Internet Addiction

Internet Addiction

  Excessive time spent on the internet or the computer can be as bad for you as any other type of addiction.  Symptoms of internet addiction can include depression, weight loss or gain, diminishing interest in work or school, carpal tunnel syndrome, decreased fitness level (which has its own dangers), and dry eyes, to name a few. Insomnia may also develop as a result of the light that interferes with the pineal gland. Over time, web addicts may get much less sleep which begins to affect melatonin production and cortisol levels. These factors can affect the ability to think clearly, cause increased weight gain and irritability. People who are lonely… Read More

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Giving Yourself Time

Giving Yourself Time To Recover

Lives that were cluttered with destruction and chaos, when actively using, are not necessarily quick to sort out. Oceanside Malibu Treatment Center can guide you to make demonstrable changes necessary in order to both embrace and maintain recovery. Before making outside changes, we must first go inward. Memories and feelings may be overwhelming during the detox phase of treatment. Therefore, it may be helpful to visualize reasonable expectations of what sober feelings and behaviors might begin to look like. Addicts want what they want when they want it. A need for instant gratification defines drug addiction, so the tendency to apply the same idea to one’s recovery wouldn’t be uncommon… Read More

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Cannabis Dependence Disorder

Cannabis Dependence Disorder

  Cannabis Dependence Disorder Marijuana, or cannabis, is one of the most popular psychoactive substances worldwide, especially among teenagers. Although the specifics of cannabis’ addictive qualities are still very much under debate, Cannabis Dependence Disorder is officially classified in the DSM-V and prolonged, heavy use has been shown to cause some level of dependency. Cannabis comes from the flowers of Cannabis sativa plants, which has oils with concentrations of tiny, fat-soluble, psychoactive molecules called cannabinoids. The three main cannabinoids – tetrahydrocannabinol (also called THC), cannabidiol (also called), and cannabinol (also called CBN) are each associated with unique psychoactive effects. For example, THC is associated with high-grade recreational marijuana, and produces… Read More

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You May Already Know Someone With An Eating Disorder

Know Someone With An Eating Disorder

Know Someone With An Eating Disorder? Eating disorders are a group of serious psychological conditions that can have grave impacts on a person’s physical health. And they’re way more common than you probably think. That’s because, most of the time, when people talk about “eating disorders”, they’re only talking about the ones that involve eating next to nothing or purging. And it turns out, those conditions don’t make up most diagnoses. In recent years, research has begun to highlight the wide variation in eating disorder symptoms. And that’s led to a more complete understanding of how these disorders arise, and how to recognize them, so hopefully, more people can get… Read More

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What It Means To Have A Mood Disorder

What It Means To Have A Mood Disorder

What It Means To Have A Mood Disorder A common element seen in many addicts/alcoholics is the existence of a mood disorder.  A mood disorder may be primary or secondary, as a main factor in substance abuse or as the result of the chemical dependency and resultant withdraw syndromes.  Correct diagnosis, identifying any underlying problems; education, in regards to how the mood disorder coexists in a symbiotic fashion with the addiction; and treatment of both the substance abuse issue and the mood disturbance, are integral to the approach we use at Oceanside Malibu Addiction Treatment Center. In order to define and diagnosis a mood disorder, we must look for a… Read More

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Why Enabling An Addict Is A Bad Idea

Why Enabling An Addict Is A Bad Idea

Why Enabling An Addict Is A Bad Idea Enabling is basically doing or arranging something for someone else so they don’t really have to feel the full consequences of their own actions. It is really common in families dealing with addiction. In particular what happens is, especially at the earlier stages of addiction, the family starts noticing problems that a family member is going through. Problems start to rise that are associated with their addiction, such as maybe they don’t have any money. Maybe they get some legal issues, relatively minor at first. Maybe they even lose their job. Stuff like this. What happens is, the family members, especially if… Read More

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