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  • 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 ' ... abstinence is recommended for pregnant women. Isn't alcohol good for my health? While some studies do support that ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Drinking While Pregnant

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

    ... during addiction treatment. Quitting Alcohol While Pregnant If a pregnant woman attempts to withdraw from ... an off-label adjunct treatment for alcohol dependence, this drug has been found to be teratogen in animal studies. ... 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 ...

    ... should support pregnant women by addressing nutritional concerns and fetal health while openly discussing ... members. References 1. NIDA. (2012). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research Based Guide . 2. Center ... continue reading
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  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

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

    ... safe. All types of alcohol are dangerous. Drinking while pregnant is dangerous because the alcohol is passed on to ... number of options. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 2.4 million ... 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 ...

    ... of beer OR 5-ounce shot of hard liquor. While the exact definition of moderate drinking may be somewhat fluid ... that can last throughout their lifetime. If you are pregnant, any amount of drinking is risky, and all types ... 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 ...

    ... risk of the child developing a FASD. The mother should have known better : Most women 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 ... 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 ...

    ... your pregnancy, as most women don't know they're pregnant until 4-6 weeks along 1. The more you drink ... be worse if I used drugs like cocaine or heroin? While certain drugs have scarier reputations—especially illegal ones ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... established two categories in this study: One group consisted of 10,211 mothers prone to heavy drinking while pregnant A comparison group consisted of 47,68 mothers - women with no alcohol-related diagnoses Each group ... 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 ...

    ... dependence aside, alcohol has some very real, potentially hazardous side effects if you withdraw from alcohol (or “detox”) too quickly, such as seizures or delirium tremens. We urge you to seek help if you, a ... 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 ...

    ... List Alcoholics entering recovery are usually consumed with their immediate recovery needs …and rightfully so. With detox and withdrawal symptoms to endure, oral hygiene tends to become a secondary priority for everyone ... 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 ...

    ... risk - physically - for contracting an STD infection. Their findings have also shown that young adults are seven times more likely to have unprotected sex while under the influence of alcohol. Image Source: pixabay.com 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 ...

    ... communicating with each other. Ongoing exposure to drinking behaviors like domestic violence, crime, driving while impaired, sexual assault, verbal, physical or emotional abuse, blackouts and safety risks, creates a ... 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 ...

    ... positions do not experience the same cure. Time and training are the most important aspects of alcoholism treatment . While you'll never get rid of the cravings completely, you can diminish them and train yourself how to ... 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 ...

    ... industry are huge. If the limit were reduced, many who rely on alcohol sales would fear closing up shop. While these groups make efforts to encourage safe driving and oppose drunk driving, they will not go as far as ... 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 ...

    ... from this study are producing. Scientific knowledge may be the solid basis someone 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 ... 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 ...

    ... badly you embarrassed yourself, but the people around you may not have realized just how inebriated you really were. While you may not have embarrassed yourself quite as badly as you thought you did, you still don't want ... 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, ...

    ... .9 grams of alcohol is less than what's been deemed a “ typical-sized alcoholic beverage ” per day. While drinking was linked with increased cancer risk for both genders, the risks varied by the following causes. For men ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a great ...

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual ... 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. ...

    ... foods like fries, in the hopes of avoiding hangovers. More than two-thirds of the students drank water while drinking, and half drank water right before bed. Although these groups reportedly felt slightly better in the ... continue reading
  • Drunken Air Rage Incidents Take a Troubling Turn

    From delayed flights to lost luggage, most of us have experienced a minor form of rage courtesy of an airport. But when alcohol is added into the mix, things can go from “minor” to “major” in the blink of an eye. The Air Rage Trend New ...

    ... after harassing females on the flight, physically fighting several other passengers and ultimately passing out in the lavatory while on a flight to Spain. Dangers of Alcohol and Airlines The air rage problem is also on ... 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 ...

    ... we're talking about drinking, the definition of “light” and “heavy” consumption truly depends on the person. And while a few studies might suggest that light drinking can help with bone or heart health, a higher alcohol ... 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. ...

    ... wine sales for The Pint Shop; it's probably doing the same thing for other establishments across the nation. While this practice might not create a restaurant full of alcoholics , it does encourage people to drink more ... 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 ...

    ... 2,271 and Minnesota saw 1,816 violations throughout the reporting year. These numbers are staggering, but while we were assessing the report, however, we found that just looking at the underage drinking population alone ... 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 ...

    ... make. When we're intoxicated, our personalities undergo some pretty significant changes. We essentially become different people while we're under the influence. But, is this true? Based on a recent study, researchers say ... 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. ...

    ... for you, as well. You can read this letter to your friend in person, or use it as a guide while practicing your “speech” for the real thing. Be Realistic If your best friend is struggling with alcoholism, the road to ... 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, ...

    ... outcomes.” It can increase anxiety and affect the way you react (or freeze you into inaction). While creative writers may value an active imagination, for most of us, catastrophic imaginings aren't helpful. Frequently ... 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 ...

    ... -reported hangovers in the morning-diary entries. “People who drink heavily generally experience pleasurable effects while drinking, and that is what drives the decision to drink heavily again,” said Damaris J. Rohsenow ... 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 ...

    ... I'm not sure about this one.) Does he drink alone or in secret? (Alone yes. He sometimes has a beer or two while watching TV in the basement. In secret? I guess I wouldn't know that, since it's secret.) I'll continue to ... 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 ...

    ... patterns. Research also shows that divorced and single people typically drink more than those who are married, while getting a divorce has shown to increase the risk of developing a drinking problem (by more than seven ... 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 ...

    ... prison, I was surprised by how insecure I was at admitting where I'd been the last four years. While all my friends and family knew the truth, acquaintances and potential employers were totally in the dark. Though part ... 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 ...

    ... under the table. The number of female moderate-to-heavy drinkers has steadily increased over the last decade , while the number of light or social drinkers has quickly dwindled. Oddly enough, as more women pick up the ... 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 ...

    ... toward others and self. 5 Alcoholics may engage in precarious behavior such as drunk driving and aggressively speeding while at it. Alcohol impairs judgment and makes individuals lose control. 6 When you see a loved one ... 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 ...

    ... it swells, it can block flow to the kidneys, which could cause renal failure. Know What Alcohol Can Do While some are able to enjoy alcohol in moderation, its potential for abuse is difficult to ignore. Our lengthy list ... 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 ...

    ... and breastfeed 2 . However, if you plan to consume alcohol while lactating, here are some tips that will help you plan ahead ... 7 access to medical care, and some offer detox services, as well, which is especially important ... 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 ...

    ... -old. One person in every pair was given secret instruction to either consume alcohol or non-alcoholic beverages while at the bar. The second member of the pair wasn't given any drinking instruction or clue about the ... 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 ...

    ... memes encourage and validate the urge to drink, while also contributing to the rising rates of binge drinking ... aged women in the country are dependent on alcohol, while an estimated 33 percent are misusing it. Wine memes ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in the A range consumes, on average, 3.3 drinks per week while a student who downs nine or more alcoholic beverages per week has a GPA in the D or even F range. Taking ... 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. ...

    ... . Clean Slate? Robin's father had been sober for 11 years. He was a totally different person now than he was while she was growing up. She was happy for him - and for her entire family - but his current sobriety didn't ... 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 ...

    ... looking at the research, if you want to increase your odds of success, abstinence is the way to go. And while neither path is easy, the abstinence road seems to offer less resistance. So perhaps, “Just say no” is the ... 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 ...

    ... were about to get exponentially worse - that I'd be arrested after crashing into another car at a stoplight while black-out drunk , seriously injuring two of its passengers. If I'd only known that everything I'd worked ... 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 ...

    ... healthier choices. What Do I Have to Do? There's no psychiatrist. There's no couch (unless that's where you sit while you use the tool.) You don't pour out your deep, dark secrets or work through any steps. Here's how it ... 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 ...

    ... to have quiet alone time and the close proximity to help if I'm tempted to use again. The Work is Worth It While moving wasn't an easy choice, it turned out to be the best for my recovery. I reached my conclusion after ... 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 ...

    ... tolerance policy when it comes to underage intoxicated driving: If you are underage, you cannot have any alcohol in your system while you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. If you're caught driving with a BAC of 0.01% or ... 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 ...

    ... all have different opinions, marijuana remains a Schedule I drug, while alcohol is legal to consume for people who are ... drive a car, if you are an adolescent, or you are pregnant you probably should not use either one . 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 ...

    ... 's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind ... it's worth the effort. Additional Reading: What 3-Day, 5-Day, and 7-Day Detox Programs are Like Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... days, it's an obvious productivity killer. If you don't need your phone for work purposes, try turning it off while you're at work or leaving it out of your sight. The last thing your boss wants to see is you messing ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Withdrawal

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

    ... program today. Why Should I Enter a Program? Safety While you can detox alone from alcohol, it is not advised because of ... be a contributing factor towards sustained alcohol and drug abuse. This is among the various reasons ... 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 ...

    ... the probation option without reading the not-so-fine print. The first “condition” of my probation was to not drink or use drugs . The second was to not drive a car. I broke both of these, at the same time, on the first ... continue reading
  • Workplace Alcohol Abuse

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

    ... drinking, heavy drinking, and any alcohol intake by pregnant women or anyone under 21—can exact a toll at ... , implement their own programs to tackle the issue. 6 While there certainly is a cost to the employer to maintain ... continue reading
  • Teen Alcohol Abuse

    Underage drinking presents a wide range of dangers to your teen's health and well-being. 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 ...

    ... 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 are ... 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 ...

    ... but they don't have the physical capacity to do them while drunk (like walking on an uneven or slippery surface). Still ... or medication, alcohol can also interfere with these drugs. The result may be delayed surgery or ... 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 ...

    ... need to avoid people and places that trigger you for a while, then do it. There's usually no reason you absolutely have ... 744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb Image Source: ... 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 ...

    ... members or friends that they haven't seen in a while. This can bring up charged emotions, and people ... to avoid seeing friends who you used to drink or use drugs with. You know yourself better than anyone else. Make sure ... 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 ... system. Embracing the Mindset: “Conform… or Else” While “outsiders” may not understand or agree with the ... 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 ...

    ... wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to be kind and compassionate, ... heart disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug abuse. But none of those things stopped ... 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 ...

    ... of alcohol 10 minutes before inhaling vaporized cannabis, while the other group consumed a placebo before smoking. ... year in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that teens that combined the two substances ... 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; ...

    ... and it can be more than frustrating to stand idly by while a loved one slowly destroys his life. You want to help ... - if he really loved you- he'd stop taking drugs. Whether your loved one is an active addict, in early ... 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 ...

    ... he is doing to his body. The last thing most kids want is to end up disabled or disfigured due to drug or alcohol use. Alcohol can damage your body, including your looks, so sometimes discussing the problem can be a good ... 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 ...

    ... you do have options. And keep this one thing in mind: Public opinion is fleeting; your personal life will last a lifetime. Learn more about helping a drug-addicted loved one . Image Source: pixabay.com, en.wikipedia.org 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 ...

    ... find a boyfriend. To deal with this insecurity, she drinks until she doesn't feel anymore. Whenever alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful feelings, it's a telltale sign there's a problem. Withdrawing ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

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

    ... are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they do hit rock bottom. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that of almost 23 million people who needed substance abuse services in 2013, only ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Painkiller Abuse

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

    ... and relapse prevention. The next step after supervised detox is addiction treatment. This may take place in ... disorders accounted for more than 1 in 3 users of prescription drugs. More than 1 in 4 young adults aged 18 to ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse In the mid-1980s, crack cocaine use exploded across the United States. In 1974, 5 million people had tried cocaine. By 1985, more than 22 million people had tried cocaine, with more than half of them reporting ...

    ... processing cocaine to remove its hydrochloride (a process known as “freebasing” ). This produces a form of the drug that creates a more intense, but shorter “high” for the user. Crack's brief, euphoric rush is followed ... 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 ...

    ... to, and hopefully helps to fight this nationwide problem. The Short Term Effects of Alcohol Use The drug ethanol is more commonly called 'drinking alcohol' or simply 'alcohol'. Alcohol is an organic compound, produced in ... continue reading
  • Understanding Teen Alcoholism

    Facing teen alcoholism can be difficult for any family. Even when the teen who is abusing alcohol is ready and willing to accept help, the battle can be tough. If the family needs to stage an intervention in order to get the teen to accept help, it ...

    ... your teen's friends have been in trouble for alcohol or drug use recently, that could mean that your teen is either ... resources available to help get your teen into a detox and rehab program. Look for programs that cater ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

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

    ... a way to cope. In addition, it's believed that, while Type B's get bored easily and chase the rush of stimulants ... be more likely to have problems with alcohol or drugs than those who scored lower on the scale. ... 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 ...

    ... circumstances? Hint: Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal . With drug problems so prevalent in the press, it is sometimes easy ... (circulatory failure) and lead to death. While it's difficult to determine how many people ... continue reading
  • Drug And Alcohol Rehab

    When you or a loved one is dealing with a substance abuse situation , drug and alcohol rehab programs are available to help. Call our confidential toll-free Drug Abuse Helpline at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . There is always someone available to ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... ?” We are free from the worries that weigh us down—at least for a little while. Alcohol is one of the most widely used and abused drugs across the globe. When we drink alcohol, we're able to put our stress, problems ... 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 ...

    ... , but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that ... . In an effort to try to keep internal peace while presenting a controlled home life, many enablers continue to ... 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 ...

    ... The families may feel there are warning signs, and while the person may not be clinically classified as an alcoholic ... All the Substances Alcohol is the most abused drug among people in recovery, as Recovery Brands revealed ... 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 ...

    ... to get high was their first priority, and with drugs being readily available around the compound, there was no ... good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

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

    ... its consumers a kick, but they've recently been found to act as a bit of a gateway drug. Researchers at the University of Maryland discovered young adults who regularly drank highly caffeinated energy beverages - and ... 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 ...

    ... at all. It's Time to Break the Pattern When addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric effects and will eventually lead to relapse. So, it's important ... 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 ...

    ... avoid combining alcohol with other substances. Drinking while under the influence of stimulants can blunt ... , or alcohol, is abused more than any other drug among those engaged in treatment, as Recovery Brands revealed ... continue reading
  • Cigna Insurance for Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatment

    About Cigna and Alcohol and Drug Rehab Coverage Cigna is a global healthcare business that serves over 180 million people in over 30 countries around the world. 1 Cigna insurance provides coverage for a host of medical needs, including the treatment ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... its kamikaze powder could be mixed into guacamole while its cosmopolitan mix would go well sprinkled on ... It's worth mentioning, however, that the Food and Drug Administration can ban a product that the Bureau approves if ... continue reading
  • How to Help Someone with Alcohol Addiction

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

    ... Ethanol is abused at a higher rate than any other drug among treatment program attendees, as reported by a 2017 ... things to consider when looking for treatment: Medical detox . The withdrawal syndrome from alcohol can be ... 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 ...

    ... and e-cigarette use. Separating Right from Wrong While some high-risk behaviors are on the decline, ... thanks to variables like legalizing marijuana and the synthetic drug epidemic. If you or someone you know is struggling ... 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 ...

    ... percolating somewhere. It's okay if it takes you a while to get to this step; just keep reading all the ... most empowering parts of recovery. After years of having drugs or alcohol dictate your every decision, now you get ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... prepare professionals to assist those struggling with various types of dependencies, including: Food Sex Gambling Drugs and alcohol This program approaches addiction from a disease perspective. It's designed to support ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... these issues for the rest of your life . While the health issues and strain on relationships are ... Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug ... continue reading
  • Effects of Drug and Alcohol Use on Weight Change

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  • 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 ...

    ... own. Worst case scenario, you wreck and kill someone while driving drunk. But even if you manage to avoid ... , higher insurance premiums, probation fees, drug and alcohol assessment and counseling, license reinstatement ... 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 ...

    ... that's far beyond the norm. It produces intensely painful feelings and we look for a way to escape. Drugs and alcohol often seem like the perfect solution, due to the immediate feeling of relief. However, the feelings of ... 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 ...

    ... to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as alcohol or illicit drug use, in an attempt to numb these feelings. ... working from home. DrugAbuse.com, a provider of drug and alcohol treatment resources and programs, conducted a ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... s first clinical trial using MDMA (the active ingredient in party-drug ecstasy) to test the theory it could be used - in ... 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then receive ... continue reading
  • Why Is Alcohol So Addictive?

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

    ... withdrawal, and should be considered carefully when choosing a detox program. If a user is dealing with symptoms of depression, anxiety, psychosis, or other drug dependence, treatment should focus on the precursors to ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Recovery

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

    ... About Alcohol Addiction The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence ( NCADD ) states that alcohol addiction ... Detox We've mentioned withdrawal from alcohol as one of the defining symptoms of alcohol or drug ... 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 ...

    ... in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco has also won multiple awards for her portrayal of a nurse hiding her drug addiction on the Showtime black comedy Nurse Jackie . For the latter role, the 51-year-old actress has her ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... and killing a woman in a car crash while intoxicated. 28. Bob Probert Hockey's Bob Probert ... Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug ... 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 ...

    ... these multiple-substance suicides also included recreational drugs Only 1 percent of these suicides only ... plan that will lessen symptoms of stress and anxiety while you detox. Feeling alone is a major risk factor for ... 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 ...

    ... ? President Obama told the New Yorker in January 2014 that, while he didn't condone marijuana use, he saw pot “as ... use is safe, though. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 9 percent of those who use ... 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 ...

    ... usually peak within three to four days. This period of purging the body of drugs is called detox. Once a user has detoxed, they're over the worst of the immediate physical withdrawal symptoms and can begin dealing ... 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 ...

    ... , 40 percent of the population smoked in 1965, while only 17.8 percent reported smoking by 2013. “ ... and may contribute to difficulty maintaining abstinence from other drugs.” Among the 1,113 participants surveyed, 159 ( ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Methadone Abuse

    It's important to know the facts about drinking and methadone. Alcohol and methadone can both cause a range of profound effects and both substances have the potential to cause addiction. Combining these two substances can be even more devastating ...

    ... cause damage to the body and brain, especially to memory and liver function. Methadone is a prescription drug used to assist individuals with heroin withdrawal. It is not a recreational substance and should not be used ... continue reading
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