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How to Speak to Your Employer about Addiction

October 25, 2017

If you have recently returned to work after attending a rehabilitation program, or are beginning a new position, it is important that your employer understands the position you are currently in (if you feel comfortable speaking to them about it).

Not only will having a discussion with your employer about your addiction help you understand your employment rights, but it will help them understand you a bit better. Read on to learn a few helpful tips when speaking to your employer about your previous or ongoing addiction.

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How Drug Use Affects Oral Health

October 18, 2017

A smile is often your first impression when meeting new people, interviewing for a job, or even going on a date. For those whose smile has been affected by prolonged drug use, meeting new people or being asked to be in photos can be an uncomfortable situation. One of the first things those in recovery seek is a dentist who can help remedy their lack of oral health while in the throes of addiction. We,recently spoke with Dr. Ari Socher of Renumi Mobile, a mobile dentistry dedicated to helping clients in substance abuse rehabilitation treatment centers. Dr. Socher, who has…

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The Effects of Drug Use on Oral Health

October 11, 2017

The physical effects of drug usage are commonly thought of as weight loss, thinning hair, or skin care problems. However, one of the most profound effects is dental. At Destination Hope, clients are often eager to get dental care after seeing the damage drugs have done to their teeth. Dr. Ari Socher of Renumi Mobile helps take care of those in recovery who are in dire need of dental care. Renumi Mobile is a mobile dentistry practice, which means people in recovery can get the dental care they need to not only feel good and look good. Q-How long have…

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What is the Best Remedy to Fight off Depression after Consuming MDMA and Methamphetamine?

October 6, 2017

Q: What is the best remedy to fight off depression after consuming MDMA and Methamphetamine? A: MDMA primarily affects the brain’s chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, which enable the nerve cells to communicate with one another. The drug causes a greater release of serotonin and dopamine, which gives users their enhanced mood. However, once the MDMA wears off, there is a depletion of serotonin. That depletion can cause anxiety, irritability, sadness, sleep disturbances, and more. Similarly, methamphetamines also increase the levels of dopamine. Continued methamphetamine abuse can cause users to have difficulty feeling pleasure other than what is provided by the…

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You Have the Right to be Happy, Especially Today!

August 8, 2017

National Happiness Happens Day is August 8th, and with this in mind, it is only right to list out a few small things you can do to lift your mood. For many addicts, the focus on tackling addiction pushes any consideration for their own happiness out of the picture. However, it is just as important to keep a positive outlook on life as it is to focus on your sobriety. No matter what your past may look like, you deserve to be happy and enjoy life. Not only will focusing on your own happiness lift your spirits, but it will…

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How Anxiety Can Cause Hair Loss

June 29, 2017

Anxiety is the body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. Though everyone feels anxious occasionally, those who suffer from anxiety disorders suffer such distress that it interferes with their ability to lead a normal life. The effects of anxiety are both mental and physical. Some of the physical symptoms can include sweating, headaches, nausea, trembling, and rashes. Anxiety and hair loss is one physical side effect that is not so commonly mentioned. Most people don’t think anxiety affects the hair because it doesn’t affect everyone. However, anxiety can have an effect on your hair and when it does, it…

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Addiction Comes in Threes

April 13, 2017

Three wise men. Three stooges. Three ring circus. Many things come in threes and in the world of addiction, we see this time and time again. For example, it is not uncommon for a heroin addict to also have a food, gambling or sex addiction. Someone who is addicted to painkillers is likely to have sexual impulsivity or an addiction to money. Why does it come in threes? It has to do with symmetry, a spiritual component and the good vs. evil different parts of us. Depending on one’s drug of choice, it taps into a certain part of the…

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3 Myths about Your First Time in Substance Abuse Treatment

April 7, 2017

1. It’s the scariest thing you will ever go through. It’s actually not. If you can muster up the strength to finally get your life on track, the rest is easy. Once you come to drug and alcohol treatment you are already bettering yourself and have the courage to face it. It’s not going to be easy because some days are good and some days are bad. But it’s worth it at the end if you stick to the program and apply what you learn in treatment to the outside world. It can be scary at first when you have…

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Top 5 Signs of Alcohol Abuse

It was 3 a.m. and I heard my front door slam shut. My sister came home from a long night of partying and I knew something didn't feel right. Everyone in my shoes has experienced that feeling. It's the feeling in your gut when your intuition is telling you something isn't right. I knew my sister Jessica was having her fun with her college friends because after all, that's what twenty-somethings do, right? But when she started sleeping in longer than usual, missing classes, and drinking every night, that was when my parents and I had to intervene. I noticed…

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When a Loved One Is Addicted: Helping vs. Enabling

August 30, 2016

Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are serious issues facing over 23 million people across the United States alone. Of these millions of people, just a small percentage actively seek help to overcome their substance addictions. There are many reasons behind the resistance to get help. One of these reasons involves loved ones enabling someone's drug or alcohol habit. What Is Enabling? When someone you love is addicted to substances, it can be confusing or frightening to know what you should do or not do. The first instinct may be to help the person suffering from addiction. Problems may ensue…

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