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    Beyond the Drug: Risks and Health Problems Intravenous Drug Users Expose Themselves To

    Last updated 4 years ago

    The use of intravenous drugs is often appealing to those looking to achieve a faster high. Injections, however, carry a significant risk of health complications unrelated to drug use. By achieving sobriety through drug rehabilitation programs, intravenous drug users can end the cycle of addiction and eliminate the risks incurred by using needles.


    Misjudging the amount of a drug administered is common among intravenous drug users. Drug overdoses can lead to severe or even life-threatening reactions if medical attention is not sought and administered immediately. Intravenous drug users who frequently inject too much of a drug may damage the kidneys irreversibly, resulting in the need for long-term or even lifelong medical care.

    Vascular Problems

    The non-sterile conditions under which drugs are often injected can lead to irritation and infection of the cardiovascular system. Bacteria or other pathogens present on an unclean needle travel through the bloodstream. This can lead to infection of blood vessels, causing them to dilate and restrict blood flow. If bacteria reach the heart, they may cause endocarditis, an infection of the heart’s inner lining. These conditions may lead to severe complications and hospitalization or even death. 

    HIV and AIDS

    Many drug users acquire needles and syringes from friends or buy them from a disreputable source. Other addicts may use together at a party or gathering, passing needles and syringes from person to person. Viruses such as HIV and hepatitis C are easily transmissible via shared needles. HIV eventually leads to AIDS, a progressive deterioration of the immune system for which there is no known cure. Hepatitis C affects the liver, causing scar tissue to form and impairing liver function, as well as raising the risk of liver cancer development.

    Making the decision to stop using intravenous drugs is difficult, but it does not have to be faced alone. If you or a loved one needs help, call The Hills Treatment Center at (800) 724-8207 today. Our sober living communities help those coping with addiction down the path to wellness. Visit our website for more information about our Los Angeles drug rehabilitation programs.

    Dr. Howard Samuels on Celebrity Son's Drug Abuse and Crimes

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Michael Douglas’ son, Cameron Douglas, has been convicted of dealing crystal meth and initially received less than half the minimum recommended jail sentence. Some say this leniency was due to his Hollywood pedigree. In this video, Dr. Howard Samuels discusses the four-and-a-half year addition to Cameron’s sentence after he was caught with drugs in jail. He stresses that Cameron’s behavior is typical of many addicts, who will deal drugs to earn money to buy their own. He also discusses how prison is not as valuable to addicts as rehabilitation in addressing their underlying drug problems. 

    Rehabilitation can help you or a loved one overcome the cycle of drug addiction for good. You can learn more about how Dr. Samuels and The Hills Treatment Center of Los Angeles can help by calling us at (800) 724-8207. Explore our website to find more information about drug addiction and recovery. 

    Happy Holidays from Everyone at The Hills Treatment Center!

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    Visit These Informative Addiction Resources to Learn More about Finding Treatment for Yourself or a Loved One

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    At The Hills Treatment Center, we believe that ongoing support is an essential part of overcoming drug or alcohol addiction. Check out these links for more information on Suboxone and Subutex, the stages of addiction, Adderall abuse among students, and the dangers of abusing bath salts. Give The Hills Treatment Center a call at (800) 724-8207 to learn more about our Los Angeles treatment programs. 

    How Suboxone and Subutex Work to Help You Stay Clean

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Opiate dependence is a growing problem among Americans, and is characterized as the physical, behavioral, and psychological need to use opioids. While many individuals think that abusing prescription painkillers pales in comparison to abusing “hard” drugs, studies show that opioid prescription painkillers are actually chemically similar to heroin. In the past, opiate addicts were forced to undergo detox without any assistance, or rely on methadone—a synthetic opioid with a number of serious side effects. However, more drug treatment centers now utilize Suboxone and Subutex. Continue reading to learn how these medications can help you stay clean when struggling with opioid dependence:

    What are Suboxone and Subutex?

    Both Suboxone and Subutex are medications approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of opioid dependence. The active ingredient for these medications is buprenorphine hydrochloride, and both are used to treat individuals who are addicted to opioids. Many addicts have used Suboxone and Subutex to get over their addictions to heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycontin, and fentanyl. Unlike methadone, Subutex and Suboxone have a low risk of abuse or fatal overdose. Suboxone has an ingredient called naloxone, which helps guard against abuse.

    How Do They Work?   

    Suboxone and Subutex prevent the symptoms of withdrawal, which usually begin within twelve hours after last using the drug. By preventing you from feeling the symptoms of withdrawal, Suboxone and Subutex make it easier for your brain to deny the impulses to use again. These two medications reduce or eliminate agitation, anxiety, insomnia, sweating, abdominal cramping, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, pupil dilation, and nausea.

    Find out if you can benefit from Suboxone and Subutex by contacting The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles at (800) 724-8207. Our residential program includes individual therapy, group counseling, educational support, medication support, and health and wellness referrals. We also provide specialized programs for alcohol and drug rehabilitation

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