Inspire Malibu Blog

Fentanyl and Heroin Mixture – Super-Charged Danger

For the past several years, government agencies and healthcare professionals have reported that heroin use is on the rise. Statistics show that since 2007, the increase has been driven mainly by adults between the ages of 18 and 25. The problem doesn’t appear to be improving either. Law enforcement and hospitals are now seeing even […]




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Is ADHD Medication Recreational or Functional?

The past two decades has been full of debate about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), mostly centered on children. The arguments range from an over diagnosis of the condition to the proper approach for treatment. Recently, however, a new discussion is gaining momentum. Mounting evidence shows that more and more adults without the disorder are […]




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Straight Up “Reality Parties” For Parents of Teenagers

In Southern California, as in other states across the country, there’s a teenage house party underway, complete with drinking games, empty bottles of booze and loud music. The big difference with this party, though, is that it’s simulated. “Reality Parties” are a new trend that gives parents a glimpse of what really happens when alcohol […]




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Flakka – The Latest in Life Threatening Designer Drugs

As evidenced by the flood of designer drugs to hit the black market in the past decade, wherever there’s a will, there’s also apparently a rogue chemist somewhere hard at work. Synthetic drugs used for recreational purposes are not a new phenomena. Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), commonly known as “acid,” for example, was invented in […]




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Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Could End War On Drugs

The majority of the population outside of Seattle, Washington would likely associate the city with its penchant for that steamy morning pick-me-up, coffee. Seattle, though, will soon be famous for something else entirely. Beginning in 2011, it launched the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, the success of which is changing the national conversation about […]




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Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction

Alcohol is the most widely abused addictive drug, not only in the United States, but also across the entire globe. So for the past 28 years, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has designated April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Each year the campaign focuses on a new theme in an effort raise […]




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You Want To Conquer Your Addiction, You Just Don’t Know It Yet

We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. ~Galileo For many people addicted to drugs or alcohol, treating the causes and symptoms of the addiction will prove to be unsuccessful unless they are a willing participant in their recovery. The first step should always be gaining the recognition and […]




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Redefining Rehab: New FDA Guidelines For Drugs That Treat Alcoholism

The winds of change have pushed the treatment of alcoholism a few steps forward. Last month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that drugs used in the treatment of alcohol use disorder can be approved if they’re shown to reduce a patient’s drinking rather than resulting in complete abstinence. Physicians will now be able […]




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5 Reasons Sleep is Vital For A Healthy Recovery

Whoever said, “Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep,” got it right in more ways than one. Take a good look around the office, classroom, or even a quick glance at the driver in a passing car and it’s obvious that most of us aren’t sleeping enough. The latest medical research makes […]




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Golden Nuggets and a Kiwi – How Addiction Affects the Brain

Have you seen the short film “Nuggets,” about the kiwi that stumbles upon some golden nuggets? It’s been making the rounds on the internet and social media for some time now. If you haven’t already seen it, take a moment to watch it. This 5 minute animated short by Andreas Hykade, an instructor at Harvard […]




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