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Drug and Alcohol Awareness

Substance abuse might start out as a bad habit but it can become a harmful disease. The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs are serious issues that should not be ignored or minimized. If left untreated, use and abuse can develop into drug dependence or alcoholism. As a result, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse early.

Signs of Drug And Alcohol Abuse

  • You have problems at work or school because of your drinking/drug use, such as being late or not going at all.
  • You drink/do drugs in risky situations, such as before or while driving a car.
  • After drinking/doing drugs, you can't remember what happened while you were drinking/doing drugs (blacking out).
  • You have legal problems because of your drinking/drug use, such as being arrested for harming someone or driving while drunk.
  • Your friends or family members are worried about your drinking/drug use.

Signs of Drug and Alcohol Dependence or Addiction

  • You cannot quit or control how much you drink/do drugs.
  • You need to drink/do drugs more to get the same effect.
  • You have withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking/doing drugs. These include feeling sick to your stomach, sweating,
  • shakiness, and anxiety.
  • You spend a lot of time drinking/doing drugs and recovering.
  • You have given up other activities so you can drink/do drugs.
  • You keep drinking/doing drugs even though it harms your relationships and causes health problems.

Where Can I Find More Information on Treatment and Recovery?

Drug and alcohol addiction are treatable problems. Treatment programs are offered at many levels of care from intensive inpatient 24 hour-care to outpatient care.

Thelma McMillen Center for Drug and Alcohol Treatment

  • Outpatient Adult Program is comprised of a multidisciplinary treatment team dedicated to treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit. For a confidential comprehensive consultation, at no charge call 310-784-4879.
  • Teen Program: 310-257-5760 inquiries are taken 24 hours a day seven days a week.
  • Outpatient programs are covered by most insurance plans.
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Torrance Memorial Medical Center Addiction Support Groups

  • Alcoholics Anonymous: groups meet on Thursdays at 7:00 pm; Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm.
  • Marijuana Anonymous: group meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm.
  • Pills Anonymous: group meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
  • Alanon: group meets on Tuesdays 8-9:30 pm
  • For more information regarding support groups contact Jean Carfagno, 310-784-4879.
  • For information or resources contact Dr. Moe Gelbart, 310-257-5751 or Terese Lang 310-257-5777