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  • 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 ...

    ... may last for a few days, as the severe symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal can potentially appear somewhat later in some cases (24-72 hours post-abstinence). A dual diagnosis, or mental illness in addition to substance ... 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 ...

    ... it will pass. #4. Early Sobriety + PAWS Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is a controversial topic: some people ... parts of recovery. After years of having drugs or alcohol dictate your every decision, now you get to ... 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 ...

    ... to their over prescription for chronic and acute pain. Alarmingly, doctor supervision can be ... effects and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. 4. An estimated 88,000 people die per year due to alcohol. 4 Whether it ... continue reading
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  • Alcohol Abuse Treatment

    Should You Consider Treatment for Alcohol Abuse? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors an annual survey, known as the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The 2013 report makes notes that an estimated 22.7 ...

    ... enter into a dangerous period of acute alcohol withdrawal soon after their last drink. The timeframe during which the alcohol-dependent person may experience serious acute withdrawal symptoms will vary but, on average ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol Use

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

    ... lead to the development of severe physical dependence. Acute tolerance: Although tolerance is something that usually develops ... on your use, alcohol withdrawal can begin. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are dangerous and can ... 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 ...

    ... trained medical professional should be on hand to closely monitor the person in the midst of acute alcohol withdrawal. As one might guess, the daunting prospect of weathering these symptoms until they subside is one ... 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 ...

    ... Interventions page. Methods for Alcohol Withdrawal and Detoxing Withdrawing from alcohol can be difficult, uncomfortable and, in some instances, life threatening. Acute alcohol withdrawal shouldn't be attempted without ... 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 ...

    ... begin to fail. Symptoms of such an acute alcohol overdose may include unresponsiveness, mental confusion, ... and repeatedly, and can include tolerance to alcohol, withdrawal effects when abstinent, as well as continued ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

    Drinking alcohol puts you in a league with 70 percent of Americans who also do. And though nights spent with a beer, a glass of your favorite vino, or a mixed drink might seem like harmless fun, do you really know how it's affecting your body? Like ...

    ... has been known to result in an episode of acute pancreatitis. Alcoholic inflammation of the pancreas can lead to ... http://www.alcohol.org.nz/alcohol-you/your-body-alcohol/body-effects/mouth-and-throat http://www. ... continue reading
  • When Drinking Becomes Alcoholism

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

    ... can experience severe complications—such as seizures, agitation, and delirium tremens—in association with acute alcohol withdrawal and need expert medical oversight during this process. Use of medications —As part of ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ativan Abuse

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

    ... the opioids. Aside from being used to treat anxiety disorders, they are also useful in managing the effects of acute alcohol withdrawal. They are effective in this capacity because they share many similar effects with ... 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 ...

    ... Winehouse has much going for her but turned to drugs and alcohol due to stress and her sad life story. 6. Anthony ... Michael Jackson died in 2009 of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication following cardiac arrest ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Soma Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Soma Abuse When used with alcohol, Soma's effects are enhanced, making this combination a particularly risky one. Abusing Soma (a muscle relaxant) and alcohol (a depressant) together can compound the negative health ...

    ... help finding the right treatment program for you. Effects of Concurrent Alcohol and Soma Abuse While each drug used alone has its own ... supervised detoxification. Detox Supervised Detox Withdrawal can be scary for many ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ritalin Abuse

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

    ... . Treatment that includes supervised detox is extremely important for someone abusing alcohol because acute alcohol withdrawal can sometimes result in dangerous, potentially life-threatening symptoms. Treatment Once ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Vicodin Abuse

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

    ... a prescription opioid used to manage a number of acute pain issues. Its risks are minimized when taken exactly ... of mixing Vicodin and alcohol also include: Potential Alcohol/Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Nausea. Vomiting. ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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

    ... '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 and hadn't been able to get his fix tonight. Six months ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

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

    ... ugly head in many ways. It often includes a fear of what life may be like without a substance, fear of what withdrawal will be like, fear that treatment won't work or even fear that you will fail and not make it to the ... 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 ...

    ... and immature. I only drove to-and-from work and, during the day, I only drank enough to avoid withdrawal. I was “responsible.” I managed to keep this routine going for months. My probation officer seemed to always have ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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, ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

    Once January has come and gone, new years' resolutions can be difficult to follow through on—especially when your resolution is to get sober. It's easy to keep putting it off every month until you eventually forget why you wanted to do it in the ...

    Once January has come and gone, new years' resolutions can be difficult to follow through on—especially when your resolution is to get sober. It's easy to keep putting it off every month until you eventually forget why ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

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

    ... chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one important truth: Your ... no longer irritable or constantly thinking about avoiding withdrawal. Jenny found that she really loves being with ... 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 ...

    ... post-natal. Research shows that a few factors play a major role in how severe the effects of alcohol ... , E. P. (1998). Fetal alcohol syndrome: does alcohol withdrawal play a role?. Alcohol Health & Research World , 22 (1 ... continue reading
  • Is There a Cure for Alcoholism?

    We're often asked whether there's a cure for alcoholism . Often this is by a concerned partner or friend, and sometimes it's by someone who suffers from the disease. Like many diseases, however, the answer lies between yes and no. The problem with ...

    ... , know that you can use or toll-free number anytime to speak to one of our helpline specialists - 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Feel Differently? See the related view in our The Complete Guide to Alcohol Withdrawal post. continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ...

    ... two bottles a day of whatever vodka was the cheapest. At this point, I was either severely sick from alcohol withdrawals or totally blacked out. This had been my daily routine for four years. It Gets Worse Before it Gets ... 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 ...

    ... is most likely to have been admitted to the hospital due to the higher risk of his circumstances? Hint: Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal . With drug problems so prevalent in the press, it is sometimes easy to forget that ... 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, ...

    ... set of alcohol withdrawal symptoms referred ... alcohol use disorder and have enrolled in a detox program, you'll receive an evaluation during intake. Your clinician will also discuss the detoxification process and post-detox ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

    Lisa Frederiksen likens the public's understanding of secondhand drinking to 30 years ago when doctors proved that lung cancer in nonsmokers was a direct link to secondhand cigarette smoke. Frederiksen, author, speaker, consultant and founder of ...

    ... is your life, your sanity and your health.” If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol abuse, help is available. Start by learning more about the available treatment options . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... her professional success “an embarrassment of riches” that she never expected, especially back when she was still using alcohol and drugs. “I had never anticipated also to not be going through my days drinking,” she said ... 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 ...

    ... it's wrong for teens to smoke cigarettes, but only 42 percent think it's wrong for teens to drink alcohol and/or smoke marijuana . Over two-thirds of the students say smoking cigarettes is bad for your health, but ... 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 ...

    ... at a younger age (between 15 and 17 years) and abused their drugs of choice intermittently. They abuse alcohol at a much higher rate than their city counterparts (49.5 percent versus 36.1 percent). Rural dwellers were ... 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 ...

    ... one doesn't want to socialize unless drugs and alcohol are involved - it's likely a sign that there ... or she could regularly be suffering from hangovers or withdrawal symptoms. Losing Interest in Hobbies If you notice ... 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 ...

    ... 't always have to be a bad thing. In my case, it gave me clarity and much-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 ... 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 ...

    ... doesn't exist. After all, he's still stricken with the craving, withdrawal and tolerance that comes with a serious dependency to alcohol.No one can drink heavily and maintain major responsibilities over long periods of ... 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 ...

    ... my neighborhood seemed to keep me stuck repeating the same vicious cycle. All of the noise, the availability of alcohol , and the social atmosphere where every event took place at a bar and everyone drank, was too much ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

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

    ... , researchers found these students exhibited: Higher rates of cocaine use Prescription stimulant misuse Higher rates of alcohol abuse We Need to Know More Not only does this study show energy drinks have the potential ... 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 ...

    ... were published in the May 2014 online-only issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Additional Reading: No Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... else had that I didn't. The constant resentment and injustice I felt caused me to look for an escape through alcohol . Now, I can look back at the fallacy of my thinking and recognize all the great things I have going ... 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 ...

    ... from drug problems as a youth. She shared this: “I see it just like how we talk about tobacco or alcohol use . There are risks for young people to use any substance with a still developing brain. Through education and ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when ...

    ... society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when you ... 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 ...

    ... ? Parenting a teenager is already difficult, but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that seems nearly almost impossible. And, for many parents, it actually is ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

    The time is now to make a change, and stick to it . The following 21 tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support in nature. ...

    ... flowing, it's good for your sobriety. 4. Don't test your willpower. Get rid of all of the alcohol in your house, including bottles “for guests” or special occasions. 5. Embrace change. Change is good, especially when you ... 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 ...

    ... at high doses it's thought to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It's been found to help with rapid detox from substances including opiates, alcohol, cocaine, methadone and benzos. 12. Meditation In the last few ... continue reading
  • Off the Booze

    1 in 10 Americans have given up alcohol since the start of the ...

    1 in 10 Americans have given up alcohol since the start of the pandemic. continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and DXM Abuse

    Alcohol and DXM are both potentially addictive substances. Problematic use of each can lead to a range of negative health effects. When taken together, their effects are heightened, and the dangers of each are potentiated, and so is the danger. The ...

    ... the same is not true with alcohol. Abrupt withdrawal from consistent alcohol use can result in: Headache. ... for those in recovery to return to, post-treatment. Motivational interviewing encourages the addict to engage ... continue reading
  • The State Of Alcohol In America

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

    ... enthusiastic about the booze we choose. But whichever variety of alcohol we prefer, responsibility must be our priority . Though social media posts accentuate the highlights of hard partying, excessive drinking can lead ... 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 ...

    ... needs …and rightfully so. With detox and withdrawal symptoms to endure, oral hygiene tends to ... agent named Lisa serves as a perfect example of alcohol-related dental problems. After spending a few months in recovery ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    ... lonely existence. You must know that, if he could, he'd gladly choose to walk away from drugs or alcohol. Since that's not generally an option, show your love and concern by providing support, consistency, and courage. I ... 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. ...

    ... . Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency ... d never be able to manage my problems without drugs/alcohol. For addicts, even the smallest life problems can become ... continue reading
  • Understanding Teen Alcoholism

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

    ... and behavioral causes of their addiction. Doctors are on staff to help manage the physical effects of alcohol withdrawal as well as provide medical care and prescription drugs when appropriate. Though your child may not ... 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 ...

    ... a long and stressful day. This habit can quickly progress since it'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 ... 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 ...

    ... her adult life. In fact, these traumatic experiences are directly related to problem drinking in adolescence and drug/alcohol addiction in adulthood. So, what is it that puts these kids at risk for addiction in adulthood ... 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 ...

    ... my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” However, Lynch made it clear that she didn't agree with ... alcohol. “There is clear evidence that in some people, marijuana use can lead to withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... the Old While some older studies show that Type B's are more impulsive and have a stronger family history of alcohol abuse , Type A's are more prone to becoming overwhelmed by stress and more likely to use substances as ... 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 ...

    ... my old way of thinking and living, or continue going down a much happier, healthier path. The truth was, without alcohol in my life for several years at that point, I looked better and felt better about myself than I had ... 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. ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... or work through any steps. Here's how it works: First, the site tests to see if you have a bias towards alcohol. If you do, you can spend 15 minutes each day for four days using the training tool to change this bias. You ... 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 ...

    ... drunken moment phenomenon is seen in a new study that suggests people are momentarily happier when drinking alcohol, but in the long-term, drinking never equates to increased satisfaction with life. In fact, the research ... 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 ...

    ... impaired. Ignition interlock devices, which are installed in a person'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 ... continue reading
  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

    Cheap Drinks - Drinking More Percentage of people who have been drinking more during lockdown as it's cheaper than going ...

    Cheap Drinks - Drinking More Percentage of people who have been drinking more during lockdown as it's cheaper than going out 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 ...

    ... Thoughts of Lisa lying dead on the couch where she slumbered, once again sleeping off dangerous levels of blood alcohol. She began to imagine a peaceful existence, one without 2 a.m. drunk phone calls and rushed trips to ... 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 ...

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

    ... yourself that you have a problem over which you have no control. By admitting you are powerless over alcohol (and that your life has become unmanageable), you can overcome that self-deception that keeps so many addicts ... continue reading
  • 5 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Men

    Addiction affects millions of men and women across the United States and many of them seek help from addiction treatment centers each year. National surveys conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicate ...

    ... than women to relapse after treatment . 2 The evidence shows that men are seriously at risk for drug and alcohol problems and might not be receiving the help they need. You should look for certain things in a program if ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Steroid Abuse

    Anabolic steroids are synthetic drugs that mimic some of the hormonal effects that testosterone has on the body. They are sometimes used to prevent the loss of healthy body mass seen in chronic, 'wasting' conditions such as AIDS and some forms of ...

    ... . Learn how to take your first step. Treatment for Co-occurring Alcohol and Steroid Addiction Both alcohol and steroids cause a range of withdrawal symptoms include those that rest on a continuum from uncomfortable to ... continue reading
  • Mixing Alcohol with Drugs

    Mixing alcohol with prescription drugs or illicit drugs (known as polysubstance use), can have dangerous health effects that many people may not realize. Since alcohol is such a commonly used substance, it's even more important to understand how it ...

    ... dealt with by prioritizing treatment and addressing potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms first, such as those associated with alcohol or benzodiazepines, followed by opioids. 14 However, it is important ... 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 ...

    ... an AUD, there are some things to consider when looking for treatment: Medical detox . The withdrawal syndrome from alcohol can be very dangerous, sometimes inducing seizures and/or delirium tremens. If you're thinking of ... 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 ...

    ... author Emmanuel Darcq, PhD, a former post-doctoral fellow currently working at McGill University in ... had their BDNF levels restored to normal and their alcohol consumption went back to a moderate amount. Will this ... 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 ...

    ... tragic listening, but here are a few of your options. If your parent beats you while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, you need to seek help. It's likely that people have already noticed that you suffer from ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... such as vodka and then using them, which apparently results in a long-lasting intense high because the alcohol is absorbed directly by the bloodstream. Even if you don't have a daughter, be wary. Your son might be ... 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 ...

    ... pills per day. Her prescription drug use was out of control, and the court ordered her to go to alcohol and drug addiction rehab before the custody situation would be reviewed. 6. Charlie Sheen The king of all meltdowns ... 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 ...

    ... costs, court costs, legal fees, DUI education programs, higher insurance premiums, probation fees, drug and alcohol assessment and counseling, license reinstatement fees, and loss of work income, just to name a few ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... he's getting out there, right? Different Drugs, Different Outcomes Heather and Dave share a common story. Alcohol, pot, benzos, cocaine…they're all frequently used in an attempt to “help” people overcome intimidating ... 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 ...

    ... addiction. The only way to get rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading: Shooting Up - ... 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 ...

    ... s hard to predict how anyone will respond to trauma, but many who experience it ultimately turn to drugs or alcohol to numb their pain or escape reality. I was one of those people. Seeking Refuge About seven years ago, I ... continue reading
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  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

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

    ... mothers prone to heavy drinking while pregnant A comparison group consisted of 47,68 mothers - women with no alcohol-related diagnoses Each group was matched based on maternal age within race and the year of the child's ... 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 ...

    ... 't even receiving treatment today…it's pretty clear we have a problem on our hands. With opioid and alcohol abuse on the rise, our nation is dangerously imbalanced. As treatment waiting lists continue to grow, so do the ... 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? ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

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

    ... is drastically different from traditional treatment modalities, like the 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then receive the MDMA treatment over the course of one ... 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 ...

    ... a liability yourself - especially if you don't have cold, hard proof of the other's drug or alcohol use. That's why more than half of employers (approximately 57 percent) have begun utilizing workplace drug programs that ... 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. ...

    ... , too. Becca has struggled with anxiety and bouts of depression over the years; Krista's worried her friend is using to alcohol to cope with those feelings. She doesn't want to see Becca go down that road, but, she's not ... 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 ...

    ... , voting earlier this month to lower the blood alcohol content limit for drunk driving offenses to 0.05 ... s roads any safer. She notes that 77 percent of alcohol-related traffic deaths in Utah are due to drivers with a ... 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 ...

    ... higher in the teens with early symptoms of alcohol abuse . The solitary drinkers also drank more ... were much more likely to develop serious alcohol problems, including alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings ... 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 ...

    ... AA members, however, the Big Book serves as a trusted guideline for navigating life without drugs or alcohol. The group and its founding principles serve as a source of help and support. Participants are encouraged ... continue reading
  • Off the Booze

    Th1 IN 10 AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP ALCOHOL SINCE THE START OF THE ...

    Th1 IN 10 AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP ALCOHOL SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC. continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ultram Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Ultram Abuse Abusing Ultram and alcohol together can have harmful effects on one another, leading to increased risk of serious side effects. The prescription drug Ultram (generic name: tramadol) is a pain reliever with ...

    ... and your mental and physical health Post-rehab Aftercare includes resources for recovery after treatment ... withdrawal issues. Additionally, some programs utilize various pharmaceuticals in the treatment of alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... to get help. Calling 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? could save a life. Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse Treatment Withdrawal symptoms, ranging from merely uncomfortable to life-threatening, have long been known for people ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse

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

    ... medical events from taking place as a result of the withdrawal symptoms which include those listed below. Withdrawal Symptoms Withdrawal from alcohol can lead to the following symptoms: Headache. Nausea. Insomnia. Fever ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Carisoprodol Abuse

    Carisoprodol, sold in the United States under the brand name Soma , is a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant that is prescribed to relieve discomfort related to painful musculoskeletal conditions such as muscle injuries and spasms. ...

    ... can be habit-forming and its use can result in unpleasant withdrawal symptoms , especially when combined with alcohol. The Problem of Alcohol and Carisoprodol Abuse Carisoprodol has become a popular recreational drug of ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Tramadol Abuse

    Tramadol is scientifically known as tramadol hydrochloride, and it works as an acting analgesic (painkiller) affecting the central nervous system. Tramadol is also known by the brand names: Ultram. Ultracet. Alcohol also acts as a central nervous ...

    ... in an inpatient environment is important due to associated withdrawal symptoms which can be intense and even dangerous (e.g., alcohol withdrawal can induce seizures). Medically-assisted detoxification allows for the ... continue reading
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