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  • 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 ...

    ... circumstances? Hint: Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal . With drug problems so prevalent in the press, it is sometimes ... dangerous. Even if you were drinking heavily for just a couple of weeks, you can experience alcohol ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Oxycontin & Alcohol Abuse

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

    ... using drugs and alcohol, you can refer to our page on how to help someone with an OxyContin addiction. Treatment for Co- ... or groups for people with a history of physical or sexual abuse. Family or couples counseling groups ... continue reading
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  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

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

    ... loved ones. At American Addiction Centers, we have programs and professionals skilled in assisting families get their lives back on track. Call us at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Long-Term Effects FFSRS, the most well ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

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

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 birth. The Department of Corrective Services data ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... , the team found no evidence that moderate drinking (people who have up to two drinks per day) was better for a person's health than those who abstained from alcohol altogether. However, a key issue with the past studies ... 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 ...

    ... 135 pre-teen and teenaged boys and girls. They found that participants with a higher risk rate for alcohol abuse had significantly lower connectivity in the Executive Control Network (ECN) region of the brain, which ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

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

    ... and non-alcoholic choices. And as a distraction, all participants played bar games while enough time passed for two rounds of drinks. Researchers noted the beverages and drinking behavior of everyone in the room ... 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 ...

    ... your other organs don't get the blood they need for healthy functioning and suffer severe damage too. Cardiomyopathy can ... to heart failure. Arrhythmia: Your heart relies on an internal pacemaker to keep it pumping at ... 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 ...

    ... ten - said that they did drink alone at least on occasion. This is higher than the usual estimate of solitary ... alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings hit home for you, then maybe it's time to question why you ... 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 ...

    ... who drink alcohol have a greater risk of developing persistent HPV. Scientists in South Korea tested 9,230 women for HPV and found that the drinkers were three times more likely than non-drinkers to test positive . The ... 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 ...

    ... .com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people ... happening is that he's successfully managed to conceal his drinking… for now . HFA's don't show signs of alcoholism.” From ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill the bacteria roaming ...

    ... Down the “Knowns” and “Unknowns” We've known for a long time that alcohol abuse causes liver damage. In ... that bacteria we mentioned living in your gut? A couple of natural antibiotics, REG3B and REG3G, are produced ... 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 ...

    ... forced to deal with addiction publicly, it's natural for you to fear that your professional abilities will be ... will last a lifetime. Learn more about helping a drug-addicted loved one . Image Source: pixabay.com, en. ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

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

    ... dysfunction . Long-term alcohol abuse can cause damage to the nervous system, which is responsible for triggering the signals that cause an erection. Studies have also shown that prolonged abuse can cause irreversible ... continue reading
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

    You've tried it all: chasing drinks with water, drinking only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding headache, nausea, dry mouth and that feeling you were run over by a mack truck. ...

    ... only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with ... next day. To put it in perspective, this is the legal limit for driving in the US; so if you're too drunk to drive, ... 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 ...

    ... not perfect human beings, and chances are, the person on the receiving end is battling something themselves. Tip 3 ... spiel alone—in front of the mirror or in the car on the way to work—the better it got and the more ... 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 ...

    ... under the influence. But, is this true? Based on a recent study, researchers say no. The View is ... unhealthy ways to soothe nerves or to take the blame for bad behaviors. Whether alcohol reduces inhibitions or ramps up ... 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 ...

    ... Rural dwellers were also more likely to seek out treatment for prescription painkillers and stimulants. Urban addicts, however, primary abuse traditional street drugs like heroin and cocaine. Around 21.8 percent of city ... 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 ...

    ... pot before going to a party. Once there, she has a couple drinks, too. Before she knows it, there are pictures online ... the table tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet ... 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 ...

    ... occurs in periodic episodes, but atrial fibrillation may last for several days. Atrial fibrillation can occur among people ... weekends only. Adverse effects of alcohol on atrial fibrillation risk may be less pronounced ... 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 ...

    ... what greater risk they are putting themselves at for developing certain cancers, due to the amount ... know is trying to stop drinking and get sober, focus on the facts. Pay attention to the warning signs great researchers ... 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 ...

    ... and did during one of her blackouts. After a couple of weeks laying low, Candace re-appears, thinking that ... , but I do know she's going to cause a scene. For instance, one time at a wedding, she punched my boyfriend when ... 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 ...

    ... had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can you do to ... . Take two and call me in the morning: Popping a couple of aspirin before you hit the mattress to sleep it off ... 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 ...

    ... , but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one ... , and fear of losing their child to the addiction. For this reason, many parents continue to clean up their child ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... for people to stumble in the door at 3 a.m. and quickly raid the kitchen, sitting down to three bowls of cinnamon flavored cereal and a couple ... have a patient who has a drinking problem on top of an eating problem, that's ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Programs

    The U.S. government indicates that more than 17.5 million people are alcoholics or have problems with alcohol. That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible all around us gives many people a false sense of security about their own ...

    ... periods of time, can have a dramatic, negative impact on the body, particularly the liver, brain and throat. Make ... also not as easy as “just stopping” for many people. Psychological dependence aside, alcohol has some ... 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 ...

    ... etc. - alcohol is the second biggest risk factor for cancers of the mouth and throat, and people who ... make decisions about your drinking habits , avoid making them based on these myths. Myth #1 It's safe to drink more ... 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 ...

    ... lose relatively little. It really all depends on you and how much you're willing to ... It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't received such severe consequences, who ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

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

    ... in the United States, law enforcement is cracking down on it in major ways. At DrugAbuse.com, we see ... violations. Underage drinking is an epidemic and it's important for all of us to take this problem seriously. If you or ... 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 ...

    ... the last ten years by the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the Global Burden of Disease Alcohol Group, and meta-analysis completed by ... 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 ...

    ... …or Not To Drink? I posted this question on Facebook yesterday and received both positive and negative responses ... my home; I wouldn't go anywhere that served alcohol. For me, living like that was like living in a bubble. ... 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 ...

    ... accepted across the country as a safe limit for drivers. Until this month… Lawmakers in Utah decided ... the law is expected to take effect on December 30, 2018 - just in time for New Year's Eve celebrations. Once ... 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 ...

    ... detox and withdrawal symptoms to endure, oral hygiene tends to become a secondary priority for everyone, regardless of where they are on the disease spectrum. Those who are homeless need to address housing and employment ... 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 ...

    ... of the same age, however. They reported drinking alcohol only on a monthly basis. What's in a Drink? You can ... , a higher alcohol intake has the opposite effect. For example, low to moderate alcohol intake has been linked ... 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 night isn't an absolute indication you're headed for trouble. In fact, there's very little data ... “anything that disrupts your normal routine is going to put you on edge, but that's not an indication you have a use ... 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 ...

    ... in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, as well as corresponding author for the study. “On average, the time between drinking episodes was extended by only a few hours after a hangover ... 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 ...

    ... four or more drinks in one occasion and five or more for men. The massive quantity of alcohol used by binge drinkers ... adults report binge drinking four times each month, on average, but pointed out that a great majority ... 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 ...

    ... to listen to you, you do have the right to seek help for him. 2. Ask one of your child's friends to talk to ... is under eighteen, you can rightfully check him into rehab, with or without his permission. You may want ... continue reading
  • The Damage of Drinking During Early Pregnancy: 3 Myths Debunked

    Most of us are well aware that drinking throughout one's pregnancy can cause harm to an unborn baby. But with slightly more than half of all pregnancies in the U.S. being unintended , many women are simply unaware that they're pregnant for a few ...

    ... have known better : Most women don't realize they're pregnant for two weeks and it can be up to several weeks before ... , talk with your doctor and get recommendations on where to receive treatment. This will help you ... 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 ...

    ... my life. Instead, I suffered in silence, put on a facade that everything was fine and naively believed ... you. The bottom line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, ... 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? ...

    ... The company hopes that their whiskey-powered resource will spread worldwide as a replacement for gasoline. They have sights set on their fellow whiskey-producing countries, including Japan, India, and the US to grow the ... 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 ...

    ... 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 $70 million annually, boosting the funds for health and education programs ... 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 ...

    ... their addiction. Be especially wary if this is coupled with other tell-tale behavior. How to ... for an intervention. A counselor or local rehab center can give intervention advice on this complicated issue. An alcohol rehab ... 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 ...

    ... in the country, but have yet to reach a firm decision on the proposed “no fly” list. They've also considered prosecuting unruly passengers for causing disruptions mid-flight or violating blacklist restrictions should the ... 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 ...

    ... 1 Don't Stock It Some people always have milk on hand; others keep plenty of OJ stocked in the refrigerator ... his fridge with other drinks - ones that were much better for him. If friends or relatives brought booze to a get ... 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 ...

    ... from reality. Thankfully, this daily routine only lasted for a couple of weeks, as my no-care attitude soon handed ... to get rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox ... 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 ...

    ... s just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want ... one of those secrets we've been searching for. How? Alcohol accelerates the aging process. Drinking ... 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 ...

    ... possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger ... published last year in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that teens that combined the two substances ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial infections are two common culprits, you might be surprised to learn that frequent alcohol consumption ...

    ... health evaluation, each participant was followed up on for an average of 28 months. While light ... head of clinical medical sciences at Newcastle University. “It acts on the kidneys to make you pee out much more than you ... 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 ...

    ... felt the morning after drinking alcohol - had an impact on people who already had a genetic predisposition to drink too ... be possible to exploit this lucid memory for hangovers to curb excessive drinking. Reminding problem ... 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 ...

    ... behind the wheel of a car after a couple drinks means that you have disregarded not only ... also organizations that offer sober rides for anyone who needs them, especially on celebratory drinking nights such as New Years ... 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. ...

    ... on one short stay in rehab. It takes more than 30 days to develop and nurture a solid foundation for sobriety. It's something you'll need to work on ... day, write down a couple of things you are grateful for. If you're ... 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 ...

    ... “man's” problem. My, how things have changed… For years, researchers have warned that more and more women are ... gap that keeps narrowing all the time. After one drink on an empty stomach, a woman's blood alcohol level is ... 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 ...

    ... immediate and short-term memories to take hold. Receptors in our brains are responsible for helping us form and hold on to new memories. Alcohol, researchers have found, can interfere with those receptors, preventing the ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

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

    ... life-threatening. Her asthma had been under control for months. What happened? The Secret Ingredients Tracey is ... and decide what's best for their health. As for Tracy, she'll be sipping Perrier on her next date. Additional ... 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 ...

    ... , despite these positive findings, the University of Pennsylvania authors call for further steps to prevent needless injuries and deaths on the road. New strategies to encourage alternative forms of transportation, such ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much ... and night. All of these elements served as around-the-clock triggers for me. The urge to walk to the corner deli and buy a ... 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 ...

    ... and complete lack of appetite. On July 15, 2011, I experienced Delirium Tremens (DTs) for the first time. This was ... Help I Desperately Needed I never realized rehab was an option for someone like me. From the way these ... 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 ...

    ... We also do our best to mask potential problems, part of the reason for a $55 billion annual cosmetic industry. By the way, studies show that on average, a person uses seven (another study reported nine) skincare products ... 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 ...

    ... . Binge Drinking and Injuries Delayed wound healing is particularly dangerous for binge drinkers. Anyone who binges on alcohol is at a higher risk for sustaining injuries. We've all seen drunken people stumbling around ... 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 ...

    ... the first place . Pretty frightening, huh? Looking for Signs There are no definite signs to identify when ... is wrong. Most of the time, you can still carry on a conversation or engage in risky behaviors, such as driving a ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... will influence [people's] behaviour.” Based on her research into alcohol abuse by Australian ... alcoholic drinks rose from about 4.7 in 2001 to five in 2012. For women, the number increased by even more, from 2.8 per day ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... fact that decades have passed. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released data in March 2012 ... . After surveying 196 people who were receiving treatment for alcoholism, NIDA found that one-fourth of the men ... 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 ...

    ... for getting hurt or hurting others, alcohol is considered to cause the most harm . A study on marijuana use and intimate partner violence found that couples ... drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but especially ... 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 ...

    ... .” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a drunken attempt at leaping over a raging bonfire ... capacity to do them while drunk (like walking on an uneven or slippery surface). Still others ... 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
  • 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, ...

    ... s daughter loved to play softball. It was less fun for Molly. Before every game, she imagined all the injuries ... you're trying to stay on a path of sobriety , it's especially significant. For successful recovery, you need ... 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 ...

    ... , in both men and women, the risk of becoming dependent on alcohol increased substantially over the 12-month period following a divorce and remained elevated for many years afterward among those who didn't remarry. Yet ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

    Sara knew she drank too much . After years of struggling, she decided she needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started seeing a counselor. Sara explained to her therapist that she didn't think she could quit drinking ...

    ... altogether. She hoped she didn't need to. When out for a nice dinner or attending a get-together, she still wanted ... re right. An Epic Battle There are experts and ex-addicts on both sides of this fence. To say it's a long ... 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, ...

    ... drinking behavior would be considered alcoholic on many assessment tests . On the same chart, almost 30 percent ... and how often people drink heavily or binge drink . For instance, almost 2.5 percent of women and more than ... 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 ...

    ... 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 horrible hangover to show for it the next morning. But what if Kerry doesn't simply “sleep it ... 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
  • Alcohol and Cancer: What You Didn’t Know

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

    ... , 11 You might be asking yourself, “so…how much is too much?” On the one hand, drinking less than one drink a day increases my risk for breast cancer, and on the other hand, studies say that one drink a day can lower the ... 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 ...

    ... same path during the recovery process. Some go to rehab, others rely on a 12-step program to get help. But, ... one-size-fits-all approach to staying clean. Do what works for you and know that you have what it takes to keep ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... . If he is an alcoholic, wouldn't it be typical for him to deny it? What are the Warning Signs? My friends ... out. They don't see how much he seems to rely on drinking alcohol every day . I did some research and discovered ... 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 ...

    ... creates a problem for many students. Statistical research has shown that those who rely on alcohol to relieve ... likely to experience alcohol-related problems and meet criteria for an alcohol use disorder,” he said . “Thus, ... 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 ...

    ... caused by alcohol consumption.” As we know, alcohol consumption wreaks havoc on both of these organs. With this tomato discovery, we may have found a helpful antidote for some of the damage done by alcohol . Here's the ... 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 ...

    ... no matter what time of day it is. It may be someone on the other side of the world in the wee hours of the morning ... your recovery between meetings or appointments. Going online for community and support can be a great way ... 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 ...

    ... your risk of breast cancer. The overall risk is based on how much you drink on average each day over a lifetime. Alcohol, on its own, is not solely responsible for the incidence of breast cancer. However, abusing alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... trauma, but many who experience it ultimately turn to drugs or alcohol to numb their pain or escape reality. ... that I needed to drink. If it weren't for crashing into another car on my way home from a bar one night, who ... 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 ...

    ... Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the ... choice one can simply make, and it is ok to ask for help. Many people find themselves going back to old habits that ... 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 ...

    ... how much he loved to play the piano. Focused entirely on drinking for the past five years , he hadn't even touched a ... this image. The truth is, you're way more than your drug of choice. You're more than what you do or what ... 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 ...

    ... heart. I Ditched the Self-Pity Prior to my car crash, I always felt sorry for myself. Even though I had a great life, I focused on what everyone else had that I didn't. The constant resentment and injustice I felt caused ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ones they love most - for a while, at least. ... 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 ...

    ... disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug abuse. But none of those things stopped ... things?” Then she remembered something she'd read on a support group for parents. Crazy thoughts are normal. You can't ... 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 ...

    ... use and build stronger relationships. He's also co-founder, along with Carol Beyer, of Families for Sensible Drug Policy , an organization dedicated to implementing innovative public health initiatives with the goal of ... 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 ...

    ... after weeks of knocking back a couple cans of Red Bull every night, I was becoming dependent on that little “buzz” the drink ... likely to use certain drugs, along with being at an increased risk for alcoholism . “The ... 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. ...

    ... that road, but, she's not sure how to help. Get Ready for the Conversation Ever been in Krista's shoes? With more than 13 million Americans currently dependant on alcohol , it's likely you have - or will someday. If you ... 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 ...

    ... s dogs. Pavlov was a Russian scientist who was famous for his progressive ideas. He got a load of dogs ... at home? If you see a vehicle with a pizza chain emblazoned on the side pull up or perhaps a man with a box walking ... 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, ...

    ... essential for nerve cell repair. The chemicals in your brain rely on these nerve cells to transmit signals for all ... . Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... , 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 have the greatest impact. In fact, a ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse

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

    ... This produces a form of the drug that creates a more intense, but shorter “high” for the user. Crack's brief, ... for a rehab center that offers a program focusing on alcohol and crack addiction. The best-trained rehab ... 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 ...

    ... New York Senator Charles Schumer has also pushed for a ban on powdered alcohol, expressing concern that it could ... worth mentioning, however, that the Food and Drug Administration can ban a product that the Bureau ... 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 ...

    ... all 50 states, Bill and Tammy will have both surpassed the legal limit for driving. Why? What's so special about .08? Based on research, scientists determined that our coordination is noticeably impaired at this level ... 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 ...

    ... on where it should have been: on their sobriety . Could Smoking Negatively Affect Recovery? As it turns out, people in rehab ... in nicotine use. In the United States, for example, 40 percent of the population smoked in ... continue reading
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