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Learning to Recognize Your Alcohol Triggers Mar 17th, 2020

The word “trigger” is complicated, and it comes in many forms. In fact, triggers are as numerous and unique as the people who are affected by them. In short, a trigger is something that creates a response in your body, which can be physical, mental, and/or emotional. For those with...

High THC Marijuana Use and Mental Health Mar 9th, 2020

With the legalizing of marijuana for recreational use in California and other places, we find the industry alive and well. Maybe too well. You see, there are lots of specialty commercial growers who are pumping up the volume on the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content in their products. THC, as you know,...

The Residential Treatment Advantage Feb 21st, 2020

It stands to reason that a residential drug and alcohol treatment home is better than an outpatient drug rehab clinic. But, have you ever stopped to ask yourself why? I mean, we all kind of see why, right? A clinic is a building with hallways and it smells like a...

Genetic and Ancestral History Matters in Dual Diagnosis Feb 17th, 2020

DNA technologies have transformed our modern society in so many ways. It’s almost unfathomable to think of life without this science today. DNA is used to help us discover our ancestral roots and find long-lost loved ones. Police use DNA to conclude previously unsolvable crimes. DNA helps health and medical...

Dual Diagnosis - Mental Health Treatment’s Newest Technology Feb 7th, 2020

Technology makes us better at what we do. It reduces health risks and the chance of relapse. Here at LifeSync, Dr. Booth is constantly reviewing all the newest Biotech Innovations in the dependency treatment sector. Anything that can help us do what we do better is something we want to...

The Importance of Treating Your Addiction and Your Underlying Mental Health Issues Feb 1st, 2020

Of the 21 million people in the United States who suffer from a substance use disorder,  8 million are also living with a mental illness. It’s called a dual diagnosis, and it’s important that treatment resolves both issues at the same time for the best results. At LifeSync Malibu, our...

The Challenges of Do-It-Yourself Alcohol Detoxification Jan 8th, 2020

Face it, if you are dependent on alcohol, quitting is not going to be easy. Of course, what do they say; “if you have to go through hell, don’t stop, keep going.” Yes, it’s a New Year, so perhaps one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to stop drinking, or...

Detoxing from ‘Benzos’ Drugs – Harder Than You Think Jan 6th, 2020

What are Benzos Drugs? Well, they are benzodiazepine drugs. You've probably heard of valium, and yes, it is a benzodiazepine drug. You've probably heard someone you know make a derogatory comment; "take some valium, why don't you?" What they mean by that is; Chill Out! That's exactly what this class...

The Role of Genetics in Substance Abuse and Addiction Jan 2nd, 2020

If you’re caught in the grips of a substance use disorder, which is characterized by addiction and dependence, you’ve likely spent some time wondering how you got to this point. In many cases, much of the answer lies in your family tree, or more specifically your genes. At LifeSync Malibu,...

Alcohol Use Disorder Dec 27th, 2019

According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, about 21.5 million adult Americans battle with substance use disorder. About 80% of those who are struggling with substance abuse disorder are abusing alcohol. Most don't even see it as a problem, as alcohol use in America has been normalized and...

Opioid Addiction and Personalized Treatment Programs Dec 18th, 2019

"Not all Opioid Rehabs are the same" Getting over an opioid addiction isn't easy, of course, nothing good in life ever is. And, those who have recovered all agree on one thing; life without opioids is much better, aka; good. Why is opioid dependency so hard to get over? It's...

3-Part Series: Vaping Bans, E-Cigarette Marketing, Nicotine Addiction & The Future of Vape – Part 3 Dec 17th, 2019

Okay so, in the first part of this series we talked about the history of vaping, how and why it became so popular to vape, and how big the vaping industry is today. In part II, we discussed the possible health risks for those who vape and those who breathe...

3-Part Series: Is Vaping Really Bad For Your Health? – Part 2 Dec 17th, 2019

There are a number of criticisms of vaping. Many complain about the second hand vapor cloud. Often stating they can taste the flavor of the vapor second-hand. Health professionals say that if a vape user has the flu or a lung infection the viruses, bacteria, or germs will ride along...

3-Part Series: The History E-Cigarettes and Vaping – Part 1 Dec 17th, 2019

It seems as if 'vaping' came out of nowhere. One day it didn't exist and then a few months later everywhere we went someone was vaping. In reality, electronic-cigarettes or E-cigarettes are not new. Neither is the concept of using vapor to breathe in smoked herbs, scents, or mild-poisons. In...

Genetic Testing for Mental Health Medicines Dec 16th, 2019

In the last couple of blog posts, we've discussed genetic DNA testing for the predisposition of mental health disorders, diseases, cancer, and the importance of genetic testing for dual diagnosis. However, we haven't talked about how someone's genetics plays a part in how they respond to various medications. In this...

The Value of Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment For Dual Diagnosis Patients Dec 16th, 2019

Perhaps it goes without saying that a residential facility has a more positive atmosphere than a hospital or clinic. After all, the setting is more relaxed and peaceful, more open and caring. It just feels different. There is no extra added stress, as it is a new environment for those...

Importance of Genetic Testing in Dual Diagnosis Dec 15th, 2019

Last week we breached the topic of genetic testing and how it can affect mental health treatments. This week we wanted to dive in a little deeper and zero in specifically on dual diagnosis. But what exactly is dual diagnosis and why is it so important to the treatment of...

High THC Marijuana Use Can Lead to Long Term Chronic Mental Health Issues Dec 13th, 2019

Back in the 60s smoking weed was quite popular. There was something of a cultural revolution going on. Most of the folks that smoked pot back then eventually grew out of it and went on to have families and enjoy a normal life in American society. Only about 10% of...

Importance of Genetic Testing in Mental Health Treatment Nov 14th, 2019

We are all genetically predisposed to both favorable attributes and less-than-desirable gene expressions. In other words, we have genes that help us and genes that could possibly hurt us. Have you ever noticed when someone you know is just naturally gifted at something? Perhaps its singing, art, running, math, or...

How Are Dual Diagnosis Treated? Treating Dual Diagnosis Explained Oct 19th, 2019

Co-occurring Disorders or Dual Diagnosis refers to a very common problem of dealing with substance dependency and mental illness or mental disorders at the same time. You see, often long-term substance abuse or dependency creates mental challenges. Just as drugs and alcohol can be extremely taxing to your body, it...

Life after Rehab: What’s Next? Oct 17th, 2019

Completing a rehab program is a major accomplishment in itself—of the 23.5 million Americans who could benefit from addiction treatment, only 11 percent get the help they need.1 However, rehab is only the first step on your lifelong recovery journey. After you leave the treatment center, returning to a normal routine...

Choosing a Recovery Program That’s Right For You Oct 10th, 2019

Every person is unique, with their own individual needs and ways of coping with stress and illness. People’s experiences with addiction are no different. This is why it is important to consider what you need and want in a recovery program, do your research and choose the facility that's the best...

Preparing For The Withdrawal Process Oct 6th, 2019

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that in 2013, 17.3 million people in the United States were chemically dependent on alcohol and 6.9 million more were addicted to or abusing drugs.1 Those numbers had increased by 8.3 percent from the same survey in 2002. Recovery from substance abuse...

The Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic Oct 5th, 2019

Prescription opioid drugs, which include commonly prescribed medications such as OxyContin and Vicodin, can provide effective, safe pain relief when used as prescribed. However, the risk of prescription opioid abuse and developing a dependency is high, and the abuse of these drugs has skyrocketed in the United States. The Centers...

Understanding Methamphetamine Abuse Oct 3rd, 2019

Methamphetamine abuse is a fast-growing drug problem in the United States. Research shows that over 13 million American adults and adolescents have experimented with methamphetamines, and a large number of these people have ended up addicted to the substance. Meth is a powerful and dangerous drug, but the euphoric rush it...

8 Simple Ways to Prevent Relapse Sep 29th, 2019

When you're dealing with a chronic disease like addiction, the risk of relapse is an ongoing concern. The relapse rate for addiction is similar to those for other chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes—it hovers around 40 to 60 percent.1 Despite those odds, there's a lot you can do to prevent...

Tips for Staying Clean After Opioid Detox Sep 25th, 2019

Detoxification is difficult, if not done correctly relapse becomes all too common. It's especially difficult with opioid addiction. Did you know that three out of four people relapse within a month after detoxification? Now mind you many of these folks were flying solo with a home detox plan. Some were...

Safe Alcohol Detox Sep 16th, 2019

Is it possible to do a safe alcohol detox on your own at home? Well, generally speaking, with mild alcohol dependency a very strong-willed person can safely detoxify themselves at home. It's not easy but it can be done, and it can be done safely. There are a number of...

The Signs of Alcohol Withdrawals Sep 12th, 2019

It probably comes as no surprise that alcohol withdrawals get worse as one becomes more dependent. Most everyone knows what a hangover is like, it hits you the next morning and you deal with it the next day, and after 24-hours everything is pretty much back to normal. Of course,...

A History of the Opioid Addiction Crisis – How Could This Happen? Sep 6th, 2019

Did you know that Genghis Khan's army used opium for anesthesia when manually setting broken bones because it dampened the pain and relaxed muscles? Using the drug made the procedure for dealing with dislocations and fractures easier on the patient and those doing the surgery. Did you know the Romans...

Recovery Process: 5 Ways to Include Family Aug 22nd, 2019

In many respects, the path to addiction recovery is a team effort. Like a race car driver, the addiction sufferer must do the driving to cross the finish line, but the pit crew provides the driver with essential support in much the same way that addiction specialists, counselors and family...

Detox Withdrawal: Symptoms of Heroin and Opiate Withdrawal Aug 18th, 2019

In 2014, approximately 435,000 people in the U.S. used the opiate drug heroin. In the same year 4.3 million people abused opioid pain relievers. The two drug classes are closely related, as opioids are synthetic opiates. These narcotic medications have high rates of abuse and include codeine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, methadone, meperidine, morphine...

Detox Withdrawal: Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal Aug 16th, 2019

Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the world. Harmful drinking leads to 88,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Alcohol is the third leading risk factor globally for developing illnesses. Alcohol Detox Medical detox for alcohol is a supervised process for alcohol withdrawal. Information about the effects of alcohol withdrawal and...

Can You use Tobacco or Take Medications While Undergoing Detox? Aug 11th, 2019

While a client is preparing to undergo a medical detox for drugs or alcohol, questions frequently arise about smoking and taking medications during the detoxification process. It's a common concern for people in treatment, as studies have shown 65 to 87 percent of people seeking addiction treatment use tobacco. Also, medications may have been...

Is It Possible to Detox and Work at the Same Time? Aug 9th, 2019

Asking for a lengthy period of time away from work is never easy, but it's especially intimidating if you need the time off for detox. You may wonder if it's possible to continue working while you complete detox on an outpatient basis. In this post, we'll take a closer look...

The Risks of Detoxing When Pregnant Aug 4th, 2019

Pregnancy comes with many inherent challenges and potential complications. If you're also struggling with substance abuse, the situation becomes even more stressful. Drug and alcohol use is known to harm an unborn child, but the detox process also involves certain risks. How should women address a problem with drug or...

Detox: What Precautions and Safeguards Should You Take? Aug 2nd, 2019

Detox is a critical first step on the road to long-term sobriety. It's normal to feel a bit overwhelmed and even apprehensive when you're venturing into new territory; however, medically supervised detox programs include many precautions and safeguards designed to keep clients stable and comfortable throughout the process. In this...

Detox Basics: How It Works and What to Expect Jul 21st, 2019

Many people suffering from substance use disorders confess that one roadblock to pursuing recovery is a fear of the detoxification process. Not knowing what to expect causes them to be understandably concerned that detox will be painful, uncomfortable and unpleasant. The truth is, the detox process—especially medically supervised detox—is designed...

Do I Need Detox? Some Important Considerations Jul 21st, 2019

Getting started on the path to recovery from a substance use disorder frequently involves the need for detoxification. Perhaps you’ve wondered if detox is something you may need to get your life back in order. The following overview will provide important considerations to help guide your decision-making process. Distinguishing Substance...

When Does Drinking Cross the Line into Alcohol Addiction? Sep 29th, 2016

While drinking alcohol is not necessarily a problem for some people, for others drinking too much can lead to a wide range of consequences. Alcohol-related problems have serious mental, physical and social effects. People who experience problems from drinking may be diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder (AUD). A survey...

What Is Chemical Dependency? Sep 22nd, 2016

Chemical dependency is often used interchangeably with other terms such as addiction, substance abuse or drug habit. Chemical dependency refers to a person's inability to stop using substances upon which they've become dependent without suffering certain physical and mental side effects. When someone is chemically dependent upon a substance, they...

How to Recognize the Signs of Addiction Sep 19th, 2016

Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease that affects brain function and behavior. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, once an addiction has developed, it almost always requires professional intervention to stem the cycle of remission and relapse.1 Abuse, Addiction and Dependence Drug abuse, addiction and dependence are not the...

Factors That Can Increase Addiction Risk Sep 13th, 2016

Addiction Risk As addiction experts will tell you, anyone can become addicted. However, some people may have a higher addiction risk and are more influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Like other illnesses such as diabetes and asthma, addiction is associated with periods of relapse and remission....

What to Expect at Your Detox Facility Sep 9th, 2016

You can expect your detox facility to feature highly qualified medical professionals and addiction specialists who are trained to administer the most effective addiction treatments and therapies today. People who suffer from addiction are often apprehensive about entering rehab or a detox facility for help. A detox facility is the best place...

Addiction in Your Life Sep 6th, 2016

Role of Addiction Addiction is an insidious illness that can eventually take control of a person's life. Anybody who risks experimenting with drugs can become addicted.1 One of the most disturbing things about this illness is that people who have it are often in denial, refusing to accept that they have...

Recognize Addiction: Signs and Symptoms Aug 25th, 2016

Addiction is a type of disorder that is marked by compulsive substance abuse, even when that substance abuse creates negative consequences. This includes taking drugs—both legal and illegal—and drinking alcohol, despite negative health, financial or social consequences. It can be difficult to recognize addiction as some of the signs and...

When is the Right Time to Start a Detox? Jul 28th, 2016

Drug and alcohol abuse can take over your life and keep you from being the person you want to be. Entering a detox program can get you started on the path toward long-term recovery, but you may not be sure if this is the right time to make the commitment....

Detoxing at Home: Is It Safe? Jul 26th, 2016

When a person is ready to start a life of sobriety and detox from drugs or alcohol, they have a few options for how to conduct their detox, including doing it unsupervised at home. Going through detox at home can create uncomfortable, possibly dangerous or even fatal complications. When an...

What Happens to the Brain and Body During Detox? Jul 21st, 2016

When someone has developed a drug or alcohol addiction, it is often necessary for them to undergo detoxification (detox) before they begin a treatment program. Detox is the process of getting the alcohol or other drugs out of the person's system and getting them physically stable. During detox, the individual...

5 Reasons Why You Should Commit to Medical Detox Jul 21st, 2016

Commitments are essentially promises you make to others or yourself. They are an expression and an extension of your character as you honor your word and do what you’ve said you would. Most of the time, people make commitments with the best intentions and for worthy goals or causes. But...

Relapse: Knowing the Signs Jan 1st, 2016

Addiction is a relapsing disease, and the challenges of recovery continue long after leaving the treatment center. The rate of relapse for addiction is close to those of other chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes—around 40 to 60 percent. 1 A relapse doesn't occur out of nowhere. A relapse...