How someone goes from use to abuse

Expert Karen Khaleghi, PhD, explains the difference between drug or alcohol use versus abuse or addiction and how to protect your teenager from these issues.
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How someone goes from use to abuse

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People can go from use to abuse without realizing it. They, suddenly one day rolls into the next and they realize when they look back on it, "You know, I've had a drink every night this week, every night this month." Vacation, relaxation, and celebration rolls into what happens on a day in day out basis. And for a vast majority of people, they can look at it and say, "Wait a minute, what am I doing? Why am I buying another bottle of wine tonight at the store? Why am I buying another bottle of vodka this week at the store?" Or whatever that may be. And so, they are able to self-check. There are some people tha aren't. It rolls from one day to the next and each time they hit a hard space in life, whether that's frustration, stress, angst, too much traffic, too busy, unhappy, in a bad relationship, they can find any excuse, they can pull anything out of the day in our complex lives, to have a reason to use. That's when you've crossed over into abuse.

Expert Karen Khaleghi, PhD, explains the difference between drug or alcohol use versus abuse or addiction and how to protect your teenager from these issues.

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Karen Khaleghi, PhD

Co-founder of Creative Care Malibu

Dr. Karen Khaleghi is a pioneer in the field of dual diagnosis, or co-occurring drug and alcohol addiction along with mental health disorders. As one of the co-founders of Creative Care in Malibu and co-author of The Anatomy of Addiction, Dr. Karen speaks to parents and organizations about the formation of addiction, the critical aspects of nature and nurture and the resulting disconnection between emotions and behavior as well as the genesis of addiction and the path to recovery, a process she calls "connecting the dots." 

There are many things that set Dr. Karen Khaleghi apart from others including her individualized treatment approaches and excellent treatment facility Creative Care which is filled with clinical staff comprised of professionals that offer the highest standard of care in the industry. Karen graduated from California Graduate Institute with her Ph.D in 1989 and lives in Los Angeles, CA with her loving husband and children. Dr. Karen Khaleghi has been featured on The Today Show, KCAL 9, Dr. Phil and many others!

 

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