Published on Monday, 29 May 2017
Note From Dr B.
Abstinence is critical for recovery. The individual who’s been using alcohol or drugs or other devices has to stop and return the body to as near-as-makes-no-difference-to-normal state in order to start the process of recovery. However, just taking the drugs out of your system doesn’t give you recovery; it gives you an opportunity to step back and then put together a life that one can lead in recovery.
This dimension is very critical and it can be done in a way where the individual goes through detoxification or maybe on medication-assisted reductions to what they’ve been taking or even medication-assisted recovery if necessary. Somehow, though, we have to be able to clear the mind and stop the cycle of using and recovering from the use in order to have the energy to engage in the recovery process.
It is also important to note that abstinence not only means abstaining from drugs and alcohol, but dysfunctional elements in life as well. For example, individuals in recovery should abstain from negative thoughts, codependent behaviors, self-defeating communication styles, and other individual issues that hold them back from achieving mental peace, physical well-being, and personal productivity.
We insist upon abstinence here at Two Dreams and encourage graduates of our program to continue abstaining throughout their long-term recovery as well.
Published on Friday, 26 May 2017
Researchers have recently discovered that fetal alcohol exposure reduces responsiveness to the commonly bitter and burning taste of alcohol. This suggests that individuals exposed to alcohol before birth may find alcohol more appealing than their peers with more responsive gustatory systems.
To read more, click here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170518134956.htm
Published on Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Canadian researchers have found that high school students who used alcohol or marijuana were less likely to achieve academic success, as determined by class attendance, assignment completion, grade point average, and motivation. Longitudinal data indicated that those students who stopped using or decreased frequency of use were more likely to pursue higher education.
If you are struggling with alcohol or marijuana use disorder, please call us today at 504-510-2331
Read more here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/josh.12498/abstract
Published on Monday, 22 May 2017
Oxycodone and Hydrocodone are both opioid pain relievers. Opioids are a class of chemically related drugs that interact with opioid receptors in the nervous system throughout the body.
This drug class includes both legal substances, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl, and illegal substances, such as heroin. The interaction between opioids and their designated receptors causes pain relief and euphoria, and this combination results in a high abuse potential. Oxycodone and hydrocodone are both very potent and therefore typically prescribed for moderate to severe pain.
Published on Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Researchers have been examining gut microbiota to figure out how it contributes to human health for a while now.
In fact, gut composition has already been linked to various health conditions, such as depression, allergies, obesity, and inflammatory bowel diseases.