The drugs girls are consuming today

Karen Khaleghi, PhD, describes the dangerous way young women are combining drugs to get a quick high without consuming calories
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The drugs girls are consuming today

One of the more frequently asked questions that I get from parents is, "What's the drug of choice today?" " What should we be looking for?" "What are the warning signs?" One of the most frequently used drug combinations for young women today is what's referred to as BARS. That is a combination of Zanex and alcohol. For girls it's an issue of calorie consumption, plain and simple. They're wanting to get the high and consume as fewer calories as possible. So what they're going to do is, they're going to take something like Valium or Zanex along with the drink. And they're going to get their high right away without consuming calories. If we're going to look at that, that is highly disturbing, because what that puts them in is a state of total vulnerability. They don't know what's happening at that point in time. They're going to wake up and not remember what happened the night before. So its quiet alarming that that's what's happening in the bar scene today with young women.

Karen Khaleghi, PhD, describes the dangerous way young women are combining drugs to get a quick high without consuming calories


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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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