What Happens When You Give Up Alcohol

Here are some things you can expect when you decide to stop drinking

Whether you feel like you’re just overdoing it on the drinking and want to stop before it becomes an issue or it has already become a problem that is affecting your work and personal relationships, giving up alcohol can be a difficult process, as it is still an extremely addictive substance. Nonetheless, there are so many benefits to giving up drinking that it is worth pushing through the pains of withdrawal. You’ll very quickly start to see how putting a stop to drinking can improve so many aspects of your life. However, there are some negative things to expect as well as your body adjusts to the lack of alcohol. That’s why we’ve compiled a helpful overview of some of the things – good and bad – that you can expect when you give up alcohol.


What you need to know

First, the bad news: There’s a strong chance you’ll be getting sugar cravings. The reason for this is that when you stop drinking, you’re denying your body a source of the “happy-making” chemical dopamine that it’s become used to getting from alcohol on a regular basis. With this sudden lack of a dopamine source, your body will more likely be making you reach for something sweet instead as a substitute. Another thing to expect is the difficulty while being around others who are drinking. If you’re just starting to kick the addiction, we recommend avoiding being around people who are drinking entirely. You’ll have to deal with the feeling of missing out, but being around people who are drinking, especially if you were frequently a social drinker before you quit, can drive you crazy with envy and desire for a drink and can make quitting that much harder.

But let’s move on to the good stuff: When you quit drinking, you’ll find yourself sleeping more soundly. While studies have found that alcohol may make you fall asleep more quickly, it disrupts the quality of sleep so you wake up feeling groggy and even more tired than when you went to bed. But when you stop drinking, quality of sleep improves, which not only is good news for your mood and concentration but your overall health in general. You’ll also find yourself losing weight without consuming all those extra carbs that hide in alcohol, especially sugary ones like margaritas and piña coladas. And a definite major bonus? You’ll have more money! Drinking, especially if you’re fond of expensive wine, scotch or whiskey, can leave you with an empty wallet. Take time to do the math and you’ll quickly realize that, while you may be missing out on those nights out, you’re saving yourself a bundle.

Final word

Quitting an addictive substance is never easy, but in the end, the benefits always outweigh any negative you might encounter. You’ll find yourself with an overall better quality of life and ensure that you’re there for the people you care about and who care about you. If you or a loved one is in need of help with substance abuse, Call Ridgeview Ranch Today at (800) 296-1868. We’re Here to Help!

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Why Meth Users Might Not Seek Rehabilitation Treatment


Some psychology behind why people suffering addiction might deny themselves treatment

While it can often be difficult for people struggling with addiction to admit or even realize that they need help, a new study addresses another dimension of this: embarrassment. Coupled with the social stigma of abusing drugs, some people would rather deny themselves treatment than out themselves as someone wrestling with an addiction. In a study recently published in a journal called Drug and Alcohol Dependence analyzed barriers to treatment, in this case for methamphetamine specifically. While some of the other typical arguments were present in the study as well, such as the belief that help is not needed or the preference to simply withdraw from help, researchers were surprised at the level to which embarrassment and social stigma played a role in people refusing to seek treatment.

Too much shock tactics, not enough help

In recent years, both methamphetamine use and supply have escalated at an alarming rate that is cause for major concern. The study was carried in five different countries: Australia, South Africa, China, the United States and the United Kingdom. What the researchers found was that users who understood that they were addicted and may have even wanted to get treatment were so ashamed or felt the social stigma so strongly that in the end, they chose not to. Researchers also discovered that these feelings of shame were only exacerbated by media campaigns meant to curb drug usage. These advertising campaigns sensationalize the issues associated with meth use to the point where users are portrayed at best as criminals and at worst as something like animals, which only serves to hammer home the stigma of dealing with a methamphetamine addiction. Researchers came to the conclusion that these campaigns need to do a better job of not just using fear tactics to keep people from using meth, but also provide and emphasize treatment options that are available in order to be more useful to people who are currently using, as opposed to just scaring people off from doing it in the first place.

Final Word

It is absolutely a scary experience admitting that you have an addiction and need help overcoming it. It makes people vulnerable and brings them face to face with the stigma of addiction. But the benefits of getting help and treatment far outweigh the costs, and despite the social stigma present, you should never feel too ashamed to seek treatment, as it shows that you are actively trying to improve your life and make decisions in your best interest. If you are using methamphetamines or struggling with drug addiction in general, know that there are centers for treatment like Ridgeview Ranch that understand, and will do everything they can to help you get your life back on track. If you or a loved one is in need of help with substance abuse, Call Ridgeview Ranch Today at (800) 296-1868. We’re Here To Help!

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Prescription Pain Pills: The Dangers of Addiction

It’s important to know the signs and perils of prescription painkiller addiction

Painkiller abuse has been referred to as a growing epidemic. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdose has been responsible for more than one hundred and sixty-five thousand deaths between 1999 and 2014. More than half of these overdose deaths involved prescription opioids and in 2014 alone, more than 14,000 people died of prescription opioid overdose. Efforts to combat it have included prescription drug monitoring programs, which is meant to combat things like “doctor shopping,” someone using multiple doctors in order to get as many prescriptions as they can. With all the clear dangers for prescription painkiller abuse as well as statistics about overdoses, some might wonder how someone can even let themselves get addicted in the first place. But addiction is, of course, not at all that simple. There’s a myriad of ways and reasons that people can become addicted to prescription painkillers, but luckily, there’s also help in the form of addiction treatment centers like Ridgeview Ranch.


Early warning signs

The first thing to understand is the difference between dependence on a drug and addiction to it. When you are dependent on a drug, that means that your body has built up a tolerance to the drug and you need to take more and more of it to feel its effects, and can suffer a withdrawal without it. While this is a facet of addiction, it does not constitute it. Addiction is dependency in the context of compulsive drug use, even in the face of dangerous and harmful consequences. It’s a dependency that becomes not just physical but mental, an inability to stop using and a failure to meet life responsibilities and obligations. Warning signs of the beginnings of an addiction can sometimes be difficult to spot until it’s too late, even if you’re the one who is sliding into addiction. It’s important to know the warning signs to watch out for:

  • You’re taking a different number of pills than prescribed by your doctor. Whether it’s taking more at once or more often than your doctor has told you to, this is an early sign of a budding addiction. Deciding your own dosage instead of following your doctor’s orders may be indicative of a problem.


  • You’ve been using painkillers for a long time. A doctor prescribes you painkillers after a surgery or otherwise because you hurt. But they are not meant to be a permanent solution. If you’re still taking prescription pain medication after the pain should have gone away, this is a big warning sign that something is wrong. It might be that you just enjoy the way they make you feel, or you’ve started to physically need them. Both of these are signs of addiction and reasons to get help before it’s too late.


  • You’re getting painkillers from other sources than a doctor. While there is a crackdown on “doctor shopping,” there are other places to get pills from, such as ordering them online, stealing from people’s medicine cabinets, buying other people’s prescription medication or even purposefully hurting yourself so you can get access to more. All of these are very serious signs that you have an addiction, both that you are getting drugs from illegal sources and that you feel the need to “stockpile.”

Final Word

It can be frighteningly easy to misuse painkillers, even when you try not to do it. The most important thing to remember is honesty. Be honest with your doctor, your friends and family, and of course, yourself. If there’s a problem and you see yourself or someone you care about exhibiting these signs, know that there are addiction specialists and treatment centers that are there to help and can get your life back on track and back to normal. Here at Ridgeview Ranch Treatment Center, we understand the roots of addiction and are committed to providing hope and healing.

If you or a loved one need advice or help with painkillers, please call our Hotline, 24/7, (800) 296-1868, to speak with one of our treatment specialists for assistance. We are here for you…

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Ridgeview Ranch at the CSUN Fall Career Fair, Northridge, CA, Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Looking for employment in the behavioral health field and have a compassion for helping people? Then, email your resume to jobs@ridgeviewranchca.org or apply online HERE. Available positions: Certified Substance Abuse Counselors, Program Manager, and Resident Technicians (full time or part time). Qualified candidates will be contacted by our HR Department for an interview.

Beware The “Darknet”

The internet has become an integral part of today’s society. In times past, people have been known to use the internet to try and hide things from people in their lives. It’s always been the perfect venue for people to do things somewhat masked. However, today, everyone is heavily reliant on the Internet, barely going much time without being connected. Everything seems to be available online. With the growth of internet usage and how it’s revolutionized the way we engage and communicate with the world, the Darknet has made its debut and it’s not a very welcome presence. It has actually been present for over a decade, but not many people knew of its existence. It is a billion-dollar industry with countless worldwide customers. With so many apps and forums out there, now drugs can be bought on the Darknet. Don’t fall victim to its appeal. Parents, wives/husbands, family members, and friends be aware of the brutal nature of the Darknet and know you can find help at drug rehabilitation centers Los Angeles.

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Yes, you guessed it—you can buy illegal drugs on the Internet. Drugs have never been so easily attainable. This form of purchase of illegal substances, for most, seems a much safer route than the alternative of meeting in questionable environments, oftentimes dangerous. Loved ones of addicts, if you see Tor on your loved one’s computer or phone think RED FLAG! Tor grants access to parts of the internet where you can more easily find Darknet markets — it is popular for highly anonymous Internet browsing since it redirects your IP address (the way to track people’s internet use). It is a tool utilized to do pretty much everything you fear your loved one is doing on the Internet.

Social media, a seemingly harmless social forum, may not be so if used for purposes other than its intended use. Since these apps allow you to easily talk to people all across the globe, it makes it that much easier to get what you’re looking for. For instance, a person can post a picture of drugs on Instagram or a similar app and offer drugs for purchase. Sometimes, undercover officers will have alias accounts selling drugs and until the deal is made, the buyer will have no idea. Unfortunately, addicts don’t think in a manner most would. Their first thought isn’t “Oh, I may get caught”, they typically are only thinking of how they can get their hands on their D.O.C. (drug of choice).

Keeping an addict’s cravings at bay isn’t an easy task, nor one you should try to take on. It can get pretty messy. Just be aware and do not enable this behavior. You can always point-blank state that you will no longer be a part of their lives if they continue this behavior. You have the right to cut them off. Just as they have the right to continue a life of dependency and darkness.

If you or a loved one is struggling and you’re looking for help, call Ridgeview Ranch at (800) 296-1868

The Darknet is appropriately named due to its very dark nature. Educating yourself and others is beneficial. There are support groups for just about anyone with any problem. Just as easily as an addict can find drugs, you can find support groups. Don’t be scared to confront your loved one about his or her internet browsing—if they know that you know, it may put a little hurdle in front of them. If you or a loved one is struggling and you’re looking for addiction treatment Los Angeles, give Ridgeview Ranch a call at (800) 296-1868 and get the help you deserve. We deeply believe in providing the help needed for recovery.



The Darkness Behind Opiate Addiction

Who has ever been to the doctor’s office? I can guarantee, in America, the answer to that question, without doubt, would have, “I have”, reigning supreme over the alternative answer, “I have not”. There are, of course, many reasons for making an appointment with your doctor. Unfortunately, one of the most common reasons people schedule these appointments is for pain. As doctors they have to cure or try to cure the symptoms they are presented with, so oftentimes a person can get their hands on a number of opiates to relieve the pain, easier than one would expect. Opiates are also referred to as opioids and narcotics. They are pain relievers created from Opium. More specifically, Opium is derived from the poppy plant. The two natural forms or products of opiates are; codeine and morphine. There are numerous amounts of synthetic imitations and modifications that create opioids as well. The list stretches from the street drug, heroin, to forms such as methadone, fentanyl, oxycodone, and hydrocodone– this is only naming a few. The narcotics mentioned greatly reduce high-intensity pain and when correctly taken, they absolutely aid in effectively managing pain with short-term usage and when taken this way, rarely is addiction caused. These drugs, in all their forms, are highly addictive and even deadly if misused. Seeking treatment at the best detox center Los Angeles, maybe the ending point of suffering for you.

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Many people who do seek medical attention when in pain after an accident, injury, or any other event that may take place to cause avid pain, go see a doctor for legitimate reasons and really do need the medication. They start out taking them as prescribed for relieving pain. Some people realize that they enjoy the feeling that the drug gives them once taken. At this point, people may begin taking an extra half of a pill, just for an extra little kick. Sometimes, people will begin imagining their pain is intensifying, which assists in a delusional mind that is able to rationalize abusing prescribed medications. This mind is the mind that may allow loved ones to enable their drug-addicted son, daughter, wife, husband, friend, and so on. Once the addiction is there an individual will slowly or rapidly begin a very dark downward spiral, which can also include beginning to take other drugs, or seek street drugs when their doctor will no longer prescribe the medication. In these situations, no one wins. Families suffer watching the people they love to go down a dark path, and the addict is suffering both mentally and physically. Their vision is tunneled and all they are able to see is their drug of choice. Addiction is unfortunate. In some cases, adults with young children may become addicted together and seemingly out of nowhere, the children become somewhat or entirely neglected.

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Opiate usage and abuse has reached epidemic proportions. It is easier for people to get their hands on different forms of opiates than ever before. It starts by swallowing the pills and addicts may work their way to snorting, injecting, and any other means of consumption– preferably whichever gets to the bloodstream quickest, equating in a faster and stronger high. Opiate death rates have begun to sweep the nation at extremely high rates. Most people are familiar with the recent passing of Prince or Prince Rogers Nelson (his full name). Toxicology tests did conclude that Prince passed away due to an accidental overdose of Fentanyl. Fentanyl is commonly prescribed by physicians for cancer treatment. This has contributed to the spike in Opiate overdose. It is not the sole driving factor, but its contribution is quite massive. Fentanyl is stronger than most Opiates out there. Once in the midst of Fentanyl addiction, it will grasp with a clawing grip that never dares to let go, it will take you down and make it almost impossible to quit on your own. The first step to getting better is admitting and acknowledging you have a problem. This may happen on your own or by intervention. Either way, it is important to get help before it is too late. Contact Ridgeview Ranch, Rehab Center Los Angeles, who knows the ins and outs of struggling. We know the suffering. We understand. We can help. If you or a loved one is struggling, give us a call at (800) 296-1868 and visit https://ridgeviewranchca.org for more information. We can bring you back to the life you deserve.

Do I Have the Disease of Addiction?

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Oftentimes, as addicts, we tend to believe that we do not have a problem and “we can stop whenever we want”. We think, “It’s temporary, I’m not hurting anyone”. Until, one day, you do hurt yourself and those around you. Once in the deepest grips of addiction, things tend to take a backseat to your addiction. Everything begins to revolve around your addiction and when you can get your next hit. Things become extremely distorted; even when every person around you who loves you is telling you otherwise. If you have ever had the thought “do I have a problem?” enter your mind for even a split second– it is likely you have an addiction. Luckily, there are places you can go to for help. Ridgeview Ranch Drug Rehabilitation Centers Los Angeles is here for you. We want to help you. You just have to let us.


Have you ever missed work or special occasions because you were too busy getting high or drunk? Most people who are fortunate enough not to have an addiction, typically, make it to work on time, work well, keep up their homes, themselves– physically, mentally, and spiritually. They seem to be productive and contributing members of society (that is not to say non-addicted beings can fall short of all of those things despite their lack of addiction). When your drug of choice is at the forefront of your mind at all times, it becomes difficult to keep up with your daily life. You may become isolated, which only feeds the addiction further. Looking back one day, you will likely think of all the special events and occasions you missed because you were too drunk or high. This is not normal. There are other ways in which you will learn can be more fun than you imagined. Learn to actually live and try new things. You can learn to be THERE again. At Ridgeview Ranch California Rehab Centers there are different programs to help you transition back to a normal life, such as, meditation.


Can you stop? Have you ever tried stopping for long periods of time? If you’re unable to put it down for even a day, it’s likely that you have a problem. Many people can come home and have one glass of wine to wind down, whereas, addicts and alcoholics may come home and have one glass of wine…followed by all the wine you can find in your house. One is never enough! (Repeat that a few times.)

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Does your drug of choice bring ANY positivity to your life? Does it make the people you love happy? Does it better your life in any way whatsoever (other than making you feel good, until you don’t, then you need more)? You are filling your body with toxins and chemicals that can kill you if abused. This disease isn’t a joke. It is life-threatening. It fills your life with negativity and hurts you and those around you. So, really, ask yourself what the benefits of this addiction are.


Have any of your loved ones inquired about your “problem”? If anyone if your life has ever mentioned your addiction, it’s likely you have a problem. The people who know you best, are able to notice an extreme change in behaviors. If it persists, they will ask you if you are okay and if you need help. This is not commonplace for all people. Again, nothing good comes from an addiction.


Do you oftentimes feel guilty? After a night of binge drinking or being on other substances, do you wake up (or stay awake) and think of all the things you did the night before? Would you ever do half of the things you do while influenced by drugs and alcohol, while you were sober? These feelings of guilt will forever stay if you continue doing what you’re doing. If your life is slowly slipping away from you and you feel nothing but guilt, sadness, anxiety, and frustration– you can stop by getting help. Learn to accept and let go of your past and move on. With our group and individual therapy, you are afforded the opportunity to delve into the deeper issues behind your disease.


You can get help. There is no need to feel embarrassed. Addiction has become a tragic epidemic. You are the furthest thing away from being alone. You don’t want to look back at your life and either not remember a thing or only remember all the terrible things you did, all the moments you missed, and all the days you wasted because of your disease. It’s never too late to get help. Your world can go from a dark and gloomy bubble of negative energy and guilt to a life of light and positive energy and love. If you keep doing the same exact thing over and over expecting different results– that is insanity. Nothing will change if you don’t change your behaviors. The first step is coming to terms with your disease and admitting you have a problem. There are hotlines, web forums, and places like Rehab Center Los Angeles, Ridgeview Ranch, that can help you along the way. A way to a better more joyful path. You have the opportunity to change your life around and actually LIVE! It really is never too late. Give Ridgeview Ranch a Call Today at (800) 296-1868 and take the first step to your new and happy life.

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