Published on Friday, 14 April 2017
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
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.
Published on Wednesday, 05 April 2017
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
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.
Published on Friday, 31 March 2017
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.