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  • The Effects of Alcohol Use

    Moderate Drinking vs. Alcohol Abuse It's true that many sources point to the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. The key word here is moderate. Some studies have shown a connection between light to moderate drinking and decreased heart ...

    ... . Drinking heavily can have a number of negative consequences, including: 1 Liver damage. Heart problems ... is consumed in conjunction with other mind-altering substances, both illicit and prescription. People who are ... 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 ...

    ... who struggle with their alcohol use, and abuse of alcohol has risen in recent years—around ... substance also deal with denial, often asserting that the problem is not that bad, or lying about the use and consequences ... 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 ...

    ... consequences. Only through personal awareness and self-evaluation will you arrive at a place to stop your old behavior and implement change. Tip #2 - Get Support Substance abuse ... going back to negative habits, take the ... continue reading
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  • 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 ... you can help them this week. Focus on Long-Term Consequences Victims are focused on their short-term needs. I want ... continue reading
  • Why Is Alcohol So Addictive?

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

    ... Regardless of age, alcohol use disorder can have negative consequences related to home, work, school, and the ... diagnosis, or mental illness in addition to substance abuse, may further complicate withdrawal, and should be ... 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 ...

    ... body from your heart to your bowels. Substance abuse can lead to abnormal heart rates and ... Legal Consequences Drug and alcohol abuse not only has negative effects on your health but can also have legal consequences that ... 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 ...

    ... the impulsive and reckless desire to acquire and use substances . As the addiction develops, the addict will ... or unintentional. An enabler will: Absorb the consequences that the addict would experience. Make excuses and ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Prevention

    Given the prevalence of alcohol abuse in the adult population, it makes sense that we should focus on early prevention efforts aimed at young people. In today's world, kids are subjected to a number of societal pressures—from advertising, ...

    ... altogether. 2,3 The perceived risks that a substance poses can have a large influence on teen drug ... evidence of alcohol use or abuse by your adolescent or teenager. A child who escapes consequences of his or her actions ... 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 ...

    ... to binge drink and three times as likely to have negative consequences surrounding their substance use, including lost employment and legal trouble. Although abuse of marijuana should never be condoned, those who are ... 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 ...

    ... 7. Drug abuse led to about 2.5 million emergency department visits in 2011. 7 Drugs impair decision-making and judgment in users, which leads to a number of negative consequences, such as mixing substances, driving under ... 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 ...

    ... Abuse Alcohol and alprazolam cause similar side effects. Abusing just one of these drugs has serious health consequences ... you want to stop using mind-altering substances. The support group setting thrives on camaraderie ... continue reading
  • Workplace Alcohol Abuse

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

    ... the huge negative burden of workplace ... abuse as well. As part of the hiring process, an effective workplace program will clearly delineate company policy towards the use of such substances, and establish the consequences ... 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 ...

    ... involves uncontrolled, continued substance pursuit and use despite any harmful consequences. 3-6 Individuals ... an inability to control how much you drink, and negative feelings when you are not drinking. 17 Signs that may ... 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, ...

    ... recent findings . Alcohol exerts a pervasively negative physical influence throughout the body, and sustained ... illness, including substance use disorders. Because of the potentially dangerous consequences that may arise ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Klonopin Abuse

    Each day, millions of people in the US use alcohol . Additional multitudes of people in the U.S. use Klonopin— the brand name for the benzodiazepine , clonazepam . Both substances are relatively safe when used in moderation (or as prescribed, in ...

    ... substance). As tolerance and dependence develop, they pave the way for compulsive use even in the face of negative consequences ... Teen Drinking and Klonopin Abuse Alcohol and drug abuse can alter the neurologic development ... continue reading
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  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... Keep in mind, tomatoes won't stop all of the damage. They also don't prevent alcohol dependency or other negative consequences. Of course, the best way to avoid the damage alcohol does to your body is to not drink any of ... 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 ...

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover ... internal organ damage. Additional Reading: Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile Image Credits: ... 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 ...

    ... exploit this lucid memory for hangovers to curb excessive drinking. Reminding problem drinkers of the negative consequences of incapacitating hangover, for example, letting down family members due to abandoned plans, may ... 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 ...

    ... School of Public Health. “The pain of hangover is temporary, and may be considered a nuisance rather than an important negative consequence. Some studies show that younger drinkers don't consider hangovers to be 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 ...

    ... night. The fact of the matter is that drinking and driving is just not worth the high risks and deadly consequences. Always consider your own safety, the safety of your friends, and the lives that of people that you don ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... your concern to you child, you're allowing the circumstance of addiction to control you. No matter the consequences of sharing, you must feel free to express yourself. Acting Out of Fear More than any other emotion ... 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, ...

    ... . Drinking and Overeating Binge drinking without eating carries some dangerous and decidedly unhealthy consequences. One of those consequences comes in the form of overeating. It's not uncommon for people to stumble ... 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 ...

    ... the truth is you can do less than you normally can. For many drinkers, this combo results in serious consequences: Half of all alcohol related deaths worldwide are the result of an injury. Some studies report between 10 ... 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 ...

    ... more compassionate, empathetic, and less judgmental than the average person because they can relate. So, if getting negative feedback after voicing your revelation is what you fear, you won't find that here. A support ... 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 ...

    ... mouth and tiredness don't appear to be too adverse. If the drug helps, and these are the only negatives, it might be worth trying. But, does it really help with alcohol dependence? Clearly, additional studies are needed ... 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 ...

    ... think a drunk driving charge is no big deal? Well, let's take a good look at the very real consequences of a DUI arrest and see if they might change your tune. Public Humiliation: After getting arrested, you'll have ... 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 ...

    ... 's easier to justify the amount of alcohol consumed. What's more, there are fewer warning signs or consequences of drinking in the privacy of your own home, making it easier for functioning alcoholics to cling to outward ... 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. ...

    ... of those with a BAC of .2 or higher woke up hungover. Those are some pretty steep odds. Unavoidable Consequences Put simply, “the more you drink, the more likely you are to get a hangover,” said lead researcher Joris ... 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 ...

    ... aren't so lucky. Binge drinking or drinking heavily over longer periods of time can have very serious consequences. Along with the obvious immediate effects of drinking too much - nausea, vomiting, getting way too loud ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol - a depressant - only made things worse. He decided it was time to find other ways to cope with negative emotions…and healthier ways to celebrate. # 3 Don't Binge When she went to a party, Donna noticed she (and ... 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 ...

    ... . It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't received such severe consequences, who knows where I'd be now? So, if you've hit your personal low , don't be discouraged. Use ... 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 ...

    ... use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the consequences. This is where we find ourselves in Stage 2 of the progression through addiction. It's a Slippery ... continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and ...

    ... versions have been developed for treatment of anxiety, depression and other issues. The goal is to redirect negative thought patterns so you can make healthier choices overall. Wondering if it will work for you? Well ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... and the smell of food makes you want to vomit. In moments of stress, sadness, anger or similar negative emotions, the allure of drinking seems to offer one thing: A temporary escape from reality. We're an “instant ... continue reading
  • 12-Step Thinking: Let's Talk About AA and the C-Word (Uncovering Alcoholics Anonymous)

    No, not that c-word! To be clear, we're talking about the word cult here. If you're familiar with the world of addiction recovery, then you're no doubt acquainted with Alcoholics Anonymous—or AA as it is more commonly known. And if you've had more ...

    ... “character defects” and relive addiction-related problems. This constant spotlight on personal failures tends to reinforce negative self-image. Again, those who are pro-AA subscribe to the idea that working on personal ... 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 ...

    ... problems so prevalent in the press, it is sometimes easy to forget that alcohol use disorders and their consequences continue to represent one of the most pressing issues for tens of millions of Americans. With so many ... 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 ...

    ... body's BAC, which can have very dangerous consequences for the drinker. Those whose rates of drinking outpaces ... than confuse these effects with the high of other substances. If you notice risky drinking habits in yourself ... 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 . ... this question on Facebook yesterday and received both positive and negative responses: Yes absolutely; it's a health tonic that ... 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 ...

    ... on the regular. Damage to your liver and permanent changes to your brain are very real and serious consequence of drinking too much alcohol . Another word of caution to women: your brain recovers slower and you process ... 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 ...

    ... , funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, researchers identified a gene variant ... drunk driving and/or continue despite negative consequences. Compulsive drinking often involves binge drinking ... 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 ...

    ... initiatives with the goal of empowering families to increase access to effective substance use disorder treatment and reduce the harmful consequences of oppressive drug policies. I asked him to explain how we should ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... alcohol use and getting cancer. Even with such a strong connection being made, alcohol is still one of the hardest substances to get off of. If you or someone you know is trying to stop drinking and get sober, focus on ... 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 ...

    ... slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in ... , any amount of alcohol consumed could have consequences that lie far beyond exam-taking. For example ... 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 ...

    ... can be defined within those parameters. Some people can abuse alcohol , yet they're able to achieve success in ... over long periods of time. Before too long, the consequences of heavy drinking are going to catch up with him ... 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 ...

    ... at an increased risk of re-developing their negative drinking habits due to the stressful circumstances brought ... someone who is, be mindful that a past alcohol abuse problem may be even more difficult to deal with during ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... in the teens with early symptoms of alcohol abuse . The solitary drinkers also drank more often ... hiding it from others? Are you trying to cope with negative external factors? Are you simply just bored? Whatever the ... continue reading
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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

    ... Institute of Medicine, “of all substances of abuse (including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana ... to make sure your baby doesn't suffer the lifelong consequences detailed above. If you are having trouble stopping drinking or ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 2000 and 2009 involved a combination of alcohol and prescription medication 2 percent of these multiple-substance suicides also included recreational drugs Only 1 percent of these suicides only involved alcohol Avoiding ... 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 ...

    ... only negative outcome caused by alcohol . Your kidneys are tasked with filtering harmful substances from ... what causes the urge to frequently urinate. If you regularly abuse alcohol, it's nearly impossible to avoid UTIs. In ... 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 ...

    ... joints in a day to overdose on marijuana . That's a lot of joints. Crime Rates When it comes to what substance will put someone at risk for getting hurt or hurting others, alcohol is considered to cause the most harm . 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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
  • 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, ...

    ... the time. Of course, the drug mentioned in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde involved a white powdery substance. Philip K. Dick Anyone who knows sci-fi will recognize this writer; if you've read his books, you'll ... 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. ...

    ... need. Educate Yourself Learn about alcoholism and substance abuse . It's important to gain a better ... yourself, too. If your friend's choices have had a negative impact on your life, you might benefit from counseling or a ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol use during pregnancy produces predictable negative effects like fetal alcohol syndrome , ... a day for several days a week to meet for substance abuse therapy and treatment. Outpatient care is often more affordable ... 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 ...

    ... over longer periods of time, can have a dramatic, negative impact on the body, particularly the liver, brain and ... 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 ...

    ... Keith Urban Having been in rehab for alcohol abuse and remained sober since, songwriter and guitarist Keith ... and self-absorbed.” Although he came out HIV-negative, he regrets his addiction and currently runs the Elton ... 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 ...

    ... ways. Let's take a look at some commonly abused drugs and how they impact us: Benzodiazepines: These ... and get to know someone. If you're using substances to reach a social comfort level, you're actually escaping ... 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 ...

    ... e alcohol poisoning , which may cause death when left untreated. Individuals abusing Adderall will likely seem energized and even highly concentrated. However, there are negative side effects of the drug as well. These ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... in intoxicated patients,” the researchers concluded. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com 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 ...

    ... light to moderate consumption of alcohol leads to atrial fibrillation. However most agree that moderate to heavy alcohol abuse is a leading cause of heart problems - no matter what you're drinking. Related : Research ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 the ... free at . Substance Side Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... day over a lifetime. Alcohol, on 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 ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... negative effects , and for those cities that do not have sufficient systems in place to address the substance use ... .com/drug-addiction/news/covid-unemployment-abuse/ [therecoveryvillage.com] *** https://www ... 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 ...

    ... warned that more and 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 ... 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 ...

    ... yourself about the process of recovery from alcohol abuse is an important first step towards achieving sobriety, ... Persistent use despite an awareness of the profound negative influence that alcohol has on the drinker's ... 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 ...

    ... beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to ... 's chronic insomnia. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Google Images/Instagram 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 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 practically ... 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 ...

    ... woman uses drugs during pregnancy, it can result in negative health effects for her and her baby, and alcohol ... levels of stress. Genetics. Poverty. Homelessness. Substance abuse by one's partner. Getting into treatment can ... 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 ...

    ... dependency. The Finer Details The New York Times' health page lists the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse: “Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continue to drink, despite ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... enormous range of mental health problems, including substance abuse. Plenty of studies have shown that a ... understand the way their brain works and so change negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. Benefits include an ... 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 ...

    ... An overdose occurs when your body cannot handle the amount of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused and the person's tolerance, it's best to choose caution ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... consequences for violating the rules. However, as the opioid epidemic in our country ravages on, it remains to be seen how workplaces will handle the increasing number of employees struggling with substance abuse ... 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 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 ...

    ... strategy to use should it be warranted. If your friend or loved one meets the criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence, further steps are given that one may follow in planning and conducting a brief intervention for ... 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 ...

    ... disease .” Although medications for for alcohol abuse do exist, they have their own drawbacks. ... participants with a higher risk rate for alcohol abuse had significantly lower connectivity in the Executive Control ... 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
  • 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, ...

    ... to David J. Hanson, Ph.D., alcohol consumption in the United States is declining. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that Americans ages 14 and up drank an average of 2.31 gallons of alcohol ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... hormones and neurotransmitters. You need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Famous Alcohol Abusers

    Alcohol Abuse Among Celebrities In this day and age, it sometimes seems like we know more about celebrity lifestyles than we do about, say, a neighbor or extended family member. The increased visibility and resulting public scrutiny that famous ...

    ... Downey Jr., himself a recovering former alcohol and substance abuser, has made pleas to the public to ... changes that it brought about, as well as the negative health effects, led the young actor to seek treatment and ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Ecstasy Abuse

    Ecstasy may make its users feel ecstatic for a time, but when abused with alcohol , it can cause seriously negative effects on your health and even kill you. Even as the name for this drug changes to the more-friendly “Molly,” it does not mean ...

    ... ecstatic for a time, but when abused with alcohol , it can cause seriously negative effects on your health and even ... been labeled as a Schedule 1 substance, one with high abuse potential and no recognized medicinal use. ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse

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

    ... has the potential to result in a number of negative and even deadly health effects. One particular concern unique ... the subjective intoxication experienced from either substance alone. Furthermore, this chemical is slower ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... some cases, the negative health effects of excessive ... 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 ...

    ... ? Would you like to never have to take it again? Questions like these encourage parents to open up about their abuse. Obviously, this isn't a comprehensive list, but it is a start. Your goal is to provide an opening for ... 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 ...

    ... in its wake is devastating. Did you know this “heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of alcohol can literally break hearts . Here's how: Alcohol vs. The Heart: Alcohol Wins From minor harm to ... continue reading
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