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  • 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 ...

    ... 's also helped me reconcile my past. In fact, I've found the more I get up in front of a group and admit my weaknesses, the more whole I've become. Tip 8: You're Not Alone There are millions of alcoholics in this country ... 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 ...

    ... helps relieve my IBS; since drinking it, I have stopped my acid reflux medicine; I really enjoy it as a more flavorful non-alcoholic ... for - and he doesn't drink Kombucha for those reasons. I have a tendency to agree: I ... 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 ...

    ... I an alcoholic? You can rest assured that alcohol addiction hotlines are staffed with compassionate individuals who are there to help ... isn't an absolute indication you're headed for trouble. In fact, there's very little ... 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 ...

    ... in helping people who have suffered trauma and it helps to build empathy. Many of my patients who are alcoholics have ... and recovery ? I truly hope so - and I hope it leads to sustained sobriety for the thousands struggling ... 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 ...

    ... alcoholic, wouldn't it be typical for him to deny it? What are the Warning Signs? My friends tell me I'm being paranoid. They don't know him as well as I ... make excuses for drinking? (I'd say yes. He says it helps him ... 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 ...

    ... pun-ny phrases like “it's wine o'clock!” and “I need a hug…e bottle of wine.” The memes are ... , the average number of daily alcoholic drinks rose from about 4.7 in 2001 to five in 2012. For women, the number increased by ... 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 ...

    ... Alcoholics Anonymous,” is referred to as the ultimate answer for everything… a new Bible of sorts written just for contemporary alcoholics ... principles serve as a source of help and support. Participants are encouraged to ... 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 ...

    ... include group therapy and support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Alcohol Addiction Most Treated of ... can I read staff bios and profiles? Alcoholism can destroy your health and your life. Reach out for help ... 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 ...

    ... wafting off of her from across the room. Candace is an alcoholic and everyone knows it…everyone but her. Pay Attention to the ... , if you know what to look for, these signs can help you determine whether or not your friend ... 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 ...

    ... and makes it easier to make healthier choices. What Do I Have to Do? There's no psychiatrist. There's no ... will help you to choose non-alcoholic drinks in the future. Additional versions have been developed for treatment ... 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 ...

    ... t a hard choice. I wanted help, I wanted to be able to be sober without being so incredibly sick. I wanted to hold a job for longer than a few months. I wanted a life. The Help I Desperately Needed I never realized rehab ... 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 ...

    ... Questionnaire A simple questionnaire known as the CAGE questionnaire (an instrument for identifying alcoholics) may help you and your physician to answer the question “Am I addicted to alcohol?” It is made up of 4 very ... 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; ...

    ... concern by providing support, consistency, and courage. I give up. You'll never beat this ... Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have helped usher thousands of people into recovery, but they aren't right for ... continue reading
  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

    Years ago, one of my bosses had a substance abuse problem - one that was well-known around the office. She didn't just party a little too hard at work functions; she'd also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and pour ...

    ... This reckless behavior has significant consequences for your company and those around ... help get their co-workers the professional help they deserve. Additional Reading: When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic ... 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 ...

    ... 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 didn't want ... 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 ...

    ... heart aren't good, either. Many chronic alcoholics develop a condition known as alcoholic cardiomyopathy-in layman's terms, a big ... How to Get Help for Alcohol Addiction There are multiple ways to get help from alcohol ... continue reading
  • When Drinking Becomes Alcoholism

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

    ... suggests you meet the criteria for alcoholism. 14 How Do I Get Help? Help for alcoholism is available and ... is extremely important. As outlined above, severe alcoholics can experience severe complications—such as seizures, ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... Urban's advice for alcoholics is to not be embarrassed to reach out for help. 14. Syd ... for marijuana possession in 1931. 21. Notorious B.I.G. Famous rapper Notorious B.I.G. was notorious not only for his music but for ... 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 ...

    ... you can refer to throughout the event. Having a plan can help you feel confident in your choice not to drink. Ask ... search for sober meetup groups. You can also increase your attendance to groups like Alcoholics Anonymous ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 were victims of physical ... 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 ...

    ... your friends and say, “I love you guys! Seriously, this is the best night ever! I literally mean it…best night ... Many of us need help introducing healthier social activities into our routines, but help does exist and it's ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

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

    ... in the first place . Pretty frightening, huh? Looking for Signs There are no definite signs to identify when or ... blackouts don't discriminate. They occur not only in alcoholics , but in social drinkers, as well. In fact, ... 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 ...

    ... declines in nicotine use. In the United States, for example, 40 percent of the population smoked in 1965 ... found that, out of the one million Americans in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), approximately 56.9 percent were smokers. ... 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 ...

    ... or their harmful secondhand drinking coping skills.” Addiction impacts many lives, and it's important to know when help is needed. Many people have lost a lot to the disease of addiction, including the support from their ... 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 ...

    ... a “man's” problem. My, how things have changed… For years, researchers have warned that more and more women are drinking ... t doomed to live out their lives as full-blown alcoholics. In fact, older women (and men) respond to ... 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 ...

    ... Health Falls Low on the “To Do” List Alcoholics entering recovery are usually consumed with their immediate ... but no insurance, often need direction and resources for dealing with the oral issues caused by alcoholism. ... continue reading
  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

    Anyone who has experienced alcohol abuse first hand knows how heartbreaking it can be. The emotional and relational damage left in its wake is devastating. Did you know this “heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of ...

    ... other organs don't get the blood they need for healthy functioning and suffer severe damage too. Cardiomyopathy can ... unhealthy levels. If you drink more than three alcoholic beverages in one sitting, your blood pressure is ... 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, ...

    ... of Americans consider themselves drinkers, placing them at higher risks for diseases and accidents than nondrinkers. A number of regular drinkers are also alcoholics . However, there is one good sign: according to David ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings hit home for you, then maybe it's time to question why you ... shouldn't ignore. Additional Reading: When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

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

    ... The drinking habits of stay-at-home moms piqued my interest, so I decided to take a closer look at the “wine-as-reward” ... your own home, making it easier for functioning alcoholics to cling to outward appearances and deny ... 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, ...

    ... in the form of overeating. It's not uncommon for people to stumble in the door at 3 a.m ... . Kevin Wandler. “A lot of the patients I see binge drink and have eight to 10 alcoholic beverages at night over only a few hours. ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

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

    ... the link between traumatized children and their higher risk of becoming alcoholics in adulthood. After surveying 196 people who were receiving treatment for alcoholism, NIDA found that one-fourth of the men and one ... 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 ...

    ... and finishing the drinks of others. “HFA's don't need to seek help.” Many high-functioning alcoholics manage to function effectively - sometimes for years - without suffering any major losses. As such, he's likely in ... 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 ...

    ... or more drinks in one occasion and five or more for men. The massive quantity of alcohol used by binge drinkers ... 90 percent) are considered alcohol abusers, not alcoholics with an alcohol dependency. The Finer Details ... 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. ...

    ... 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. Researchers recommend ... 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 ...

    ... under the influence of a sizable amount of anxiety meds. That night, I sat in jail on suicide watch for reasons I still can't remember. I wore a super couture jail-issued potato bag with complimentary toilet-paper socks ... 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 ...

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no ... one can simply make, and it is ok to ask for help. Many people find themselves going back to old habits that ... 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 ...

    ... dysfunction . Long-term alcohol abuse can cause damage to the nervous system, which is responsible for triggering the signals that cause an erection. Studies have also shown that prolonged abuse can cause irreversible ... 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 ...

    ... the clock hit 5pm, because that's when I could blissfully slip away from reality. Thankfully, this daily routine only lasted for a couple of weeks, as my no-care attitude soon handed me a DUI conviction . Causing a near ... 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 ...

    ... - a second chance to do better and be a better person - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change in perspective . Additional Reading: The Thief - 7 Things Addiction ... continue reading
  • How Alcohol Increases Your Risk of ‘Holiday Heart Syndrome’

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

    ... of atrial fibrillation out of this population. The results showed an increase in irregular heartbeat for moderate consumers of alcoholic beverages, which is considered to be one to three drinks per day. Furthermore the ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty ... /or drinking simply is never worth the risks. Learn more about helping a loved one who's addicted marijuana . Image Source: en. ... 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 ...

    ... drinks, their partner also consumed alcohol for both drinks, almost 90 percent of the time. For those who were instructed to order non-alcoholic drinks, their partner consumed alcohol for both drinks, only 30 percent of ... 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 ...

    ... not actually know the true size of one standard alcoholic drink. This leads researchers to believe that people ... and what greater risk they are putting themselves at for developing certain cancers, due to the amount of ... 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 ...

    ... talking. “Drunk Tom is angry Tom,” he told Chris. “I had too many…and that usually makes my temper flare.” Laura ... ways to soothe nerves or to take the blame for bad behaviors. Whether alcohol reduces inhibitions or ramps ... 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 more than 17.5 million people are alcoholics or have problems with alcohol. That alcohol consumption ... such as seizures or delirium tremens. We urge you to seek help if you, a friend or a loved one is struggling with ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

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

    ... found that wine seems to be the most allergenic alcoholic beverage. Those with asthma might do better with organic ... weigh the options and decide what's best for their health. As for Tracy, she'll be sipping Perrier on her ... 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 ...

    ... for me! They spend a lot more time without me than with me… I'm always invited, and I'm always there for two minutes and I leave, because I ... programs I've been a part of over the years, and how much they've helped me, and ... 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. ...

    ... next day. To put it in perspective, this is the legal limit for driving in the US; so if you're too drunk to drive, you ... about as severe. Said Verster: “drinking water may help against thirst and a dry mouth, but it will ... 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 ...

    ... first-time offenders were the best way to send a message. Does It Work? For months and years, I mulled over the events of that hearing, often wondering if what my prosecutor said was true. Did sending people to prison ... 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 ...

    ... 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 considering my ... 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 ...

    ... , 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 something else (in addition to my brain power) to help me focus ... 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 ...

    ... in activities they used to love. For example, an alcoholic might lose interest in friend(s), social ... tell-tale behavior. How to Help Your Loved One Having a family member who is an alcoholic is never easy. If you see ... 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 ...

    ... Support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous , can be a considerable help in staying sober in the ... the safe levels of drinking? For most healthy adults, two drinks per day for men and one for women is believed to be ... 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 ...

    ... Limiting Alcohol Why is alcohol often a catalyst for these dangerous bouts of air rage? Drinking ... They've also considered prosecuting unruly passengers for causing disruptions mid-flight or violating blacklist ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... , the combination of the two can be a recipe for disaster. In short, combining drugs and alcohol either masks ... Alcohol and Opiates Alcohol and opiates also make for a particularly lethal combination, since each one ... 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 ...

    ... there . Jane felt like she was talking to a wall. “I'll get therapy ,” Lisa said weakly. Her mother had heard ... d read on a support group for parents. Crazy thoughts are normal. You can't help but be angry as you watch ... continue reading
  • The World’s First Whiskey-Powered Car Just Aced Its Test Drive

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

    ... a fitting locale considering the nation is world-famous for whiskey and renewable energy. The journalist behind the ... powered resource will spread worldwide as a replacement for gasoline. They have sights set on their ... 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 ...

    ... a professor in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, as well as corresponding author for the study. “On average, the time between drinking episodes was extended by only a few hours after ... 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 ...

    ... method to decrease underage drinking and drunk driving. Since it's proven to work, doesn't it make sense for other states to try it? Vincent DeMarco, president of the organization, noted , “It's very, very important that ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

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

    ... art. And then there's Simon. He had forgotten how much he loved to play the piano. Focused entirely on drinking for the past five years , he hadn't even touched a keyboard. After getting clean and sober, he had time to ... 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 ...

    ... you a lot more nauseous.) Myth #5 If I eat a big meal before I drink, I won't get drunk. Truth: Food does ... you still get drunk. Myth #6 A drink before bed helps you sleep. Truth: A nightcap can actually make you lose ... 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 ...

    ... drinking steadily increased, until I reached the point that I needed to drink. If it weren't for crashing into another car ... to deal with something in your past, seek help. No day is better than today. Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... next thing you know - you've got an alcoholic beverage. Palcohol comes in an assortment of flavors ... hurts,” he said . “It would take about one hour for someone to snort this much powder. Why would anyone choose to ... 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 ...

    ... lifetime. Alcohol, on its own, is not solely responsible for the incidence of breast cancer. However, abusing alcohol on ... 't drink at all, females who consume three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15 percent higher risk ... 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 ...

    ... in order to get the teen to accept help, it can be even more challenging. Risk Factors Though teen alcoholism can happen in any family, some teens are more at risk for becoming alcoholics than others. Some of the risk ... 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 ...

    ... hold. Receptors in our brains are responsible for helping us form and hold on to new memories ... , or memories. Our motor skills may still be totally intact, i.e. you weren't stumbling all over your friends or falling off ... 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 ...

    Jessica has tried time and again to limit her drinking. “I'll just have one glass of wine tonight!” she tells herself, ... and ashamed. Scientists are still seeking answers for why some people can consume alcohol in a ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

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

    ... a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol ... while you detox. Feeling alone is a major risk factor for suicide and addicts have a tendency to isolate. Being around ... 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 ...

    ... because, hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere. We drink alcohol for a multitude of reasons - when life is good, when life is ... who gets drunk and repeats over and over again: I love you man! This is seriously the best night ever ... 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. ...

    ... surely asking anyone else for help would lead to nowhere but disappointment. Shattering the Silence Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? If you or someone you know is an adult child of an alcoholic , it is important ... 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 ...

    ... awake for the process. Wash it off: Surely a brisk shower will send a shock to your system that helps you ... process. But you will smell nicer. Take two and call me in the morning: Popping a couple of aspirin before you hit ... 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 ...

    ... insurance coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don ... Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a Drug ... 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 ...

    ... legalization, nor would it be the position should I be confirmed as attorney general.” Comparing Substances ... to make a case that it has a high potential for abuse. The physical symptoms of marijuana addiction are nothing ... 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 ...

    ... this tomato discovery, we may have found a helpful antidote for some of the damage done by alcohol . Here's ... the body. Previous studies have shown two standard alcoholic drinks can cause DNA damage to brain cells within ... 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 ...

    ... tall,” Josh thought. “I can jump it. Easy.” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a ... is you can do less than you normally can. For many drinkers, this combo results in serious consequences: ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

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

    ... hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going ... Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and ... 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 ...

    ... me next)? Start thinking of others. Consider how others feel - how things affect them. Change the direction of your conversations so that you are asking for ... family and friends how you can help them this week. Focus on ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ritalin Abuse

    Over the years, there has been an increase in the misuse of alcohol and certain prescription drugs such as Ritalin. Ritalin—which is the trade name for methylphenidate—is a stimulant often used as a treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity ...

    ... with psychological education techniques that help them work through these real-life ... treated for the same health issue in order to allow members to share their experiences and support one another. Alcoholics Anonymous or ... continue reading
  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

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

    ... after a flare-up or a diagnosis. We also do our best to mask potential problems, part of the reason for a $55 billion annual cosmetic industry. By the way, studies show that on average, a person uses seven (another study ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

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

    ... the data was evaluated, it was clear that urban addicts and rural addicts don't have much in common. For those who believe all addictions are alike, the SAMHSA report proves otherwise. Here are some of the fascinating ... 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'd just sleep it off and have a horrible hangover to show for it the next morning. But what if Kerry doesn't simply “sleep it ... your loved one's life. Additional Reading: I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout Image ... 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 ...

    ... out the following six simple tips - they'll help you develop healthy habits and avoid falling into the ... super competitive, but she realized she can find healthier, non-alcoholic ways to prove herself. # 4 Don't Go to Bars ... 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 team found no evidence that moderate drinking (people who have up to two drinks per day) was better for a person's health than those who abstained from alcohol altogether. However, a key issue with the past studies ... 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 ...

    ... perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't received such severe consequences, who knows where I'd be now? So, if you've hit ... 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 ...

    ... ease the recovery process . A treatment program should be decided upon and ready for when the alcoholic says yes to getting help. It is important to capitalize on the successful intervention with a treatment program to ... 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 ...

    ... . This will help you plan how to handle urges to drink and learn how to say no. You should also consider joining a support group like Alcoholics Anonymous. If not for yourself, then quit drinking alcohol for the sake of ... 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 ...

    ... health evaluation, each participant was followed up on for an average of 28 months. While light to ... thank you. Learn more about what you can do to help an alcoholic loved one . Image Source:pixabay.com, en.wikipedia.org ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill the bacteria roaming ...

    ... can boost the production of REG3G in our intestines, we could help decrease liver damage. This could be used as a treatment for those with alcoholic liver disease. These results also encourage future studies of bacteria ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

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

    ... alcohol abuse. 3 Outpatient treatment is also an option for many alcoholics. Outpatient treatment centers are designed to provide recovering alcoholics with a place to explore their destructive behavior. Many outpatient ... 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, ...

    ... 5 to 14.9 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 ... 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 ...

    ... insurance coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don ... Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a Drug ... 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 ...

    ... addiction. 12-Step programs : Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are fellowships ... help with alcohol and steroid abuse, call us at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? for help working through how you can receive help ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and PCP Abuse

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

    ... Info and Articles: The Narcotics Anonymous website. The Alcoholics Anonymous website. The NIDA fact sheet for hallucinogens Drugs.com's PCP page. If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol and PCP addiction or abuse , ... 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 ...

    ... to multiple substances prefer to get help in a residential treatment environment that ... or unable to place aside for the treatment duration. Twelve-step programs —like Alcoholics Anonymous and Pills Anonymous—have ... 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 ...

    ... that those who drink a lot are not necessarily alcoholics, so they may not undergo withdrawal . In ... other day and was eaten by a crocodile). A story helps us to imagine the situation and learn artificially from that ... 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 ...

    ... up again and again. Even though we may all have different opinions, marijuana remains a Schedule I drug, while alcohol is legal to consume for people who are 21 years of age or older. In a now famous New Yorker interview ... 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, ...

    ... Fruits, Vegetables and Water: As your brain heals, it's susceptible to damage from the burning of sugar for energy. It needs fruits and vegetables, which neutralize the damage from these brain processes. And of course ... 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 ...

    ... far as I know, I've never been assaulted by an eggplant. Recognizing and addressing your triggers is an important way to maintain your sobriety. Another way to maintain your sobriety is reaching out for help if you need ... continue reading
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