CDC state data shows high costs due to excessive alcohol use

  Costs mainly due to binge drinking Excessive alcohol use causes a large economic burden to states and the District of Columbia, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Excessive alcohol use…

From Alcohol Abuse to Dependency

NIH study finds chronic alcohol use shifts brain’s control of behavior Chronic alcohol exposure leads to brain adaptations that shift behavior control away from an area of the brain involved in complex decision-making and toward a region associated…

Alternative Sentencing Option for Los Angeles and Orange County drug offenders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:CONTACT: Andrew Martin President Serene Center, Inc. Tel 562.366.3557 x.210 Fax 562.366.3586 andrew@serenecenter.com www.serenecenter.com  Serene Center and Twin Town Treatment Centers form alliance for Alternative…

Does Science Show What 12 Steps Know?

Jarret Liottafor National GeographicPublished August 9, 2013Science has never revealed as much about addiction—potential genetic causes, influences, and triggers, and the resultant brain activity—or offered as many opportunities and…

Pain Management and Addiction

Pain Management and Addiction Studies indicate that chronic pain and substance use disorders (SUDs) frequently co-occur (Chelminski et al., 2005; Rosenblum et al., 2003; Savage, Kirsh, & Passik, 2008); as such, addiction counselors who are…

California Fines Kaiser $4M Over Violations of Mental Health Laws

Wednesday, June 26, 2013On Tuesday, the California Department of Managed Health Care fined the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan $4 million for failing to correct violations of mental health laws, Modern Healthcare reports.The health plan is…

Brain Scans Can Predict Which Alcoholics Are Most Likely to Relapse

By Maia Szalavitz May 02, 2013Getty Images/Flickr RF / Getty Images/Flickr RFFor any addiction, external cues and stress can trigger cravings that are hard to resist, and the latest research points to an area of the brain that might be…

Lawmakers Want State Medical Board To Mine CURES Data

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Lawmakers Want State Medical Board To Mine CURES DataAt a Joint Oversight Hearing of the state Legislature on Monday, lawmakers said that the Medical Board of California should mine data from a statewide prescription…