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  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

    Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in ...

    ... have a problem on our hands. With opioid and alcohol abuse on the rise, our nation is dangerously imbalanced ... of this fall, the school will offer a new “substance use disorders” minor. Students will learn about many types ... 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. ...

    ... alcohol, take the following steps to provide the support they need. Educate Yourself Learn about alcoholism and substance abuse ... impact on your life, you might benefit from counseling or a support group . What's even ... 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; ...

    ... you should never say to a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse and addiction. You're so selfish. Why don't you just stop ... comes in all shapes and sizes. Individual counseling , group therapy, resident ... continue reading
  • How can you tell if you have a substance abuse issue?
    We made this free self-assessment quiz to help you better understand your or your loved one’s substance use.
  • 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 ...

    Alcohol addiction is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and ... in 90 days. Beginning individual or family counseling , if they aren't already regularly ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... from a co-occurring addiction to alcohol and methamphetamine. There isn't any one ... substance abuse and mental health issues). Outpatient treatment : You will live at home while attending counseling/therapy/recovery ... 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
  • Off the Booze

    Th1 IN 10 AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP ALCOHOL SINCE THE START OF THE ...

    Th1 IN 10 AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP ALCOHOL SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC. continue reading
  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

    Cheap Drinks - Drinking More Percentage of people who have been drinking more during lockdown as it's cheaper than going ...

    Cheap Drinks - Drinking More Percentage of people who have been drinking more during lockdown as it's cheaper than going out continue reading
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  • 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. ...

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

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How ...

    ... predisposed to develop problem drinking are no more susceptible to developing a hangover after a night of alcohol than people who aren't predisposed. However, we found that such people appear to remember their hangovers ... 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 ...

    ... costs, legal fees, DUI education programs, higher insurance premiums, probation fees, drug and alcohol assessment and counseling, license reinstatement fees, and loss of work income, just to name a few. According to a ... 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 ...

    ... I used to read about drunk driving accidents, I would shake my head and think to myself, “I'd never do something like that.” The ... a person's car to measure the amount of alcohol on the driver's breath. Many believe that ... 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 ...

    ... puffy. I weighed about a hundred pounds, and drank roughly two bottles a day of whatever vodka was the cheapest. At this point, I was either severely sick from alcohol withdrawals or totally blacked out. This had been ... 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 ...

    ... , leading experts to consider this the fourth stage of the addiction model. By asking for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to this disease any longer. Believe me, you'll gain ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... aspirin wears off, plus they're hard on your stomach and liver. That's why acetaminophen (Tylenol) typically has warnings on the label about combining it with alcohol . When your head starts pounding in the morning, you ... 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 ...

    ... 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 my triggers. It's important to identify your own. Triggers aren ... 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, ...

    ... hurt to knock back one drink a day? According to a recent study, the answer is an emphatic “yes.” Alcohol Consumption and Gender Professor Edward Giovannucci of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA ... 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 ...

    ... sustaining sobriety - no matter who's watching. Lawyers, judges, business executives, doctors, nurses, airplane pilots and childcare professionals are only a few of the professions in which individuals may need to face ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live ...

    ... cold - just didn't seem to make sense. So the research team summarized and reanalyzed the data from 87 past alcohol-related studies, specifically looking for some of the problems they felt were clouding previous results ... 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. ...

    ... as much. After all, it looks like such a small amount of liquid in that big goblet. We look at our glasses and think 'I haven't had very much. It won't hurt if I order another.' It's this type of thinking that boosted ... 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 ...

    ... (CBM). The attention-training tool changes your bias and makes it easier to make healthier choices. What ... First, the site tests to see if you have a bias towards alcohol. If you do, you can spend 15 minutes each day for ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... taxes “is an important but often neglected intervention to reduce alcohol-impaired driving.” Other states could replicate this method and likely see a reduction in their drunk driving rates. Supporters of the law hope ... continue reading
  • Utah Pushes Groundbreaking Law to Change DUI Limits

    Since the 1990's, 0.08 has been the US gold standard for DUI limits. This blood alcohol content level became the norm when the federal government offered all states with higher limits a financial incentive to lower it to 0.08 percent. Naturally, the ...

    ... lowest DUI threshold in the country. Support - and Backlash - for Utah's Bill The National Transportation ... s roads any safer. She notes that 77 percent of alcohol-related traffic deaths in Utah are due to drivers with a ... 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 less ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... hour. If your drinking gets ahead of your liver, the alcohol remains in your bloodstream and increases your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If you drink enough alcohol - at a fast enough rate - your BAC level spikes ... 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 ...

    ... can deplete our body of zinc. What happens when we experience zinc deficiency? Hair loss. Too much alcohol and you may look like grandpa long before your time. Additional Reading: Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns out the latest research ...

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns ... 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 ...

    ... if you're an introvert, have social anxiety, or if you're new to recovery. It's Always On The Internet is up and running 24/7, every day of the year, so odds are you will always be able to find someone to connect to, no ... continue reading
  • .08: Why is this the “Magic” Number?

    Bill weighs 170 pounds. After drinking five beers in two hours, his blood alcohol content (BAC) will be over .08 percent. His wife, Tammy, weighs 120. Her BAC will reach .08 during that same time period after just three beers. According to laws ...

    ... brains - to either our hands on the steering wheel or our feet on the brake pedal. The alcohol delays our reaction time too much and prevents us from driving safely. A Bit of BAC History… Back in the late 1990s, this BAC ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ...

    ... degrees to which these receptors are blocked, as well. A blackout occurs when you drink copious amounts of alcohol and can't remember anything you did last night, also known as “en bloc.” A slightly lesser degree of ... continue reading
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

    You've tried it all: chasing drinks with water, drinking only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding headache, nausea, dry mouth and that feeling you were run over by a mack truck. ...

    ... asked to recall how much they drank over how long and the severity of their hangover the next day, if ... them did. After estimating the students' peak blood alcohol concentration (BAC), researchers found that 89% of ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... bed helps you sleep. Truth: A nightcap can actually make you lose sleep. Research has shown that alcohol disrupts sleep and reduces your REM time, which is essential for a good night's sleep. Additional Reading: Flawed ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... to be a bad thing. In my case, it gave me clarity and much-needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't received such ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... drinks can cause DNA damage to brain cells within 15 minutes of intake. And, as we all know, alcohol is broken down by enzymes in the liver, and these toxic by-products cause damage to liver cells. This current study ... 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? ...

    ... moonshine , maybe? Actually, the gasoline used to run modern cars contains ethanol ( drinking alcohol ). Even from the beginning, alcohol and cars were linked. Henry Ford's Model T was designed to run on ethanol as well ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... time to the next drink? A recent study tackled this question…and the answer may not be what you'd expect. A ... Additional Reading: No Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention Image Source: ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according ...

    ... about marriage that protected against the disease of alcoholism. For instance, in both men and women, the risk of becoming dependent on alcohol increased substantially over the 12-month period following a divorce ... 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 ...

    ... avoid the scenarios in which you used to take drugs and where you suspect drug use will be happening. Steering ... a friend's house to making a phone call. Cravings rise and subside in waves, so if you're able to ride the ... 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 ...

    ... a life-threatening illness. Understanding the potential effects of alcohol is essential. If you have asthma and are sensitive to sulfites and/or histamines, approach alcohol with caution. Be aware of any types of drinks ... 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 ...

    ... way to get rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading: Shooting Up - How Far Would You ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... were surprised to find such a discrepancy between drinkers' perceptions of their own alcohol-induced personalities and how observers perceived them.” Why the discrepancy? Winograde offers the following explanation, “We ... continue reading
  • The Confusion Continues: Can Baclofen Treat Alcoholism or Not?

    What happens when researchers deliver conflicting results? What should we believe? A recent study examining the effectiveness of baclofen in alcohol dependence seems to fly in the face of previous research. Experts are questioning whether or not ...

    ... potential help, if any, baclofen can provide for those struggling with alcohol dependence . For now, based on these recent findings and previous studies, researchers suggest that “baclofen might not have any additional ... 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 ...

    ... is already difficult, but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that seems nearly almost impossible. And, for many parents, it actually is. Many stop parenting ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... yourself that you have a problem over which you have no control. By admitting you are powerless over alcohol (and that your life has become unmanageable), you can overcome that self-deception that keeps so many addicts ... 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. ...

    ... test your willpower. Get rid of all of the alcohol in your house, including bottles “for guests” or ... what you don't need. 18. Create a gratitude list. Each and every day, write down a couple of things you are grateful for ... continue reading
  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are aware that prolonged use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact ...

    ... also negatively affects the body's largest organ—the skin—in three distinct ways. Alcohol and Its Effects on Skin First, alcohol is a hepatotoxin, says Dr. David Colbert, founder of New York Dermatology Group, meaning ... 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 ...

    ... her professional success “an embarrassment of 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 ... 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 ...

    ... month, consuming an average of six drinks per occasion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The increase in alcohol consumption isn't limited to young singles. In a recent study of 1,250 adults ... continue reading
  • The Damage of Drinking During Early Pregnancy: 3 Myths Debunked

    Most of us are well aware that drinking throughout one's pregnancy can cause harm to an unborn baby. But with slightly more than half of all pregnancies in the U.S. being unintended , many women are simply unaware that they're pregnant for a few ...

    ... it a point to stop drinking now that you're aware. Pregnancy and Alcoholism If you're pregnant and alcohol-dependent , talk with your doctor and get recommendations on where to receive treatment. This will help you plan ... 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 ...

    ... crash injuries. This translates into car breathalyzers preventing an estimated 85 percent of alcohol-related crash fatalities and 84 - 88 percent of non-fatal crash injuries over a 15-year period. Still, despite these ... 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 ...

    ... 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 life. The Choice Really is Yours When I was ... 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 ...

    ... and the key to fixing a tumultuous marriage isn't found by gulping down 14 Jell-o shots. Proof of this drunken moment phenomenon is seen in a new study that suggests people are momentarily happier when drinking alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... is cracking down on it in major ways. At DrugAbuse.com, we see firsthand how alcohol dependency can alter the lives of young people, and we wanted to know just how much law enforcement is attempting to mitigate it. To ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re 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 ...

    ... get clean. “Yes, you're sick - dope sick,” Bill started, “and I'm here to help you get better, but not that way.” It ... These unpleasant symptoms typically drive users to continue abusing drugs; going back to using can feel ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... or friends that they haven't seen in a while. This can bring up charged emotions, and people may turn to alcohol to cope with feelings such as: Stress. Anxiety. Anger. Loneliness. Depression. However, it is 100% possible ... 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 ...

    ... 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 you're a person recovering from some form of ... 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, ...

    ... is often described as a hybrid between eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia) and alcoholism. Most people tend to binge only at night…first on alcohol, then food. With an empty stomach, however, there is nothing to ... continue reading
  • Big Surprise: What Age Does Our Alcohol Consumption Peak?

    Most people associate an age-related life crisis with middle-age, but all the uproar and uncertainty of our 20s can apparently do a number as well. In fact, a new study found that peak alcohol consumption takes place at the tender age of 25…before ...

    ... you've ever had a sleepless night after drinking, it's worth pointing out that alcohol causes a disruption of restorative sleep and can affect your cognitive abilities during waking hours. …there's no getting around the ... 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 ...

    ... in hand. As she socialized, she flew through drinks. She realized she drank an alarming amount of alcohol in these situations and admitted she needed to slow down a bit. Donna forced herself to slowly sip her drinks at ... 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 ...

    ... express your concerns. Tackling the problem early gives them a greater chance to cut down and minimize the role alcohol plays in life. Additional Reading: When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic? Image Source ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... alcoholic? You can rest assured that alcohol addiction hotlines are staffed with compassionate individuals ... evening. When it comes to sleep, eating, and any kind of substance, “anything that disrupts your normal routine is ... 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 ...

    ... serves as a trusted guideline for navigating life without drugs or alcohol. The group and its founding principles serve as a source of help and support. Participants are encouraged to “work” the 12-step program, fully ... 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 ...

    ... a “punishment” for stopping: withdrawal. What this means is that the body gets used to alcohol stimulating various receptors, and it cannot function without it. There are some who claim that alcoholism can be cured ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Cancer: What You Didn’t Know

    When you think of alcohol you might not immediately associate it with cancer. But think again. There is a growing amount of research that links alcohol consumption to cancer. And the more you drink over time, the higher your risk becomes. When you ...

    ... is under a lot of stress. This can cause irreversible damage to the organ 5 and cirrhosis can lead to liver cancer. 6 Alcohol consumption is the primary cause for liver cancer . Heavy drinking can increase your risk for ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

    “It's not that tall,” Josh thought. “I can jump it. Easy.” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a drunken attempt at leaping over a raging bonfire. When you've had a few drinks, your inhibitions decrease and ...

    ... worldwide are the result of an injury. Some studies report between 10 and 18 percent of all injured ER patients are there due to alcohol-related incidents. One worldwide study found that up to 45 percent of injuries ... 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 ...

    ... of alcohol , and the social atmosphere where every event took place at a bar and everyone ... and liquor stores . I avoided anyone who drank or used substances. I stayed away from anything that might cause a relapse and ... 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 ...

    ... . With drug problems so prevalent in the press, it is sometimes easy to forget that alcohol use disorders and their consequences continue to represent one of the most pressing issues for tens of millions of Americans ... continue reading
  • Underage DUIs: 6 Sobering Facts About Drunk Driving

    Drunk driving can have serious consequences, including injury and death. If you're an underage driver, you will be slammed with a DUI (driving under the influence) charge if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is 0.01% or higher; if you are ...

    ... checking your phone are already taxing on our attention span while driving—add alcohol use on top of that already-high risk, and you have the makings of a potential life-altering scenario. #4. Of fatal impaired driving ... 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 ...

    ... . However most agree that moderate to heavy alcohol abuse is a leading cause of heart problems - no matter what you're drinking. Related : Research Shows Teens Are Drinking and Smoking Less Image Source: picjumbo.com/ continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

    What would you do if you knew moderately drinking alcohol over the course of your lifetime would double your risk of getting cancer? Would you stop drinking right now or try to moderate how much you drank each day? Researchers from the Cancer ...

    ... . Without question, they identified a direct link between alcohol use and getting cancer. Even with such a strong connection being made, alcohol is still one of the hardest substances to get off of. If you or someone you ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means you're likely to know quite a few of them…but it's just as likely you don't know this about them. ...

    ... to overcome. Remain sensitive to these issues as you interact with ACoA's. And remember: The struggles might be common, but they're also conquerable. Learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds the legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the effects of binge drinking ...

    ... in intoxicated patients,” the researchers concluded. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com 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 mental adjustment to life without the substance; the gradual establishment of a “new normal”; and ... empowering parts of recovery. After years of having drugs or alcohol dictate your every decision, now you get to start ... 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 ...

    ... amount of panic, stress and anxiety for American citizens - all of which may be triggers for drinking problems. If you are in recovery or know of someone who is, be mindful that a past alcohol abuse problem may be even ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Programs

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    ... on the body, particularly the liver, brain and throat. Make no mistake: a high level of alcohol tolerance is less a “badge of honor” than it is an indicator of possible alcohol abuse. Contrary to popular opinion, it's ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... me…it's not a fun feeling. What is a Blackout? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines a blackout as “a period of amnesia during which a person actively engages in behaviors but does not create ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol , such as: Coca Cola Vanilla extract Vinegar Mouthwash Sugarless gum Protein bars Vitamins Ripe fruit Chewing tobacco/dip (fruit flavors) Nyquil All of these substances ... and health benefits. If I was alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... 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 offering activities and young people enjoy, we can support young ... 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 ...

    ... that it would be too easy to abuse , consume dangerous levels of the product and could easily be snuck into concerts ... was initially approved by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, but that decision was ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to ... 's chronic insomnia. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Google Images/Instagram 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 ...

    ... consumption patterns. These findings , published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research , provide further evidence that individuals prone to alcohol abuse must be careful about who they socialize with. The ... 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 ...

    ... from the home-don't just lock it up. Limited availability will make the substance harder to get, and when your child is unable to get the alcohol, his drinking may stop. 7. Set a good example. If you or others in your ... 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 ...

    ... showed that: 31 percent of suicides between 2000 and 2009 involved a combination of alcohol and prescription medication 2 percent of these multiple-substance suicides also included recreational drugs Only 1 percent of ... 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 ...

    ... consumes in a week, the lower his or her GPA slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in the A range consumes, on average, 3.3 drinks per week ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... Rates When it comes to what substance will put someone at risk for getting hurt or hurting others, alcohol is considered to cause the most harm . A study on marijuana use and intimate partner violence found that couples ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... . This is higher than the usual estimate of solitary drinking, and the rate of solitary drinking was much higher in the teens with early symptoms of alcohol abuse . The solitary drinkers also drank more often than the ... 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 ...

    ... centers for women offer specialized counseling services for parents to address ... Substance Abuse Treatment. (2009). Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and ... continue reading
  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to answer. And what they've found might surprise you. When most people think about the adverse effects ...

    ... per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for alcohol abuse . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto ... 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 ...

    ... from the drinker,” Frederiksen says. “This is your life, your sanity and your health.” If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol abuse, help is available. Start by learning more about the available treatment ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... The substances decrease inhibitions, allowing you to do things you might not otherwise. How? Well, each drug works and affects its users in slightly different ways. Let's take a look at some commonly abused drugs and how ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

    https://drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who drinks too much and whose life is falling apart as a result. But not all problem drinking can be ...

    ... drinking can be defined within those parameters. Some people can abuse alcohol , yet they're able to achieve success in their personal and professional lives. Experts call these people “high-functioning alcoholics,” or ... 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 ...

    ... s] behaviour.” Based on her research into alcohol abuse by Australian women, Withnall says about 16 ... 3.4. The US has seen a similar trend. Between 2007 and 2012, heavy drinking by Americans increased by 17.2 percent, due ... 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, ...

    ... 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 Image ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... out. They don't see how much he seems to rely on drinking alcohol every day . I did some research and discovered a few warning signs of alcohol abuse . I used them as a tool to evaluate his behavior: Does he experience ... 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 ...

    ... the substances provide, leading to the vicious cycle of addiction . The bottom line is this: Whatever the emotional struggle stems from - a childhood tragedy or even a simple breakup like mine - drug and alcohol use ... continue reading
  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... taking care of my teeth - flossing and brushing - I realized I was learning again how to take care of myself emotionally as well,” says Lisa. Learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse . Image Source: pixabay.com 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 ...

    ... substances from the blood and alcohol consumption makes them work significantly harder. Heavy alcohol ... action of the alcohol itself is what causes the urge to frequently urinate. If you regularly abuse alcohol, it's ... continue reading
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