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How Drug Use Affects Oral Health

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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Can Apps Help Women Stay Clean & Sober?

The world continues to move online, so it should be no surprise that those in recovery are finding outlets online that will help them in their journey. As more and more people turn to their mobile devices to stay connected, apps have become increasingly popular in helping those in recovery. Below are some of the apps that could help you in your journey.* 5 Apps to Assist in Your Recovery Journey Rise Up + Recover Rise Up + Recover is an app that is geared toward helping those recovering from an eating disorder. The app uses cognitive behavioral therapy to…

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Eating Disorders, Transfer Addiction, and Body Image

Whether it’s overcoming an eating disorder, conquering an addiction, or both, the general assumption is that once a person receives treatment, they will be “cured.” However, there is a danger of trading your addiction. Addiction replacement, or transfer addiction, occurs when an individual in recovery substitutes one addiction for another. The transfer occurs as a person substitutes one addiction for another to compensate for some perceived absence, either an emotional or psychological one. Similar to addiction, the abuse of food can create a false sense of happiness or relief. Some studies suggest that the same pleasure centers in the brain…

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The Gender Gap in Drinking Habits is Narrowing

According to conventional wisdom, women drink less than men overall and therefore have fewer alcohol-related problems than men. But recent research published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research shows that the gender gap associated with drinking habits is narrowing. More Women Are Drinking More Alcohol According to the study, between 2002 and 2012, the number of women who drank in the prior month increased from 45 to 48 percent, while it decreased from 57.4 to 56 percent for men. The study also found that women are now drinking more alcohol than they did in the past. The number…

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Detox: Beginning the Journey Toward Recovery

Starting the treatment process is often the hardest part of conquering a drug or alcohol addiction. If someone you love has decided to get help for their substance abuse problem, their treatment will probably begin with detoxification. Detox helps patients stop using an abused substance and get through the withdrawal process in a safe, controlled manner. A medically supervised detox program also provides medications that can help patients manage their withdrawal symptoms. Although detox is an essential component of addiction treatment, it's important to follow it with rehab to ensure the best chances of long-term recovery. Understanding Detox An addicted…

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3 Ways Females Who Do Drugs Raise Their Risk of STDs

Did you know that just by using drugs you are also raising your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease? It’s true. If you are a woman, this bit of data should concern you since untreated STDs like chlamydia can ultimately evolve into pelvic inflammatory disease and eventually infertility.

Therefore, being addicted to drugs not only puts your health at risks but the health of your unborn children. Here are three ways your chronic drug use can put your sexual health in jeopardy.

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The Prevalence of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is defined by the American Psychological Association as unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent. The month of April, 2012 has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so we here at Destination Hope: The Women’s Program felt this was a perfect time to bring this issue out of the dark and into the forefront of relevant conversation where it belongs. Sexual abuse is far more prevalent than many in our society realize, and unfortunately that’s in large part thanks to the social stigma that often…

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How Does Postpartum Depression Work?

Postpartum depression is defined by the National Library of Medicine as moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. It may occur soon after delivery or up to a year later. Most of the time, it occurs within the first three months following delivery.  A new baby can bring an influx of emotions and a whirlwind of unfamiliar feelings into the household, especially for the mother.

Many new moms will experience mood swings and crying spells after giving birth, but those are quite common and usually go away on their own and shouldn’t cause concern. Postpartum depression is different than these common, fleeting episodes though, even though it can look similar at first. While the baby blues don’t need much care to fade away, postpartum depression can be a bit more complicated, and in severe cases when left untreated, downright dangerous.

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Women’s Health Is Our Top Priority

Women’s health is a very important issue to the staff at Destination Hope: The Women’s Program. Our drug and alcohol rehab programs are specifically designed to treat women, so their needs are our main focus and top priority. That said, to be an effective treatment center it is important for us to have a good understanding of women’s health issues in general so that we can address any co-occurring issues during treatment. In part of the ongoing effort of keeping women’s health in mind and as top priority, Destination Hope: The Women’s Program has added a womens health section to…

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