Deadly Effects of New “Synthetic” Drugs

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Synthetic marijuana, “bath salts” and other designer drugs are now being grouped together and termed “synthetic drugs.” These synthetic drugs are meant to mimic the effects of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines and other drugs. They are some of the most destructive drugs available today. As a whole, this category of drugs is noted for its unpredictable and toxic physical effects. The … Read More

Opioid Dependence

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Like me, you may be wondering why so many talented young adults are dying of heroin overdoses. Why are they getting ‘hooked’ on opiates? This epidemic is in our neighborhoods, in the news and sadly in our hearts. A growing number of young adults are using and becoming addicted to opiates, using either heroin or prescription medications such as Oxycodone, … Read More

Marijuana, the Changing Landscape

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In the last legislative session, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed medical marijuana (House Bill 0881) and marijuana decriminalization laws (Senate Bill 0364). Both laws go into effect on October 1, 2014. To briefly summarize Senate Bill 0364, the purpose is to alter the penalty for the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, resulting in issuance of a civil … Read More

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Chronic alcohol or opiate abuse can cause long-lasting changes in the brain, and both cognitive and behavioral changes that result in the need to drink/use more to keep cravings and or withdrawal effects at bay. Did you know that there are medications to help balance brain chemistry, reduce cravings and block the euphoric effects of alcohol or opiates? Medication Assisted … Read More

CAC Remains Committed to Higher Education

Columbia Addictions Center has an ongoing commitment to higher education and the development of young professionals. For this reason, we have served as a training center for a number of local universities and colleges including Loyola University, Towson University, Stevenson University and Bowie State University. This year we are pleased to have three bright students from the University of Maryland … Read More

Problem Gambling and Treatment

Problem Gambling and Treatment

The growth of the gambling industry has spawned new research aimed at the effects of gambling on the brain. Gambling was historically viewed as an impulse disorder, but the DSM 5 has now categorized problem gambling as an addictive disorder. Recent studies in psychology, neuroscience and genetics suggest similarities between gambling addiction and drug/alcohol addiction. In other words, Tom’s brain … Read More

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