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Opioid Addiction | Paradigm Malibu

Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

More and more opioid addiction in today’s society is growing by leaps and bounds, due to the vast availability of prescription pain pills on the market. Doctors and patients have made opioids a huge epidemic. Once prescribed these medications, people are fast becoming physically and psychologically dependent on the pills. Once the dependency kicks in, it’s not…

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Relaxation | Paradigm Malibu

Three Daily Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

  Because today’s world is so busy, we need to counter that with time to relax and unwind. But if you are also a recovering addict, then the need to relax grows all that much stronger. When the mind is relaxed, it is less reactive. When the body is relaxed, it can shake off stress…

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Study Suggests Teens Who Drink Jell-O Shots Are Vulnerable to Binge Drinking Later

    Jell-O shots are common among some groups of teens. They’re a form of Jell-O that has alcohol mixed into it. One study examined the connection between the use of Jell-O shots and risky drinking behavior later in life, such as binge drinking and a higher frequency of drinking.   The study was conducted…

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How to Help Your Teen See Academics as a Priority

Most parents are proud of the fact that their child is doing well in school. However, when a teen ignores academic responsibilities or makes other facets of life a priority, parents might feel frustrated and even angered by this. Some teens simply don’t care about school. They might find their friends, social engagements, creativity, or…

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Meth Use Among Teens Continues to Be a Problem

    Methamphetamine became a problem in the 1980’s in Oregon. At that time, the use of the drug was identified as being an epidemic, just as heroin and prescription drug use is seen as a national epidemic today. Beginning in the 1980’s, Interstate 5, a highway that runs north/south from Mexico up through the…

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The Abuse of Laughing Gas Among Teens

Laughing gas, otherwise known as Nitrous Oxide, is sometimes a common way teens like to get high. It’s supposedly a “safe” high, but in fact it comes with many dangers. Medically, this drug is used by dentists to help relieve people’s anxiety and sometimes used by doctors to relieve the pain of childbirth. But it…

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Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens

Because teens are undergoing major life changes, they are vulnerable to mental illness. Yet, unfortunately, mental illness still carries a stigma and is rarely spoken about. For this reason, if a teen feels sad, has low energy, and is beginning to lose interest in his or her friendships, he or she might not know about…

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Prescription Drugs | ParadigmMalibu.com

Prescription Drugs: Abuse Among Teens

There’s currently a drug epidemic sweeping the country. Significant parts of the northeast, the Midwest, and Pacific coast of the United States are battling drug addictions, primarily addictions to heroine. One reason behind the heroine addiction epidemic is the crackdown on prescription drugs. Heroine is a more accessible and less expensive drug.   Despite the…

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Drug Abuse Rehab | ParadigmMalibu.com

Drug Abuse Rehab: One Teen’s Story

There are many options for rehabilitating from an addiction. They include a live in residential center, sober living homes, halfway houses, community-based services, and a drug abuse rehab center that also includes mental health services. In fact, more recently, it has become a common trend that drug abuse rehab centers also address mental health issues.…

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Teenage Pregnancy | Paradigm Malibu

Teenage Pregnancy: Higher in Adolescents with Mental Illness

A recent study, published in the March issue of Pediatrics, shows that female adolescents who already have a mental illness are more likely to become pregnant than teenage girls without a mental health diagnosis. Also, although the number of teenage pregnancies has significantly decreased in recent years, they have not gone down with those adolescents…

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