Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence

Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
Open Access

ISSN: 2329-6488

Susan Katherine Kaiser MSN

Susan Katherine Kaiser MSN
Family Life Center, Coon Rapids,
1930 Coon Rapids Blvd., Minnesota, 55433

  • Research Article
    The Importance of Oral Health in Treatment Outcomes for the Chemically Dependent Population
    Author(s): Susan Katherine Kaiser MSNSusan Katherine Kaiser MSN

    Chemical dependency induces bone demineralization often resulting in (but not limited to) degraded oral health status. The omission of dental status assessment in chemical dependency, when initially evaluating the patient for needed treatment referrals, constitutes disregard of one of the many possible reasons for relapse [3]. Also, chemical dependency results in increased sensitivity to pain. Pain, frequently associated with dental infection can lead to medication-seeking behaviors and abuse of opioid medication (and medication classes). Advanced dental disease, and poor general health outcomes results in poor social outcomes. Poor social outcomes include: 1) return to substance abuse due to persistent anhedonia 2) negative outcomes of job-seeking as a result of cultural values and prejudice toward obvious lack of dental care in the form of missing, broke.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2329-6488.1000204

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