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Alcohol detox- Part 4: Six celebrities who underwent rehabilitation for addiction

Alcohol detox- Part 4: Six celebrities who underwent rehabilitation for addiction

Posted on November 17th, 2016

Alcohol, like any other substance, is addictive and can lead to life-threatening conditions. It becomes an important part of a person’s life and begins to dominate his/her personal as well as social life. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), approximately 88,000 people (nearly 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Continue reading

Alcohol detox- Part 2: Ways to handle alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Alcohol detox- Part 2: Ways to handle alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Posted on November 2nd, 2016

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is the result of withdrawal from excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol, being a depressant, slows down the functioning of the human brain. A heavy drinker’s brain is continually exposed to the effects of alcohol on the brain, which gradually begins to adjust to these changes by altering its own chemistry. One of the consequences is an increase in the production of serotonin, a hormone that acts as a mood stabilizer. When alcohol is suddenly withdrawn, the brain is unable to adjust to this sudden change which in turn, cause severe withdrawal symptoms. Continue reading

Passive weed smokers susceptible to impaired cardiovascular function: Study

Passive weed smokers susceptible to impaired cardiovascular function: Study

Posted on August 30th, 2016

Many studies have found that secondhand smoke (SHS) of tobacco can be detrimental to the vital organs of the body. However, not much heed has been given to the SHS emanating from marijuana, partly due to the fact that the drug has been legalized in 29 American states and Washington D.C. for medicinal purposes and as a result of which the cannabis industry is flourishing like never before. Continue reading

Include nutritious diet for effective detoxification from alcohol

Include nutritious diet for effective detoxification from alcohol

Posted on February 22nd, 2016

Eating might be the last thing on one’s mind when the body is undergoing painful process of abstaining from drinking. The procedure is a humongous task, especially for people addicted to alcohol. Moreover, alcohol affects the metabolism and nutritional process of the body making eating an important part of the recovery process. Continue reading

More options, changing rules for opiate treatment

More options, changing rules for opiate treatment

Posted on January 11th, 2016

It’s fair to call it an epidemic at this point. The numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are grim enough, as the epidemic puts almost 7,000 people a day into emergency rooms across the United States, and 44 Americans die from it every day. In 2013, around 2 million Americans – more than the population of Phoenix – got exposed to the epidemic. The epidemic isn’t HIV or some new exotic disease that emerged from outside the U.S., but the prescription painkiller abuse is driving these numbers. Continue reading

Looking beyond painkillers to tackle chronic pain

Looking beyond painkillers to tackle chronic pain

Posted on January 5th, 2016

Let’s be clear: pain is bad and debilitating. Chronic pain in particular can ruin lives, depriving a person of the enjoyment of daily life and activities. Many Americans live with chronic pain from injury or medical condition, and it’s easy for a person who’s never dealt with ceaseless discomfort to speak out against pain pills. Some conditions only respond to the strength of opiates. Continue reading

Going cold turkey can be a big mistake

Going cold turkey can be a big mistake

Posted on October 15th, 2015

“I quit.”

If you say that as a kid playing Little League, you’re probably in for a lecture. Say that to your employer and you’ll probably be obliged.  Telling your addictions that you’re ready to quit….well, that’s bravery. Sobriety’s a tough, often scary leap into the unknown and anyone making it deserves commendation. But too often, there’s an assumption that addictions can be quit on a dime, full stop, cold turkey. That’s a mistake. Continue reading