Published on Friday, 23 June 2017

Supporting a loved one

Staying drug- and alcohol-free is a life-long journey.

If you have a friend or family member going through addiction recovery and are looking for ideas on how to show your support, consider the following:


Learn About Addiction

An important first step in supporting a friend or family member going through addiction recovery is to understand addiction. Read about this topic from trusted authorities (information is available on the Two Dreams website ). Those who become familiar with the problems of addiction gain a better understanding of their loved ones. You can follow our blog for biweekly articles on addiction treatment: .

Published on Wednesday, 21 June 2017


A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics looked at the changing frequency of buprenorphine or naltrexone prescription in youth between the ages of 13 and 25 years. Researchers found that the drugs were prescribed more in 2014 than in 2001, but that still only 25% of individuals received buprenorphine or naltrexone, and certain populations, including blacks, females, Hispanic youth, and younger individuals, were less likely to receive a prescription. These findings suggest that expanded access to medication assisted treatment is necessary, especially for the aforementioned populations facing disparities.

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Published on Monday, 19 June 2017

Man on Bench Smoking

A recent study conducted by Oregon State University found that college students in Oregon have been increasing their marijuana usage ever since it was legalized for recreational use. Interestingly, the students increasing their marijuana use have also reported recently, heavy alcohol use.

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If you are struggling with substance use of any kind, call us today at 708-613-4750.

Published on Thursday, 15 June 2017

Brain Scan

A new study conducted by the Society of Nuclear Medicine revealed that the brain receptors involved with the impulse to drink reduce their bioavailability during periods of alcohol-dependency. This finding suggests that clinicians can use receptor bioavailability during sobriety to predict long-term success.

If you are struggling with alcohol use disorder, please call us today at 708-613-4750.

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Published on Monday, 12 June 2017


Researchers in the UK recently published the findings of a 30 year longitudinal investigation of moderate alcohol consumption and its effects on brain structure and function. They found that higher alcohol consumption was correlated with hippocampal atrophy, corpus callosum microstructural changes, and a decline in lexical fluency. If you are struggling with alcohol use disorder, please call us today at 708-613-4750.

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