The healing power of a smile: A link between oral care and substance abuse recovery

(University of Utah Health) A new study links the benefits of comprehensive oral care to the physical and emotional recovery of patients seeking treatment for substance use disorder.
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What is Red Ribbon Week? Red Ribbon Week is October 23-31, a time to get involved in the fight against drugs and bullying. This week-long campaign is celebrated in schools nationwide and provides an opportunity for parents, students, and concerned individuals to take a stand against the violence and drug dependency that can wreak havoc on communities and futures alike. The History of the Red Ribbon Campaign Red Ribbon Week began with the nonprofit organization National Family Partnership (NFP) as a result of the tragic murder of an undercover narcotics officer. In 1985, DEA agent Enrique Camarena was tortured to death by ...
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Conclusion: In women with substance use disorders and posttraumatic stress disorders, childhood trauma profiles can inform about addiction characteristics and severity of a wide range of clinical symptoms. This information is essential to understand current treatment needs and should be systematically assessed in women with substance use disorders and trauma exposure.
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to identify migration patterns from an open illicit drug scene (the Downtown Eastside [DTES] neighborhood) and describe factors associated with these migration patterns. Data were derived from three cohorts of people who use illicit drugs in Vancouver, Canada. Defined using latent class growth analysis, we identified four distinct migration trajectory groups: 1) consistently living in the DTES (47.8%); 2) early migration out, with a median time of migrating out of DTES of 5.3  months (21.5%); 3) late migration out, with a median time of migrating out of DTES of 38.0 months (20.1%); and 4...
Source: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusion: Benzodiazepines and muscle relaxants were associated with serious falls among PLWH. Non-ART medication count, hazardous alcohol and illicit substance use, and opioid prescriptions were associated with serious falls in both groups. Prevention of serious falls should focus on reducing specific classes and absolute number of medications and both alcohol and illicit substance use.
Source: JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Clinical Science Source Type: research
Globally, people who inject drugs (PWID) continue to be among the most vulnerable populations to acquire infection of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The most recent national survey found that nearly a qua...
Source: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
On October 26th, DEA National Take Back Day will once again address a crucial public safety issue. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misuse controlled prescription drugs – and that study indicates that most of these prescription drugs were either obtained from family and friends or found in the most-neglected staple of every bathroom: the medicine cabinet. What’s the Purpose of DEA National Take Back Day? DEA National Take Back Day gives individuals the chance to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs in a safe, judgment-free environment. Cleaning out the aver...
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Source: Substance Abuse - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
Volume 18, Issue 4, October-December 2019, Page 509-510 .
Source: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD We knew that the most powerful way to provide substance abuse treatment is in a group setting. Group members can offer support to each other and call out each other’s self deceptions and public excuses, oftentimes more effectively than the clinicians. They share stories and insights, car rides and job leads, and they form a community that stays connected between sessions. Participants with more experience and life skills may say things in group that we clinicians might hesitate saying, like “Now you’re whining” and “Time to put on your big boy pants”. They can ...
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Conclusions: The results of this study support the notion that the probable psychiatric cases identified by the GHQ-28 scale have a greater probability of "early treatment dropout" and have a greater probability of "nonclinically relevant improvement in discharge" of the therapeutic community. These data indicate that GHQ-28 is a suitable clinical instrument for predicting dropout and treatment effect in residential substance use disorder treatment. PMID: 31608803 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Dual Diagnosis - Category: Addiction Tags: J Dual Diagn Source Type: research
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