Published on Monday, 12 June 2017

Brain

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 504-510-2331.

To learn more, click here: http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j2353

 


Published on Thursday, 08 June 2017

Take Back Day

Looking for an easy way to help out during the current opioid addiction crisis? All you have to do is take your unused, un-needed medication to a designated drop site and follow the instructions as directed by site personnel. Participate in Medicine Take Back Day on June 10th from 9am to 12pm.

 

Take Back Day


Published on Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Suit and Tie

Many individuals find that returning to work after rehab is a major challenge.

For some, it’s because returning to their previous place of employment makes them feel stressed or triggered to use drugs again. For others, it’s because of a long period of unemployment, which makes getting hired more difficult. Some have a poor employment history (no work or working under the influence), and for others, legal issues hold them back.

Whatever the reason, it's a good idea for people finishing addiction recovery to leave much of the past behind and make a fresh start. Many people try living life in a new location and/or starting a new career.


Published on Friday, 02 June 2017

College

A study of upper middle class youth suggests that this particular population has a higher than normal frequency of alcohol and drug use when tracked throughout the college years. In addition, researchers found that when parents established repercussions for substance use, the frequency of drunkenness, marijuana, and stimulant use decreased in adulthood.

Adolescent drug and alcohol use should be taken seriously. If you or your child are struggling, please call us today at 504-510-2331.

Read more here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/development-and-psychopathology/article/adolescents-from-upper-middle-class-communities-substance-misuse-and-addiction-across-early-adulthood/FDB120DD01CC8CEE7A9FB3979306A57C


Published on Wednesday, 31 May 2017

DNA

The genetics of addiction is a complex topic that researchers are just beginning to unravel.

There is little doubt that substance use disorders are at least partially heritable and that certain genes increase the risk for individuals initiating drug use and continuing drug use, as well as use of other drugs and alcohol. However, researchers’ understanding of this topic is in its infancy; only a few genes have been linked to substance use disorders.


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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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