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  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... of these blogs. This is a great way to find fellowship and accountability if you don't like the sound of face ... Buddhist teacher Noah Levine as an alternative to 12-step programs. It's built around Buddhism's Four Noble ... continue reading
  • When Drinking Becomes Alcoholism

    Worldwide alcohol use and abuse statistics are staggering. The single highest risk factor for premature death and disability for individuals between 15 and 49 years old across the world is alcohol abuse. 1 In the United States, 1 in 10 children live ...

    ... extended period of time to engage in an inpatient program. Behavioral or psychological therapy —A key component of ... 12-step groups — Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a mutual help and support group that provides fellowship ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ambien Abuse

    Ambien is the brand name for the sedative-hypnotic (i.e., sleep aid) drug, zolpidem. It is a central nervous system depressant, meaning that it slows down brain activity. Ambien is available in both immediate and extended release formulations. Drugs ...

    ... home while attending therapy a set number of times per week. 12-Step programs : Alcoholics Anonymous and Pills Anonymous are fellowship programs in which members provide each other with support and encouragement. These ... continue reading
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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is a potent stimulant that produces both an addictive high and a slew of negative effects. When combined with alcohol, the effects may be even more harmful. Meth is a fine, odorless, white powder that is typically smoked, snorted, or ...

    ... will facilitate a therapy session in which patients share their experiences associated with substance abuse. 12-step programs : Fellowships - such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Crystal Meth Anonymous - are free to join and ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Steroid Abuse

    Anabolic steroids are synthetic drugs that mimic some of the hormonal effects that testosterone has on the body. They are sometimes used to prevent the loss of healthy body mass seen in chronic, 'wasting' conditions such as AIDS and some forms of ...

    ... professional and share your experiences related to steroid and alcohol addiction. 12-Step programs : Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are fellowships that are free to join; the only requirement is that you ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is a sedative anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety medication , with effects similar to those of other drugs in its class, such as Valium and Xanax. Ativan is the trade name for lorazepam, which is part of a class of drug called “benzodiazepines” ...

    ... and may be a valuable option for those who have home, school, or work responsibilities. 12-step programs : Fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous and Pills Anonymous host meetings that are free to join and provide a safe ... continue reading
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  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world,” said Sagan. Thomas Edison Thomas Edison ... continue reading
  • Mixing Alcohol with Drugs

    Mixing alcohol with prescription drugs or illicit drugs (known as polysubstance use), can have dangerous health effects that many people may not realize. Since alcohol is such a commonly used substance, it's even more important to understand how it ...

    ... of the program, and may include a range of amenities suited to specific populations. 12, 15 ... to support the recovery process. 12, 16 The most well-known support groups include 12-step groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous ... continue reading
  • 12-Step Thinking: Let's Talk About AA and the C-Word (Uncovering Alcoholics Anonymous)

    No, not that c-word! To be clear, we're talking about the word cult here. If you're familiar with the world of addiction recovery, then you're no doubt acquainted with Alcoholics Anonymous—or AA as it is more commonly known. And if you've had more ...

    ... serve as a source of help and support. Participants are encouraged to “work” the 12-step program, fully integrating each step into their lives before proceeding to the next. Surrender of All Personal Power One of ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Relapse

    Alcohol addiction is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report shows that among adults, nearly 27% admitted to binge drinking in the past month, and 7% of them said ...

    ... or sponsor—may advise them to enter a treatment program again. This is not a sign of weakness but ... family, lean on trusted friends or members of your 12-step group. Follow up. Update the alcohol relapse prevention plan ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Recovery

    Alcohol abuse and, ultimately, alcohol addiction does not discriminate. Its effects are felt on a global scale, with all ages and social groups vulnerable to its damaging influence. The road to recovery starts with the alteration of existing ...

    ... the problem that needs to be addressed. Additionally, treatment methods may vary from center to center. 12-Step alcohol programs are a well-known, time-tested approach to recovery from alcohol dependency, and employed by ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... this as an opportunity to investigate my feelings. I discovered these feelings stemmed from my background in 12 step groups . I saw people drinking Kombucha who didn't relapse, and I saw different concepts of recovery ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... are truly a godsend. It's Safe In recent years, some concern has been raised over the safety of 12-step meetings, especially for women. There are people who believe that some men use the vulnerability of women attending ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol Use

    Moderate Drinking vs. Alcohol Abuse It's true that many sources point to the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. The key word here is moderate. Some studies have shown a connection between light to moderate drinking and decreased heart ...

    ... an alternative to inpatient rehab or as a step-down level of care once an individual's rehab ... a treatment center you can browse through an online directory of programs. You may want to create a list of questions you ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Percocet Abuse

    Percocet is the brand name for a mixture of oxycodone , one of the strongest opioids, and acetaminophen , the main component in over-the-counter fever reducers like Tylenol. An opioid is a synthetic derivative of opium, and it is commonly used in ...

    ... by calling our helpline at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Treatment for Co-occurring Alcohol and Percocet Addiction 12-step Programs Many people dependent on painkillers are afraid of the dramatic withdrawal. Additionally ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and PCP Abuse

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes PCP as a serious and illegal hallucinogen that started as a clinical sedative and anesthetic, but was discontinued and made illegal upon discovery of its extremely negative and unpredictable effects. In ...

    ... appropriate rehab centers capable of maintaining a peaceful environment and oversight of the addict. 12-step education, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and recreational therapy are effective means of dealing ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Painkiller Abuse

    Opioids are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. They include oxycodone , hydrocodone , meperidine (Demerol) , and many others. The demographics of those who abuse painkillers transcend the stereotypes of typical drug addicts. Opioid ...

    ... place aside for the treatment duration. Twelve-step programs —like Alcoholics Anonymous and Pills Anonymous—have ... past month. An estimated 1 in 4 people age 12 or older are current binge drinkers. Painkiller Statistics ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... and anger will pass, and you'll realize that you've settled into some new routines. Maybe it's a 12-step meeting you always hit after work when you're feeling vulnerable, or a bedtime routine or morning exercise now that ... continue reading
  • 5 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Men

    Addiction affects millions of men and women across the United States and many of them seek help from addiction treatment centers each year. National surveys conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicate ...

    ... up at first. Many addiction treatment programs offer either recovery meetings on site or bring clients to meetings in the evenings. Recovery meetings include 12-step groups like Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, as ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ketamine Abuse

    About Alcohol and Ketamine Ketamine (also called Special K, Kit-kat, Vitamin K, Super Acid and, simply, K) is a dissociative anesthetic that - as a legitimate pharmaceutical agent - continues to be manufactured for both veterinary and human medical ...

    ... suffering from relatively milder addictions. 12-step programs : Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are two popular 12-step programs. Members of these programs admit powerlessness over addiction, give themselves ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse Cocaine is a profoundly addictive stimulant drug that produces euphoria, increased energy, and talkativeness. It is most often snorted or dissolved in water and injected into a vein. Due to the short duration of ...

    ... you to follow once you complete your initial recovery program. Common elements of aftercare include 12-step programs , therapy, sober living homes , or non 12-step support groups. Statistics Fortunately, cocaine use has ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Alprazolam Abuse

    Alprazolam, more commonly known by the brand name Xanax , is an anti-anxiety and panic disorder medication. Alprazolam is part of a class of drug called benzodiazepines , which have the potential to be addictive. Benzodiazepine medication is ...

    ... diagnosis care may be necessary to treat all of the patient's needs. 12-Step programs : Pills Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous are two 12-step programs that are free to join, and the only requirement is that you want ... continue reading
  • Workplace Alcohol Abuse

    Alcohol is easily the most widely used and misused substance in the United States. 1 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released its National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which reported that, in ...

    ... were established to help existing personnel who were struggling with alcoholism by encouraging 12-Step program participation. Today, most programs have expanded to recognize and address drug abuse as well. As part of ... continue reading
  • How to Help Someone with Alcohol Addiction

    Most adults can moderately drink alcohol with little to no harm, with 86.3% of people 19 and older reporting they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime, 70% drinking in the past year, and 55.3% drinking in the past month. 1 But, there are ...

    ... treatment. Other approaches you may want to consider using include: A spiritual or secular 12-step program . A traditional intervention program . As a concerned family member, friend, or coworker, you are in a position ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... interest to me,” she said. “The helplessness around [addiction], and learning to deal with that, and all the various 12-step programs I've been a part of over the years, and how much they've helped me, and how hard it is ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Withdrawal

    Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an intoxicating agent produced from the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches. Alcohol is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. While alcohol can be consumed safely and responsibly, ...

    ... use disorder and have enrolled in a detox program, you'll receive an evaluation during intake. Your ... most people, detox is only the first step in treatment - not the only step.) Do I want inpatient or outpatient treatment ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Carisoprodol Abuse

    Carisoprodol, sold in the United States under the brand name Soma , is a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant that is prescribed to relieve discomfort related to painful musculoskeletal conditions such as muscle injuries and spasms. ...

    ... programs that offer intensive therapy, while still allowing you to live at home and continue to work. Other non-professional recovery organizations including SMART Recovery, LifeRing Secular Recovery, or 12-step ... step on ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Marijuana Abuse

    Marijuana is the most popular illicit drug to use simultaneously with alcohol . It is a dried, leafy plant that has small, glistening hairs. Most often smoked, marijuana can also be consumed orally when baked into foods such as brownies or cookies. ...

    ... for those who are addicted to this combination. Rehab centers can provide these services as well as: 12-step education. Recreational therapy. Group and individual therapy . Skills training. Statistics on Use One in nine ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Inhalant Abuse

    Alcohol and inhalants are two of the most commonly abused substances, especially among a younger population. The Centers for Disease Control logs more than 4,300 deaths per year from underage drinking and abuse . According to the Foundation for a ...

    ... Addiction Group therapy, family therapy, 12-step education, cognitive therapy and recreational therapy ... difficult to keep patients interested in the rehabilitation program . Family involvement and support are critical to ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Breastfeeding

    Many women are curious about whether they can drink alcohol while they are breastfeeding. While women are strongly advised to avoid drinking any alcohol during pregnancy , the recommendations on whether a woman can drink while breastfeeding are less ...

    ... at the treatment facility for the duration of the program. These centers offer 24/7 access to medical care ... new mother, this might be an excellent option for you. 12-step groups : There are a number of groups that offer a ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Tramadol Abuse

    Tramadol is scientifically known as tramadol hydrochloride, and it works as an acting analgesic (painkiller) affecting the central nervous system. Tramadol is also known by the brand names: Ultram. Ultracet. Alcohol also acts as a central nervous ...

    ... some may choose to enter a rehab program. Rehab programs allow patients to learn the skills needed to ... (CDC). In 2014, nearly two thirds of all Americans aged 12 or older admitted to having alcohol in the past year, with ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Prevention

    Given the prevalence of alcohol abuse in the adult population, it makes sense that we should focus on early prevention efforts aimed at young people. In today's world, kids are subjected to a number of societal pressures—from advertising, ...

    ... forth early on, parents have taken the first step in preventing problem behavior such as drinking. The ... them. 4 For example, in 2013, 62.5% of youths aged 12 to 17 perceived great risks in having 4 or 5 drinks nearly every ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Hotline Numbers

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? What Is an Alcohol Abuse Hotline? An alcohol abuse hotline or helpline number is, typically, a phone service to help answer questions about alcohol addiction. Some hotlines are toll-free and operate 7 days a ...

    ... please call 911. Are you ready to take the first step towards recovery? American Addiction Centers (AAC) may be ... able to direct you to both public and private programs near you. What does treatment usually entail? Many ... continue reading
  • Why Is Alcohol So Addictive?

    Problematic use of alcohol is all too common across all age groups. In adults, 10% of men and 5% of women meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and children of adults with an alcohol use disorder are four times more likely to develop the ...

    ... often as needed, through groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous ( aa.org ) Other non-12 step support groups or recovery programs are available as well, including SMART Recovery. Support groups are usually done in kind with ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse The dangers of addiction and overdose are greatly increased when phenobarbital is combined with alcohol. Phenobarbital (trade name: Luminal) is a prescription barbiturate that is used primarily as an ...

    ... programs that offer assistance and support, while also allowing you to remain at home and fulfill work and family obligations. Peer recovery organizations including SMART Recovery, LifeRing Secular Recovery, or 12-step ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse

    Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse Alcohol and fentanyl are drugs of dependence that are dangerous and highly addictive. Frequent or long-term use can result in many negative consequences, including death. Concurrent substance use disorders involving ...

    ... drug and alcohol treatment. Outpatient group or individual mental health treatment. Residential treatment . 12-Step Programs. Along with therapy and medication, aftercare planning and relapse prevention are paramount for ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Heroin Abuse

    Dangers of Abusing Alcohol and Heroin The dangerous combination of alcohol and heroin gets widespread publicity every year from tragedies that remind the public how alcohol amplifies the already powerful effects of heroin on the central nervous ...

    ... Answers? to escape the hold of alcohol abuse and step on the path toward recovery. Statistics on Alcohol And ... A 2011 survey showed that 4.2 million Americans aged 12 and older had tried heroin at some point in their ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... their lips and give two quick breaths into their mouth. Then give one long breath every five seconds. Step #3 Administer Naloxone Naloxone (Narcan) is a life-saving drug that reverses the depressing effects of opiates on ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... addiction, no two people follow the same path during the recovery process. Some go to rehab, others rely on a 12-step program to get help. But, despite the variety of options, there's no “right” way or one-size-fits-all ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol and Drug Rehab

    Entering into treatment for substance abuse can seem like a daunting endeavor. You may not be sure how effective it will be or what it actually entails, and then there's the issue of paying for it! With all these unknowns, rehab can feel ...

    ... provide a support network of sober-minded peers. The most widely recognized of these are the 12-step programs Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Recovery is Ongoing Staying engaged in aftercare can ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Soma Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Soma Abuse When used with alcohol, Soma's effects are enhanced, making this combination a particularly risky one. Abusing Soma (a muscle relaxant) and alcohol (a depressant) together can compound the negative health ...

    ... focus 100% of your sobriety. Outpatient treatment will provide multi-faceted care, such as therapy and 12-step programs, but still allow you to continue living at home as you recover. Medication assistance may be used ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and DXM Abuse

    Alcohol and DXM are both potentially addictive substances. Problematic use of each can lead to a range of negative health effects. When taken together, their effects are heightened, and the dangers of each are potentiated, and so is the danger. The ...

    ... to, post-treatment. Motivational interviewing encourages the addict to engage fully in their recovery. 12-Step Programs . Outside of professional treatment, people in recovery can benefit from peer-assisted addiction ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse Both alcohol and hydrocodone are relatively safe when used appropriately and in moderation. When used excessively or when combined, these substances can create volatile and unpredictable outcomes. Alcohol ...

    ... Inpatient hospitalization - This is a short-term program to stabilize physical health and mental health ... in recovery engage in informal support groups like 12-step meetings to gain information and support from people ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... Substance abuse is a selfish disease, one that's entirely about you. One of the best things about 12-step programs is they provide you with an outlet to help others with similar issues. When you listen to their stories ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... has happened multiple times before…the weather is sunny and clear, so the roads aren't treacherous…etc.) Step #3: Remove it. Don't discount your catastrophic thinking. It's a dangerous road to travel, leading nowhere ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... Haley, Simon, and Jenny, you can find out. When you're ready to start the journey, try these three steps: Step #1 - Discover What Brings You Joy Try new things. Revisit old interests. Either in a treatment setting or on ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Methylphenidate Abuse

    Many people use methylphenidate to improve their lives and help manage certain mental health symptoms. However, many abuse this drug in an attempt to achieve a high or even to alleviate their symptoms more than the prescribed dose will. Further, ...

    ... modalities are available, including inpatient treatment, outpatient care , residential rehab facilities , 12-step programs, and more. Medications can be helpful in assisting detoxification, aiding withdrawal, and ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Lortab Abuse

    Substance abuse experts indicate that it is never safe to mix alcohol and Lortab . Although Lortab is a relatively harmless pain reliever when used appropriately, and alcohol is safe in moderation, the combined effects of mixing Lortab and alcohol ...

    ... treatment for their substance use . The first step will likely be a period of detoxification where ... : Addiction counseling. Therapy . Group meetings/recovery programs. Often, individuals who are new to sobriety ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Drinking While Pregnant

    The Dangers of Alcohol During Pregnancy When a woman uses drugs during pregnancy, it can result in negative health effects for her and her baby, and alcohol is no exception. Drinking during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders ...

    ... doctor immediately. Your doctor can help you take the steps to reduce the possibility that your child is further exposed ... the facility for the duration of the program. Inpatient programs will provide a combination of: 24/ ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Intervention Programs

    Typically, those who have a loved one with a drinking problem are concerned about the damage that person is doing, not only to themselves but to those close to them as well. The families may feel there are warning signs, and while the person may not ...

    ... out of options. An organized intervention can be a big step, however, and maybe perceived negatively by the person if ... available to ease the recovery process . A treatment program should be decided upon and ready for when ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... would eventually happen, and I'd be back at that deli with a 12-pack. Is there a reason I have to stay here? I lived in ... Will I have access to recovery tools? My program of recovery involves therapy, yoga, and meditation. ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... 90 percent within three years. This approach is drastically different from traditional treatment modalities, like the 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then receive ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Vicodin Abuse

    Alcohol and Vicodin can both be harmful to your health, but when used together, the negative effects can build upon each other. Vicodin, which contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is a prescription opioid used to manage a number of acute pain ...

    ... treatment support specialist can help you decide which type of program will work best for you, just give us a call ... is available. If you are looking to take those first steps toward getting sober, then give us a call at 1 ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Valium Abuse

    There are several alcohol and Valium facts that everyone should know. Like alcohol, Valium is a central nervous system depressant. Valium is typically used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and seizures. Although Valium can be used to get ...

    ... substance, and nearly 7 million Americans age 12 to 20 are classified as binge drinkers. The ... a call and we'll work with you to find a personalized rehab program that fits your personal needs. It's time to get clean and ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crystal Meth Abuse

    Crystal meth is an illicit and powerful stimulant drug that is most commonly smoked, snorted, or injected. It is characterized by its ability to produce a powerful euphoria, increased energy, decreased appetite, and increased heart rate. It is ...

    ... the intensive psychological work begins in the rehab program. The scope and severity of your addictions ... year, there were an estimated 133,000 new crystal meth users , 12 years of age and older. It takes only $1,000 worth ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Careers

    The Need for Treatment Professionals Addiction medicine is a blossoming industry, with consistent and significant growth in the last ten years. The need for qualified treatment professionals is not slowing down, either, with steady projected growth ...

    ... or drug abuse issues is a fundamental first step for entering the field. Those serious about making ... years of study post-bachelor level in a social work program. Field placements as an intern or student social worker will ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Overdose

    Alcohol is considered one of the most harmful substances, with 1 in 20 worldwide deaths attributable to drinking 1, 2 . Alcohol overdose is startlingly common­­— 6 people die from alcohol poisoning every day in the United States , most of them ...

    ... attempt CPR unless you are professionally trained. The most important step to take if you believe yourself or someone else is ... at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to discuss your program options and start your recovery today. continue reading
  • The Deadly and Costly Consequences of DUIs

    Read time: 17 mins It all starts with the thought, “I'm fine.” Maybe that person goes to a party at a friend's house and has a few beers or glasses of wine at dinner. The guest says goodbye and climbs into the driver's seat to head home. What ...

    ... Dakota 6,664 $500-$2,000 Ohio 34,626 $375-$2,750 Oklahoma 12,741 $100-$5,000 Oregon 6,020 $1,000-$10,000 19 ... to a treatment support specialist about different recovery programs. There is someone available to talk to you ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

    What Is Alcohol Abuse? Those who abuse or misuse alcohol are not necessarily addicted to or dependent on alcohol. An individual can misuse alcohol without drinking on a consistent basis. For example, an individual who abuses alcohol may only drink ...

    ... 8 th graders, 18% of 10 th graders, and 30% of 12 th graders were current alcohol drinkers in 2018. 11 Teenagers who misuse alcohol ... group meetings, as well as other programs to help recovering individuals overcome their ... continue reading
  • How Alcohol Increases Your Risk of ‘Holiday Heart Syndrome’

    Scientists have long been aware that heavy drinking increases the odds of heart failure. Although there are health risks, no one has pinned downed the trigger factor that leads an alcoholic to cardiac arrhythmias. A new study from Sweden now ...

    ... more common in alcohol drinkers . Details of the Study In the 12-year-long study , Swedish researchers kept track of a group ... 45 and 83. In the end they discovered 12,554 cases of atrial fibrillation out of this ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... that you cannot function as a family, it is usually fairly obvious to those outside the family. The first step should be to confide in someone you trust, preferably someone who is in a position of authority. Explain what ... continue reading
  • Quantifying the Insane Alcohol Consumption of the U.S.

    In the United States, more than half of adults over the age of 18 are regular drinkers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, more than 13 percent of people over 18 identify themselves as infrequent drinkers. In 2010, ...

    ... issue is determining how much alcohol actually is in what someone refers to generally as a “drink.” By the NIAAA criteria, a standard drink is: 12 ounces of beer with a 5 percent alcohol content 5 ounces of wine with a ... continue reading
  • My Teen Son is an Alcoholic. How Can I Help Him?

    If you are living at home with a teen son who has become an alcoholic , you have many options for helping your child. Until your child is eighteen, you have guardianship powers and can make many medical decisions for him, and hospitals will ...

    ... quit. If you and your child can participate in a program together, this may help your son realize that he is ... choices that can lead to a better path. Take the first step and talk to your child, and you will be able to ... continue reading
  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

    For decades, the night after big college exams has served as a standing invitation to kick off some serious alcohol-soaked partying. Often there is too little studying and a whole lot of alcohol consumption because, as some students find, primal ...

    ... . Taking the Data Further A University of Portland study supports the NIAAA conclusions and takes the data a step further. Students who have consumed alcohol up to 30 days prior to an exam can have trouble taking the ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step in the healing process; you deserve the opportunity to turn your life around. You deserve to begin creating a ... continue reading
  • Over 1 in 10 Americans admit they have had a drinking problem at one stage of their life

    Based on a survey of 2,560 Americans (aged 21+; Google surveys August 2020). State % Alabama 4 Alaska 29 Arizona 17 Arkansas 12 California 19 Colorado 23 Connecticut 10 Delaware 15 Florida 18 Georgia 10 Hawaii 14 Idaho 25 Illinois 14 Indiana 11 Iowa ...

    ... State % Alabama 4 Alaska 29 Arizona 17 Arkansas 12 California 19 Colorado 23 Connecticut 10 Delaware 15 Florida ... a provider of drug and alcohol treatment resources and programs, conducted a survey of 2,560 Americans (aged ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    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 the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... , while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in ... interventions into drug treatment is an important step.” Additional Reading: California - 5 E- ... continue reading
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  • Alcohol Abuse Treatment

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  • Get the Facts on Alcohol Abuse

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  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Xanax Abuse

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Morphine Abuse

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Codeine Abuse

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Adderall Abuse

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  • Teen Alcohol Abuse

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  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

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  • Drunken Air Rage Incidents Take a Troubling Turn

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  • Alcohol and Cancer: What You Didn’t Know

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  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

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  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

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  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

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  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

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  • Quit Alcohol: 3 Life Changing Reasons

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  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse

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  • The State Of Alcohol In America

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  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

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    ... , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by Lipsmark, requires ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

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