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  • Concurrent Alcohol And Ecstasy Abuse

    Ecstasy may make its users feel ecstatic for a time, but when abused with alcohol , it can cause seriously negative effects on your health and even kill you. Even as the name for this drug changes to the more-friendly “Molly,” it does not mean ...

    ... , watch for these signs and symptoms of concurrent alcohol and Ecstasy abuse: Increased heart rate ... temperature (hyperthermia) that can cause liver, kidney or cardiovascular system failure, which can lead to death. ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Percocet Abuse

    Percocet is the brand name for a mixture of oxycodone , one of the strongest opioids, and acetaminophen , the main component in over-the-counter fever reducers like Tylenol. An opioid is a synthetic derivative of opium, and it is commonly used in ...

    ... liver damage, which is exponentially increased by alcohol (Brune, et al., 2015). Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol with Percocet The visible effects of alcohol ... teens are able to buy it from friends who have been prescribed ... 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 ...

    ... an individual seeking help with concurrent Ultram and alcohol abuse receive professional assistance and supervision, as detox from alcohol can have severe symptoms that can sometimes be life-threatening . Many inpatient ... continue reading
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  • Why Is Alcohol So Addictive?

    Problematic use of alcohol is all too common across all age groups. In adults, 10% of men and 5% of women meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and children of adults with an alcohol use disorder are four times more likely to develop the ...

    ... lipids and lipoproteins and, ultimately, liver failure. Pancreas : Heavy alcohol use, even if its just ... generally a user will begin to feel some relief from physical symptoms in about 72 hours. The length of withdrawal is ... 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 ...

    ... or a loved one exhibits any number of these signs or symptoms, substance abuse treatment can provide help—call 1-888-744- ... use can cause heart failure, while long-term alcohol consumption may cause irregular heart ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Adderall Abuse

    Anyone at risk for alcohol or Adderall abuse should know several facts about both drugs. Both drugs are fairly common, and both can be lethal if used in conjunction or in large amounts separately. Adderall is an amphetamine, which means it is a ...

    ... Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol with Adderall There are several signs of concurrent alcohol and Adderall ... in the body, that may result in heart failure or seizures. Alcohol acts as a central nervous system depressant, ... 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 ...

    ... amount of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused and the ... If you believe someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning or stimulants, call 911 immediately ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Methylphenidate Abuse

    Many people use methylphenidate to improve their lives and help manage certain mental health symptoms. However, many abuse this drug in an attempt to achieve a high or even to alleviate their symptoms more than the prescribed dose will. Further, ...

    ... making skills. Intensified Symptoms/Increased Dangers As mentioned above, alcohol and methylphenidate are ... rooms in 2011 involved methylphenidate, a significant increase from the year before. In addition, the National ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... to ask what does someone look like who is dying of liver failure? They're sallow, they're pasty, they're cold, their pores are huge.” Second, alcohol contains congeners—chemicals that add to the fermentation process and ... 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 ...

    ... intestines. Basically, the alcohol sets bacteria loose in the human system. Those rampant bacterial germs make their way to the liver…and attack it with full force. Remember that bacteria we mentioned living in your gut ... 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 ...

    ... begs the question: Should people who are alcohol-dependent qualify for new livers, especially over those who've not ... social workers, weigh factors such as physical symptoms, substance-abuse history and whether or not ... 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 ...

    ... can cause irreversible damage to the organ 5 and cirrhosis can lead to liver cancer. 6 Alcohol consumption is the primary cause for liver cancer . Heavy drinking can increase your risk for infection of hepatitis C virus ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

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

    ... of alcohol abuse and can point to the development of end-stage liver failure. The Effects of Alcohol on ... health effects should underscore alcohol's dangerous potential. Encouragingly, recovery from alcohol , as well as ... 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 ...

    ... discuss your needs. Video: How to Do an Alcohol Intervention Credit: ehowhealth The Day Of: How to Prepare for Success (and the Possibility of Failure) Different interventionists may have slightly different methods for ... 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 ...

    ... very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing ... control. By admitting you are powerless over alcohol (and that your life has become unmanageable ... 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, ...

    ... a few hours. But when you have a patient who has a drinking problem on top of an eating problem, that's a double whammy.” Additional Reading: 7 Tips to Boost Liver Health After Quitting Alcohol Image Source: pixabay.com 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 ...

    ... if I have a heart condition, diabetes, liver failure or kidney failure and I do not seek help for that ... it to the maintenance phase of recovery. Fear can prevent us from doing what we really want to do. Fear is said to ... 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 habit something you do on the regular. Damage to your liver and permanent changes to your brain are very real and serious consequence of drinking too much alcohol . Another word of caution to women: your brain recovers ... 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 ...

    ... a game of Russian roulette. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines A symptom of rampant prescription drug abuse, ... you mix cocaine and alcohol, your body creates a byproduct called cocaethylene in the liver, a dangerous chemical ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Oxycontin & Alcohol Abuse

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

    ... Health Letter Drinking alcohol increases the risk of pancreatitis , decreased liver health and disease ... Flexible outpatient programs offer an individual the comfort of living at home while they work on their recovery. ... continue reading
  • Quit Alcohol: 3 Life Changing Reasons

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

    ... —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 National ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol can literally break hearts . Here's how: Alcohol vs. The Heart: Alcohol Wins From minor harm to fatal injury, alcohol ... heart, strained blood vessels and potential organ failure. Stroke: When your blood cannot reach ... 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 ...

    ... body is experiencing withdrawal. This is commonly referred to as “dope sickness.” The user experiences many of the same symptoms of a flu or other illness, hence the name. However, the only cure for this sickness is time ... 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 ...

    ... liver (generally caused by too much alcohol) often develop terminal liver cancer. Alcohol ... t get drunk. Truth: Food does not prevent alcohol from affecting your body. The alcohol still gets in your system. It may be ... 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, ...

    ... fish, chicken. Iron - Clams, liver, sunflower 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 ... 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 ...

    ... as a result of alcohol poisoning? What Causes Alcohol Poisoning? Your liver can only process about one ... Life - Follow These 9 Steps If you notice these symptoms, take these life-saving steps. Call for an ambulance ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... of women than men. 6 Specific alcohol-related female health issues include: Liver disease : Women are more likely to develop alcoholic hepatitis (liver inflammation) and to die from cirrhosis. Brain disease : Research ... 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
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

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

    ... a recent study of 1,250 adults, those with children living at home were the most likely to drink heavily and/or ... since it's easier to justify the amount of alcohol consumed. What's more, there are fewer warning signs ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

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

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

    ... s are more impulsive and have a stronger family history of alcohol abuse , Type A's are more prone to becoming ... towards addiction, thanks to an inability to live up to their own unrealistic expectations. These tests ... 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 ...

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Painkiller Abuse

    Opioids are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. They include oxycodone , hydrocodone , meperidine (Demerol) , and many others. The demographics of those who abuse painkillers transcend the stereotypes of typical drug addicts. Opioid ...

    ... liver when taken in excess. Alcohol alone can have a number of harmful effects on the liver ... from opioid painkillers can be very uncomfortable. However, alcohol withdrawal can actually result in life-threatening symptoms ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... …and rightfully so. With detox and withdrawal symptoms to endure, oral hygiene tends to become ... agent named Lisa serves as a perfect example of alcohol-related dental problems. After spending a few months in recovery ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... of potential damage that they've caused. One of the most common symptoms in newborns exposed to large amounts of alcohol is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which leads to life-long effects including developmental ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... the curb, right? Wrong. The alcohol is still in your system. Your liver still has to process it. It ... not true. It's just as effective as the practice from which the saying originated: An ancient therapy for rabies was ... 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 ...

    ... Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research analyzed alcohol consumption data from 9,712 men ages 30 and older ... a common symptom of alcoholism and one of the most prevalent causes of kidney disease . Liver disease, ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

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

    ... protection for your organs. Research revealed tomatoes “can protect the liver and brain from damage caused by alcohol consumption.” As we know, alcohol consumption wreaks havoc on both of these organs. With this tomato ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Morphine Abuse

    It is never safe to mix alcohol with other medications. Morphine, an opiate, can be particularly dangerous when mixed with alcohol, given its ability to intensify the effects of alcohol intoxication . Alcohol and morphine facts and information ...

    ... Symptoms of Alcohol with Morphine Alcohol and morphine abuse each present with their own signs and symptoms. However, some of these symptoms ... newly sober individual learn to live without alcohol and morphine and talk ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol Use

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

    ... a hangover results from alcohol's direct effects, its aftereffects, or both. 11 Physical symptoms of a hangover ... new brain cells. In addition to liver cancer, heavy use of alcohol has also been linked to several other ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

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

    ... -two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ate ... At this point, I was either severely sick from alcohol withdrawals or totally blacked out. This had been ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Vicodin Abuse

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

    ... Liver toxicity isn't the only health concern with this potentially deadly combination. The harmful effects of mixing Vicodin and alcohol also include: Potential Alcohol/Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms ... survey from Recovery ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol dependence, because the withdrawal syndrome from this substance can induce dangerous and even life-threatening symptoms ... are willing to help you transition into sober living and recovery . For more articles, info ... 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 ...

    ... Effects of Alcohol Abuse Alcohol abuse symptoms can vary. Binge drinking and excessive use of alcohol have a wide range of consequences, from nausea and headaches from a hangover to severe liver problems from chronic ... 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 ...

    ... Know that cravings and relapse in no way mean you're a failure. They're a part of the recovery journey. Like any ... occupy your body and mind. The activity can be anything from taking a walk to going to a friend's house to ... 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 ...

    ... and Symptoms of Alcohol with Hydrocodone Alcohol To understand the dangers of concurrent alcohol and ... people die from alcohol-related issues each year. Alcohol is linked to nearly half of all deaths from liver disease. ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

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

    ... And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's ... (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach) Liver Colon (large intestine) Rectum ( ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Steroid Abuse

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

    ... Both anabolic steroids and alcohol are associated with liver, kidney, and heart ... Alcohol and Steroid Addiction Both alcohol and steroids cause a range of withdrawal symptoms include those that rest on a continuum from ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Programs

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

    ... body, particularly the liver, brain and throat. Make no mistake: a high level of alcohol tolerance is less a ... helpline of advisors or another one you've heard of from friends or family, please get help. We're available ... 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 ...

    ... think about the adverse effects of alcohol consumption, things like cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholism, and DUIs tend to ... published research from the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, the more alcohol you consume, ... 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, ...

    ... as infrequent drinkers. In 2010, almost 16,000 people died from alcohol-induced liver disease. There were more than 25,000 alcohol-induced deaths (including accidents and homicides). Looking at these statistics, it ... 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 ...

    ... has also shown: Regularly consuming more alcohol than the liver can break down (one or more ... effects is to abstain from using. When the body is free of alcohol, adverse signs and symptoms no longer contribute to ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... alcohol abuse receive professional assistance and supervision, as detox from alcohol can have severe symptoms ... . It has the benefit of allowing you to continue living at home during your recovery process . In some programs ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Methadone Abuse

    It's important to know the facts about drinking and methadone. Alcohol and methadone can both cause a range of profound effects and both substances have the potential to cause addiction. Combining these two substances can be even more devastating ...

    ... difficult to detect. Alcohol Signs and symptoms of over-consumption of alcohol include: Slurred speech. ... help a newly sober individual learn to live without alcohol and methadone and talk through difficult situations ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Lorazepam Abuse

    Although lorazepam and alcohol can both be safe when consumed appropriately, concurrent abuse can quickly lead to the need for immediate medical treatment. Facts about drinking and lorazepam clearly indicate that it is never safe to mix these two ...

    ... alcohol abuse can manifest as symptoms like memory problems, physical weakness and liver damage. The most common symptom ... concentration and confusion can all result from mixing alcohol and lorazepam. For more information ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Codeine Abuse

    Codeine phosphate is an opioid analgesic drug — otherwise known as a painkiller or narcotic. It is a relatively mild narcotic, but when used in large amounts, it can still be quite dangerous. Typically, codeine is prescribed to treat mild to ...

    ... Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol with Codeine There are several signs of concurrent alcohol and codeine ... Who Answers? . We're working to help you get back to living a life of sobriety, and we'll help you to choose a rehab ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Alprazolam Abuse

    Alprazolam, more commonly known by the brand name Xanax , is an anti-anxiety and panic disorder medication. Alprazolam is part of a class of drug called benzodiazepines , which have the potential to be addictive. Benzodiazepine medication is ...

    ... dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Treatment programs often include one or more of the following: Inpatient rehab programs : This program may be the best option for those suffering from a concurrent addiction to alcohol and ... 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 ...

    ... solidified a place in history, Jobs never shied away from speaking his mind or discussing his views on drugs. ... in Edison's chronic insomnia. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Google Images/Instagram continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... . Perception Alters Reality Many people suffering from chemical dependency think asking for help shows ... and sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first ... 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 ...

    ... one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that ... and may contribute to difficulty maintaining abstinence from other drugs.” Among the 1,113 participants ... 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 ...

    ... . I wasn't caught, but my anxiety forced me to stop acting so arrogant and immature. I only drove to-and-from work and, during the day, I only drank enough to avoid withdrawal. I was “responsible.” I managed to keep this ... 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 ...

    ... probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - ... find ways to make an impact in others' lives. Check into community organizations. Find a local ... 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 ...

    ... associated with drinking alcohol. Kicking the Habit The researchers from the Cancer Council ... to be looking cancer in the face. Additional Reading: 7 Tips to Boost Liver Health After Quitting Alcohol Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

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

    ... an alcohol-related diagnosis . To arrive at this conclusion, the researchers utilized administrative data from Western ... or child-protection contact Experiencing academic failure Researchers recommended these factors be ... continue reading
  • Get The Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

    ... can lead to chronic inflammation of the liver (alcohol induced hepatitis) which, over time, secondarily ... you know has experienced overdose symptoms before, and could benefit from an alcohol treatment program , do not ... continue reading
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    When you find out you are pregnant, one of the first things your doctor will discuss with you is how you can best take care of yourself during those 9 months, as there are many factors that can affect your health and the health of your baby. A ...

    ... alcohol use in pregnancy to encourage complete abstinence from alcohol during pregnancy, rather than just limiting consumption 4 . Symptoms ... heart, liver, kidneys, GI tract, and the endocrine systems. Cognitive Symptoms 5, ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

    ... has reported that nearly 90,000 people die annually from alcohol-related causes , placing it in t hird place on a ... witness any of the aforementioned symptoms. Video: How to Handle Alcohol Poisoning Credit: Howcast Getting ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Norco Abuse

    Norco, which is the brand name for hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever. If you are misusing Norco, your body may be dependent on the drug, ultimately resulting in addiction. Concurrent alcohol and Norco abuse occurs when someone is using both ...

    ... are discussed below. Signs and Symptoms There are many signs associated with alcohol use and addiction , as well ... a billion people drinking alcohol, but approximately 76 million who suffer from alcoholism. Together, this ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ketamine Abuse

    About Alcohol and Ketamine Ketamine (also called Special K, Kit-kat, Vitamin K, Super Acid and, simply, K) is a dissociative anesthetic that - as a legitimate pharmaceutical agent - continues to be manufactured for both veterinary and human medical ...

    ... lives, per the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Roughly 38 million adults in the United States engage in binge drinking 4 times per month, and a startling 6 people die every day from alcohol poisoning ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ambien Abuse

    Ambien is the brand name for the sedative-hypnotic (i.e., sleep aid) drug, zolpidem. It is a central nervous system depressant, meaning that it slows down brain activity. Ambien is available in both immediate and extended release formulations. Drugs ...

    ... physical or psychological dependence. Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol with Ambien Taken alone and for ... live at the facility for the duration of treatment. This is a great option if you want to get away from your alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol poisoning, cardiovascular damage, high blood pressure, nerve damage, liver damage, and a reduced ability to manage the symptoms ... to physical injury. Whether wounds come from car accidents, trip and fall accidents, ... 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 ...

    ... has her own well of personal experience to draw from, since she has personally been sober for over two ... there for two minutes and I leave, because I can't live in that world anymore. It's too dangerous.” When The Sopranos ... 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 ...

    ... experience withdrawal symptoms, or perhaps have a terrible hangover or comedown from that last binge ... empowering parts of recovery. After years of having drugs or alcohol dictate your every decision, now you get to start ... 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 ... When a teenager begins to display common signs and symptoms of addiction, some parents may try to ignore ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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

    ... tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. ... t test your willpower. Get rid of all of the alcohol in your house, including bottles “for guests” or ... 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 ... -related problems. This constant spotlight on personal failures tends to reinforce negative self-image. Again, ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Soma Abuse

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

    ... alcohol abuse receive professional assistance and supervision, as detox from alcohol and Soma can induce symptoms ranging from ... programs, but still allow you to continue living at home as you recover. Medication assistance ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Carisoprodol Abuse

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

    ... brain, heart, liver, and pancreas. Danger on the Road Both Soma and alcohol alone can ... alcohol can produce uncomfortable and sometimes life-threatening symptoms. However, only recently have withdrawal symptom from ... 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” ...

    ... and Symptoms of Alcohol with Ativan Abusers of alcohol and benzodiazepines ... from the toxic situation in your life and focus solely on your recovery without the added stress of triggers. Outpatient treatment : You live ... 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 ...

    ... from person to person. People tend to experience several warning signs of alcohol relapse, including 2, 5, 8 : Physical withdrawal symptoms ... can set the stage for relapse. Failure to engage in recovery aftercare . Clinical ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Overdose

    Alcohol is considered one of the most harmful substances, with 1 in 20 worldwide deaths attributable to drinking 1, 2 . Alcohol overdose is startlingly common­­— 6 people die from alcohol poisoning every day in the United States , most of them ...

    ... . Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Overdose When a person overdoses on alcohol, blood alcohol levels elevate to ... man's tragic and untimely death due to alcohol overdose and the failure of his peers to recognize the signs and ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... types of cancer, liver disease and neurological problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that 88,000 people die each year from excessive alcohol use, while deaths from marijuana use appear to ... 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 ...

    ... is Yours When I was released from prison, I knew I had a choice: Go back to my old way of thinking and living, or continue going down a much happier, healthier path. The truth was, without alcohol in my life for several ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

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

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

    ... 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

    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 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
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