Inspire Malibu Blog

Consequences of an Opioid Overdose – Part I

Nobody ever wants to discuss the consequences of an opioid overdose, but the fact remains, people that are addicted to opioids and opiates may one day face a situation where they take too much, or buy something on the street that is stronger than they expected, and the drug takes over. And knowing that relapse […]




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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, September 26th, 2015

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been hosting the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day each year since 2010. Nearly 44 people die every day in the U.S. due to prescription opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National prescription drug take-back days have allowed the DEA and its partners to […]




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10 Must-Read Books About Mental Health

The stigma surrounding mental health issues has lost significant footing in recent years. Yet with almost 44 million people experiencing some type of mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), there is more work to be done so that anyone suffering from disorders such as depression, anxiety, […]




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The Problem of Mislabeled Edible Marijuana Products

Twenty-three states across the country have legalized medicinal marijuana. Four states, plus the District of Columbia, now permit the sale and consumption of the drug for recreational purposes. As citizens and their state governments continue to charge ahead of the federal government where pot is concerned, critics point out that the mislabeling of edible marijuana […]




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Kratom – Not Your Average Herbal Supplement

If you haven’t heard of Kratom don’t feel like you’re out of the loop. In fact, you’re not that far behind the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency only issued an alert on the Kratom plant, known as Mitragyna speciosa, a member of the coffee family that’s native to parts of Southeast Asia, […]




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Date Rape Drugs and Dangerous Liaisons

“Date Rape Drugs” are a class of odorless and tasteless drugs that can easily be slipped into a person’s drink, incapacitating them, and making them extremely vulnerable to sexual assault. Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine are three drugs that come to mind in this category, though both law enforcement and victim’s advocates argue that alcohol, the […]




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Why Do People Get Addicted To Drugs and Alcohol?

Addiction is a painful disease, and also a confusing one. Family and friends of an addict wonder why their loved one continues to abuse drugs and alcohol when it’s clear they’re destroying their life. “Why don’t they just stop?” is a question constantly asked. In many cases, the addict is asking themselves the very same […]




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Diet and Depression? The Brain-Gut Connection to Mental Health

It turns out the old adage “you are what you eat” is not just about our bodies, but about our minds as well. Diet, according to the latest research, is as important to mental health as is it is to physical health. Some psychiatrists have even started examining their patients’ diets and prescribing proper nutrition […]




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10 Countries That Ended Their War on Drugs

America’s war on drugs has reached a tipping point. Fifty-one percent of all federal prisoners between 2011 and 2013 were serving time for drug related offenses. The “war” has officially been raging since the ’70s when President Nixon declared drugs public enemy number one. However, strict Puritanical policies regarding illicit substances began in the early […]




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4 Ways to Treat Depression Without Drugs

Less than a hundred years ago, treatment for depression might have simply been a doctor suggesting that the patient, “Keep their chin up” or “develop a stiff upper lip.” Today, however, patients with severe depression could receive any number of prescribed medications with hopes of relieving their symptoms. The problem is, anti-depressants don’t always work […]




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