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How Does Substance Use Affect Pregnant Women?

How Does Substance Use Affect Pregnant Women?

Substance addiction among pregnant women has become a public health concern in the United States. Around five percent of pregnant women use one or more addictive substances. While most people likely recognize that this is not a good thing, not many people understand how substance use affects these women and their unborn children. Pregnant women … Read more

What Are the Most Common Prescription Drugs for Depression?

What Are the Most Common Prescription Drugs for Depression?

Depression and anxiety disorders affect more and more people around the world every year, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not everyone who has depression or anxiety knows that medication may help them. Some people are hesitant to try antidepressants, thinking they might do more harm than good. Antidepressants are an increasingly widespread way to treat … Read more

The Connection Between Substance Use and Heart Diseases

The Connection Between Substance Use and Heart Diseases

The medical field has long acknowledged that substance use and addictions can cause neurological and biochemical changes in the body. The physiological harm brought on by substance dependence can damage major organs, such as the heart. People who abuse drugs or alcohol regularly or from an early age have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular … Read more

Why Are Overworked People More Susceptible to Substance Addiction?

Why Are Overworked People More Susceptible to Substance Addiction?

Overwork (working for more than 40 hours a week) can increase the risk of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Work addiction does not yet have a definition with much consensus within the medical community, but it is an existing problem that can bring stress which often seeks an outlet through drugs and alcohol. Understanding how … Read more

Do I Have to Avoid Triggers in Recovery?

Achieving sobriety, successfully finishing a residential detox or treatment program, or having months or years in recovery are all milestones to celebrate. After a time, though, complacency and over-confidence may set in. Although many suggest that you should avoid triggers in mid-to-long-term recovery, part of you may doubt this kind of strict “abstinence.” It is … Read more