Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You’d Think

Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she’s a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris when they were out drinking together last weekend. He called Chris to…

Your personality might not change as much as you think it does when you drink.

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Smoking During Treatment: A Growing Problem

Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common – they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around their next cigarette, so much so that they weren’t putting their focus on where it should have been – their sobriety….

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