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  • 5 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Men

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

    ... fix. Recovery continues well after treatment ends, so having a good aftercare plan is essential, especially for men at risk of relapse. Aftercare planning can include setting up therapy appointments, finding housing, and ... 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 ...

    ... becoming alcoholics in adulthood. After surveying 196 people who were receiving treatment for alcoholism, NIDA found that one-fourth of the men and one-third of the women had experienced physical abuse during childhood ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol Withdrawal

    Two men in their early 30s enter an emergency room. One is suffering from heroin withdrawal and the other from alcohol withdrawal. One of the men is given some medication to reduce the painful effects of his symptoms and released within 2 hours of ...

    ... and the other from alcohol withdrawal. One of the men is given some medication to reduce the painful effects ... it deter you from getting treatment for your addiction. There are many rehab centers that will help you recover ... continue reading
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  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

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

    ... addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women ... attending treatment if they have to care for children. 1,2 Each rehab program is unique and offers different treatment ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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

    ... asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected ... Timeline If Bill can convince John to go to the rehab facility , he'll receive professional treatment to help him ... 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, ...

    ... idea of drinking rates and how often people drink heavily or binge drink . For instance, almost 2.5 percent of women and more than 5.5 percent of men claim to drink daily. Almost 2.5 percent of women and almost 5 percent ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... (that's roughly six per day), three-quarters were men between the ages of 35 and 64 with the highest ... or more drinks in one occasion and five or more for men. The massive quantity of alcohol used by binge drinkers can ... 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 ...

    ... declining again in older age. However, middle-aged men are the most consistent drinkers , with many ... health, 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 ...

    ... 's Health, George Koob, Ph.D., believes having a drink or two every night isn't an absolute indication you're headed for trouble. In fact, there's very little data about one or two drinks negatively impacting your health ... 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 ...

    ... blood throughout your body. As a result, your other organs don't get the blood they need for healthy functioning and suffer severe damage too. Cardiomyopathy can cause fatigue, breathing difficulties and even lead to ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

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

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

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

    ... with a BAC of 0.08 or higher had hangovers the next day. To put it in perspective, this is the legal limit for driving in the US; so if you're too drunk to drive, you're probably going to feel it the next morning. An ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind ...

    ... and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind the wheel after ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

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

    ... mindset. Breaking addictive patterns is not always a choice one can simply make, and it is ok to ask for help. Many people find themselves going back to old habits that stop them from living the life they deserve ... continue reading
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

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

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

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

    ... consumption is associated with an increased risk of cancer , in both men and women. However, the risk for women shows up at much lower drinking levels than for men. What's more; women drinking a mere 5 to 14.9 grams ... 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 ...

    ... hungover, regretful and ashamed. Scientists are still seeking answers for why some people can consume alcohol in a casual, ... or more drinks in a row for men, and four or more in a row for women. According to the CDC, ... 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 ...

    ... urinate more often, you've got all the ingredients for a pretty miserable situation. Urinary Tract and Alcohol A ... Research analyzed alcohol consumption data from 9,712 men ages 30 and older. After a comprehensive health ... 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 ...

    ... that there was something intangible about marriage that protected against the disease of alcoholism. For instance, in both men and women, the risk of becoming dependent on alcohol increased substantially over the 12 ... 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 ...

    ... Sexually Transmitted Infections evaluated data from 1,300 U.S. men and found those who drank more than 9.9 grams of ... HPV. Scientists in South Korea tested 9,230 women for HPV and found that the drinkers were three times ... 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 ...

    ... or below the U.S. dietary guidelines , defined as no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about the signs, symptoms and ... 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 ...

    ... Health conducted this study on 45 alcohol-dependent men and women. The participants were intravenously given either ... blocking ghrelin signaling as a new promising treatment for alcoholism .” The Role of Alternate Hormones ... 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 ...

    ... When it comes to what substance will put someone at risk for getting hurt or hurting others, alcohol is considered to cause ... the first 9 years of marriage. In fact, men who used marijuana were the least likely to commit ... 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 ...

    ... abuse. Haley's a great example. She entered rehab, where she attended art therapy each week as ... how much he loved to play the piano. Focused entirely on drinking for the past five years , he hadn't even touched a keyboard ... 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 ...

    ... other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a quick creativity boost. As a matter of fact, two ... with an average IQ. Here's a look at five men who not only transformed the course of history, each admittedly ... continue reading
  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... needs immediately after entering recovery. Those who have jobs, but no insurance, often need direction and resources for dealing with the oral issues caused by alcoholism. Even those who have jobs and good insurance must ... 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 ...

    ... in the first place . Pretty frightening, huh? Looking for Signs There are no definite signs to identify when or ... from a blackout, she finds herself naked in bed with a man she's never seen before. Again, this is just one ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ...

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

    ... spiked in 26 states - an alarming trend that still continues today. While policymakers and health officials search for solutions, it's important to realize that we all possess the power to help save lives. Awareness is ... continue reading
  • Drunken Air Rage Incidents Take a Troubling Turn

    From delayed flights to lost luggage, most of us have experienced a minor form of rage courtesy of an airport. But when alcohol is added into the mix, things can go from “minor” to “major” in the blink of an eye. The Air Rage Trend New ...

    ... Limiting Alcohol Why is alcohol often a catalyst for these dangerous bouts of air rage? Drinking ... They've also considered prosecuting unruly passengers for causing disruptions mid-flight or violating blacklist ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

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

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

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

    ... , the combination of the two can be a recipe for disaster. In short, combining drugs and alcohol either masks ... Alcohol and Opiates Alcohol and opiates also make for a particularly lethal combination, since each one ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... because, hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere. We drink alcohol for a multitude of reasons - when life is good, when life is ... drunk and repeats over and over again: I love you man! This is seriously the best night ever! Why oh ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... into fights with strangers, making horrible decisions, DUIs, etc. - alcohol is the second biggest risk factor for cancers of the mouth and throat, and people who develop cirrhosis of the liver (generally caused by too ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

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

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

    ... . “What kind of mother would think such things?” Then she remembered something she'd read on a support group for parents. Crazy thoughts are normal. You can't help but be angry as you watch your precious baby destroying ... continue reading
  • The World’s First Whiskey-Powered Car Just Aced Its Test Drive

    You've probably watched this scene in a movie or on TV: Someone runs out of gas, but manages to get on the road again by pouring alcohol in the tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really find a potable potent enough to turn over an engine? ...

    ... a fitting locale considering the nation is world-famous for whiskey and renewable energy. The journalist behind the ... powered resource will spread worldwide as a replacement for gasoline. They have sights set on their ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

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

    ... era of addiction treatment and recovery ? I truly hope so - and I hope it leads to sustained sobriety for the thousands struggling with substance abuse disorders. Additional Reading: Molly's Secrets - 5 Things You Didn't ... continue reading
  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

    Years ago, one of my bosses had a substance abuse problem - one that was well-known around the office. She didn't just party a little too hard at work functions; she'd also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and pour ...

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

    ... Negatively Affect Recovery? As it turns out, people in rehab have higher rates of cigarette use than the rest of ... declines in nicotine use. In the United States, for example, 40 percent of the population smoked in ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

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

    ... ways to soothe nerves or to take the blame for bad behaviors. Whether alcohol reduces inhibitions or ramps up ... display. Ultimately, we're the ones responsible for our actions - so choose carefully. Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... a professor in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, as well as corresponding author for the study. “On average, the time between drinking episodes was extended by only a few hours after ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

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

    ... method to decrease underage drinking and drunk driving. Since it's proven to work, doesn't it make sense for other states to try it? Vincent DeMarco, president of the organization, noted , “It's very, very important that ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... of those discussions. Guilt and fear are powerful motivators for people in recovery. AA's 12-step thinking ... he claimed AA had become “a cult that many men and women reverently call 'the greatest movement since the ... 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 ...

    ... addicts and rural addicts don't have much in common. For those who believe all addictions are alike, the SAMHSA ... also seen in the demographics of urban and rural rehab admissions. More than 77 percent of the patients in ... 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 ...

    ... cigarettes alone. It is interesting to note that men are 3 times more likely than women to get ... one hand, drinking less than one drink a day increases my risk for breast cancer, and on the other hand, studies say that one ... 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 ...

    ... in your recovery between meetings or appointments. Going online for community and support can be a great way to ... 12-step meetings, especially for women. There are people who believe that some men use the vulnerability of ... 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 ...

    ... the same path during the recovery process. Some go to rehab, others rely on a 12-step program to get ... one-size-fits-all approach to staying clean. Do what works for you and know that you have what it takes to keep moving ... continue reading
  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are aware that prolonged use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact ...

    ... after a flare-up or a diagnosis. We also do our best to mask potential problems, part of the reason for a $55 billion annual cosmetic industry. By the way, studies show that on average, a person uses seven (another study ... continue reading
  • 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; ...

    ... a witness to multiple episodes of relapse. But if you give up on him, it can feel like a death sentence for both of you. No one can predict the future; you can't determine his fate by looking solely to the past. Loving ... 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 ...

    ... of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds the legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the effects of binge drinking can be dangerous. Binging is directly linked to alcohol poisoning ... continue reading
  • How Alcohol Increases Your Risk of ‘Holiday Heart Syndrome’

    Scientists have long been aware that heavy drinking increases the odds of heart failure. Although there are health risks, no one has pinned downed the trigger factor that leads an alcoholic to cardiac arrhythmias. A new study from Sweden now ...

    ... in periodic episodes, but atrial fibrillation may last for several days. Atrial fibrillation can occur among people ... results showed an increase in irregular heartbeat for moderate consumers of alcoholic beverages, which ... 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
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

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

    ... . In fact, limiting our alcohol intake could be one of those secrets we've been searching for. How? Alcohol accelerates the aging process. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, we speed towards wrinkles. Reducing our ... continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

    What would you do if you knew moderately drinking alcohol over the course of your lifetime would double your risk of getting cancer? Would you stop drinking right now or try to moderate how much you drank each day? Researchers from the Cancer ...

    ... not realize how much they are actually drinking and what greater risk they are putting themselves at for developing certain cancers, due to the amount of their alcohol consumption. Drinking in Moderation Mouth and throat ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, ... their profession. They may also justify it as a reward for their hard work or career success. Drinking or Doing ... 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 ...

    ... 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 the freedom of having a drink or two. Her ... 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 ...

    ... , 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
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

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

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

    ... affects gut bacteria, which in turn ruins our liver. Breaking Down the “Knowns” and “Unknowns” We've known for a long time that alcohol abuse causes liver damage. In fact, liver disease (called cirrhosis) is the number ... 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 ...

    ... controls him not the other way around. What's actually happening is that he's successfully managed to conceal his drinking… for now . HFA's don't show signs of alcoholism.” From the outside, it may seem like he's got it ... 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 ...

    ... print — the conditions I had yet to even begin. Time for a Do-Over I went back to court to request to stay ... dates I missed, or how many times I ran back to rehab to escape arrest. Fortunately, the judge saw this as me ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

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

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

    ... news is that there are plenty of resources available to help get your teen into a detox and rehab program. Look for programs that cater especially to teens and only have teens in their facilities. You may wish to choose ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... Avoiding a Tragic End If you're seeking treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction, while concurrently suffering from suicidal thoughts, there are special rehab centers that specialize in this very issue. Trained staff ... 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
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

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

    ... and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a horrible hangover to show for it the next morning. But what if Kerry doesn't simply “sleep it off?” What if he was actually unconscious as a ... continue reading
  • 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
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... 's a lot harder to drink it. He started filling his fridge with other drinks - ones that were much better for him. If friends or relatives brought booze to a get-together, he sent the leftovers home with them or he just ... continue reading
  • 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 ... you can do less than you normally can. For many drinkers, this combo results in serious ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

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

    ... get high is a very real part of developing an addiction. The only way to get rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

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

    ... Fruits, Vegetables and Water: As your brain heals, it's susceptible to damage from the burning of sugar for energy. It needs fruits and vegetables, which neutralize the damage from these brain processes. And of course ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. ...

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

    ... you work through. If you're trying to stay on a path of sobriety , it's especially significant. For successful recovery, you need to learn to manage these thoughts and develop healthier patterns of thinking. Break the ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

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

    ... . No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can you do to feel better? You've probably heard of hangover cures that some ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... find out more about your health insurance coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don't have insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield Aetna Humana Kaiser ... 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 ...

    ... dogs. Pavlov was a Russian scientist who was famous for his progressive ideas. He got a load of dogs ... a pizza chain emblazoned on the side pull up or perhaps a man with a box walking to the door, you'll start salivating. ... 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 ...

    ... showing this sort of behavior, it might be time for an intervention. A counselor or local rehab center can give intervention advice on this complicated issue. An alcohol rehab facility will be able to help your loved one ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by ...

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

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

    ... use other addicts as a way to gauge their level of substance abuse . They'll say things like “Bob's been busted for three DUIs, but I never get behind the wheel when I'm wasted.” As long as there's someone out there who ... continue reading
  • 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
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

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

    ... there are plenty of other ways to test a person for illegal substances. Later in 2008, this stint, along with ... court ordered her to go to alcohol and drug addiction rehab before the custody situation would be reviewed. 6. ... 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 ... addiction is a personal one; public opinion is for others to resolve. Much like the professional success ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

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

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

    ... the 18 states that require mandatory interlock devices for DUI convictions and compared it to the number ... are encouraged by growing public and governmental support for expansion of interlock programs and innovative ways ... 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 ...

    ... wonder - How many of these deaths were preventable? It makes you think - How many would still be alive if not for the cancer-causing effects of alcohol? It makes you reconsider - Is that drink worth the risk to my body ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

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

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

    ... site tests to see if you have a bias towards alcohol. If you do, you can spend 15 minutes each day for four days using the training tool to change this bias. You'll see images and practice “pushing away” the alcoholic ... 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 ...

    ... foods cooked in alcohol; I refused to have it in my home; I wouldn't go anywhere that served alcohol. For me, living like that was like living in a bubble. Breaking From the 12 Step Mold Moving to Portland changed all ... 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 ...

    ... each other outside my window at all hours of the day 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 12-pack of cheap beer was often too hard to ... 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 ...

    ... in Utah decided to shake up this tradition, voting earlier this month to lower the blood alcohol content limit for drunk driving offenses to 0.05 percent. Supported by the governor, the law is expected to take effect on ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

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

    ... : but if I have a heart condition, diabetes, liver failure or kidney failure and I do not seek help for that disorder am I not signing my own death sentence? The comparison to such physical disorders is valid. Substance ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

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

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

    ... challenge, one that seems nearly almost impossible. And, for many parents, it actually is. Many stop parenting ... and fear of losing their child to the addiction. For this reason, many parents continue to clean up their ... 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 ...

    ... than a few months. I wanted a life. The Help I Desperately Needed I never realized rehab was an option for someone like me. From the way these facilities were depicted in the media, I assumed treatment centers were ... 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 ...

    ... may find yourself delaying going back to work until after rehab. And while this can be a good idea if ... an obvious productivity killer. If you don't need your phone for work purposes, try turning it off while you're at work ... continue reading
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