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  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... s worryingly referred to as “very real and very rapid detoxification.” There's no cost for treatment, but you have ... found to help with rapid detox from substances including opiates, alcohol, cocaine, methadone and benzos. ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse Just because two substances can each be obtained legally does not mean that they are safe together. The risk associated with alcohol and amphetamine use increases when these addictive substances are used ...

    ... that between 2011 and 2014: Lifetime amphetamine abuse has increased from 5.2% to 6.7% among those in 8th ... stop abusing alcohol, a period of supervised detoxification is necessary to avoid these risks. Detoxification is a ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Withdrawal

    Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an intoxicating agent produced from the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches. Alcohol is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. While alcohol can be consumed safely and responsibly, ...

    ... of experiencing the significant adverse effects of alcohol withdrawal. An assessment from a physician or alcohol addiction specialist will help determine what method of detoxification is right for you, whether you need ... continue reading
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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Concerta Abuse

    Simultaneous abuse of Concerta, a central nervous system stimulant, and alcohol, a depressant substance, can have numerous effects on the body . Unbeknownst to many users, each substance can effectively increase the dangers of the other. Substance ...

    ... attention and self-regulation. When used ... detoxification. Detox It is vital that an individual seeking help with concurrent Concerta and alcohol abuse receive professional assistance and supervision, as detox from alcohol ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

    What Is Alcohol Abuse? Those who abuse or misuse alcohol are not necessarily addicted to or dependent on alcohol. An individual can misuse alcohol without drinking on a consistent basis. For example, an individual who abuses alcohol may only drink ...

    ... Individuals who suffer from alcohol addiction are often diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder ( ... detoxification. Detoxification is the set of interventions used to keep a person safe as they readjust to a lack of alcohol ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ritalin Abuse

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

    ... detoxification. Treatment that includes supervised detox is extremely important for someone abusing alcohol because acute alcohol ... that they received the pills free of charge from a family member, acquaintance, or a friend ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is a potent stimulant that produces both an addictive high and a slew of negative effects. When combined with alcohol, the effects may be even more harmful. Meth is a fine, odorless, white powder that is typically smoked, snorted, or ...

    ... treatment options for those suffering from a co-occurring addiction to alcohol and methamphetamine. There isn't ... 30, 60, or 90 days, undergoing detoxification, individual therapy, group counseling, medical maintenance, ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse Both alcohol and hydrocodone are relatively safe when used appropriately and in moderation. When used excessively or when combined, these substances can create volatile and unpredictable outcomes. Alcohol ...

    ... under supervision. Undergoing a period of detoxification with medical supervision will assist with comfort ... people die from alcohol-related issues each year. Alcohol is linked to nearly half of all deaths from liver ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... your big announcement. Tip 7: Speak Publicly I frequently speak to audiences about how alcohol lead me down the path to self-destruction. Though it doesn't come naturally, public speaking has empowered me like nothing ... 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 ...

    ... to the bottle? Research suggests that a woman's self-imposed pressure and the desire to be a “supermom” can ... progress since it's easier to justify the amount of alcohol consumed. What's more, there are fewer warning signs ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

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

    ... shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is ... Your Own Head As a victim, your default setting is self-centered thinking. How does this affect me? How do I ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

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

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

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

    1 in 10 Americans have given up alcohol since the start of the pandemic. continue reading
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    Th1 IN 10 AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP ALCOHOL SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC. continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

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

    ... the Old While some older studies show that Type B's are more impulsive and have a stronger family history of alcohol abuse , Type A's are more prone to becoming overwhelmed by stress and more likely to use substances as ... continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

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

    ... or work through any steps. Here's how it works: First, the site tests to see if you have a bias towards alcohol. If you do, you can spend 15 minutes each day for four days using the training tool to change this bias. You ... continue reading
  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

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

    Cheap Drinks - Drinking More Percentage of people who have been drinking more during lockdown as it's cheaper than going out continue reading
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  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

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

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

    ... stop acting so arrogant and immature. I only drove to-and-from work and, during the day, I only drank enough to ... them bothered to open my file, and I was too self-absorbed to care. The time came to complete probation, but ... continue reading
  • Infographic: Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

    Your blood alcohol content is determined by a variety of factors, including your sex, how many drinks you've had, how fast you drink, and the types of drinks you've had. As your BAC increases, the dangers associated with drinking rise exponentially. ...

    ... you drink, and the types of drinks you've had. As your BAC increases, the dangers associated with drinking rise exponentially. Refer to the infographic below to learn more about BAC and how alcohol affects your body. 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 ...

    ... to the Basics A Washington D.C.-based insurance agent named Lisa serves as a perfect example of alcohol-related dental problems. After spending a few months in recovery , Lisa says her dentist discovered 14 cavities and ... 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 ...

    ... drink to the point of memory loss. He discovered that blackouts are not caused so much by the amount of alcohol you drink, but rather how quickly you consume it. Essentially, when someone drinks too much too fast, a wall ... 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, ...

    ... hurt to knock back one drink a day? According to a recent study, the answer is an emphatic “yes.” Alcohol Consumption and Gender Professor Edward Giovannucci of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA ... 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, ...

    ... , allowing it to quickly build up in the bloodstream and often leading to fatal or near-fatal episodes of alcohol poisoning. “The original concept was when women and girls, or anyone, don't eat all day and then they ... 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 ...

    ... it a point to stop drinking now that you're aware. Pregnancy and Alcoholism If you're pregnant and alcohol-dependent , talk with your doctor and get recommendations on where to receive treatment. This will help you plan ... 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 ...

    ... fence. To say it's a long-held debate is a gross understatement. Can you handle “just a little” alcohol? Is it better to aim for damage control (limiting the drinking) than to try to quit cold turkey (complete abstinence ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... the most advanced form of ALD. Who Gets to Decide? This begs the question: Should people who are alcohol-dependent qualify for new livers, especially over those who've not ruined theirs with excessive drinking ? This is ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Intervention Programs

    Typically, those who have a loved one with a drinking problem are concerned about the damage that person is doing, not only to themselves but to those close to them as well. The families may feel there are warning signs, and while the person may not ...

    ... that changes their outlook. You may want to consider intervention if: Your loved one is showing classical signs of alcohol dependence You feel he is a danger to himself or others. You feel you have run out of options ... 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 ...

    ... is defined as four or more drinks in one occasion and five or more for men. The massive quantity of alcohol used by binge drinkers can overtake the normal function of some parts of the brain, and can shut down its ... 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 ...

    ... study reported nine) skincare products each day. Prevention is key. So, for example, reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption are relatively easy ways to prevent pesky skin problems and create a first line of defense ... 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 ...

    ... the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health conducted this study on 45 alcohol-dependent men and women. The participants were intravenously given either a small or large dose of ghrelin or ... continue reading
  • Study: Your Genes Could Make You a Compulsive Drinker

    Jessica has tried time and again to limit her drinking. “I'll just have one glass of wine tonight!” she tells herself, night after night. But one leads to two leads to a whole bottle, followed by shots at a bar, and she wakes up the next day ...

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

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

    ... side are you on? Perhaps we can shift our thinking and instead of taking sides, we can all agree that both alcohol and marijuana have their risks. The overall take-home message may be if you are about to drive a car, if ... 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 ...

    ... or more a day, you have 1.5 times the risk of developing colorectal cancer. 9 For every 10 grams of alcohol you drink per day—which is just under one drink—you increase your risk for developing colon cancer by 7% . ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

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

    ... in turn ruins our liver. Breaking Down the “Knowns” and “Unknowns” We've known for a long time that alcohol abuse causes liver damage. In fact, liver disease (called cirrhosis) is the number ten killer in the U.S., and ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric effects and will ... , stay away from people, places, and things that could draw you back into self destructive behavior. ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

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

    ... , family issues, body image problems, or self-esteem issues. 2. Supportive Therapy Women tend to ... sexes. If a woman feels that she may benefit more from female treatment professionals, she must do some research and ensure ... continue reading
  • Over 1 in 10 Americans admit they have had a drinking problem at one stage of their life

    Based on a survey of 2,560 Americans (aged 21+; Google surveys August 2020). State % Alabama 4 Alaska 29 Arizona 17 Arkansas 12 California 19 Colorado 23 Connecticut 10 Delaware 15 Florida 18 Georgia 10 Hawaii 14 Idaho 25 Illinois 14 Indiana 11 Iowa ...

    ... , such as working from home. DrugAbuse.com, a provider of drug and alcohol treatment resources and programs ... ever, it is important to establish a strong self-care routine and get into the habit of scheduling regular ... 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 ...

    ... present moment and prevent your mind from wandering to potentially unhealthy places. Practice Self-Compassion It's common for people struggling with addiction to be self-critical and hard on themselves, especially when ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ultram Abuse

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

    ... a period of supervised detoxification. Detox It is vital that an individual seeking help with concurrent Ultram and alcohol abuse receive professional assistance and supervision, as detox from alcohol can have severe ... 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 ...

    ... or her GPA slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with ... form ideas, make decisions, and use self-control come into play. While excessive consumption during ... 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 ...

    ... 5pm, because that's when I could blissfully slip away from reality. Thankfully, this daily routine only lasted for a ... wall: My tendency toward self-destruction and self-pity was keeping me sick. Alcohol wasn't curing my ... 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 ...

    ... trusted guideline for navigating life without drugs or alcohol. The group and its founding principles serve as ... another way to work toward bettering oneself. Self-examination and a sense of collective consciousness can ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol and Drug Rehab

    Entering into treatment for substance abuse can seem like a daunting endeavor. You may not be sure how effective it will be or what it actually entails, and then there's the issue of paying for it! With all these unknowns, rehab can feel ...

    ... path. There are also community-based self-help programs, which are completely free. These ... K. (1994). Evaluating recovery services: The California Drug and Alcohol Treatment Assessment (CALDATA) ; General Report. 2. Moos, ... 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 ...

    ... “change of heart.” I was knee-deep in self-pity and mistakenly thought my life had hit rock bottom . ... -needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others ... 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 ...

    ... data culled from 2,276 drinking episodes, including 463 episodes that were followed by self-reported hangovers in ... Reading: No Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention Image Source: ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol is still in your system. Your liver still has to process it. It does so at roughly one drink per hour. Coffee doesn't speed up this detoxification ... as effective as the practice from which the saying originated: An ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and DXM Abuse

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

    ... to begin the process of recovery . Detoxification While there is no risk to suddenly ceasing use of DXM, the same is not true with alcohol. Abrupt withdrawal from consistent alcohol use can result in: Headache. Nausea ... 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 ...

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

    ... me - after drunkenly crashing into another car at 2 am. Perception Alters Reality Many people suffering from chemical dependency think asking for help shows weakness. They believe there's shame and stigma surrounding the ... 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 ...

    ... ,” Campbell said. “This increases disease burden and mortality and may contribute to difficulty maintaining abstinence from other drugs.” Among the 1,113 participants surveyed, 159 (14.3 percent) smoked before treatment ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ativan Abuse

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

    ... dangerous, is treatable. As stated, withdrawal from alcohol and Ativan can be life-threatening , which is why it is highly recommended that you receive medically-supervised detoxification. The body is allowed to remove ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Relapse

    Alcohol addiction is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report shows that among adults, nearly 27% admitted to binge drinking in the past month, and 7% of them said ...

    ... Nearly 15.1 million adults ages 18 and older suffered from an alcohol use disorder in 2015 alone 1 . It is not ... , it's especially crucial during relapse to demonstrate self-compassion. Some of the steps a person may take ... 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. ...

    ... there's no way to work through them without self-medicating . They often feel like the world is ... . In reality, abusing drugs/alcohol is the largest hurdle that holds them back from leading a productive and meaningful ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means you're likely to know quite a few of them…but it's just as likely you don't know this about them. ...

    ... Cut? Jim's standard M.O. was 100 percent self-reliance 100 percent of the time. He was known as independent ... there he could no longer expect anything from anyone. Jim wouldn't ask for help from anybody. If he couldn't go ... 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 ...

    ... can feel anger wafting off of her from across the room. Candace is an ... self-control and concerned about your own drinking habits , you may want to rethink your relationship with alcohol. Frequent Mood Swings: Alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... to drink alone were doing so most likely to self-medicate. They were using it as an escape mechanism ... were much more likely to develop serious alcohol problems, including alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings ... continue reading
  • When Drinking Becomes Alcoholism

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

    ... Does Drinking Progress to Alcoholism? The transition from regular use to alcoholism is a complex ... alcohol withdrawal and need expert medical oversight during this process. Use of medications —As part of the detoxification ... 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 ...

    ... eventually had their BDNF levels restored to normal and their alcohol consumption went back to a moderate amount. Will this ... region of the brain, which helps process self-control and emotions, as well as lower connectivity ... 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 ...

    ... people who had my best interests at heart. I Ditched the Self-Pity Prior to my car crash, I always felt sorry for ... injustice I felt caused me to look for an escape through alcohol . Now, I can look back at the fallacy of ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Treatment

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

    ... treatments and many include a detoxification program of some kind, the way in which they are implemented can be vastly different from one program to the next. Specialized treatment for alcohol abuse can be done in ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

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

    ... actress has her own well of personal experience to draw from, since she has personally been sober for over two decades ... expected, especially back when she was still using alcohol and drugs. “I had never anticipated also ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... perhaps have a terrible hangover or comedown from that last binge. Depending on the ... most empowering parts of recovery. After years of having drugs or alcohol dictate your every decision, now you get to start making some ... 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 ...

    ... 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 important truth: Your true identity is ... 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 ...

    ... out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that seems nearly almost ... up to the chemical dependency, removing blame from the addict allows their actions to continue without ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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    ... 't test your willpower. Get rid of all of the alcohol in your house, including bottles “for guests” or special ... just feels good. 17. Be willing to walk away from stressful situations. You have enough stress in your life. ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Xanax Abuse

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    ... the risks. Medically assisted detoxification can help allay these fears, ensure safety, and minimize discomfort. There are many different programs for patients suffering from concurrent alcohol and Xanax addiction. These ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Steroid Abuse

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  • Dangers of Drinking While Pregnant

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    ... alcohol use, her doctor may recommend specialized inpatient detoxification treatment or outpatient treatment. Inpatient detoxification ... W. (2013). Fetal Alcohol?Related Growth Restriction from Birth through Young Adulthood ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

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    ... line is this: Whatever the emotional struggle stems from - a childhood tragedy or even a simple breakup like mine - drug and alcohol use is a dangerous tool for self-medicating pain . Trauma needs to be treated directly ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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    ... of your life. The Choice Really is Yours When I was released from prison, I knew I had a choice: Go back to my ... a much happier, healthier path. The truth was, without alcohol in my life for several years at that point, I ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

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    ... this time was that the owner had purchased new wine glasses since their last visit. The stemware they drank from tonight was larger than the previous wine glasses. It wasn't a change either woman noticed, at least ... continue reading
  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

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    ... and had liquor on her breath when she came to pick us up from work. One time, in the middle of the afternoon, she drove us ... cold, hard proof of the other's drug or alcohol use. That's why more than half of employers ... continue reading
  • Utah Pushes Groundbreaking Law to Change DUI Limits

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    ... in the US? It's mostly due to pressure from the hospitality industry. Even in Utah, the American ... Utah's roads any safer. She notes that 77 percent of alcohol-related traffic deaths in Utah are due to drivers with a BAC of ... continue reading
  • Quit Alcohol: 3 Life Changing Reasons

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    ... , however—and that is if you do not already have a chronic illness associated with alcohol abuse, abstinence from alcohol and systematic detoxification of the liver can lead to recovery in a few months to a year. Source ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Soma Abuse

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    ... professional. A period of supervised detoxification. Detox Supervised Detox Withdrawal can be ... alcohol abuse receive professional assistance and supervision, as detox from alcohol and Soma can induce symptoms ranging from ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Methylphenidate Abuse

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    ... detoxification, aiding withdrawal, and encouraging abstinence. Supervised medical detox is especially important for someone abusing alcohol ... involved methylphenidate, a significant increase from the year before. In ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Tramadol Abuse

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    ... which can be intense and even dangerous (e.g., alcohol withdrawal can induce seizures). Medically-assisted detoxification allows for the careful and tapered removal of the drugs from the body under the care of medical ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Painkiller Abuse

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    ... immediately. Withdrawal from opioid painkillers can be very uncomfortable. However, alcohol withdrawal can actually result in life-threatening symptoms, so medically-supervised detoxification is essential. Detoxing ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Lortab Abuse

    Substance abuse experts indicate that it is never safe to mix alcohol and Lortab . Although Lortab is a relatively harmless pain reliever when used appropriately, and alcohol is safe in moderation, the combined effects of mixing Lortab and alcohol ...

    ... of concentration and confusion can all result from mixing the two drugs. This may ... alcohol and Lortab should seek professional treatment for their substance use . The first step will likely be a period of detoxification ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

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    ... found themselves in emergency rooms as the result of drinking alcohol extracted from hand sanitizer. This self-made moonshine had a dangerous 60 percent alcohol content. You might want to think again before supplying ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

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    ... the two expensive bottles of champagne that she took from the bar's kitchen, and he expected her to ... of control, and the court ordered her to go to alcohol and drug addiction rehab before the custody situation would be ... continue reading
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

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    ... to avoid them. Hair of the Dog A study from the Netherlands and Canada found that a vast majority ... of them did. After estimating the students' peak blood alcohol concentration (BAC), researchers found that 89% of students ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

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    ... be questioned. In truth, you may have to work at repairing your name. However, your decision to recover from addiction is a personal one; public opinion is for others to resolve. Much like the professional success you ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

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    ... seeds, beef, lamb, spinach, dark chocolate 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 ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

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    ... in major ways. At DrugAbuse.com, we see firsthand how alcohol dependency can alter the lives of young people, and we ... in total. Because we found so many insights from underage drinking violations by state, we turned our ... 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 ...

    ... participants' sober and drunk 'personalities.'” From the outside, participants appeared somewhat more ... to observers.” Revealing Truth So, you may think that alcohol is changing your personality, but you may be fooling ... 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. ...

    ... over the years; Krista's worried her friend is using to alcohol to cope with those feelings. She doesn't want to ... a negative impact on your life, you might benefit from counseling or a support group . What's even better ... 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 ...

    ... take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according to this recent study , getting ... a little spousal monitoring by preventing the other from developing bad habits. It also helps by creating ... 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 ...

    ... - or wheelchair-bound. If you fit into one of these categories, online support groups and meetings, which you can attend from the comfort of your own home, are truly a godsend. It's Safe In recent years, some concern has ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse Cocaine is a profoundly addictive stimulant drug that produces euphoria, increased energy, and talkativeness. It is most often snorted or dissolved in water and injected into a vein. Due to the short duration of ...

    ... alcohol and cocaine in order to prevent relapse. Many rehab facilities will provide you with: Detoxification ... , and an average of 6 people die each day from alcohol poisoning, per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). ... continue reading
  • Drug And Alcohol Rehab

    When you or a loved one is dealing with a substance abuse situation , drug and alcohol rehab programs are available to help. Call our confidential toll-free Drug Abuse Helpline at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . There is always someone available to ...

    ... how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don't ... Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free ... 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 ...

    ... an alcoholic to cardiac arrhythmias. A new study from Sweden now suggests that moderate to heavy consumption of ... don't drink as well, but it is more common in alcohol drinkers . Details of the Study In the 12-year-long ... 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 ...

    ... partners” with already established relationships, ranging in age from 19 to 60-years-old. One person in every pair was given secret instruction to either consume alcohol or non-alcoholic beverages while at the bar. The ... 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 ...

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

    ... figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of alcohol can literally break hearts . Here's how: Alcohol vs. The Heart: Alcohol Wins From minor harm to fatal injury, alcohol abuse can destroy the heart and its systems. The ... continue reading
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