Substance Use



Drug and alcohol use have recreational aspects that for some, is either a rite of passage from youth into adulthood or for others, the first stage into a life of chemical dependency and substance use disorders. If you live or work in the hub of the entertainment industry, Southern California, the allure of substance use disorders and alcohol addiction may prove to be too much to ignore.

Just as A-list celebrities are only as popular and bankable as their last box office hit, drug popularity and its use will change over time. To stay current with the drug culture and know which substance use disorders may be most prevalent in your social circles or those of a loved one, review the list of drugs and associated addictions below for substance use treatment.


Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction remains the number one preventable disease in the United States with the help of substance use treatment. Unfortunately, it’s also easily accessible making it even more challenging for those trying to overcome alcohol dependency to experience life sober.

Substance Use - Alcohol Addiction


Tobacco Addiction

Tobacco contains nicotine which is an addictive ingredient that can lead to dependence. Nicotine is a chemical that contains nitrogen and is produced synthetically. A variety of other dangerous chemicals exist in nicotine. Nicotine locks into acetylcholine receptors in different parts of the brain, rapidly causing changes in the body and brain. Nicotine raises the heart rate and respiration (breathing) rate and causes more glucose, or blood sugar, to be released into the blood. Rehabilitation of such substance abuse helps you overcome the issue.

Substance Use - Tobacco Addiction


Opioid Abuse & Addiction

The dangers of pain pills can become apparent quickly and escalate into opioid addiction in just five days of use. Once stricter guidelines came into effect regarding how medical practitioners can prescribe these drugs, many people were denied refills, forcing them to seek pain relief elsewhere.
Substance Use - Opioid Abuse & Addiction


Benzodiazepine Addiction

Stress levels in everyday life have skyrocketed and with it, codependency on anti-anxiety medications to temper panic attacks and other stress-related symptoms. According to most substance abuse professionals, benzodiazepine addiction is one of the most difficult addictions and most people don’t realize how addictive benzodiazepines are, as well as other similar medications.

Substance Use - Benzodiazepine Addiction


Barbiturate Addiction

Barbiturates generally fall under the sedative-hypnotic class of drugs. Barbiturates are most commonly prescribed to assist with symptoms associated with anxiety, seizures, insomnia, and migraines. Barbiturates work by suppressing the central nervous system essentially, they slow brain functions. Slowing brain function affects the parts of the body which control voluntary actions.
Substance Use - Barbiturate Addiction


stimulant Addiction

Stimulants are a group of drugs that result in increased activity in the body. Sometimes referred to as “uppers,” these drugs are frequently abused due to their performance-enhancing and euphoric effects. Generally, those who abuse stimulants experience heightened energy levels and enhanced focus. Stimulants speed up mental and physical processes, which can produce desirable effects in the short-term by increasing levels of dopamine in the brain. While users may feel great due to the short-term effects of stimulants, long-term abuse of these drugs can have significant consequences
Substance Use - Stimulant Addiction

Street Drugs, Club Drugs and

Hallucinogen Addiction

Recreational drug use can easily turn into life-altering circumstances, especially when taking street drugs, club drugs, or hallucinogens. Even a one-time experience of such illicit substance abuse at a rave, nightclub, or music festival puts mental and physical health at risk.

Substance Use - Hallucinogen Addiction

STIMULANTS & Other Drug Addictions

INHALANT Addiction

Inhalant is a term used to describe a variety of substances whose main characteristic is that they are taken through inhalation. Inhalants are invisible, volatile substances that are used for getting high. They are the chemical vapors produced by some common products in the home or workplace like spray paints, markers, glues, and cleaning fluids. Their inhalation induces psychoactive or mind-altering effects. These products are not normally considered drugs. They are not intended for getting high though some people use them for that purpose.

Substance Use - Inhalant Addiction



Marijuana is a mind-altering (psychoactive) drug, produced by the hemp plant known as the Cannabis sativa plant. One might be thinking marijuana is a relatively “safe” drug, after all, it’s legal in some states and used for medicinal purposes, right? Even though this is a commonly held misconception, the truth is marijuana is addictive. Marijuana use can become problematic and severely addictive.
Substance Use - Marijuana/cannabis Addiction


Substance use disorder treatment requires a thorough evaluation and usually includes an overall assessment by a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, a certified psychologist, or a psychiatrist.

Multiple lab tests are conducted—urine tests, blood tests, etc.—at our substance abuse centers to assess drug use. However, they are not a complete diagnostic test for drug addiction. These are used to constantly monitor your recovery and help develop a customized substance use disorder treatment program. It usually offers:

⦁ Therapy sessions for group or individual
⦁ A complete focus on understanding the type of addiction
⦁ Different levels of care that depends on your current situation

If you or a loved one is considering substance abuse counseling for addiction to various stimulants, please call (818) 208-9446. Or you can contact us with any questions you might have.

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