Addiction and Your Oral Health

People with substance use disorders have more tooth decay and periodontal disease than the general population, but are less likely to receive dental care, according to a study published in the scientific journal Addiction. The review combined the results of 28 studies from around the world, which collectively provided data on 4,086 dental patients with substance…

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The Scary Effects of Sugar

Sugar is sneaky and it can be addictive in the same way as drugs like nicotine, cocaine and heroin. This is because when you eat sugar, the brain lights up and causes dopamine (the so-called reward chemical) to spike and increase your desire to have more. Like drug addiction, sugar addiction can lead to tolerance…

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Tips for Better Financial Health

Drug and alcohol abuse can certainly weigh heavy on your wallet — both in terms of paying for the addictive substance and the time taken away from other activities, including work. Financial problems are often cited as a possible symptom of addiction. This is partly because active addiction can cause you to neglect important money matters,…

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Can a Mediterranean Diet Help Depression?

According to a new study, sticking to a Mediterranean diet and getting nutritional support could be a powerful duo when it comes to depression symptoms. Although the study was small – involving 67 participants with major depressive disorder – the results were striking: Nearly a third of those who got support from a clinical dietician…

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Hope for Eating Disorder Recovery

If you or a lady in your life has an eating disorder, you may want to listen up. It is possible to recover – and, in fact, up to two-thirds of women do, according to a small study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The catch: It took more than a decade for them…

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Transcendental Meditation Shown to Lessen Trauma Symptoms

Transcendental meditation, a technique used to acknowledge and push away distracting thoughts and promote relaxed awareness, has been found to significantly reduce trauma symptoms in female prisoner inmates, according to a new study published in The Permanente Journal. The inmates were taught Transcendental Meditation by certified teachers, and practiced the relaxation technique 20 minutes twice…

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The Real Impact of Opioid Abuse

The New York Times just ran a poignant article titled “Has Opioid Abuse Affected You? Reader’s Respond,” in which they surveyed readers about the real-life devastating affects of this growing epidemic. Parents and children of people addicted to painkillers and/or heroin as well as those in active addiction as well as recovery weighed in –…

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Social Media Overuse Linked With Anxiety and Depression

Social media can be a great boon to your recovery and help you feel part of an online community. Yet, if you overdo it, your mental health may be negatively impacted. In fact, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health, reveals that the more social media…

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