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A person in recovery
11-29-16 Category: Addiction, Medicine, Recovery

On June 9, Seth Mnookin wrote an article for STAT that quickly went viral. As someone in recovery for heroin addiction, he described a particularly frightening incident in which kidney stones became lodged in his ureter during a flight from Miami to Boston. After being wheeled from the airplane on a gurney, Mnookin quickly found […]

importance of friendships
07-13-16 Category: Mental Health, Recovery, Relationships

Having meaningful, positive friendships throughout life is a vital aspect of overall health and well-being. Researchers have not only found support for greater happiness and life satisfaction among people who have close relationships, but people who have friends are more likely to live longer and be more resilient to stress. Friendships have multiple benefits on […]

vital to take responsibility
07-07-16 Category: Addiction, Recovery

“It’s not my fault — it’s a disease.” “My family has a history of addiction, so it makes sense that I’m an addict, too.” “My parents drove me to drink.” “My significant other drove me to drink.” “My mental health drove me to drink.” “If things at work weren’t so stressful, I wouldn’t need to […]

Vivitrol
06-24-16 Category: Recovery, Substance Abuse, Treatment

There isn’t much in the way of good news regarding opioids these days. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) notes since 2001, heroin overdose deaths have increased 600 percent. Vivitrol appears to be a bright spot on the horizon. According to one study, this once-a-month injection cuts the risk of relapse in […]

Self-defense training
06-23-16 Category: Empowerment, Recovery, Trauma

On average, 20 people per minute are victims of intimate partner violence in the United States. For men and women who have a history of physical and/or sexual abuse, learning how to defend themselves can be an important step on their path to recovery. Self-defense training is particularly beneficial for boosting self-confidence, assertiveness and self-esteem […]

Sleep deprivation causes mental and physical health
06-22-16 Category: Health, Health and Wellness, Recovery

Getting adequate sleep is just as vital to overall health and well-being as exercising and having a healthy diet. Sleep helps the body and mind feel restored and refreshed for the following day. It helps people retain new information, work productively, maintain attention and alertness (like when driving), and accomplish necessary tasks throughout the day. […]

hormonal contraceptives on oxytocin and intimacy
06-17-16 Category: Health and Wellness, Medicine, Recovery

Women have a bitter inside joke: it’s not the synthetic hormones that prevent pregnancy, it’s the unpleasant side effects that make intimacy undesirable, thus preventing pregnancy! It’s true some side effects: vaginal dryness, lack of libido and in some cases, absurdly heavy cycles have birth control to blame, but a new study from Oxford has […]

link between oral health and cognitive decline
06-02-16 Category: Health, Mental Health, Recovery

A study published this April is the first to investigate whether or not poor oral health can be linked to cognitive decline in older adults. The results of this study were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The study Researchers have long recognized that older adults — especially older adults with dementia […]

Brain food
05-27-16 Category: Mental Health, Nutrition, Recovery

Brain food has been a popular topic for years. Certain foods such as walnuts and fish have been shown to be packed with minerals and vitamins that can help fuel the brain, providing improvements in cognitive tasks and memory. On the other hand, processed and genetically modified foods do not bring any health benefits to […]

Unhealthy Eating Habits
05-19-16 Category: Health and Wellness, Recovery, Research

When people smoke marijuana, they often overeat high-calorie foods, a phenomenon commonly referred to as “the munchies.” Lack of sleep may cause the munchies as well, according to a new study. About the study The study examined healthy 18- to 30-year-olds during two four-day stays at a research center. During the first stay, the 14 […]

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