February 2017 - Sovereign Health Group

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Sports can increase the risk factors of addiction
02-17-17 Category: Addiction, Research, Substance Abuse

One would expect that the vast majority of competitive athletes avoid abusing their bodies at all cost. Staying in peak physical condition means avoiding unhealthy food and cigarettes as well as alcohol and other addictive drugs. But a recent study by the University of Alberta has found that competitive sports often prove fertile ground for […]

02-16-17 Category: Addiction, Substance Abuse

  In late 2015, a study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that nearly 60 percent of Americans were taking at least one prescription drug. This represented an 8 percent increase from 1999-2000 to 2011-2012. Moreover, polypharmacy – using five or more prescription medications – increased from 8 percent to 15 […]

Body dysmorphia – in the eyes of the beholder
02-15-17 Category: Empowerment, Mental Health

They say bartenders and hair stylists are the frontline therapists, as they’re listening ears when people come to them to escape problems or feel good about themselves. Cosmetic surgeons are perhaps the third leg to this therapeutic pedestal and – though they are often typified to the contrary – can offer sincere, timely interventions for […]

Older Americans using marijuana in record numbers
02-10-17 Category: Addiction, Research, Substance Abuse

The use of cannabis by people over the age of 50 has seen a great jump. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), only 1 percent of this group used marijuana in 2000, but 3.9 percent used it in 2012. A recent study by the University of Iowa focused on what […]

Sacramento approves crisis intervention training after killings of mentally ill
02-07-17 Category: Mental Health, Rehabilitation

“What are you doing you freak?” “He jumped the fence, that’s pretty funny. … I would have fought him, but I didn’t wanna…” “There’s some nut, tweak just freaking out. If you see him, hit him with a baseball bat a few times…” These were the words of police officers who shot a man 14 […]

Anti-inflammatory drug could help treat alcoholism

Ibudilast is an anti-inflammatory drug used in Japan to treat asthma. In a study at UCLA, researchers found that after taking the drug for six days, study subjects showed a significant decrease in cravings for alcohol. Study criteria The 17 men and seven women involved in the study regularly drank alcohol at least three weeks […]

02-04-17 Category: Anxiety, Medicine, Treatment

Altruism is defined as the behavior of individuals that compels them to help others at their own expense. Studies have shown that altruism in animals is different from that in humans. Animal altruism has to do with one’s fitness or the ability to reproduce, while human altruism has to do with empathy. According to an […]

DUI collision claims champion surfer’s life
02-03-17 Category: Addiction, Substance Abuse

Long-beach native Sophia Tiaré Bartlow, 26, an accomplished surfer well known in the surfing community was killed in a car crash on the North Shore of Oahu on Jan. 28, 2016. The authorities suspect the driver, her boyfriend, who may have been drunk under influence of alcohol, was responsible for her death. It was reported […]

New treatment for depression targets inflammation
02-02-17 Category: Depression rehab, Research, Treatment

Depression can be debilitating and self-perpetuating. When depression symptoms are very severe, those affected may struggle with difficulty eating, sleeping and exercising and may isolate themselves from their loved ones. Unhealthy lifestyle habits only serve to make depression symptoms more intense and longer lasting. Sometimes medication can serve as a bridge back to health by […]

Homeless, destitute Olympian seeks Trudeau’s attention to end stigma around addiction
02-02-17 Category: Addiction, Homelessness, Substance Abuse

Paul James, former Olympic athlete and soccer star who represented Canada at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the 1986 FIFA World Cup, has been on a hunger strike since Jan. 25, 2017, to draw attention to the fact that people with addiction should be treated with dignity and respect. Addicted to crack […]

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