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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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How to Tell if Someone is on Cocaine

October 3, 2017

Cocaine is an extremely alluring and addictive substance. It can completely take over the body and mind, and change the way the abuser acts in their day to day life. If you believe someone close to you may be abusing cocaine, there are signs to watch out for that could possibly be a side effect of the drug. Cocaine is an extremely powerful stimulant. It boosts feelings of happiness, energy, excitement, and confidence. If used often, it can make the user feel invincible – like anything is possible. However, soon after the drug wears off, the user will experience an…

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The Effects of Drug Abuse on Memory and Concentration

January 31, 2014

Drug abuse is a serious factor in memory loss and a lack of concentration, which can affect aspects of your life you may not have considered. Drugs can make it hard for you to study, improve your skills at work, learn and retain new concepts, and even pay attention to what’s happening around you. When you think about the activities that require your full attention – like driving – this side effect is certainly one to think about. Drug Abuse and Memory Loss Many people who suffer memory problems due to drug abuse aren’t even aware that they’ve been affected.…

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How Drug Abuse Affects Sexual Performance

Drug abuse can affect your sexual performance, even after years of abstaining from drugs. Understanding the potential consequences of drug abuse might be just the thing to encourage you to get treatment before your situation becomes severe. Ongoing drug abuse can result in difficulties with your sexual performance and your reproductive system, whether you are male or female. These difficulties can set in no matter how old you are, and in fact many problems are commonly reported among young adults. Drug Abuse and Sexual Performance Although alcohol is the number one drug responsible for damaging sexual performance, drugs such as…

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Drug Abuse and Your Sex Drive

Drug abuse comes with many myths and misconceptions, and one of those is that certain drugs can act as aphrodisiacs. In reality, studies suggest that illicit drugs have a negative effect on the male sex drive, which can lead to a host of other problems related to sexual performance. The physical problems from drug abuse commonly co-occur with psychological problems as well. The Effect of Drug Abuse on Your Sex Drive A 2009 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reported that 38.6 percent of abusers reported having a lowered sex drive associated with drug abuse. This statistic was…

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Effects of Drug Abuse on Your Circulatory System

January 30, 2014

Drug abuse has a detrimental effect on many of the body’s most important systems, including the circulatory system. It’s not just the heart that suffers, but your blood vessels and even your blood itself. We need the circulatory system because it refreshes our blood supply, replacing waste with oxygen and nutrients from food. When our circulatory system suffers, so does our overall health. Drug Abuse and Your Circulatory System No matter what type of drug someone abuses, they put their circulatory system at risk. These effects can be short or long-term, sudden or gradual. Drug abuse from injected drugs carries…

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Effects of Drug Abuse on Your Joints

Drug abuse can come in many forms, but one common factor is that it harms your health. The effects of drug abuse can be severe and long lasting, depending on the duration of the addiction. We’re going to focus on the way that drug abuse affects the joints of your body, those points of movement where two or more bones meet. Without functioning joints, we would be stiff and unable to move. Drug abuse can interfere with our joints’ ability to perform. Drug Abuse and Your Joints The effects of drug abuse are not always immediately evident, and this is…

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Effects of Drug Abuse on the Skin

August 30, 2013

Drug abuse can show on your body, especially if you have had an addiction for many years. It doesn’t take long for the skin to reflect an addiction, and the results can be dramatic. Someone with a drug addiction may appear older than they are, because drug abuse can sap your body of essential nutrients and prevent you from taking care of your health and hygiene. Drug Abuse and Your Skin Color The more you use drugs, the more it shows up on your skin. Hyperpigmentation may start to occur where the skin darkens at various points, most noticeably at…

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Ten Statements That Deny Your Drug Abuse and Addiction Problem

February 4, 2013

Drug abuse and addiction problems can be devastating to an individual and a family.  Unfortunately many people don’t recognize they have a problem with substance abuse until they’ve hit the bottom or run into trouble with the law or loved ones.  So, when do you know that drug abuse and addiction are taking over your life? If you find yourself saying or believing one of the following statements, it may be time to seek treatment. 10 Myths of Drug Abuse and Addiction 1. I can stop using anytime I want. Maybe you can stop, but you make no efforts to…

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The Effects of Drug Abuse on Your Teeth

August 17, 2012

Drug abuse begins impacting your body after just a short period of time.   While each drug has a different impact on the body, including the teeth, there are two types of drugs in particular that cause quick and significant damage to your mouth and teeth. The use of two highly addictive substances, cocaine and methamphetamine, can lead to the type of drug abuse side effects that dentists often identify and subsequently refer to as meth-mouth or cocaine teeth/canines. Abusing either of these two substances can turn an otherwise healthy mouth into a cavity of disastrous proportions. The Dangers of Drug…

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