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  • 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 ...

    ... cured of your physical addiction, but not the underlying causes - and AA does nothing about this. It merely ... writings were inspired by God. In 1963, Harpers published an article by Dr. Arthur H. Cain. In it, he claimed ... 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 ...

    ... . 1 It is also worth noting that a 2018 article published in The Lancet found that no amount of alcohol ... than I intended. Alcohol addiction is understood by most addiction-related organizations as a chronic disease ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Steroid Abuse

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

    ... high testosterone levels. According to Dr. Occhipinti's article, this can lead to depression . Further, steroid ... step. Treatment for Co-occurring Alcohol and Steroid Addiction Both alcohol and steroids cause a range of ... continue reading
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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Inhalant Abuse

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

    ... on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism counts about 17 million Americans who abuse the drug. Teen Drinking and Inhalant Abuse ... resources to help find you counseling. Their article on mixing alcohol and inhalants is particularly ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among ... time that doesn't involve using drugs. Engage in a Support System Addiction can be an isolating illness, ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... The Science of Your Mouth A recent article in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research indicates ... of myself emotionally as well,” says Lisa. Learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse . Image Source: pixabay.com 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 ...

    ... to drunkenness . Plus, if your injury requires anesthetic or medication, alcohol can also interfere with these drugs. The result may be delayed surgery or other treatment. Take Care Remember: The more alcohol you consume ... 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 ...

    ... Drinking to Unwind Or Drinking Problem According to a recent article in Men's Health, George Koob, Ph.D., ... , per se.” “Dependence often goes hand in hand with addiction, but they're not the same things,” he explains. ... 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 Abuse Programs

    The U.S. government indicates that more than 17.5 million people are alcoholics or have problems with alcohol. That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible all around us gives many people a false sense of security about their own ...

    ... That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible all around us gives many people a false sense of security about their own drinking. That it is normal, acceptable or “under control” when in fact it is a budding ... 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 ...

    ... published in Molecular Psychiatry involves the work of Dorit Rob, PhD, Endowed Chair of Cell Biology of Addiction in Neurology at UC-San Francisco, and author Emmanuel Darcq, PhD, a former post-doctoral fellow currently ... 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 ...

    ... Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, was lead author of the study. She thinks the new findings about beer may have to do with the time of the week it is consumed. According to Larsson, “It is ... 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 ...

    ... he was actually unconscious as a result of alcohol poisoning? What Causes Alcohol Poisoning? Your liver can only process about one drink every hour. If your drinking gets ahead of your liver, the alcohol remains in your ... 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 ...

    ... states, Bill and Tammy will have both surpassed the legal limit for driving. Why? What's so special about .08? Based on research, scientists determined that our coordination is noticeably impaired at this level. Having a ... 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, ...

    ... , such as bulimia. In fact, college students all over the country have come forward to warn others about picking up these dangerous drinking and eating habits. As starvation mixed with binge drinking became more common ... 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 ...

    ... don't realize they're pregnant for two weeks and it can be up to several weeks before they suspect they're about to have a child. In other words, it's more common than you'd think to binge drink without knowing you're ... 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 ...

    ... drawbacks with long-term consumption of small amounts of alcohol. The Volume of Alcohol When we're talking about drinking, the definition of “light” and “heavy” consumption truly depends on the person. And while a few ... 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 ...

    ... method is to avoid drinking altogether. In the end, your body (and bladder) will thank you. Learn more about what you can do to help an alcoholic loved one . Image Source:pixabay.com, en.wikipedia.org, aboutthefamily ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... meta-analysis completed by the reporting research group, Bagnardi and colleagues, whose findings were published in Addiction Journal. Just the Facts According to this study, alcohol caused 5.8 percent of cancer deaths ... 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 ...

    ... 's within our reach. Our admissions navigators are available to provide you with options to better cope with alcohol addiction. Call today, . The Bottom Line Despite all the technological advances we've made, there's no ... 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 ...

    ... people actually thought they'd get caught when driving drunk ? I certainly never did. When 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 ... 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 ...

    ... away from the chaos would be more expensive and require a commute back and forth to work. I thought about a million trivial details before I realized achieving lasting recovery was more important than any of those small ... 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 ...

    ... 6 percent to 9 percent. At the time, the goal was to increase revenues. The hike has generated about $70 million annually, boosting the funds for health and education programs. Mission accomplished. An additional side ... 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 ...

    ... studies. The first one asked 142 people - 24 of whom had a family history of problem drinking - about the frequency of their hangovers over the last 12 months. Interestingly enough, it was found that this group reported ... 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 ...

    ... oncologists have set out to answer. And what they've found might surprise you. When most people think about the adverse effects of alcohol consumption, things like cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholism, and DUIs tend to ... 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 ...

    ... , and a reduced ability to manage the symptoms of diabetes. Now binge drinkers have something else to worry about: delayed wound healing. In a first-of-its-kind study published in April 2014 in the journal Alcoholism ... 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 ...

    ... , you can diminish them and train yourself how to avoid situations involving alcohol. If you or someone you care about needs alcohol treatment to get started down the path of sobriety , know that you can use or toll-free ... 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 ...

    ... cancer. Genes, environment, and smoking history all play a major role in whether or not you will be diagnosed . If you are unsure about how much alcohol you should be drinking, talk to your doctor. They can help talk ... 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 ...

    ... the facts. Clues in Old Data It all started when some researchers and physicians in the field became suspicious about whether alcohol was truly behind many of the “health benefits” it was linked to. After all, many of ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... with a rare liver disease. I maybe ate once a week, but my body was constantly swollen and puffy. I weighed about a hundred pounds, and drank roughly two bottles a day of whatever vodka was the cheapest. At this point, I ... 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 ...

    ... , which masks the symptoms - temporarily. It's more of a delay tactic than a cure. It's All About Time It's understandable that these and many other myths have circulated over the centuries. When you feel terrible, you ... 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 ...

    ... the weekend or ease the frustrations of a stressful day at work. Alcohol is everywhere and used for just about any occasion, so deciding to quit can be challenging, even for the most determined person. When you decide to ... continue reading
  • What It’s Like to Be an Alcoholic Woman

    Before the turn of the century, alcoholism was generally thought of as a “man's” problem. My, how things have changed… For years, researchers have warned that more and more women are drinking. And it's not just a spike in the number of women ...

    ... …something that will temporarily stifle the pain and fear they feel. It's the beginning of a vicious circle. About 5.3 million women in the United States drink alcohol in a way that's considered dangerous to their health ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Overdose

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

    ... where it may exert its effects, he may unwittingly consume a toxic dose. You can take back your life from alcohol addiction. Call to begin your journey. What to do in Case of Alcohol Overdose If you suspect that you or a ... 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 ...

    ... page lists the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse: “Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continue to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social ... 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 ...

    ... needs to kick start their journey to sobriety. While it can be hard to say no to one more drink, think about how hard it would be to be looking cancer in the face. Additional Reading: 7 Tips to Boost Liver Health After ... 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. ...

    ... the morning than those who didn't eat or drink water, their hangover symptoms, mainly nausea and headache, were just about as severe. Said Verster: “drinking water may help against thirst and a dry mouth, but it will not ... 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 ...

    ... new research published in the Medical Journal of Australia, f or men, the average number of daily alcoholic drinks rose from about 4.7 in 2001 to five in 2012. For women, the number increased by even more, from 2.8 per ... 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 ...

    ... shower. Truth: Time is the only thing that will make you sober again. Your body has to process the alcohol. It typically takes about an hour to process one unit (12 fl oz of beer, 8 fl oz malt liquor, 5 fl oz wine, 2 fl ... 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 ...

    ... specifically monozygotic twin pairs. Sure enough, they found the risk for alcoholism increased for these twins by about 3.5 times, further suggesting that marriage itself - and not genetic or environmental traits - might ... 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 ...

    ... . It involves a bigger perspective and healthier responses . It results in better choices for a brighter long-term future. Additional Reading: 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... twice as many sick patients were on the national liver transplant waiting list as of mid-January that year. About 21 percent of those on the list were believed to have alcoholic cirrhosis, the most advanced form of ALD ... 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 ...

    ... new and interesting drink other than water, tea, and coffee. I spoke to an employee of SOMA - who is in recovery - about his view of this “wonder tonic.” He said he “wasn't in any way threatened by Kombucha”. In fact, he ... continue reading
  • The State Of Alcohol In America

    These days, picking your poison can get pretty complicated. Americans are drinking more frequently and intensely than ever before and selecting from an ever-expanding array of options. The craft beer explosion continues - more than 5,200 active ...

    ... culture. And if social media is any measure of our nation's habits, we're particular and enthusiastic about the booze we choose. But whichever variety of alcohol we prefer, responsibility must be our priority . Though ... 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 ...

    ... while at the bar. The second member of the pair wasn't given any drinking instruction or clue about the counterpart's assignment. Menus were distributed to the group, listing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices. 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. ...

    ... to your friend, telling him or her how much you care and why you're concerned for them. Talk about the changes you've seen, your desire to help them, and your commitment to your friendship. Having everything written ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 meeting),” “I am driving tonight.” Be Smart About Which Events to Attend One of the hardest holidays to ... avoid seeing friends who you used to drink or use drugs with. You know yourself better than anyone else. Make ... 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 ...

    ... 8 tips to keep in mind when coming out of the addiction closet. Tip 1: Embrace First and foremost, you must ... to do just what they claim: support you. Tip 4: Write About it When I got out of prison, I was surprised by how ... 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 ...

    ... friend drinking large amounts of alcohol with little or no effect on them, it could be a sign of alcohol addiction . Hiding Alcohol in Unusual Places If you stumble upon a bottle of alcohol hidden in unusual places, such ... 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 ...

    ... a void and are never processed. Simply put; it's not about forgetting what happened, it's the fact that these short-term ... will be disrupted. And finally, just like addiction, blackouts don't discriminate. They occur not ... 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, ...

    ... higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about moderate drinking levels? Can it really hurt to knock back ... . Dr. Jürgen Rehm, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada shared his ... 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 ...

    ... of time for friends and family to begin with. I'm not sure about this one.) Does he drink alone or in secret? (Alone yes. He ... worse. Meanwhile, I plan to continue researching addiction and I'm seeking a support group for ... 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 ...

    ... time to question why you feel the need to pour a glass when no one's around. Are you feeling guilty about your need to drink and thus hiding it from others? Are you trying to cope with negative external factors? Are you ... 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. ...

    ... Don't live in fear of relapsing. Worrying about slipping back into old destructive patterns can consume ... to work on every day. 12. Be good to yourself. Addiction beats you up. Now that you're in recovery, treat yourself ... continue reading
  • This Is How Alcohol Affects Your Brain (Simple Animation)

    We pop the champagne to celebrate a momentous occasion. We sip whiskey to soothe the pain of a disappointing loss. We order a glass of wine to ease the awkwardness of a first date. And we cheers tequila shots while catching up with an old friend ...

    ... . Alcohol is one of the most widely used and abused drugs across the globe. When we drink alcohol, we're able ... very little but with great clarity… thinking clearly about almost nothing!” Watch the full video to learn more ... continue reading
  • Teen Alcohol Abuse

    In 2018, just over 42% of American 10th graders reported drinking alcohol in the past year. 1 The numbers rise with age—jumping for the seniors in high school who were similarly surveyed—with just over 58% having used alcohol in the last 12 ...

    ... all, keep an open line of communication when it comes to any questions or concerns that have about alcohol and drugs. Studies show time and time again that parents who are actively involved in the lives of their children ... 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 ...

    ... have a loved one with a drinking problem are concerned about the damage that person is doing, not only to themselves ... to involve trained professionals in the field of addiction medicine, to ensure the highest chance of ... continue reading
  • Quantifying the Insane Alcohol Consumption of the U.S.

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

    ... in each of those drinks, that could be considered an alcohol addiction problem. When you add both sections together and apply common assessments, about half of American women would be considered alcoholic and more than ... 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 ...

    ... , you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last ... Dr. Mark Rose is a licensed psychologist and addiction researcher who has studied precisely what goes on in ... 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 ...

    ... a good idea if you're really struggling with your addiction, getting back to work can often actually help speed up ... lunch on a regular basis? There are various articles detailing why taking a proper lunch break away from ... 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 lot. It hurts,” he said . “It would take about one hour for someone to snort this much powder. Why would anyone ... worth mentioning, however, that the Food and Drug Administration can ban a product that the Bureau ... 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 ...

    ... a bit further by suggesting that tobacco use and nicotine addiction can also weaken immune systems and increase the risk of contracting HPV. Coincidentally, about 10 percent of the drinkers in the South Korean study ... 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 ...

    ... , higher insurance premiums, probation fees, drug and alcohol assessment and counseling, license ... stop! Take a minute before cranking the car to think about everything you have to lose…then call a cab. Additional ... 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 ...

    ... /recovery is completely free of charge. If you have access to the Internet, you're all set. You don't have to worry about gas money, public transit costs, feeling obligated to make a cash donation, or any other money ... 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 ...

    ... use disorder, we will be better able to develop targeted treatment and prevention strategies.” The Cause of Compulsive Drug and Alcohol Use? In the study, researchers were able to return the mice to moderate drinking by ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

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

    ... Cost of Catastrophe Catastrophic thinking is “ruminating about irrational worst-case outcomes.” It can increase ... own. The compassionate admissions navigators at American Addiction Centers are equipped to help you find ... 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 ...

    ... in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that teens that combined the two ... and/or drinking simply is never worth the risks. Learn more about helping a loved one who's addicted marijuana . Image Source: ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... that it has a high potential for abuse. The physical symptoms of marijuana addiction are nothing like those of the other drugs I've mentioned.” Additional Reading: Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... or died anymore. It seemed the only thing she cared about was her next drink. Examining the Past Jane began to reflect ... disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug abuse. But none of those things stopped ... 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 ...

    ... remain very high among people with other addictions,” Campbell said. “This increases disease ... and may contribute to difficulty maintaining abstinence from other drugs.” Among the 1,113 participants surveyed, 159 (14 ... 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 ...

    ... for me to spend time with. Triggers also tell us about behaviors that might have been useful in the past, but ... your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs ... 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 ...

    ... , the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be ... problem. The Short Term Effects of Alcohol Use The drug ethanol is more commonly called 'drinking alcohol' or ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse Just because two substances can each be obtained legally does not mean that they are safe together. The risk associated with alcohol and amphetamine use increases when these addictive substances are used ...

    ... Mental health treatment . Many people seek drugs and alcohol as a way to self ... articles: The Effects of Alcohol Use Amphetamine Abuse Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier To get involved in the conversation about ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

    Drinking alcohol puts you in a league with 70 percent of Americans who also do. And though nights spent with a beer, a glass of your favorite vino, or a mixed drink might seem like harmless fun, do you really know how it's affecting your body? Like ...

    ... is the time for help - call , 24 hours a day, to speak to a support advisor about alcohol addiction treatment options today. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Sources http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014 ... 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 ...

    ... . The Short Term Effects of Alcohol Use The drug ethanol is more commonly called ' drinking alcohol ' or ... clean and sober lifestyle. Common Questions and Answers about Alcoholism and Problem Drinking What are some signs ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... medical emergencies; that's certainly true in the case of a drug overdose. If you find a loved one has overdosed, or ... is wrong, it probably is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you should take ... 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 ...

    ... “time-out” from society really forced me to sit and think about my drinking and how it led me to where I was. ... better person - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change ... 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 ...

    ... patterns or their harmful secondhand drinking coping skills.” Addiction impacts many lives, and it's important to know ... help is available. Start by learning more about the available treatment options . Image Source: ... 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 ...

    ... drinks until she doesn't feel anymore. Whenever alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful feelings, it' ... off; another time, she cried into her dinner about how awful her life is. Memory Loss and Blackouts ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

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

    ... addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric ... selfish disease, one that's entirely about you. One of the best things about 12-step programs is they provide ... continue reading
  • Effects of Drug and Alcohol Use on Weight Change

  • 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 ...

    ... debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ... be more likely to have problems with alcohol or drugs than those who scored lower on the scale. ... 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 ...

    ... this to be the third stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and ... get the help you need and deserve. It's not about what you did yesterday, but about what you're going to do today - and tomorrow ... 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. ...

    ... that their addiction affects those around them , but we don't always make sure those caught in the wake get rescued. However, this is often because children of alcoholics have learned to keep quiet about their struggles ... 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 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 more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first ... 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, ...

    ... 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 Source: iStock continue reading
  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

    Big Night In: 1 in 4 Americans admit they have been drinking more since lockdown as it's cheaper than going out, survey reveals We've all heard the saying “Go hard or go home” on a night out on the town but what if instead you choose to go hard ...

    ... a bar is that there is no need to worry about getting back once the night is over. This was followed ... . Brittney Morse, MA, LAACC, licensed advanced alcohol and drug counsellor said: “While drinking at home may be cheaper ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Tramadol Abuse

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

    ... medications aren't as dangerous as illegal drugs. To prevent abuse of these substances in ... articles: Tramadol Abuse Alcohol Abuse The Effects of Opiate Use Join the conversation on substance abuse and addiction ... 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 ...

    ... stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. ... years at that point, I looked better and felt better about myself than I had in years. And despite the temptations ... 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 ...

    ... to care. The time came to complete probation, but I forgot about that not-so-fine print — the conditions I had yet to ... you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share ... 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 ...

    ... the user will be required to increase the amount of drugs used or begin to use them more frequently to approximate ... with a hydrocodone or alcohol addiction, please call . For more articles, info and statistics, please ... continue reading
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    When you find out you are pregnant, one of the first things your doctor will discuss with you is how you can best take care of yourself during those 9 months, as there are many factors that can affect your health and the health of your baby. A ...

    ... be worse if I used drugs like cocaine or heroin? While certain drugs have scarier reputations—especially illegal ones ... and training programs so that you can inform yourself about FAS and what you can do to best help your ... 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 ...

    ... when newborn babies aren't part of the equation, alcohol addiction is highly stigmatized. Most people don't feel like they can tell their doctor or family about their dependence on alcohol. They might feel ashamed and ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Soma Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Soma Abuse Abusing Soma (a muscle relaxant) and alcohol (a depressant) together can compound the negative health effects of both. Treatment is vital for someone abusing these drugs. Soma (generic name: carisoprodol) is a ...

    ... of addiction the individual is experiencing. Soma users may experience both a physical dependence on the drug as ... Articles and More Information To learn more, check out the following articles: Carisoprodol Abuse Teen Drug ... 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 ...

    ... with coca leaves. The active ingredient of this beverage was cocaine, which undoubtedly played a huge role in Edison's chronic insomnia. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Google Images/Instagram 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 ...

    ... . In more than 150 patients, relapse rates were about the same for each of the three groups of participants ... and tiredness don't appear to be too adverse. If the drug helps, and these are the only negatives, it might be ... continue reading
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