Published on Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Girl in mirror

A study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse revealed that alcohol and tobacco use is correlated with perceived body image. For example, girls who perceived themselves to be too fat were more likely to use alcohol and tobacco, whereas boys who perceived themselves to be too fat were only more likely to binge drink. Boys who perceived themselves to be too skinny were more likely to use tobacco, however.

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If you or your child are struggling with a substance use disorder, please call us today at 504-510-2331.

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 addiction recovery from trusted authorities. Those who become familiar with the problems of addiction gain a better understanding of their loved ones. You can follow our Dream Journal 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 504-510-2331.

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.

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Why and How We Live Rhythmically at Two Dreams

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken

- Samuel Johnson

Every living organism has a natural rhythm. These rhythms are disrupted by illness, particularly drug and alcohol use. A drug can create false sleep. A drug can stimulate alertness. A drug can suppress appetite. Another can stimulate appetite.

The science behind living rhythmically, strategies that promote and restore natural rhythms, and the role of sleep, nutrition, meditation, and exercise in the 21st century approach to healing oneself in recovery are all important aspects of your journey at Two Dreams.

At Two Dreams the concept of living in the NOW (No Other Way) is central to living a life in recovery. Similarly, mindfulness is a state of active, open, non-judgmental attention on the present. Many treatment programs and practitioners are employing mindfulness in the care and management of patients with mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders- diseases and symptoms which tend to cluster together.

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