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  • 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 ...

    ... of Psychology and director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center at the University of Rhode ... faith and believe that what is waiting on the other side of addiction is a path to a more fulfilling future. It is a ... 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 ...

    ... show that on average, a person uses seven (another study reported nine) skincare products each day. Prevention is key. So, for example, reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption are relatively easy ways to prevent ... 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 ...

    ... times a month, consuming an average of six drinks per occasion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The increase in alcohol consumption isn't limited to young singles. In a recent study of 1,250 ... continue reading
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  • 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 drinking too much, no matter what “tricks” you use to avoid them. Hair of the Dog A study from the Netherlands and Canada found that a vast majority of drinkers experience hangovers after a night of heavy drinking ... 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 ...

    ... recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of a Deadly Problem Of the ... Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continue to drink, despite problems ... 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 ...

    ... have wondered that exact thing. Studying Alcohol and Memory Loss Dr. Mark Rose is a licensed psychologist and addiction researcher who has studied precisely what goes on in our brains when we drink to the point of memory ... continue reading
  • Warning: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

    Based on tons of research, we already know that heavy drinking can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about moderate drinking levels? Can it really hurt to knock back one drink a day? According to a recent study, ...

    ... safe drinking level” may still increase the risk for cancer. Dr. Jürgen Rehm, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada shared his recommendations based on this study: “People with a family history ... 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 ...

    ... in the mice. Both the compound and the genetic alteration could have a major impact on drug and alcohol treatment and prevention in humans, say researchers. There are currently an estimated 16.6 million adults in the US ... 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 ...

    ... risk by damaging DNA in cells, triggering a response from the body to develop cancerous cells. Compared to women ... the development of breast cancer, an ounce of prevention can make the difference of a lifetime.Keep in ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a great ...

    ... consumption can result in vaginal dryness. Delay or prevention of orgasm : One study found that 11percent ... to prevent adverse physical and mental effects is to abstain from using. When the body is free of alcohol, adverse ... 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 ...

    ... Back To the Drawing Board So what's the takeaway message from this study? “It is probably a waste of time to ... Reading: No Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... simply not true. It's just as effective as the practice from which the saying originated: An ancient therapy for rabies was to ... Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... risks, no one has pinned downed the trigger factor that leads an alcoholic to cardiac arrhythmias. A new study from Sweden now suggests that moderate to heavy consumption of wine and liquor increases the risk for atrial ... 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 ...

    ... who they socialize with. The study analyzed 46 “drinking partners” with already established relationships, ranging in age from 19 to 60-years-old. One person in every pair was given secret instruction to either consume ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... on their back. Do not give them more alcohol. Do not make them walk. One person dies each week from alcohol poisoning. Reacting quickly with the proper response could save your loved one's life. Additional Reading: I Did ... 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 ...

    ... not, the abuse of alcohol can literally break hearts . Here's how: Alcohol vs. The Heart: Alcohol Wins From minor harm to fatal injury, alcohol abuse can destroy the heart and its systems. The following list details the ... continue reading
  • Big Surprise: What Age Does Our Alcohol Consumption Peak?

    Most people associate an age-related life crisis with middle-age, but all the uproar and uncertainty of our 20s can apparently do a number as well. In fact, a new study found that peak alcohol consumption takes place at the tender age of 25…before ...

    ... . Is this the New Golden Age? The comprehensive findings , published in BMC Medicine , focused on data from 174,000 alcohol observations that were collected between the years of 1979 and 2013. Researchers found that a ... 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 ...

    ... .” The more alcohol a student consumes in a week, the lower his or her GPA slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in the A range consumes ... 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 ...

    ... .) Myth #5 If I eat a big meal before I drink, I won't get drunk. Truth: Food does not prevent alcohol from affecting your body. The alcohol still gets in your system. It may be delayed a bit by the food, which will slow ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

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

    ... also trigger asthma symptoms. Catching Your Breath Those with asthma know this condition can be anything from a minor annoyance to a life-threatening illness. Understanding the potential effects of alcohol is essential ... 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. ...

    ... this time was that the owner had purchased new wine glasses since their last visit. The stemware they drank from tonight was larger than the previous wine glasses. It wasn't a change either woman noticed, at least ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... outside observers “saw far fewer differences between the participants' sober and drunk 'personalities.'” From the outside, participants appeared somewhat more outgoing (extraversion). That was it. No major personality ... 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. ...

    ... for yourself, too. If your friend's choices have had a negative impact on your life, you might benefit from counseling or a support group . What's even better, as you work through your own issues, you become better ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 percent to 9 percent. At the time, the goal was to increase revenues. The hike has generated about ... 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 ...

    ... are standing by ready to help you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... 't these harsher standards been more widely adopted in the US? It's mostly due to pressure from the hospitality industry. Even in Utah, the American Beverage Institute and the Utah Restaurant Association strongly opposed ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

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

    ... behavior, as well as allow the other person to do a little spousal monitoring by preventing the other from developing bad habits. It also helps by creating an awareness of problem drinking patterns. Research also shows ... 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 ...

    ... and driving, utilize a designated driver service in your area. Opt to take a taxi, Lyft, or Uber to get to and from your destination—the cost of a ride will be much less than the cost of a DUI fine or court case. In many ... 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 ...

    ... : Liver disease : Women are more likely to develop alcoholic hepatitis (liver inflammation) and to die from cirrhosis. Brain disease : Research suggests that women are more vulnerable than men to alcohol-induced brain ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... women had one thing in common: They all came from a long line of addicts, specifically their mothers. Examining ... be taken into consideration to develop targeted prevention programs, especially since early-life contact ... 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 ...

    ... well as a much freer one, in the process. Here are 8 tips to keep in mind when coming out of the addiction closet. Tip 1: Embrace First and foremost, you must admit to yourself that you have a problem over which you have ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... drink, plan ahead. You can create a relapse prevention map that you can refer to throughout the event. ... morning you will feel a lot better if you stay away from alcohol. You can both even plan something fun in the morning ... 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, ...

    ... drinkers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, more than 13 percent of people over ... those drinks, that could be considered an alcohol addiction problem. When you add both sections together and ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

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

    ... . But, did you realize this dehydration wrinkles our skin? When we're dehydrated , our skin is dry from the inside out. This makes it wrinkle more quickly. Fine lines and wrinkles appear, which continue to grow deeper ... 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 ...

    ... 't the only negative outcome caused by alcohol . Your kidneys are tasked with filtering harmful substances from the blood and alcohol consumption makes them work significantly harder. Heavy alcohol consumption also dries ... 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 ...

    ... roughly 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 ... 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 ...

    ... who already had a genetic predisposition to drink too much. To arrive at his conclusion, Dr. Stephens used data from two studies. The first one asked 142 people - 24 of whom had a family history of problem drinking - ... 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 ...

    ... we're also conditioned to believe personal stories. This is because our learning processes are designed to help us learn from our surroundings (Don't go near the lake; little Jimmy fell in the other day and was eaten by ... continue reading
  • .08: Why is this the “Magic” Number?

    Bill weighs 170 pounds. After drinking five beers in two hours, his blood alcohol content (BAC) will be over .08 percent. His wife, Tammy, weighs 120. Her BAC will reach .08 during that same time period after just three beers. According to laws ...

    ... on the steering wheel or our feet on the brake pedal. The alcohol delays our reaction time too much and prevents us from driving safely. A Bit of BAC History… Back in the late 1990s, this BAC law was not uniform. Laws in ... 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 ...

    ... and get sober, focus on the facts. Pay attention to the warning signs great researchers like the ones from this study are producing. Scientific knowledge may be the solid basis someone needs to kick start their journey ... 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 ...

    ... is especially high. What's the takeaway here? It's never a good idea to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but especially both . Learning and Memory After a long night of heavy drinking, you may not remember ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

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

    ... switch. If a certain level of alcohol is detected in the driver's breath, the device will prevent the car from operating. The research was led by author Elinore J. Kaufman and senior author Dr. Douglas J. Wiebe, who used ... 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 ...

    ... that hearing, often wondering if what my prosecutor said was true. Did sending people to prison really prevent others from getting behind the wheel after knocking back a few too many? I highly doubted it. After all, how ... 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 ...

    ... lived in a cheap part of town which made it easy to pay the rent. I knew finding a place away from the chaos would be more expensive and require a commute back and forth to work. I thought about a million trivial details ... 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? ...

    ... Some moonshine , maybe? Actually, the gasoline used to run modern cars contains ethanol ( drinking alcohol ). Even from the beginning, alcohol and cars were linked. Henry Ford's Model T was designed to run on ethanol as ... 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 ...

    ... drinks and glasses of water or non-alcoholic beverages. This kept her hydrated, filled her up, and prevented her from drinking too much alcohol. She also made it a policy to always say “no” to drinking contests. Donna's ... 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 ...

    ... care of me and the kids.) Has he become isolated and distant from friends and family? (He works a lot, so it's not like ... get worse. Meanwhile, I plan to continue researching addiction and I'm seeking a support group for ... 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. ...

    ... to work on every day. 12. Be good to yourself. Addiction beats you up. Now that you're in recovery, treat ... just feels good. 17. Be willing to walk away from stressful situations. You have enough stress in your life. ... 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 ...

    ... often leading to physical injury. Whether wounds come from car accidents, trip and fall accidents, stabbings, ... binge drinking has on the body's ability to properly heal from skin wounds. To do this, they gave half of the ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

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

    ... t mean you can do a tequila shot with a tomato chaser and escape the consequences. This fruit won't save you from the headache and other horrors of a hangover . It also doesn't prevent the intoxication that leads to poor ... continue reading
  • Quit Alcohol: 3 Life Changing Reasons

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

    ... you've had your eyes on, or save for a dream vacation. Try this: for the next 7 days, set aside your receipts from alcohol purchases. At the end of the week add up your total and multiply that by 4 and then by 12. That's ... 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 ...

    ... 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 tea ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... own. The compassionate admissions navigators at American Addiction Centers are equipped to help you find the ... a call at Additional Reading: Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques! Image ... 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 ...

    ... 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 figures obtained by The Sun show that ... 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 ...

    ... directly related to alcohol. A high proportion of deaths from falls, fires and burns are linked to drinking. Alcohol ... or medication, alcohol can also interfere with these drugs. The result may be delayed surgery or other ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live ...

    ... : light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live up to the hype? A new study is calling these old claims ... 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 ...

    ... debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ... be more likely to have problems with alcohol or drugs than those who scored lower on the scale. ... 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 ...

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look ... addicted, per se.” “Dependence often goes hand in hand with addiction, but they're not the same things,” he explains. “ ... 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 ...

    ... is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how ... long-term future. Additional Reading: 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You ... 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 ...

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research ... Rob, PhD, Endowed Chair of Cell Biology of Addiction in Neurology at UC-San Francisco, and author ... 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 ...

    ... , Sarah Hepola even recounts a drunken night where, once emerging from a blackout, she finds herself naked in bed with a ... will be disrupted. And finally, just like addiction, blackouts don't discriminate. They occur not ... 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 ...

    ... The next day, however, you're right back where you started from - only now you have a migraine and the smell of food ... provide you with options to better cope with alcohol addiction. Call today, . The Bottom Line Despite ... 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 ...

    ... glass when no one's around. Are you feeling guilty about your need to drink and thus hiding it from others? Are you trying to cope with negative external factors? Are you simply just bored? Whatever the reason, drinking ... 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 ...

    ... Alcohol is one of the most widely used and abused drugs across the globe. When we drink alcohol, we're ... put our stress, problems and insecurities aside. We are free from the worries that weigh us down - at least for a ... 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 ...

    ... Perception Alters Reality Many people suffering from chemical dependency think asking for help ... ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help ... 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 ...

    ... Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and interact ... not connect. Continued use leads to reliance, then addiction …and this cycle does not encourage intimacy. Quite ... 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 ...

    ... poor development of oxytocin, commonly referred to as the “love hormone,” could be associated with drug and alcohol addiction. They hypothesize that lower amounts of oxytocin can cause a lack of resistance to addictive ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

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

    ... study appearing in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections evaluated data from 1,300 U.S. men and found those who drank ... by suggesting that tobacco use and nicotine addiction can also weaken immune systems and increase ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

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

    ... and colleagues, whose findings were published in Addiction Journal. Just the Facts According to this ... the big picture. Each year, 7.6 million people die from cancer. Six percent of that huge figure is still pretty big ... 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 ...

    ... of his alcohol abuse; her baby brother died from heart disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug abuse. But none of those things stopped Jane from being furious in this moment, because her daughter ... 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 ...

    ... are always providing links to valuable information or sharing their stories of addiction and recovery. By tapping into an online network, you expand your ability to learn from others. And knowledge is power. It's a Great ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... ” is hazardous, the combination of the two can be a recipe for disaster. In short, combining drugs and alcohol either masks effects, which increases the risk of consuming too much, or the combination causes a “double ... 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. ...

    ... he could no longer expect anything from anyone. Jim wouldn't ask for help from anybody. If he couldn't go ... over years of suffering in a household run by addiction, they can be difficult to overcome. Remain sensitive to ... 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 ...

    ... to seek help . It's created by a particular event or from a slow decline over time. Either way, hitting rock bottom ... consider this to be the third stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and different ... 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 ...

    ... or festivals. “What's to stop a bad individual from sprinkling powdered alcohol into someone's lunch or dinner when ... worth mentioning, however, that the Food and Drug Administration can ban a product that the Bureau ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's nobody's business. She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across ...

    ... her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across the room. Candace is an alcoholic and everyone knows ... she doesn't feel anymore. Whenever alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful feelings ... 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 ...

    ... thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric ... find themselves going back to old habits that stop them from living the life they deserve. If you find yourself going ... 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 ...

    ... The first “condition” of my probation was to not drink or use drugs . The second was to not drive a car. I broke both ... you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share your ... 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 ...

    ... a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when you're a person recovering from some form of addiction such as alcoholism , as a lot of supervisors (through their own fault or otherwise) can be ... 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 needed. Many people have lost a lot to the disease of addiction, including the support from their loved ones. At American Addiction Centers, we have programs and professionals skilled in assisting families get their ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... he became a prominent public figure and solidified a place in history, Jobs never shied away from speaking his mind or discussing his views on drugs. Jobs never hid the fact that he experimented with LSD in the 1960s. In ... 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 ...

    ... programs, higher insurance premiums, probation fees, drug and alcohol assessment and counseling, license reinstatement ... first-time drunk driving offense with no accident involved ranges from $9,000 to $24,000. It's Never ... 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 and can begin dealing with the other mental, emotional and physical side effects of addiction. The Symptoms of Drug Withdrawal You may be wondering, 'what does dope sickness feel like?' Symptoms of being dope ... 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 ...

    ... issue of the journal Clinical Chemistry. Researchers analyzed data from 19 cannabis users who were split into two groups. ... in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that teens that combined the two substances ... 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 ...

    ... very high among people with other addictions,” Campbell said. “This increases disease burden and mortality and may contribute to difficulty maintaining abstinence from other drugs.” Among the 1,113 participants surveyed ... 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 ...

    ... surprised by the outcome, considering previous results from other studies. Some say the baclofen ... mouth and tiredness don't appear to be too adverse. If the drug helps, and these are the only negatives, it might be worth ... 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 ...

    ... times of my life, but taking a “time-out” from society really forced me to sit and think about my drinking ... better person - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change ... 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 ...

    ... protocols, such as working from home. DrugAbuse.com , a provider of drug and alcohol treatment resources and ... theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/28/americans-addiction-rrelapse-coronavirus ***https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic- ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal ... 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 ...

    ... blown addiction? Parenting a teenager is already difficult, but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/ ... the addiction. While many things may have led up to the chemical dependency, removing blame from the ... 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 ...

    ... cult here. If you're familiar with the world of addiction recovery, then you're no doubt acquainted with Alcoholics ... as a trusted guideline for navigating life without drugs or alcohol. The group and its founding ... continue reading
  • Is My Loved One an Alcoholic?

    It isn't easy to detect when a loved one is neck deep in alcoholism until a tragedy strikes. They may not exhibit the overt signs of substance abuse such as staggering, slurring, and a decline in health. Instead, you may watch out for the following ...

    ... as a result. 2 If you are living with a person with an alcohol addiction, things may start disappearing from the house. You may notice your valuables mysteriously disappearing. The jewelry, heirlooms, phones, cameras ... 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 ...

    ... kinds of issues. Kids need us to 'be real' about drug use by listening to what they have to tell us about ... a Certified Youth Recovery Specialist and in long-term recovery from drug problems as a youth. She shared this: “I ... 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 ...

    ... kids want is to end up disabled or disfigured due to drug or alcohol use. Alcohol can damage your body, including your ... to a medical provider who can discuss your addiction treatment options and make your teen aware of ... 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 ...

    ... emergencies; that's certainly true in the case of a drug overdose. If you find a loved one has overdosed, or ... will be inadequate in these cases. Saving someone from an opiate overdose, however, requires quick reaction ... 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 ...

    ... for now . HFA's don't show signs of alcoholism.” From the outside, it may seem like he's got it all together ... goes to extreme lengths to both feed and hide his addiction. And since he's convinced himself that he simply ... 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; ...

    ... understand that nobody wants to live this way. Addiction creates a dark and 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 ... 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 ...

    ... hangover or comedown from that last binge. Depending on the severity of your addiction, you might ... the most empowering parts of recovery. After years of having drugs or alcohol dictate your every decision, now you get to ... 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 ...

    ... or miss school. If your teen has been concealing school absences from you, that is a sign that there may be a problem. ... through the emotional and behavioral causes of their addiction. Doctors are on staff to help manage ... continue reading
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