Substance Addiction Category Post List

Abuse, counseling, recovery, prevention, stories and other substance addiction industry news.

Small business related articles on medications, methods and services in the Substance Addiction Treatment Category.

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With the relaxation of marijuana laws, health care workers worry about its abuse.




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How to Quit an Addiction

Quitting an addiction problem is not easy. First, you must realize your need to stop using. Then, take things by steps and by day. Help is around when you seek it.

If you are currently suffering from an addiction that is harmful to your health, or simply want to make a life change, know that you don’t have to endure the process of quitting alone. Many people in this country are addicted—some aren’t even aware that they are. Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol, and eating too much overly processed food (all that processed food contains additives like high fructose corn syrup that make your brain want more!) are some common addictions.

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Two things that must exist before you can quit addiction are to admit you have a problem and you need help.

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Cigarettes Impede Healthy Taste Bud Regeneration

Chemicals found in cigarettes have been found to impede healthy taste bud regeneration prevent smokers from decently tasting the bitterness of coffee.

Coffee and Cigarettes may have been today’s common pair for some people but, researchers do not agree with such conventional pairing because of the hazardous chemicals they have discovered in cigarettes which impede healthy taste bud regeneration thus; smokers do not (decently) taste bitterness of coffee. Tobacco toxins do not only cause cancer but also baffle the smoker’s sense of taste but willfully attack the fungiform papillae -the area in your mouth where taste buds settle. Unfortunately, the extent on how much is influenced in the smokers’ taste continues to become a mystery as well as their probability to regain the healthy taste after they quit smoking.

The medical team found out that nearly 20% of smokers failed to correctly distinguish the bitter taste of coffee (when in fact, bitter receptors should even find bitter taste even in a very small concentration).
The medical team found out that nearly 20% of smokers failed to correctly distinguish the bitter taste of coffee (when in fact, bitter receptors should even find bitter taste even in a very small concentration).

Our taste buds are significantly responsible for telling us how sweet, bitter, sour or salty the food that enters our mouth. Even the metallic sensations are well conveyed by them. Taste buds (being a fragment of our oral anatomy) play very significant roles in a person’s taste system. As a matter of fact, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who is in business to protect people from health threats:

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Common Practices Which Help Reduce Life Expectancy

Life expectancy can be reduced by practices like alcoholism, smoking, habitually sunbathe, overeating, crash dieting and not getting enough sleep.

There are some common practices among people which help increase their medical problems and reduce their life expectancy. The following are some bad practices that reduce the life expectancy of a person.

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Smoking does not do any good to a person. In fact, this habit reduces the life expectancy of a person.

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3 Common Myths About Alcohol

Myths concerning alcohol consumption are: beer causes a beer gut, sucking on pennies tricks the breathalyzer test, and nightcaps help you sleep.

For centuries, alcohol has been a social lubricant that keeps the good times flowing. Various forms of drink have been used to supplement diets, cure medical problems and aid in digestion. However, somewhere through the course of history, we came up with some strange beliefs about alcohol consumption. Let’s take a look at some prevailing myths about drinking alcohol.

Police officers wait 15 minutes before administering the Breathalyzer test, during which time they make you talk and check that you don’t have anything in your mouth.
Police officers wait 15 minutes before administering the Breathalyzer test, during which time they make you talk and check that you don’t have anything in your mouth.

1. The Beer Gut

There’s an unspoken understanding that anyone who drinks any amount of beer will suffer the dreaded beer gut. We’ve seen the family member or coworker with a fat tire around their midsection and dubbed a “beer belly.”

In reality, the beer gut doesn’t actually exist, or, more specifically, you can’t gain a gut from drinking beer. According to a study conducted in Britain and the Czech Republic, the amount of beer you drink has no link to the size of your stomach. What about the people who do appear to have the characteristic beer belly? As it turns out, it’s all genetic. That’s right. Just like the color of your eyes and hair, beer gut is just something you’re genetically predisposed to. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to have one.

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