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Sexual Assault and Addiction

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Sexual Assault and Addiction

The #MeToo movement has recently taken social media by storm. Thousands of women posted #MeToo and brought their experiences of sexual assault into the light, making the statistics about sexual assault more personal. The aim is to bring awareness that the vast majority of women—of all races, ages, looks, socio-economic backgrounds—have been sexually assaulted. The message is powerful: sexual assault is a huge problem in this country. The problem of sexual assault begs a few follow up questions in relation to substance abuse: First, what were...

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Barriers to Successful Long-Term Recovery

Posted on Nov 2, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Barriers to Successful Long-Term Recovery

When thinking about giving up a substance, most people consider the difficulties of entering a rehabilitation center, withdrawal, and problems associated with the first few weeks and months. Many don’t think down the road about how they will handle recovery in five or ten years. And yet, recovery is a life-long process. We often talk about qualities of successful recovery, but what about qualities of failure stories? What makes a person in recovery trip, fall back into old habits, and give up? Knowing the possible weaknesses can help you be...

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What to Expect the First Week Out of Rehabilitation Center

Posted on Oct 18, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

What to Expect the First Week Out of Rehabilitation Center

So you’ve done the first hard steps. You recognized you have a problem. You sought help. You went through physical and mental withdrawal. You wrestled with the emotional demons that drew you to substance abuse. Now you’re leaving the facility sober and ready to face the world. The hard part is over, right? In some ways yes, in some ways no. The first stage of recovery is the most intense, but without being on your guard and properly prepared, the difficulties of the second stage of recovery can sneak up on you. Here are some difficulties in...

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What to Expect During Detox

Posted on Oct 6, 2017 in Blog, Detox | 0 comments

What to Expect During Detox

If you are dependent on a substance, the first few days after giving it up can be intimidating. Knowing what to expect in detox can prepare you mentally and reassure you that you are not the first to go through this. Many people have experienced the same symptoms and come through it. Be reassured that detox does not last forever. There are stages, and some of the stages are hard. But stages end. You can become, and stay, sober. If you are a friend or loved one of someone struggling with addiction, it can be hard to watch them enter into the...

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Opiate Addiction in Louisiana

Posted on Sep 27, 2017 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Opiate Addiction in Louisiana

“We lose a Vietnam War every single year to drug overdoses,” said Tom Price, US Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Opiate Epidemic in the U.S. For Americans under fifty, drug overdose is now the leading cause of death. In 2016, 59,000 to 65,000 people in the US died from overdoses. Data suggests that drug-related deaths rose almost twenty percent in 2015, and now in 2017 the problem is even worse. Here are a series of maps which show how drug overdose fatality has grown in the US over the years. The New York Times explores reasons...

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What Can Genetic Assay Testing Tell Us about Addiction?

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

What Can Genetic Assay Testing Tell Us about Addiction?

What is Genetic Assay Testing? “Assay” is a fancy science word that means “test.” This test examines a group of genes that may affect your body’s ability to benefit from certain medications—mainly mental health medications. The test works by looking at a group of genes that are specifically affected by mental health treatments. What is the purpose of the test? Anyone who’s ever taken any kind of medicine knows how frustrating and demoralizing it can be to start a new med only to suffer from side effects. Your doctor might change the dosage to...

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Using Meditation for Recovery

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Using Meditation for Recovery

Addiction involves both the mind and the body. That’s why treating addiction is never simple. If only the physical aspect of addiction is addressed and not the underlying emotional and mental issues, recovery will not be successful. If only the mind is treated, and not the body, that’s not good either. The best way to fight addiction is to fight it physically and mentally—which is why meditation can be a useful resource. Meditation has a plethora of health benefits, including: Improved concentration Better self-awareness Reduced stress Better...

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Stop Saying Should: Exercise and Recovery

Posted on Aug 14, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Stop Saying Should: Exercise and Recovery

When going through a particularly difficult time in life, no one wants to hear the advice “You should exercise.” We’ve all heard that exercise releases endorphins that give pleasant feelings known as “a natural high.” We know that exercise not only makes bodies stronger, but that it’s also mood-boosting and improves our outlook on life. We know these things, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find the motivation to exercise. We all know we should exercise, but those in recovery are already hearing a lot of “shoulds” about healthier life...

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17 Health Problems Linked to Alcohol Abuse

Posted on Jul 25, 2017 in Alcoholism, Blog | 0 comments

17 Health Problems Linked to Alcohol Abuse

In addition to causing difficulties in your relationships with family and friends, alcohol abuse can take a severe toll on your physical health. The full effects of long term alcohol abuse on the human body are still unknown, but researchers have been able to link heavy drinking to a number of serious medical issues. 1. Anemia Anemia is characterized by an abnormally low number of oxygen carrying red blood cells. When someone is anemic, they will experience symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, chest pain, and pale or...

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A Dysfunctional Marriage: Addiction and Depression

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

A Dysfunctional Marriage: Addiction and Depression

Depression and addiction have been described as a married couple who bring out the worst in each other but can’t live apart. Professionals have various perspectives about which comes first—depression or addiction. It’s a “the chicken or the egg” situation. But experts agree that depression and addiction often go hand in hand. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry estimates that at least a third of adults who struggle with addiction also struggle with depression. Dual Diagnosis Many people turn to substances to numb pain, whether it’s pain from...

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