Stop Vaping. Start Talking.

It’s been years since the world has been exposed to something as deadly as the e-cigarette movement. As of October 2019, 33 deaths have been reported across the United States associated with vaping. Like the popular Juul, many companies are trying to eliminate the issues surrounding its harmful effects. But the truth is, as of now, researchers are claiming it’s not safe for consumption and certainly not safe for our children.

Vaping is highly addictive.
According to statistics, the use of e-cigarettes in high school students has increased over 900 percent! Almost half of the teens accounted for, never having prior experience with traditional tobacco products. Adults are feeling the effects too as many turn to vaping to help relieve nicotine-based habits, yet continue to smoke both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes to fill their newly forming, chemically infused addictions.

When inhaling from a vape, users are sending nicotine directly from their lungs, into their bloodstream, causing immediate effects on the brain. Following regular use, the brain begins to send signals of positive reinforcement after a “hit” and so the potentially fatal habit begins.

Many people believe vaping is a better than smoking cigarettes.

The truth is …. while cigarettes contain more harmful chemicals, the consequences vaping has on the human body are proven to cause sudden lung damage and life-threating organ deterioration. Brain functions can also be permanently damaged by the effects of nicotine as studies show vaping interferes with forming long-term memories and the ability to focus, especially in adolescents.

We thought by 2020 the dangers of cigarette smoking would cease to exist. On the contrary, yet another generation is becoming addicted to nicotine. Talk to your doctor about the importance of staying away from vaping and other harmful substances. As the number of deaths continues to rise, we must take a stand against e-cigarettes; if not for our own health, for the health of our future!

Ridgeview Ranch is the leading addiction treatment center in Pasadena. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, we are available around the clock for complimentary consultations.

Call (877) 526-7706 for a free, confidential assessment today!

Marijuana: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly 

In California, the topic of medical and recreational marijuana has tempted the minds of many. Is it a gateway drug? Are there health risks involved? Could I become addicted? The truth is that there is still much to be learned about the effects of frequent marijuana use and the role it plays on drug addiction. 

Medically, cannabis has been proven to alleviate some of the most unmanageable symptoms of Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Arthritis, and AIDS. It’s said to help chemotherapy patients regain their appetites and reduce spasms for individuals diagnosed with MS and diseases that attack the nervous system. 

How could something of such benefit also become a problematic addiction? We see this most prevalently in cases of prescription drug dependences and other pain-relieving substances.  The psychedelic effects of Marijuana specifically impacts brain receptors and functions of the mind. This leads to mood disorders, feelings of depression, and intense anxiety stemming from the chemical and physical distress smoking has on the body. 

Drug Rehabilitation Centers across the country have battled with treating this type of addiction for centuries. Understanding every strand differs in potency, there are serious dangers involved with the consumption of marijuana; the most devastating effects being on mental health and its tendency to be habit-forming. 

A gateway drug, simply put, leaves users wanting more. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, it’s common for people to use alcohol, nicotine and marijuana prior to trying more addictive substances. That being said, marijuana is not alone in its gateway-like attributes and is much like other legal and illicit drugs in its harmful traits. 

As the best detox center in Los Angeles, Ridgeview Ranch asks curious minds to weigh the benefits before using and make an educated decision about the future health of your body, mind, and spirit. For a private session with a certified addiction treatment specialists, please give us a call at (877) 526-7706. We’re here to help!