports this treatment. However, there are also many misconceptions about Adderall which has led to its misuse. High school and college students and athletes may misuse the drug believing that it will enable them to perform better academically and physically. The abuse of drugs such as Adderall has increased over the last two decades. 

Can You Become Addicted to Adderall?

Adderall works by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the central nervous system. Adderall is effective because norepinephrine affects how the brain pays attention, and dopamine creates a reward. Although dopamine occurs naturally, drugs like Adderall produce unnaturally high levels of it. It is this increased reward effect that can lead to addiction. Once you become addicted to Adderall, your brain needs it to stimulate alertness and productivity. Without it you will feel tired and foggy. 

It is possible to become addicted to Adderall, whether you were prescribed it or not. If you think you are addicted to using Adderall, start by asking yourself some questions, such as the following:

  • Have you tried to stop using it and been unable to do so? 
  • Have you found yourself focused on making sure you have enough Adderall? 
  • Are you unable to complete any tasks without taking Adderall?
  • Are you using it as prescribed, or are you using more than was prescribed to you?
  • Are you using Adderall that was not prescribed to you?
  • Is your use of Adderall affecting your relationships with others or your ability to fulfill your responsibilities? 

If you can answer yes to some or all of these questions, you likely need to take a closer look at your Adderall use. There is really one question to ask yourself. Is your use of Adderall serving you, or is it preventing you from living your life?

How Laguna View Detox Can Help You With Addiction

At Laguna View Detox, you will get round the clock care for your addiction.  We are one of the leading private drug rehab centers in Orange County. We provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas California has to offer. Our staff includes some of the most experienced and most compassionate in the industry, and we’ll create a holistic treatment plan tailored to you. We will care for you while you safely detox and then guide you through inpatient treatment and aftercare.  Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!