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Healthy Friends vs. Unhealthy Friends

October 23, 2017

You are who you surround yourself with. Although it may be a clichéd belief, for many, the saying holds true. If you’re in treatment, it is important to surround yourself with positive, healthy relationships that will be a source of support during and after the recovery process. For many people, this may mean avoiding friends you used to hang out with before you entered treatment. It doesn’t stop there. Developing new friendships can also be tricky as you try to find a healthy network of friends. The Difference between Healthy & Unhealthy Friendships It might seem like a safe bet…

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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. Allison Seriani, PR & Communications for Destination Hope and Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center, recently spoke with Dr. Ari Socher of Renumi Mobile, a mobile dentistry…

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Eating Disorders, Transfer Addiction, and Body Image

June 28, 2017

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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Can Apps Help Women Stay Clean & Sober?

June 13, 2017

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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Social Media and Mental Health

September 29, 2016

In the past ten years, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and LinkedIn have profoundly changed the way we interact and communicate with others. Facebook alone has over a billion active users, and the number of people using it is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years. The widespread use of social media in today's society has led to a large body of preliminary research into the impact of social networking on our mental health, a controversial subject due to the relatively recent explosion of social media usage and the challenges faced by researchers delving into this new…

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The Gender Gap in Drinking Habits is Narrowing

May 3, 2016

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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Addiction and Sleep Deprivation: A Vicious Cycle

April 28, 2016

Insomnia and other sleep problems can be difficult for anyone to handle. When drug or alcohol abuse is added to the mix, the combination of conditions can create a vicious cycle that is hard to break on your own. Substance abuse and sleep deprivation make each other worse when they occur at the same time, and one condition often triggers the other. Not only is insomnia a common consequence of addiction, but it also affects people undergoing drug or alcohol treatment. Insomnia and Substance Abuse Sleep disturbances are closely linked to drug use and drug abuse; they're also associated with…

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Can Superfoods Benefit Your Recovery?

April 1, 2016

Health magazines and websites often tout the benefits of a variety of "superfoods," a popular label that suggests that these edibles are extra dense with nutrients and therefore have some manner of curative powers. The reality, however, isn't quite so cut and dried. While superfoods are generally very healthy, their benefits are considerably overstated in many cases. The American Heart Association points out that the term "superfood" is more marketing ploy than accurate nutrition term, but that doesn't mean that foods singled out as being super aren't super good for your health. When consumed as part of an overall healthy…

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The Strange Relationship Between Selfies and Eating Disorders

March 28, 2016

There was a time—a time long before "selfie" was a word—when taking a picture of yourself required a tripod, a remote switch and a trip to the film lab or darkroom. Now, thanks to the ubiquitous front-facing cell phone camera, snapping a selfie is a two-second endeavor, and it only takes another few seconds to post it to social media. Between 2012 and 2013, the frequency of the word "selfie" increased by 17,000 percent, according to language researchers at Oxford Dictionaries, and in 2013, it was chosen as the Word of the Year. Selfies, Social Media and Body Dissatisfaction: A…

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What is Diabulimia?

March 23, 2016

In our weight-obsessed society where airbrushing models into virtual stick figures is considered normal and acceptable, adolescent girls and young women are under enormous pressure to reach or maintain an "ideal" body weight. But for those who have type 1 diabetes, the struggle can be monumental, since weight gain is common due to the dietary demands and insulin therapy that are necessary for controlling blood sugar. The result is that an alarming number of girls and women suffer from diabulimia, the unofficial name for the co-occurrence of diabetes and an eating disorder. How Does Diabulimia Develop? A recent article in…

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