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  • 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 ...

    ... the disease of addiction, including the support from their loved ones. At American Addiction Centers, we ... is available. Start by learning more about the available treatment options . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

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

    ... environmental traits - might indeed protect against alcoholism. Secondly, the authors of the study found that there was something intangible about marriage that protected against the disease of alcoholism. For instance ... 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 ...

    ... in periodic episodes, but atrial fibrillation may last for several days. Atrial fibrillation can occur among people ... Unit of Nutritional Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institutet in ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... alcoholism. Cardiomyopathy (a Broken Heart): Myopathy = a disease of muscle tissue. Cardio = heart. Alcohol abuse ... organs don't get the blood they need for healthy functioning and suffer severe damage too. Cardiomyopathy ... 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 ...

    ... Tip #5 - Shift the Focus Substance abuse is a selfish disease, one that's entirely about you. One of the best things ... and practice kindness, you change those old self centered behaviors and commit to a new, positive ... 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 18 are regular drinkers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, more than 13 ... are more likely to drink in large quantities. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has ... 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 ...

    ... death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths ... are directly related to prescription opioids and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports heroin-related ... 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 ...

    ... added to the mix), plaque and bacteria encounter the soft center of the tooth known as the pulp. The pulp ... to become a secondary priority for everyone, regardless of where they are on the disease spectrum. Those who are ... 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 ...

    ... catalyst for several types of cancer, liver disease and neurological problems. The Centers for Disease Control and ... 't mean marijuana use is safe, though. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 9 percent of ... 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
  • 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. ...

    ... 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; so if you're too drunk to drive, you're probably going to feel it the next morning. An ... 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 ...

    ... 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 the wheel after ... 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 ...

    ... ” demeanor lowers inhibitions and sends otherwise shy people like Heather onto the table tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and interact more. The problem ... 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 ...

    ... were much more likely to develop serious alcohol problems, including alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings hit home for you, then maybe it's time to question why you feel the need to pour a glass when no one's ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

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

    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 ... 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 ... chances of developing both high blood pressure and liver disease. What Happens After Breaking the Seal? Another result ... 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 ...

    ... abuse; her baby brother died from heart disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug abuse ... she remembered something she'd read on a support group for parents. Crazy thoughts are normal. You can't help ... 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 ...

    ... to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of ... four or more drinks in one occasion and five or more for men. The massive quantity of alcohol used by binge drinkers ... 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 ...

    ... who have up to two drinks per day) was better for a person's health than those who abstained from alcohol ... less and ate better were all less likely to have diseases and to die, regardless of their drinking habits. The ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Withdrawal

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

    ... consider the following: Does the treatment center I'm considering offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT)? Is the staff there highly trained? Do I need treatment beyond detoxification? (For most people, detox is only ... 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 ...

    ... cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way ... than twice as many sick patients were on the national liver transplant waiting list as of mid-January that year ... 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 ...

    ... medically classified as an AUD. An AUD is a disease that is identified by compulsive use of alcohol, ... a loved one struggling with addiction. Getting Help and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction If you or someone you love has ... 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 ...

    ... at least three times a month, consuming an average of six drinks per occasion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The increase in alcohol consumption isn't limited to young singles. In a recent ... 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 ...

    ... 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. Researchers note it would be helpful ... 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 ...

    ... reacts to various emotional stressors and other environmental stimuli - this can cause mood swings ... 52.87% of those who responded reported seeking treatment for a problem with alcohol more than any other substance ... 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 ...

    ... a slower rate than your male counterpart. So think twice before challenging your guy to a drink-for-drink kind of night. Additional Reading: Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate Image Source: iStock 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
  • 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, ...

    ... dangerous and decidedly unhealthy consequences. One of those consequences comes in the form of overeating. It's not uncommon for people to stumble in the door at 3 a.m. and quickly raid the kitchen, sitting down to three ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... suggest that light drinking can help with bone or heart health, a higher alcohol intake has the opposite effect. For example, low to moderate alcohol intake has been linked to a reduced risk of stroke, but consuming more ... 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 ...

    ... into fights with strangers, making horrible decisions, DUIs, etc. - alcohol is the second biggest risk factor for cancers of the mouth and throat, and people who develop cirrhosis of the liver (generally caused by too ... 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 ...

    ... effects. I never know the Candace I'm going to get, but I do know she's going to cause a scene. For instance, one time at a wedding, she punched my boyfriend when the bartender cut her off; another time, she cried into ... 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 ...

    ... suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for as long as you can remember. With that realization ... every night isn't an absolute indication you're headed for trouble. In fact, there's very little data about ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... past year. This reckless behavior has significant consequences for your company and those around you, such as ... drug testing during employment, and implementing consequences for violating the rules. However, as the opioid ... 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 ...

    ... ways to soothe nerves or to take the blame for bad behaviors. Whether alcohol reduces inhibitions or ramps up ... display. Ultimately, we're the ones responsible for our actions - so choose carefully. Additional Reading ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... certainly not the case,” said Rae Tyson, spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “There are a ... alcohol-related female health issues include: Liver disease : Women are more likely to develop ... 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 ...

    ... not a fun feeling. What is a Blackout? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines a blackout as ... the first place . Pretty frightening, huh? Looking for Signs There are no definite signs to identify when ... 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 ...

    ... for Cancer Research, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the Global Burden of Disease ... you think - How many would still be alive if not for the cancer-causing effects of alcohol? It makes you reconsider - ... 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 ...

    ... place you at a higher risk of developing the disease. A massive research study conducted by Oxford University and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that increasing alcohol intake by as ... 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 ...

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease ... -free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the ... 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 ...

    ... say that one drink a day can lower the risk of heart disease. There is no clear answer to this question. Everyone has a different set of risk factors for breast cancer. Genes, environment, and smoking history all play a ... 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 ...

    ... 0069 Who Answers? . #1. Admit You Have a Problem For many people, this step follows a bad experience: maybe a ... manageable, it's easy to grow complacent. The disease of addiction requires constant vigilance, and one of the ... 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 ...

    ... passed, Utah will have the lowest DUI threshold in the country. Support - and Backlash - for Utah's Bill The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended in the past that limits across the nation be reduced to 0 ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your bank account. This can include ...

    ... sexually transmitted disease. Sharing the needles used to inject certain drugs can give you diseases like ... or alcohol can lead to a suspended driver's license, usually for 6 months to 2 years. You'll also need to pay ... 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
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... persistent HPV. Scientists in South Korea tested 9,230 women for HPV and found that the drinkers were three times more ... alcohol use . Research from the Mckinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana- ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who ...

    ... . In fact, limiting our alcohol intake could be one of those secrets we've been searching for. How? Alcohol accelerates the aging process. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, we speed towards wrinkles. Reducing our ... 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 realize how much they are actually drinking and what greater risk they are putting themselves at for developing certain cancers, due to the amount of their alcohol consumption. Drinking in Moderation Mouth and throat ... 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 ...

    ... 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 bad, when it's Friday. But why do we turn ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    ... author Dr. Douglas J. Wiebe, who used National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data to understand whether laws ... the 18 states that require mandatory interlock devices for DUI convictions and compared it to the number ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... variety of options, there's no “right” way or one-size-fits-all approach to staying clean. Do what works for you and know that you have what it takes to keep moving forward. I promise…it's worth the effort. Additional ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... the next few weeks, my drinking steadily increased, until I reached the point that I needed to drink. If it weren't for crashing into another car on my way home from a bar one night, who knows where I'd be today or how ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

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

    ... may be possible to exploit this lucid memory for hangovers to curb excessive drinking. Reminding problem ... .” The research, entitled “Does familial risk for alcohol use disorder predict alcohol hangover?” was published ... 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 ...

    ... could also face license suspension, fines, mandated addiction treatment and jail time. The fees listed in the ... National Library of Medicine. (2016). MedlinePlus: impaired driving. DMV.org. DUI & DWI. Centers for Disease ... 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 ...

    ... the U.S. Lower its BAC Limit? The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended in the past that ... that will put them out of business. Lenient Laws for Liberty Our nation's backbone is a spirit of individualism ... 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 ...

    ... their community. Researchers analyzed data from the National Violent Death Reporting System from 2003 to 2011 ... to being the sole culprit. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that: 31 percent of ... continue reading
  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

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

    ... to experience alcohol-related problems and meet criteria for an alcohol use disorder,” he said . “ ... his or her GPA slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... alcohol in 2009 actually received treatment for their substance abuse disorder. ... Disease: Case-control Study. BMJ 349 (G5205). 7. NCJRS. (2016). National Criminal Justice Reference Service. 8. DrugFacts. (2016). Treatment ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Adderall Abuse

    Anyone at risk for alcohol or Adderall abuse should know several facts about both drugs. Both drugs are fairly common, and both can be lethal if used in conjunction or in large amounts separately. Adderall is an amphetamine, which means it is a ...

    ... -888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Treatment for Co-occurring Alcohol and Adderall Addiction There ... National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2014), with 10% of high school students admitting to drinking and driving (Centers for Disease ... 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 ...

    ... to a moderate amount. Will this Data Help the Treatment Process? “When there is a breakdown in [BDNF ... for the development of future medications to treat this devastating disease .” Although medications for for alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... and put him to bed on his couch. They thought 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 off?” What if he was actually unconscious as a ... 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 ...

    ... ? Rates of alcohol consumption in Australia are rising for both men and women. According to new research ... drinks rose from about 4.7 in 2001 to five in 2012. For women, the number increased by even more, from 2.8 per day ... 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 ...

    ... of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments ... profession. They may also justify it as a reward for their hard work or career success. Drinking or Doing ... 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 ...

    ... 's a lot harder to drink it. He started filling his fridge with other drinks - ones that were much better for him. If friends or relatives brought booze to a get-together, he sent the leftovers home with them or he just ... 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 ...

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

    ... recommend “avoiding the use of larger wine glasses could reduce the amount that people drink.” These results are important for you to keep in mind. If you're trying to cut back, be wary of trophy-sized goblets ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    Using alcohol in ways that are illegal and irresponsible is both risky and dangerous to those who partake in such behavior, but especially so when those individuals are underage. Dependency, particularly when it involves alcohol, can take years off ...

    ... minors and the Midwest had the fewest with 2.57 violations. Underage drinking is an epidemic and it's important for all of us to take this problem seriously. If you or a loved one has an alcohol dependency, please feel ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... to complete probation, but I forgot about that not-so-fine print — the conditions I had yet to even begin. Time for a Do-Over I went back to court to request to stay on probation longer, or else I faced ten violations ... 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 ...

    ... . 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 you do to feel better? You've probably heard of hangover cures that some ... continue reading
  • Quit Alcohol: 3 Life Changing Reasons

    Alcohol, like food, is a staple of celebration and social gathering in many people's lives. It is also a means to cope with life's stresses. We may turn to a drink to celebrate a birth or mourn a death, to applaud our achievements or drown our ...

    ... item you've had your eyes on, or save for a dream vacation. Try this: for the next 7 days, set aside your receipts from alcohol ... a few months to a year. Source National Institute of Health. (2010). Beyond Hangovers: ... 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 ...

    ... of billions of dollars. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that ... overdose symptoms before, and could benefit from an alcohol treatment program , do not hesitate to call 1-888- ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol, snorting it is very painful, it burns, a lot. It hurts,” he said . “It would take about one hour for someone to snort this much powder. Why would anyone choose to spend an hour of pain and misery snorting all of ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    ... use other addicts as a way to gauge their level of substance abuse . They'll say things like “Bob's been busted for three DUIs, but I never get behind the wheel when I'm wasted.” As long as there's someone out there who ... 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 ...

    ... Singer and bad boy Bobby Brown has faced several arrests, including for DUIs and drugs . He blames his cocaine addiction on his ... 2008 and also struggles with kidney disease, 10. Michael Jackson Entertainer Michael Jackson ... 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 ...

    ... …despite the fact that decades have passed. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released data in ... adulthood. After surveying 196 people who were receiving treatment for alcoholism, NIDA found that one-fourth of the ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

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

    ... asthma attack. Each person who lives with this condition must weigh the options and decide what's best for their health. As for Tracy, she'll be sipping Perrier on her next date. Additional Reading: This is NOT a Drill ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

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

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

    ... and night. All of these elements served as around-the-clock triggers for me. The urge to walk to the corner deli and buy a ... both a near by yoga studio and a meditation center. I also wanted to live close to some support ... 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 ...

    ... University, discovered smoking rates among those in treatment facilities continue to be high, despite significant national declines in nicotine use. In the United States, for example, 40 percent of the population smoked ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... are a completely normal and common part of the recovery process . One of the best things you can do for yourself and your recovery is to be honest about what you're experiencing, and equip yourself with tools that will ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Morphine Abuse

    It is never safe to mix alcohol with other medications. Morphine, an opiate, can be particularly dangerous when mixed with alcohol, given its ability to intensify the effects of alcohol intoxication . Alcohol and morphine facts and information ...

    ... otherwise could lead to a relapse. Treatment for abuse of any one substance should include ... Centers for Disease Control. Underage drinking and drug use is a widespread issue in many countries around the world. The National ... 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 ...

    ... substances, especially among a younger population. The Centers for Disease Control logs more than 4,300 deaths ... complexity of the symptoms. The NIPC Guidelines for Treatment advises that addicts endure a longer detox. ... 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 tops the list of drugs used by teenagers, per the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In fact, more than 8% of ... 3 Outpatient treatment is also an option for many alcoholics. Outpatient treatment centers are ... 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 ...

    ... of developing an addiction. In fact, since the disease of addiction is not location-specific, rural and ... free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... deaths occur each year. And binge drinking accounted for about half of these deaths. In comparison, the ... it comes to what substance will put someone at risk for getting hurt or hurting others, alcohol is considered to ... 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 ...

    ... say in that impaired driver's decision to drink and drive. Vehicular accidents are the primary cause of death for teens in the U.S., 4 and compiling intoxication on top of the already high risk is flirting with disaster ... 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 ...

    ... Loneliness. Depression. However, it is 100% possible for you to attend events and not drink. Here are ... so that you can calmly reply and avoid temptation. For example, responses could include: “I am on a medication ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse The dangers of addiction and overdose are greatly increased when phenobarbital is combined with alcohol. Phenobarbital (trade name: Luminal) is a prescription barbiturate that is used primarily as an ...

    ... disease and recover from addiction. General types of recovery services include: Inpatient and residential treatment ... have used phenobarbital for non-medical reasons at some point in their lives. The National Institutes of ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Drinking While Pregnant

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

    ... as well as her own body. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, any amount of ... to answer your questions and help you find a treatment center that's right for you, so give us a call today at 1 ... 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 ...

    ... the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a quick creativity boost. As a matter of fact, two separate studies have shown that people with higher IQ's ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... may have shaved her head to prevent drug testing , there are plenty of other ways to test a person for illegal substances. Later in 2008, this stint, along with a breakdown at her home, got Britney time in a psychiatric ... 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 ...

    ... $50-100/per month). Car Insurance: Your driving record plays a major role in determining how much you pay for car insurance - and a DUI suggests you're a risky driver. Depending on the severity of your driving offense ... 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 ...

    ... ashamed. Scientists are still seeking answers for why some people can consume alcohol ... treatment. “Genetic factors play a role in determining who develops alcohol problems,” said Dr. George Koob, director of the National ... 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 ...

    ... for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to this disease ... The bottom line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when ... 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 ...

    ... 's car to measure the amount of alcohol on the driver's breath. Many believe that mandating interlocks for all offenders, including first-timers, will have the greatest impact. In fact, a recent report by Mothers Against ... continue reading
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