Effects of alcohol, HIV, and hepatitis C on immune system activation

It is a well-established fact that alcohol can exacerbate other diseases making them debilitating. It increases the recovery time, especially after burns, injury, or trauma. Additionally, it also dysregulates the anti-viral immune response, particularly in the liver, including response against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). According to a recent study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, excessive alcohol consumption by people with HIV or people living with HIV (PLWH) aggravates immune system activation and infection, especially amongst those who are also infected with HCV. Read more

Researchers develop digital pills to track opioid abuse

Researchers develop digital pills to track opioid abuse

The plight of opioid crisis continuous to be a major problem across the United States. In spite of the authorities taking innumerable steps to curb the menace, the crisis has emerged as a major public health issue or an epidemic in the U.S.

According to various studies, a large number people are suffering from opioid addiction. Some of the key populations affected by opioids are teenagers, women and older people. In the light of the growing menace of opioids, President Donald Trump has declared it as a nationwide public emergency. Read more

Power of journaling during addiction recovery

Journaling refers to penning down the thought processes on a daily, weekly or a monthly basis. Going over them develops a better understanding of the self and gaining insights. Many addiction treatment specialists encourage their patients to maintain a journal as it can be helpful give vent to thoughts regularly and in the process, decrease one’s susceptibility to get overwhelmed with stress. Journaling can help a person to lay bare the feelings on a piece of paper if interacting with counselors or mingling with fellow sufferers seem like a tedious task. It can also help a person to determine his/her progress qualitatively (in terms of learning better coping mechanisms, detaching from addictive substances, etc.) and quantitatively (number of days, weeks, months and years of sobriety).

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Can improper detoxification be life-threatening for individuals with addiction?

Fatal attraction toward illicit substances can immensely narrow down the scope of recovery by developing dependence and increasing tolerance. From interrupting one’s normal functioning in daily life to accelerating the aging process, substances like drugs or alcohol can cause a serious alteration in the brain and the body.

One may start using drugs or alcohol out of curiosity or just as a means of experimentation, it may over time cause tolerance and apparently lead to an addiction. Therefore, it is essential to undergo a recovery plan at the earliest to avoid any form of life-threatening repercussions. Any kind of delay in treatment can also have adverse implications on the first step toward sobriety known as detoxification. Read more

Emotional abuse of children results in adult PTSD and opioid misuse

During their journey from an infant to an adult, children transverse through different life stages, which need both physical and emotional nourishment for healthy growth and development. Children who are either deprived of their necessities or are exposed to any kind of abuse during childhood tend to develop both physical and mental abnormalities.

In the United States, childhood emotional abuse is defined as an “injury to the psychological capacity or emotional stability of the child as evidenced by an observable or substantial change in behavior, emotional response, or cognition” and injury as evidenced by “anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or aggressive behavior.” In short, emotional abuse refers to actions and behaviors of parents, caregivers or other people from the society, which may have a negative impact on a child’s mental health. It includes insulting, neglecting, threatening and name-calling. Read more

Role of general physicians in preventing substance abuse and maintaining sobriety

In the process of recovering from substance use disorders, an often overlooked entity is the general physician (GP). Various constituents of the recovery process, including therapists, sponsors, support groups, family and friends have an important part to play; however, GPs can provide a critical level of support in preventing substance abuse and maintaining sobriety during withdrawal. People who abuse substances usually suffer from one or more medical issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, liver disorders, lung disorders and cancer. In such a situation, GPs can play a vital role in ensuring the health and well-being of patients. Read more

Finding ways to treat drug overdoses in correctional facilities

Alcohol and substance abuse are rampant among jail inmates in the United States. Overdosing incidents are common inside prison walls due to illegal drugs flowing into the country’s most guarded prisons. In many instances, inability to medicate or provide timely support proves to be fatal. Studies have shown that most of the overdose deaths can be curbed by enabling pharmacies to provide naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of overdose, through opt-out strategies. Although many states have passed the 911 Medical Amnesty Law, which aims to reduce drug overdoses, there has been a steep rise in overdose deaths in recent years. Read more

Long-term use of alcohol in adolescence alters electrical activity in brain, says study

The age at which adolescents start drinking is lowering gradually, as highlighted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism that nearly 33 percent of teens have had at least one drink by the time they are 15 years of age. Early-age drinking is dangerous and can lead to serious alcohol-related problems in later life. Sadly, when adolescents start drinking at an early age, they are more prone to engage in behaviors that are harmful to themselves or others. Recent studies have shown that alcoholism is a chronic disease caused by certain factors such as genetics, predisposition to alcohol, and other social and psychological factors. Read more

Tips to detox lungs for heavy smokers

Smoking not only affects the smoker but also harms those around him or her. Due to the toxic gases and chemicals, the lungs of smokers are always full of tar that can make the lungs malfunction, apart from causing a host of serious illnesses, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, etc. Being a life-saving organ, lungs play a crucial role in removing toxic gases from the body. As lungs get heavily damaged due to smoking, it is essential to detoxify the lungs to eventually quit smoking. While it is proven that heavy smoking reduces the lifetime by a considerable period of time, there are ways to quit smoking and cleanse the lungs.
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Insight into detoxification-4: Holistic improvement in health possible through detoxification

People use many products and methods like exfoliation to remove the dead cells and dirt from the skin. Besides making the skin radiant, the cleansing also makes the skin healthy. However, doing the same with the inner body is not possible. Hence, comes the process of detoxification, also known as detox, which is quite similar to scrubbing the inner body by removing the stored toxins. While people adopt detox measures, such as healthy food, detox tea and juices, to lead a healthy life, detox is also the first line of treatment for recovery from addiction. Read more