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  • 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 ...

    ... learning and memory. Deficits in executive functioning or high-order thought processes such as problem-solving ... the Institute of Medicine, “of all substances of abuse (including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana), alcohol ... continue reading
  • The Myth of the High-Functioning Addict

    Regardless of the extent, addiction is a problematic force in the lives of the addicted and their social networks. Some will excuse or minimize their own behavior or the behavior of others by stating that the problem is not that serious because ...

    ... and functioning of the brain in predictable ways. These changes illustrate the progressive nature of this condition. If you or someone you love is abusing drugs, learn how to get help now . Characteristics of the High ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

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

    ... would be “high-functioning addicts.” Functioning as an Addict So, what is a high-functioning addict and ... substance abuse is starting to take over his life. Getting Help and Going Forward If you want the high-functioning ... continue reading
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  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... the U.S. means there's limited research on its functioning and effects. 4. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Also ... enormous range of mental health problems, including substance abuse. Plenty of studies have shown that a ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Inhalant Abuse

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

    ... Facts: Both depressants, which slow the body's functioning Used predominantly by the young and the impoverished Most ... not intoxicated Signs and Symptoms of Abuse The high from inhalant abuse is often short-lived and ... 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 ...

    ... Your kidneys are tasked with filtering harmful substances from the blood and alcohol consumption makes ... common disorder related to alcoholism, impairs kidney function by preventing normal blood flow. Simply consuming ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... the drug to function and goes into ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Vicodin Abuse

    Alcohol and Vicodin can both be harmful to your health, but when used together, the negative effects can build upon each other. Vicodin, which contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is a prescription opioid used to manage a number of acute pain ...

    ... and social functioning. Mood swings. Difficulties in sexual functioning. Men may ... opioid painkillers also used heroin, per NIDA. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that over ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Alprazolam Abuse

    Alprazolam, more commonly known by the brand name Xanax , is an anti-anxiety and panic disorder medication. Alprazolam is part of a class of drug called benzodiazepines , which have the potential to be addictive. Benzodiazepine medication is ...

    ... functioning, especially when the substances are used together. It is difficult for those intoxicated by one or both substances ... more than the recommended dose. Teen alprazolam abuse is problematic in and of itself, but ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is a sedative anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety medication , with effects similar to those of other drugs in its class, such as Valium and Xanax. Ativan is the trade name for lorazepam, which is part of a class of drug called “benzodiazepines” ...

    ... abuse has a higher chance of abusing Ativan (Licata & Rowlett, 2008). The sedative effects of each separate substance ... these drug can disrupt the brain's normal functioning permanently. Short-term, Ativan and other ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse

    Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse Alcohol and fentanyl are drugs of dependence that are dangerous and highly addictive. Frequent or long-term use can result in many negative consequences, including death. Concurrent substance use disorders involving ...

    ... . Fentanyl is typically abused for its extremely potent high . As fentanyl prescriptions ... substance abuse treatment programs, medications may be used during and/or after detox to help restore balanced brain functioning ... 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 ...

    ... strikes. They may not exhibit the overt signs of substance abuse such as staggering, slurring, and a decline in ... with made up excuses not to attend family functions because they dread the possibility of being under ... 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 ...

    ... Increased tendency toward aggression. Inability to function at school or work. Unprompted mood ... dual diagnosis, or mental illness in addition to substance abuse, may further complicate withdrawal, and should be ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Oxycontin & Alcohol Abuse

    OxyContin is the brand name for the prescription opioid oxycodone , used for the relief of pain that cannot be effectively managed by other, less potent medications, including over-the-counter pain relievers. OxyContin is available as an ...

    ... , especially in ways other than prescribed, are at high risk of becoming addicted to this potent narcotic. In ... in extreme cases, respiratory arrest. Those abusing both substances may have the appearance of someone who ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember ... of your own home, making it easier for functioning alcoholics to cling to outward appearances and deny ... 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 ...

    ... be defined within those parameters. Some people can abuse alcohol , yet they're able to achieve success ... t need to seek help.” Many high-functioning alcoholics manage to function effectively - sometimes for years - without ... 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 ...

    ... withdrawal. What this means is that the body gets used to alcohol stimulating various receptors, and it cannot function without it. There are some who claim that alcoholism can be cured. Personal stories abound of people ... 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 ...

    ... contains a poisonous level of alcohol, your body is no longer able to perform some of its most basic functions; your breathing can become shallow, your heart rate is no longer regular and you're in danger of choking ... 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, ...

    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? ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

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

    ... : seven different kinds of cancer. Closer Than Relatives So, here's the breakdown: The heaviest drinkers are at the highest risk, but even those of us who have an extra glass of wine can be in danger. This study shows ... 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. ...

    ... that, when serving wine in the larger glasses, the volume of wine sold daily was 9.4 percent higher. Perception is Everything What's behind this increase in sales and consumption? The study shows “larger glasses change ... continue reading
  • Utah Pushes Groundbreaking Law to Change DUI Limits

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

    ... DUI limits. This blood alcohol content level became the norm when the federal government offered all states with higher limits a financial incentive to lower it to 0.08 percent. Naturally, the states all complied. As a ... 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 ...

    ... your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is 0.01% or higher; if you are underage, you cannot have any alcohol in ... reaction time, sense of spatial judgment, visual functions, and ability to attend to multiple things at ... 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 ...

    ... -threatening situation. Which of these men is most likely to have been admitted to the hospital due to the higher risk of his circumstances? Hint: Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal . With drug problems so prevalent in the ... 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 ...

    ... a stroke. Low consumptions of wine have been found to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, but higher intakes are associated with an increased risk. Debunking the Myths Other research projects have also suggested that any ... 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 ...

    ... stats: Various studies report that between 13 and 63 percent of falls are directly related to alcohol. A high proportion of deaths from falls, fires and burns are linked to drinking. Alcohol use is implicated in one ... continue reading
  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

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

    ... has had on a national scale. Over half (54%) of Americans say they will be more conscious of the high cost of alcohol in bars and restaurants once they have reopened. A big night out comes with additional stresses, such ... 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 ...

    ... out the sound. I walked in weird routes to avoid bars and liquor stores . I avoided anyone who drank or used substances. I stayed away from anything that might cause a relapse and it worked…for awhile. I'd stay sober for ... continue reading
  • Cuffed and Stuffed: 7 Ways a DUI Will Haunt Your Life

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

    ... and the potential danger you pose as a driver), insurers may raise your rates, require you to purchase “high risk” insurance or just cancel your coverage altogether. Child custody: If you're getting divorced and battling ... 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 ...

    ... have today. Is Our Standard World-Wide? No…not even close. In fact, the U.S. has one of the highest legal drinking limits in the world. Sweden, Norway and China are among the many countries that have legal limits of .02 ... 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. ...

    ... students' peak blood alcohol concentration (BAC), researchers found that 89% of students with a BAC of 0.08 or higher had hangovers the next day. To put it in perspective, this is the legal limit for driving in the US ... 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 ...

    ... cannot. To avoid temptation, remove alcohol from the home-don't just lock it up. Limited availability will make the substance harder to get, and when your child is unable to get the alcohol, his drinking may stop. 7. Set ... 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 ...

    ... related to binge drinking in early pregnancy that are simply untrue: Drinking during any point in pregnancy carries high risks : For most women, alcohol consumption in the first two weeks carries little to no risk. “It ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Cancer: What You Didn’t Know

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

    ... of alcohol can increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. 8 The risk of developing breast cancer is as high as 12% when a woman consumes 10 grams —or just under one drink—a day. 9 Of course, there are risks ... 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 ...

    ... the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental adjustment to life without the substance; the gradual establishment of a “new normal”; and somewhere in there, work on the difficulties that ... 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 ...

    ... , their good behavior days. Their need to get high was their first priority, and with drugs being readily ... to quit cold turkey. Feeling like you need to get high is a very real part of developing an addiction. The only ... continue reading
  • The Confusion Continues: Can Baclofen Treat Alcoholism or Not?

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

    ... of fatigue, sleepiness, and dry mouth. One medication-related serious adverse event occurred in the high-dose baclofen group…Adverse events were frequent, although generally mild and transient.” As with any drug, one ... 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 ...

    ... that their brain begins to shut down several functions vital to sustaining life such as breathing, temperature ... , rather than confuse these effects with the high of other substances. If you notice risky drinking habits in ... 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 ...

    ... third) has also declined, down from 63 percent in 2003 to 59 percent in 2013. Only 2.3 percent of high school students have ever used heroin , a percentage that has remained steady over the years. However, the CDC also ... 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 ...

    ... cancers such as mouth and throat cancer. The High Risk of Moderate Drinking The study tracked the ... strong connection being made, alcohol is still one of the hardest substances to get off of. If you or someone you know is ... 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 ...

    ... /dip (fruit flavors) Nyquil All of these substances are known to skew breathalyzer tests . So, ... that we were powerless over it. My experiences in AA instilled a high level of fear within me. I took the group's advice to ... 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 ...

    ... in hand with addiction, but they're not the same things,” he explains. “You can become dependent on almost any substance if it's part of your daily rhythm, but that doesn't mean you're addicted.” He points out you would ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

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

    ... symptoms of being dope sick typically drive users to continue abusing drugs ; going back to using can feel like ... Information on the Effects of Other Addictive Substances Crystal Meth Crack Cocaine Tramadol Lorazepam ... continue reading
  • “But It's Legal Now!”: How to Talk to Kids About Marijuana

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

    ... like how we talk about tobacco or alcohol use . There are risks for young people to use any substance with a still developing brain. Through education and offering activities and young people enjoy, we can support young ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by ...

    ... that it could become the “Kool-Aid of teenage binge drinking.” He felt that it would be too easy to abuse , consume dangerous levels of the product and could easily be snuck into concerts or festivals. “What's to stop ... continue reading
  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

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

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

    ... heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of alcohol can literally break hearts . Here's how: ... t get the blood they need for healthy functioning and suffer severe damage too. Cardiomyopathy can ... 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 ...

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

    ... at the University of Sydney. “It will influence [people's] behaviour.” Based on her research into alcohol abuse by Australian women, Withnall says about 16 percent of middle-aged women in the country are dependent on ... 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 ...

    ... if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers also have higher rates of attempted suicides. So, how are alcohol and ... prescription medication 2 percent of these multiple-substance suicides also included recreational drugs Only 1 ... continue reading
  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

    For decades, the night after big college exams has served as a standing invitation to kick off some serious alcohol-soaked partying. Often there is too little studying and a whole lot of alcohol consumption because, as some students find, primal ...

    ... consumes in a week, the lower his or her GPA slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in the A range consumes, on average, 3.3 drinks per week ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

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

    ... to overcome. Remain sensitive to these issues as you interact with ACoA's. And remember: The struggles might be common, but they're also conquerable. Learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... seems to rely on drinking alcohol every day . I did some research and discovered a few warning signs of alcohol abuse . I used them as a tool to evaluate his behavior: Does he experience temporary blackouts or short-term ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... the flu to the point where he or she could not function, you'd take your parent to the doctor. The same ... Questions like these encourage parents to open up about their abuse. Obviously, this isn't a comprehensive list, but ... 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 ...

    ... lot of joints. Crime Rates When it comes to what substance will put someone at risk for getting hurt or hurting ... , the risk of having a fatal car accident is especially high. What's the takeaway here? It's never a good ... 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 ...

    ... men between the ages of 35 and 64 with the highest incidence aged 45-54, according to the report findings . ... of alcohol used by binge drinkers can overtake the normal function of some parts of the brain, and can shut down ... 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 ...

    ... while. Alcohol is one of the most widely used and abused drugs across the globe. When we drink alcohol, we're ... Alcohol can sometimes appear to be a rather harmless substance that people use to celebrate time together. But ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ambien Abuse

    Ambien is the brand name for the sedative-hypnotic (i.e., sleep aid) drug, zolpidem. It is a central nervous system depressant, meaning that it slows down brain activity. Ambien is available in both immediate and extended release formulations. Drugs ...

    ... nervous system, and can severely impact the functioning of several major organ systems. Alcohol and ... substances. It's important to speak with your teen on a regular basis to go over the dangers of abusing substances of ... 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 ...

    ... is your life, your sanity and your health.” If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol abuse, help is available. Start by learning more about the available treatment options . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto ... 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 ...

    ... than wine or alcohol, did not seem to be at as high of a risk. There was no direct relationship found between binge ... . However most agree that moderate to heavy alcohol abuse is a leading cause of heart problems - no ... 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 ...

    ... published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research , provide further evidence that individuals prone to alcohol abuse must be careful about who they socialize with. The study analyzed 46 “drinking partners” with ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde involved a white powdery substance. Philip K. Dick Anyone who knows sci-fi will recognize this ... Cuckoo's Nest, and he was certainly flying high on LSD when he wrote this. He became a ... 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 ...

    ... in a state to develop meaningful relationships. When you're high, you're not exactly in the condition to have deep ... and get to know someone. If you're using substances to reach a social comfort level, you're actually ... 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 ...

    ... are life-changing experiences and can range from child abuse to losing a family member. It's hard to ... tends to grow and eventually overcomes whatever relief the substances provide, leading to the vicious cycle of addiction ... 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 ...

    ... in turn ruins our liver. Breaking Down the “Knowns” and “Unknowns” We've known for a long time that alcohol abuse causes liver damage. In fact, liver disease (called cirrhosis) is the number ten killer in the U.S., and ... 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 ...

    ... citizens across the country. With economic tensions high, many Americans may be vulnerable to increased ... of someone who is, be mindful that a past alcohol abuse problem may be even more difficult to deal with during ... continue reading
  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

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

    ... drinkers. Anyone who binges on alcohol is at a higher risk for sustaining injuries. We've all seen drunken ... struggles with binge drinking, learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options . Image ... 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, ...

    ... Sources : Fish, fish oils, flaxseed, nuts High Quality Proteins: The building blocks of proteins ... Minerals: These are also essential for neurotransmitter creation and function. Vitamin B6 and B3 and iron are specifically ... 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 ...

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

    ... impact is not different - especially when you consume a high-proof liquor. You'll notice an immediate burning sensation as ... toxic exposure from alcohol abuse over time. The heart's pumping function becomes inefficient and ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Rehab

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

    ... to recovery, with limited or no family support. Serious substance use disorders, and who have been unable to get and ... as address other areas of potentially impaired functioning such as employment and family issues. 11 ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs ... matter of fact, two separate studies have shown that people with higher IQ's are far more likely to use drugs than a ... continue reading
  • Can a Hormone Make You “Hungry” for Alcohol?

    New findings suggest that ghrelin, a natural hormone traditionally associated with healthy appetite and food intake, might also increase hunger for alcohol , potentially setting the stage for problem drinking and alcoholism. A research team led by ...

    ... Childhood Issues Return Lead researcher Dr. Femke Buisman-Pijlman said that adversity in childhood, such as parental abuse, severe illnesses or a difficult birth, can also lead to poor oxytocin development in babies and ... 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 ...

    ... and USA Today discovered that most of these fines are ultimately drastically reduced or left unpaid due to substance abuse or financial issues. Believe it or not, the FAA handed down over $1.5 million in fines between ... 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 ...

    ... a problem on our hands. With opioid and alcohol abuse on the rise, our nation is dangerously imbalanced. ... As of this fall, the school will offer a new “substance use disorders” minor. Students will learn about many types ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

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

    ... , take the following steps to provide the support they need. Educate Yourself Learn about alcoholism and substance abuse . It's important to gain a better understanding of what they're going through. Research where ... 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 ...

    ... After years of being clean, I can now look back with a different perspective; one where I can appreciate how my substance abuse led me to the life I have today. I've Realized Who My True Friends Are When you're in prison ... 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 ...

    ... its own, is not solely responsible for the incidence of breast cancer. However, abusing alcohol on a regular basis does place you at a higher risk of developing the disease. A massive research study conducted by Oxford ... 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 ...

    ... abuse affects hormone levels. It lowers testosterone levels, which diminishes sexual drive and function. ... Is Sexual Dysfunction Permanent? As with all other substances of abuse, the only way to prevent adverse physical ... 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 ...

    ... doctors the opportunity to see if the patient's liver restores function on its own in the absence of alcohol, but it also ... , weigh factors such as physical symptoms, substance-abuse history and whether or not patients have ... 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 ...

    ... many American who struggle with their alcohol use, and abuse of alcohol has risen in recent years—around 18 ... Many alcohol users who suffer from addiction to this substance also deal with denial, often asserting that the ... 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 ...

    ... more women are drinking. And it's not just a spike in the number of women abusing alcohol. Today, women are drinking a significantly higher volume of alcohol. Yes, many women can now drink men under the table. The number ... continue reading
  • The Deadly and Costly Consequences of DUIs

    Read time: 17 mins It all starts with the thought, “I'm fine.” Maybe that person goes to a party at a friend's house and has a few beers or glasses of wine at dinner. The guest says goodbye and climbs into the driver's seat to head home. What ...

    ... of age: 6.7. 35 and older: 3.1. The age group with the highest rates of drunk driving was shown to be the 21-34-year-old age group. ... education classes or treatment for alcohol abuse. Research has suggested that those who ... 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 ...

    ... your friend or loved one meets the criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence, further steps are given that one may ... the field of addiction medicine, to ensure the highest chance of a successful intervention. Video: How to ... continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

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

    ... involving 135 pre-teen and teenaged boys and girls. They found that participants with a higher risk rate for alcohol abuse had significantly lower connectivity in the Executive Control Network (ECN) region of the brain ... 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, ...

    ... consider themselves drinkers, placing them at higher risks for diseases and accidents than nondrinkers ... States is declining. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that Americans ages 14 and up ... 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 ...

    ... Francisco, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, researchers identified a gene variant ... And in the longer term, it can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, inflammation of the stomach ... 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 ...

    ... that one must work for long after treatment ends. Educating yourself about the process of recovery from alcohol abuse is an important first step towards achieving sobriety, or in helping a loved one in need. Call today ... 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 ...

    ... the liver, brain and throat. Make no mistake: a high level of alcohol tolerance is less a “badge of honor” ... than it is an indicator of possible alcohol abuse. Contrary to popular opinion, it's also not as ... 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 ...

    ... . 13. Keith Urban Having been in rehab for alcohol abuse and remained sober since, songwriter and guitarist Keith Urban's ... possession. 25. Donovan Donovan was the first high-profile British pop star to ever face arrest for ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused and the ... Severe headaches Disorientation and confusion High temperature without sweating Unconsciousness What ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... age found that children born to women with high alcohol intake during breastfeeding had lower scores on psychomotor ... for several days a week to meet for substance abuse therapy and treatment. Outpatient care is often more ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Soma Abuse

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

    ... together to: Reduce brain activity. Reduce vital bodily functions, such as breathing and blood pumping. When used ... As with all muscle relaxants, Soma has a very high potential for abuse , leading to a ban on the drug in ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol in the Community

    Half of Americans are concerned about increased substance use in their community due to the economic impact of Coronavirus, survey reveals. There was no way that Americans could anticipate, let alone be prepare for, the aftermath of the global ...

    ... do not have sufficient systems in place to address the substance use and mental health repercussions, things can get much worse ... .com/drug-addiction/news/covid-unemployment-abuse/ [therecoveryvillage.com] *** https://www ... continue reading
  • The State Of Alcohol In America

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

    ... premiumization ” trend, marketing exotic product varieties touting high-quality ingredients. The days of haphazard boozing are over ... and ongoing support, freedom from substance abuse is possible. Methodology We collected ... 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; ...

    ... that in mind, let's look at three things you should never say to a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse and addiction. You're so selfish. Why don't you just stop doing drugs? It'd be wonderful if all addicts ... 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 ...

    ... substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although heavily abusing ... and physical function. Although there are many dangerous substance combinations, these ... 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 ...

    ... things as an adult. Like many others with substance abuse issues , Lisa went through some pretty severe traumas ... disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug abuse. But none of those things stopped Jane from ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... ? I truly hope so - and I hope it leads to sustained sobriety for the thousands struggling with substance abuse disorders. Additional Reading: Molly's Secrets - 5 Things You Didn't Know About MDMA Image Source: iStock continue reading
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