Substance Abuse

July 3, 2014

The overuse or addiction to substances, drugs or alcohol, usually interferes with an individual’s life – personal, social, career, and physical. With a specialty in substance abuse, Dr. Friedland guides individuals to curb their substance abuse and live lives of which they are proud.

 

Anyone, regardless of class and ethnicity, can become an addict or have a substance abuse problem. Those who have difficulty delaying gratification and gauging consequences or those who are impulsive are more likely to have substance abuse problems. "The culture of drink endures because it offers so many rewards: confidence for the shy, clarity for the uncertain, solace to the wounded and lonely," wrote Pete Hamill in his memoir, "A Drinking Life" (New York Times 9/2/08). Overcoming substance abuse is a long, yet fulfilling road. 

 

 

Relevant Research

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Heavy marijuana use has been linked to impairment in memory and attention that persist and worsen with increasing years of regular use and with initiation during adolescence. It has been linked to lower income, greater need for socioeconomic assistance, unemployment, criminal behavior and lower satisfaction with life, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, June 5, 2014.

 

“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 with habit formation,” according to the National Institute of Health 8/22/13

 

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