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  • 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 ...

    ... alcohol differently. There is no way to precisely predict how each individual will withdrawal from alcohol ... then following a tiered schedule (five days a week, three days a week, one day a week). Support Groups : Users ... 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 ...

    ... that a 2018 article published in The Lancet found that no amount of alcohol is safe, and that it is a leading cause of ... Residential treatment programs lasting from 30 days to 90 days and beyond are available throughout the ... 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 ...

    ... Treatment for Alcohol Addiction Inpatient programs usually last 30 to 90 days and individuals ... , J. C. (2014). Determinants of alcohol cessation, reduction and no reduction during pregnancy . Archives of gynecology and ... continue reading
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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Bath Salts Abuse

    Bath Salts: A Dangerous Synthetic Drug Even though few people mention “bath salts” when they discuss addictive drugs, this new misnamed category has grown astronomically in popularity over the past several years. “Bath salts” are actually ...

    ... sell them as a “legal high.” Internet sales, obviously, have no way to screen buyers to determine age, which only heightens the ... programs that last at least 30 days. Some bath salts/alcohol abusers need six months to a ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... is tragic no matter what ... alcohol or drug addiction, while concurrently suffering from suicidal thoughts, there are special rehab centers that specialize in this very issue. Trained staff members are on hand 24 hours a day ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Rehab

    Drinking alcohol is a common and often problematic occurrence throughout the United States, where approximately 17 million people were classified as heavy drinkers in 2020. 1 In that same year, more then 28 million people in the U.S., ages 12 and ...

    ... Alcohol Rehab Programs There are numerous forms of treatment for alcohol use disorders. In most cases, there is no ... health disorders. Many alcohol rehab programs advertise 30-, 60-, or 90-day programs. However, your ... continue reading
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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Codeine Abuse

    Codeine phosphate is an opioid analgesic drug — otherwise known as a painkiller or narcotic. It is a relatively mild narcotic, but when used in large amounts, it can still be quite dangerous. Typically, codeine is prescribed to treat mild to ...

    ... having at least tried some alcohol in the past 30 days despite the fact that alcohol is illegal for individuals under ... overnight for a period of between 30 and 90 days. Both programs generally last about the same ... 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 ...

    ... occur is quite prolonged-lasting from one to three days after the last drink was consumed. For these ... or residential treatment centers offer 28-, 60- or 90-day alcohol rehab programs , with length of stay tailored to ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Adderall Abuse

    Anyone at risk for alcohol or Adderall abuse should know several facts about both drugs. Both drugs are fairly common, and both can be lethal if used in conjunction or in large amounts separately. Adderall is an amphetamine, which means it is a ...

    ... for a duration of somewhere between 30 and 90 days. Outpatient programs do not require patients to stay ... once per day. Both program types offer many of the same services and support systems. Statistics for Alcohol and ... 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 ...

    ... as five bottles of wine a day - relapse at a rate of 90 percent within three years. This approach ... through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then receive the MDMA treatment over the course of one day. ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

    Lisa Frederiksen likens the public's understanding of secondhand drinking to 30 years ago when doctors proved that lung cancer in nonsmokers was a direct link to secondhand cigarette smoke. Frederiksen, author, speaker, consultant and founder of ...

    ... drinking, according to Frederiksen, directly impacts around 90 million Americans. “This is five times the number ... health.” If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol abuse, help is available. Start by learning more ... 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 ...

    ... parts of recovery. After years of having drugs or alcohol dictate your every decision, now you get to start ... Life Sober! At a certain stage you'll realize that days, weeks or even months have passed since you last thought ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    Using alcohol in ways that are illegal and irresponsible is both risky and dangerous to those who partake in such behavior, but especially so when those individuals are underage. Dependency, particularly when it involves alcohol, can take years off ...

    ... major ways. At DrugAbuse.com, we see firsthand how alcohol dependency can alter the lives of young people, and we ... which when compared to Pennsylvania, which only had 90.22 violations per 100,000 minors, really highlights ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... sick,” Bill started, “and I'm here to help you get better, but not that way.” It would be a long few days, but Bill was committed to helping his friend through this. “Let me tell you about a place we can go…” The Dope ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

    ... (CDC) has reported that nearly 90,000 people die annually from alcohol-related causes , placing it in t ... moment in time, or continuing to drink every day. Most alcohol abusers know that what they are doing is detrimental ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

    The perception that it's the college crowd most given to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of a Deadly Problem Of ...

    ... 2,221 reported alcohol poisoning deaths between 2010 and 2012 (that's roughly six per day), three-quarters were ... binge drinkers (90 percent) are considered alcohol abusers, not alcoholics with an alcohol dependency. The ... continue reading
  • Alcohol is Addictive… But is it Also Contagious?

    A quick choice to consume alcohol doesn't just affect you - it may also affect those around you, particularly in social situations. New research suggests that, whether or not they are aware of it, people in groups are influenced by each other's ...

    ... in the room. For those who were instructed to order alcoholic drinks, their partner also consumed alcohol for both drinks, almost 90 percent of the time. For those who were instructed to order non-alcoholic drinks, their ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... Van Dam was suspected from the WWE for thirty days for marijuana and Vicodin possession . 16. Rasheed ... Theo Fleury was big on goals and big on drugs and alcohol. His last NHL stop was with the Chicago Blackhawks, who ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind ...

    ... one substance. Teens who smoked pot and drank were 90 percent more likely to get a traffic ticket than ... to be involved in a car crash. Those who only used alcohol were 40 percent more likely to get a ticket and 24 percent ... continue reading
  • The World’s First Whiskey-Powered Car Just Aced Its Test Drive

    You've probably watched this scene in a movie or on TV: Someone runs out of gas, but manages to get on the road again by pouring alcohol in the tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really find a potable potent enough to turn over an engine? ...

    ... of gas, but manages to get on the road again by pouring alcohol in the tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really ... reported the ride was smooth and demonstrated no noticeable differences than a drive in a ... continue reading
  • Get The Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

    ... (CDC) has reported that nearly 90,000 people die annually from alcohol related causes, placing it in ... moment in time, or continuing to drink every day. Most alcohol abusers know that what they are doing is detrimental ... 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 ...

    ... % of people 18 and over reported binge drinking during the last month. Almost 90,000 people die from alcohol-related issues each year. Alcohol is linked to nearly half of all deaths from liver disease. Teen Drinking and ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

    Sara knew she drank too much . After years of struggling, she decided she needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started seeing a counselor. Sara explained to her therapist that she didn't think she could quit drinking ...

    ... a gross understatement. Can you handle “just a little” alcohol? Is it better to aim for damage control (limiting the ... see greater success. Of the patients studied, 90 percent of total abstinence patients were still sober ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... bottom . If only I'd known that several days later, things were about to get exponentially worse - ... it gave me clarity and much-needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from denial ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... pay phone to call my family that night. Undoubtedly, those days were the hardest times of my life, but taking a “ ... injustice I felt caused me to look for an escape through alcohol . Now, I can look back at the fallacy of ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... made to combat the arctic conditions. Hours felt like days. In my sick head, I assumed they were ... car. I broke both of these, at the same time, on the first day. I wasn't caught, but my anxiety forced me to stop acting so ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Ecstasy Abuse

    Ecstasy may make its users feel ecstatic for a time, but when abused with alcohol , it can cause seriously negative effects on your health and even kill you. Even as the name for this drug changes to the more-friendly “Molly,” it does not mean ...

    ... 1 substance, one with high abuse potential and no recognized medicinal use. It does continue to be ... days in most residential recovery programs . This gives time to address underlying issues that lead to Ecstasy-alcohol ... continue reading
  • Drug And Alcohol Rehab

    When you or a loved one is dealing with a substance abuse situation , drug and alcohol rehab programs are available to help. Call our confidential toll-free Drug Abuse Helpline at . There is always someone available to assist you, 24 hours a day, ...

    ... , it is important that help is sought immediately. Call the Alcohol Abuse Helpline toll-free, 24 hours a day seven days a week. Find confidential drug and alcohol rehab help when you call today. You can also contact free ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or ... or poet is a minefield. Robert Louis Stevenson In just six days, Stevenson wrote 60,000 words. The reason was cocaine , ... 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 ...

    ... 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 test because their ability to think abstractly is ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... basis. Inpatient treatment takes place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a residential rehab facility. These ... (US). (Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 51.) Chapter 7: Substance Abuse Treatment for ... 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 ...

    ... riches” that she never expected, especially back when she was still using alcohol and drugs. “I had never anticipated also to not be going through my days drinking,” she said. “Of living a life without any kind of crutch ... 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 ...

    ... of heart failure. Although there are health risks, no one has pinned downed the trigger factor that leads ... compared with consumption of larger amounts of alcohol during a few days per week.” The research was published in ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... felt obligated to finish everything off over the next few days. The overall result: Jeff drank a great deal more ... her from drinking too much alcohol. She also made it a policy to always say “no” to drinking contests. ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ...

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I ... a day of whatever vodka was the cheapest. At this point, I was either severely sick from alcohol ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when ...

    ... . Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get ... number of apps and social media accounts people have these days, it's an obvious productivity killer. If you don ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol Withdrawal

    Two men in their early 30s enter an emergency room. One is suffering from heroin withdrawal and the other from alcohol withdrawal. One of the men is given some medication to reduce the painful effects of his symptoms and released within 2 hours of ...

    ... begin within hours of your last drink. They usually peak within 3-4 days but can continue for weeks. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include: 1 Cravings. Anxiety or nervousness. Depression. Fatigue. Irritability. Shakiness ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

    The time is now to make a change, and stick to it . The following 21 tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support in nature. ...

    ... t test your willpower. Get rid of all of the alcohol in your house, including bottles “for guests” or ... 30 days to develop and nurture a solid foundation for sobriety. It's something you'll need to work on every day. 12 ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... of six prescription drugs. 14. Jason Cook “Days of Our Lives” actor Jason Cook was arrested ... . He couldn't speak at ceremonies without the help of alcohol. 21. Ed Harris Ed Harris had a slight drinking problem ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... only lasted for a couple of weeks, as my no-care attitude soon handed me a DUI conviction . Causing a ... cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

    Krista is worried about Becca. They've been friends for years, so Krista can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a lot less social. She spends more time at home, alone. ...

    ... noticed Becca's kitchen is well-stocked with alcohol these days, too. Becca has struggled with anxiety and ... 't make them change. * No matter what you say, you can't “fix” them in a day. Gather Reinforcements Do you have ... continue reading
  • Famous Alcohol Abusers

    Alcohol Abuse Among Celebrities In this day and age, it sometimes seems like we know more about celebrity lifestyles than we do about, say, a neighbor or extended family member. The increased visibility and resulting public scrutiny that famous ...

    Alcohol Abuse Among Celebrities In this day and age, it sometimes seems like we know more about ... Alcohol Abuse Alec Baldwin Alec Baldwin has admitted to past dangerous behavior such as drinking and driving during his days ... 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 ...

    ... can moderately drink alcohol with little to no harm, with 86.3% of people 19 and older reporting they drank alcohol at some ... . These may be administered for a few days and, after the dangerous withdrawal period has passed ... continue reading
  • Is There a Cure for Alcoholism?

    We're often asked whether there's a cure for alcoholism . Often this is by a concerned partner or friend, and sometimes it's by someone who suffers from the disease. Like many diseases, however, the answer lies between yes and no. The problem with ...

    ... and no. The problem with alcohol is that the brain doesn't simply forget. All those days consuming alcohol mean ... t go near the lake; little Jimmy fell in the other day and was eaten by a crocodile). A story helps us to ... continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and ...

    ... . What Do I Have to Do? There's no psychiatrist. There's no couch (unless that's where you sit while you ... you have a bias towards alcohol. If you do, you can spend 15 minutes each day for four days using the training tool ... continue reading
  • Quit Alcohol: 3 Life Changing Reasons

    Alcohol, like food, is a staple of celebration and social gathering in many people's lives. It is also a means to cope with life's stresses. We may turn to a drink to celebrate a birth or mourn a death, to applaud our achievements or drown our ...

    ... or ease the frustrations of a stressful day at work. Alcohol is everywhere and used for just about ... dream vacation. Try this: for the next 7 days, set aside your receipts from alcohol purchases. At the end of the week add ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... other countries it's used to treat addiction to opiates, alcohol, and other drugs. It's thought to work by ... cigarettes. Treatment usually lasts between ten and twenty-eight days. 11. NAD NAD's full name is Nicotinamide ... continue reading
  • Is My Loved One an Alcoholic?

    It isn't easy to detect when a loved one is neck deep in alcoholism until a tragedy strikes. They may not exhibit the overt signs of substance abuse such as staggering, slurring, and a decline in health. Instead, you may watch out for the following ...

    ... of alcohol with little or no effect on them, it could be a sign of alcohol addiction . Hiding Alcohol in Unusual ... or fail to show up at the workplace or school some days. 2 They might fail to show up in the workplace or ... continue reading
  • Free National 24-Hour Alcohol Abuse Hotline Numbers

    Call Now What is an Alcohol Abuse Hotline or Helpline Number? An alcohol abuse hotline or helpline number is, typically, a phone support service that helps answer questions about alcohol addiction. Some hotlines are toll-free and operate 7 days a ...

    ... is, typically, a phone support service that helps answer questions about alcohol addiction. Some hotlines are toll-free and operate 7 days a week, 24 hours per day. Depending on the agency that maintains the service, an ... 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 ...

    ... consumption of alcohol should be minimized and limited to the occasional intake with no more than 0.5g alcohol per kg ... center for up to several hours a day for several days a week to meet for substance abuse therapy ... 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 ...

    ... days or weeks after use. Symptoms of psychosis. Depression. Seizures. Coma. Death. How can alcohol ... 6 people die every day from alcohol poisoning in the US. Teen Drinking and Ketamine Abuse Alcohol and ketamine are both ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... in the creation of hormones and neurotransmitters. You need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain ... 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 ...

    ... .9 percent were smokers. Among this group of smokers, 78.7 percent smoked at least half a pack a day and more than 60 percent considered themselves highly dependent on cigarettes. The Bottom Line: Smoking is Bad For You ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... recovery, it's important to recognize the possible life-saving benefit of acquiring and sustaining sobriety - no matter who's watching. Lawyers, judges, business executives, doctors, nurses, airplane pilots and childcare ... 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 ...

    ... to you. The bottom line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... : Tip #1: If you need to avoid people and places that trigger you for a while, then do it. There's usually no reason you absolutely have to walk past a bar or spend time with someone who sends you into a spiral. Tip #2 ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    ... “Life is good.” Tell yourself, “Things are looking up.” Focus on the good parts of your day. Remind yourself of victories, no matter how small. Accept Responsibility Do you need to apologize for something you said or did ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... they feel the urge to use. Know that cravings and relapse in no way mean you're a failure. They're a part of the ... Practicing being kind and forgiving to yourself each day will minimize those feelings and support your ... 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 ...

    ... of the year, so odds are you will always be able to find someone to connect to, no matter what time of day it is. It may be someone on the other side of the world in the wee hours of the morning, but sometimes that can ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

    Once January has come and gone, new years' resolutions can be difficult to follow through on—especially when your resolution is to get sober. It's easy to keep putting it off every month until you eventually forget why you wanted to do it in the ...

    ... forget why you wanted to do it in the first place, but don't lose sight of your goal! No resolution is more important than finding satisfaction and happiness in a drug-free life, and you can absolutely make that ... 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 ...

    ... at each other outside my window at all hours of the day and night. All of these elements served as around-the-clock ... cycle. All of the noise, the availability of alcohol , and the social atmosphere where every event took ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... it's wrong for teens to smoke cigarettes, but only 42 percent think it's wrong for teens to drink alcohol and/or smoke marijuana . Over two-thirds of the students say smoking cigarettes is bad for your health, but ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... at a younger age (between 15 and 17 years) and abused their drugs of choice intermittently. They abuse alcohol at a much higher rate than their city counterparts (49.5 percent versus 36.1 percent). Rural dwellers were ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. ...

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed something else (in ... cocaine use Prescription stimulant misuse Higher rates of alcohol abuse We Need to Know More Not ... 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 ...

    ... of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one important truth: Your ... relate to people. Without drugs, she was no longer irritable or constantly thinking about avoiding withdrawal ... continue reading
  • “But It's Legal Now!”: How to Talk to Kids About Marijuana

    Barry Lessin, MS, is a licensed psychologist who has been serving the Philadelphia region for over 40 years. In his practice, he helps youth and families avoid the harms of drug use and build stronger relationships. He's also co-founder, along with ...

    ... from drug problems as a youth. She shared this: “I see it just like how we talk about tobacco or alcohol use . There are risks for young people to use any substance with a still developing brain. Through education and ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that seems nearly ... allowing the circumstance of addiction to control you. No matter the consequences of sharing, you must feel free ... continue reading
  • Off the Booze

    1 in 10 Americans have given up alcohol since the start of the ...

    1 in 10 Americans have given up alcohol since the start of the pandemic. continue reading
  • Infographic: Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

    Your blood alcohol content is determined by a variety of factors, including your sex, how many drinks you've had, how fast you drink, and the types of drinks you've had. As your BAC increases, the dangers associated with drinking rise exponentially. ...

    ... you drink, and the types of drinks you've had. As your BAC increases, the dangers associated with drinking rise exponentially. Refer to the infographic below to learn more about BAC and how alcohol affects your body. 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 ...

    ... , to ensure the highest chance of a successful intervention. Video: How to Do an Alcohol Intervention Credit: ehowhealth The Day Of: How to Prepare for Success (and the Possibility of Failure) Different interventionists ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , 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 ...

    ... , a new form of powdered alcohol , 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 ... continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the Edge The study ...

    ... , mice treated with an inhibitor of miR-30a-5p eventually had their BDNF levels restored to normal and their alcohol consumption went back to a moderate amount. Will this Data Help the Treatment Process? “When there is a ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... those who drank more than 9.9 grams of alcohol per day had a significantly higher risk of acquiring the HPV infection ... & Infection also found that women who drink alcohol have a greater risk of developing persistent HPV ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    ... addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the ... 's no joy or pleasure left in life, there's no reason to seek out recovery . In reality, abusing drugs/alcohol is the ... 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 ...

    ... If your parent beats you while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, you need to seek help. It ... using [drug]? How much do you reckon you get through in a day? Where do you get it from? How do you feel when on it ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... that are readily available. Back in the day, it was hairspray and Sharpies that were ... apparently results in a long-lasting intense high because the alcohol is absorbed directly by the bloodstream. Even if you don ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... Winehouse has much going for her but turned to drugs and alcohol due to stress and her sad life story. 6. Anthony ... Harrison allegedly managed an arrest on his wedding day. 20. Louis Armstrong Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in ... per day. Her prescription drug use was out of control, and the court ordered her to go to alcohol ... continue reading
  • Cuffed and Stuffed: 7 Ways a DUI Will Haunt Your Life

    It's common knowledge that a drinking and driving conviction can limit your freedom - whether it be jail, prison or probation. But the penalties seldom end there; the decision to get behind the wheel while you're intoxicated (or just buzzed) is one ...

    ... to-day life for years to come. The Proof's in the Punishment Still think a drunk driving charge is no big deal? Well ... premiums, probation fees, drug and alcohol assessment and counseling, license reinstatement fees ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who ...

    ... the face. Usually, this redness and puffiness goes away a few hours or a day after drinking. However, consistent overconsumption of alcohol can create permanent red, spidery veins on the face. Combined with the wrinkles ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    ... opportunities for their kids to socialize. It comes as no surprise, then, that women are drinking more than ... and stressful day. This habit can quickly progress since it's easier to justify the amount of alcohol consumed. ... continue reading
  • Warning: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

    Based on tons of research, we already know that heavy drinking can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about moderate drinking levels? Can it really hurt to knock back one drink a day? According to a recent study, ...

    ... lower drinking levels than for men. What's more; women drinking a mere 5 to 14.9 grams of alcohol per day can increase their risk of alcohol-related cancer - mainly breast cancer. Keep in mind that 5 to 14.9 grams of ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... .” Are We a Nation of Drinkers? Rates of alcohol consumption in Australia are rising for both men and ... For women, the number increased by even more, from 2.8 per day to 3.4. The US has seen a similar trend. Between 2007 ... continue reading
  • Study: Your Genes Could Make You a Compulsive Drinker

    Jessica has tried time and again to limit her drinking. “I'll just have one glass of wine tonight!” she tells herself, night after night. But one leads to two leads to a whole bottle, followed by shots at a bar, and she wakes up the next day ...

    ... by shots at a bar, and she wakes up the next day hungover, regretful and ashamed. Scientists are still seeking answers for why some people can consume alcohol in a casual, moderate way, while others occasionally drink to ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... bloodstream and often leading to fatal or near-fatal episodes of alcohol poisoning. “The original concept was when women and girls, or anyone, don't eat all day and then they drink all night,” says Dr. Kevin Wandler. “A ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... binge drink or use illegal substances - or if your loved one doesn't want to socialize unless drugs and alcohol are involved - it's likely a sign that there is a bigger underlying issue. Appearing Ill in the Morning ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial infections are two common culprits, you might be surprised to learn that frequent alcohol consumption ...

    ... , you might be surprised to learn that frequent alcohol consumption can also cause UTIs. Combined with the ... flow. Simply consuming as few as two drinks per day increases your chances of developing both high blood pressure ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to specific genetic or neurological issues. However, a recent study indicates that traumatic ...

    ... related to problem drinking in adolescence and drug/alcohol addiction in adulthood. So, what is it that ... were three times as likely to become smokers than the children with no ACE's. Kids with four or more ACE's were five ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but ...

    ... beers altogether, since these usually contain sulfites. Another option is to carefully limit alcohol intake. Drink only one type of alcohol per day, to minimize chances of an attack. Drink in low volumes, which will also ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    ... a dent in the drunk driving problem on our roads. To do this, they examined the number of alcohol-related crash deaths in the 18 states that require mandatory interlock devices for DUI convictions and compared it to the ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... B's are more impulsive and have a stronger family history of alcohol abuse , Type A's are more prone to becoming overwhelmed ... results, and many other studies show there's no difference in the risk of addiction between the ... 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 ...

    ... much happier, healthier path. The truth was, without alcohol in my life for several years at that point, ... get help. But, despite the variety of options, there's no “right” way or one-size-fits-all approach to staying clean ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... be treated directly, not suppressed and ignored. If you're using drugs or alcohol to deal with something in your past, seek help. No day is better than today. Additional Reading: Mind Over Matter - The Psychological Grip ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... everyone around you seems to be having a blast. The next day, however, you're right back where you started from - ... that suggests people are momentarily happier when drinking alcohol, but in the long-term, drinking never ... continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to ...

    ... t take them seriously. So the severity of punishment has little to no impact on people who don't believe they will get caught. ... a person's car to measure the amount of alcohol on the driver's breath. Many believe that ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's nobody's business. She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across ...

    ... insecurity, she drinks until she doesn't feel anymore. Whenever alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful ... with shame is the worst way to start your day. Oftentimes, my friends receive I'm sorry texts ... 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 ...

    ... Americans (aged 21+) which revealed that over 1 in 10 Americans (15%) admit they have had a problem with alcohol in at least one stage of their lives. This figure suggests that these people could be at an increased risk ... continue reading
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