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The Link between Smoking and Mental Health

Most people today are aware of the physical health risks of using tobacco, however research has shown that smoking also affects people’s mental health. When an individual smokes, nicotine effects the brain by improving attentiveness and triggering the flood of dopamine, a chemical that relaxes and temporarily relieves anxiety. Like any substance abuse that activates…

The Role Mental Health Plays in Successful Detox

Detoxing from drugs or alcohol can be a grueling experience, and yet the goal – breaking the cycle of addiction – is of life-saving value. A successful detox marks the beginning of the recovery process, and mental health plays a role in determining the outcome. This of course presents a conundrum, as addiction is a…

The Dark Side of Addiction Treatment Drugs

As an indicator of the scope of the current opioid addiction crisis, consider this: a single drug, designed to treat addiction, accounted for over one and a half billion dollars in sales last year. Originally billed as a safe alternative to methadone, buprenorphine—primarily sold as Suboxone—has a mixed history of success and unintended consequences in…

Use of Prescription Painkillers Linked to Opioid Depression

If you take prescription painkillers known as opioids, be careful about how long you use them. More than 90 days of use may put you at risk of developing opioid depression, according to a new study that adds one more risk to a growing list of negative consequences surrounding opioid use. The study showed that…

Addiction Creates Obsessive Thinking in Families

Much like the alcoholic who is obsessed with where and when to take the next drink and the drug addict is obsessed with finding the next fix, their family members are obsessed with the behavior of the one they love. Families want desperately to help. They often fall into a pattern of obsessive behavior, thinking…

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