a man holding a needle experiences the dangers of mixing substances

Dangers of Mixing Substances

Substance users may take several drugs at the same time to reduce the negative effect of the drugs used. For example, people with cocaine addiction may use benzodiazepines to avoid paranoia and anxiety. Combining several drugs can also increase the effects of substances, making one feel more stimulated. However, the results derived and the dangers…

a woman asks her therapist what are co-occurring disorders

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

What are co-occurring disorders? A person who is struggling with substance abuse and a mental disorder has a co-occurring disorder. According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, nearly 6 million people in the U.S. have some form of co-occurring disorders.  To provide proper treatment, many addiction treatment centers in California offer a…

How to Set Appropriate Boundaries with Loved Ones Struggling With Addiction

If you’re at all knowledgeable about addiction (such as if you know it’s officially called substance use disorder), you likely know about sober family members being called codependent, and the need to set boundaries with a person drinking to excess or taking drugs. Otherwise, you’re “enabling,” not helping, which is not healthy for you, either.…