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Can Your Heart Heal After Addiction?

The Impact of Substance Abuse on Cardiovascular Health The cardiovascular system (which includes the heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries) is perhaps one of the most essential organ systems in a person’s body. The heart, obviously, is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body and maintaining blood pressure. Arteries, on the other hand, carry nutrients away…

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What Does It Mean To Have “Wet Brain”?

Wet Brain: What Is It? ‘Wet Brain’ is a slang term for a disorder with a specific set of neurological conditions that can have an impact on an individual’s memory, lifespan, and more. In addition to ‘wet brain,’ this disorder can also be referenced as alcohol dementia, Korsakoff psychosis, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, alcoholic encephalopathy, encephalopathy-alcoholic, Wernicke’s…

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What Happens When You Get Your Stomach Pumped?

You’ve probably heard of the term “getting your stomach pumped.” Stomach pumping, otherwise known as gastric suction, gastric lavage, or nasogastric tube suction, is a procedure that a doctor performs to quickly empty the contents of the stomach. This procedure is only administered in emergency medical situations to prevent serious health complications.   Why Someone…

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Chemical Dependency Assessments & Evaluations

Many people are familiar with chemical dependency assessments, but may use different terms to describe them. Chemical dependency assessments are also referenced as chemical dependency evaluations and substance abuse assessments or evaluations. This type of test is commonly associated with addiction and abuse disorders.   What Is A Chemical Dependency Assessment? These assessments, regardless of…

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Is Addiction A Choice Or A Disease?

The question “is being an addict a choice?” is one you’ve likely heard before. You might already have your own opinion about the topic, but there is only one concrete answer.   What Is Addiction? Addiction is a strong and uncontrollable compulsion to get and use substances such as alcohol, nicotine, over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications,…