Published on Friday, 14 April 2017

Bacteria

Alcohol abuse has been linked to unsafe sexual behavior and is associated with increased risk of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. Intoxication often leads to poor decision-making and a lack of inhibition, making sexual behavior a common issue.

Unsafe behaviors such as anonymous sex, failure to use condoms and/or birth control, and engaging with multiple sexual partners all increase the risk of adverse health outcomes. Additionally, patterns of alcohol abuse are associated with sexual risk-taking behaviors in the long-term, not only following binge-drinking events.


Published on Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Needle

A study published in JAMA examined the changes in heroin use disorder patterns from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013 and found that use grew significantly higher over time with the greatest increases shown among white individuals. In addition, researchers found that the nonmedical use of prescription opioids before heroin use only increased among white users.

If you are struggling with opioid use, please call Two Dreams today at 504-510-2331.

Read more here: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2612444


Published on Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Pregnant Women

Neonatal abstinence syndrome is on the rise. Since 1999, its incidence has tripled in 28 states (from 1.5 to 6 cases per 1,000 live births per year), with the worst rates being in West Virginia, Vermont, and Maine (about 30 case per 1,000 live births).

This syndrome begins in infants soon after they lose access to the addictive drugs delivered in vitro, either when the mother goes cold turkey during pregnancy or when the baby is delivered. Women who become pregnant while they are taking illicit or prescription drugs should discuss with their medical provider how to discontinue drug use safely. At Two Dreams we have a passion for serving all patients and pregnant women are no exception. We offer a safe, compassionate environment in which pregnant women can work through their addictions while learning about the safest methods of treatment for their babies.


Published on Monday, 03 April 2017

Crystal Meth

A recent study conducted by The Scripps Research Institute showed that when meth-addiction rodent models stopped using methamphetamines, new brain cells began forming in a part of the brain associated with learning and memory. This suggests that the brain is strengthening memories associated with the drug, making relapse more likely.

If you are struggling with methamphetamine use, please call us today at 504-510-2331.
 
 

Published on Friday, 31 March 2017

Joint

A study released in December 2016 by the Canadian Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation suggests that the younger you start using marijuana, the more likely you are to develop a lifelong habit and diminished physical and mental health. In particular, the worst effects come about if the first use is below age 15. 

 
If you or a loved one are struggling with cannabis use, please call us today at 504-510-2331.
 
 

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Light regulates circadian rhythms

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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