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Whether by choice or by force, a substance abuse evaluation is one of the first steps in addiction treatment. There are four goals of a drug and alcohol abuse assessment: Determine the types of substances abused Determine the severity of substance abuse Assess co-occurring mental health disorders Make a treatment recommendation, if necessary During a […]

Methamphetamine addiction has a long, sordid history in the United States. It has gone from being viewed as a miracle medication to being despised as one of the most dangerous drugs on the streets today. Commonly known as “meth,” this drug has affected multiple generations of Americans through U.S. history.

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or just meth, is a highly addictive and extremely damaging drug of abuse. Many people have become dependent on it and too many have died as a result. The physical effects of this drug can lead to fatalities, but the truly troubling side effects are psychological. Abusers of meth […]

Synthetic marijuana (also known as spice, K2, fake weed, synthetic cannabinoids and other street names) has become a drug of choice for people desiring a cheaper high and those hoping to trick a drug test. Don’t let the name fool you though. This designer drug is extremely dangerous.

Drunk driving gets a lot of media attention, but drugged driving can be just as serious and devastating. It happens less often than drunk driving, but the consequences are no less severe. It is important that we all understand how drugs can impair our perceptions and abilities to drive a vehicle. Not everyone realizes just […]

With marijuana now legal in several states for medical and recreational use, it becomes increasingly important to consider the higher-than-ever potency of today’s cannabis. Many critics of marijuana legalization cite health concerns and addiction rates, especially among young people, as the major issues with making this drug legal and readily available. Among the Hispanic population […]