15 Mar Driving and Marijuana Smoking

A "no marijuana" road sign against a blue sky.There has been in a trend, recently, of relaxation on what specifically is dangerous about marijuana abuse. While there are many national conversations that need to be had, one such side effect of this changing ideology is the idea that marijuana is not necessarily much of a driving impairment. This idea probably stems from the claim that marijuana is even less dangerous than alcohol. Now, that's not a subject we are going to broach, today, but it's important to note that driving under the influence of any substance is incredibly dangerous. Here's some information about driving under the influence of marijuana...

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01 Mar Is Addiction Genetic?

Addiction is currently a mental disease that is growing and causing immense pain and suffering across America, as well as around the entire planet. But how does this disease spread so strongly? There are many factors that go into the spread of addiction, many of them being social, as well as a misunderstanding about how certain substances will affect you. However, many people have a burning question of whether or not addiction has anything to do with their genetic makeup, and whether the addiction of their parents and grandparents may be passed down to them. The answer, according to many studies, is a surprising yes...

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15 Feb The Effects of Heroin on the Body

A syringe full of heroin is measured in someone's handsOf all of the common street drugs that are seen in the world, today, heroin is certainly the most dangerous. In terms of the addictive properties, euphoric high, and destructive effects on the body, heroin cannot be matched. Since heroin addiction is quite a growing epidemic nowadays, due to the gateways that our society has opened with prescription opiates, it is important to understand the exact dangers that heroin presents to our vital organs. To help fully detail exactly these effects, let’s take a look at each bodily system and how it can be destroyed by the effects of heroin...

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01 Feb The Dangers of Binge Drinking

A fuzzy assortment of different bottles of alcohol fills a shelf, outside.Young people have a tendency to find themselves involved in a dangerous activity or pastime. In a way, it’s part of what it means to be young. However, there is certainly a point when youthful shenanigans pass the line into something that puts the health of the body at far too much risk to be acceptable. One such case, which is extremely popular with college and high school students nowadays, is binge drinking, the action of consuming multiple drinks in a row for the purpose of getting extremely drunk. This is notably different from typical alcoholism, because the individuals who partake in binge drinking do not consume alcohol every day. However, when they do drink, it is in dangerously large amounts (usually 5 drinks, or more).  While it may seem like it is just a practice to let loose at a party, there are very real dangers that come along with the activity of binge drinking...

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15 Oct Addiction Wake Up Calls

Many people who struggle with addiction are slaves to the drug and lifestyle. Even though there are horror stories of drug overdose and ruined lives, many do not recognize or heed the warnings until it is too late. If you are struggling...

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05 Oct Addiction: A Family Affair

Many addicts justify their actions with the phrase “It only affects me.” That statement could not be further than the truth. Addiction affects everyone in an addict’s life; friends, families and coworkers are not exempt from the pain of addiction. In an...

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15 Sep How Spirituality Can Strengthen Your Recovery

Many will tell you of the benefits that come with a faith-based recovery from addiction, and we are no exception. Here at Renaissance Ranch, we believe that true recovery involves spiritual healing, and we have found that this approach is been the most successful for...

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