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Top Reasons Holidays Are the Best Time for Rehab

Top Reasons Holidays Are the Best Time for Rehab

The holiday season, with its festive spirit and family gatherings, might seem like the least opportune time to consider entering a rehabilitation program for substance abuse or addiction. Yet, counterintuitive as it may sound, this period could be the most beneficial...

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Top 5 Professions with Highest Drug Addiction Rates

Top 5 Professions with Highest Drug Addiction Rates

In today's fast-paced world, stress and pressure can take a toll on individuals, leading some to turn to drugs as a coping mechanism. While drug addiction can affect people from all walks of life, certain professions are more susceptible to substance abuse due to the...

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Top 10 Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

Top 10 Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), some 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year. And even more people succumb to preventable illnesses each year as alcohol has the potential to contribute to over 200 diseases,...

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National Prevention Week – May 7–13, 2023

National Prevention Week – May 7–13, 2023

It’s almost time to celebrate all the prevention initiatives that take place all year long, each and every day, and the possibilities they open up with National Prevention Week! Created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to help...

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Alcohol Blackouts: The Long-Term Impacts

Alcohol Blackouts: The Long-Term Impacts

Alcohol blackouts are a common and serious risk associated with excessive drinking, particularly binge drinking. Blackouts occur when an individual drinks alcohol to the point where they experience memory loss or an inability to recall events that occurred while they...

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How to Successfully Date a Recovering Alcoholic

How to Successfully Date a Recovering Alcoholic

Dating someone new should be fun and exciting, but when the person is an Alcoholic, it can make dating a bit more difficult. You want to be sure that you aid the person in their effort to get and stay clean without making them think that you are judging them or are...

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When Does Binge Drinking Stop and Addiction Start?

When Does Binge Drinking Stop and Addiction Start?

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as, “a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 percent - or 0.08 grams of alcohol per deciliter - or higher. For a typical adult, this pattern...

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Alcohol Awareness Month 2022: Quick Facts

Alcohol Awareness Month 2022: Quick Facts

As Alcohol Awareness Month 2022 comes to an end, we thought we'd chat about some quick facts about the Unites States (of booze). Speaking of booze - it's no secret that drinking went up during the pandemic, but did you know? ... One billion (with a B) drinks per month...

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National Alcohol Awareness Month 2022

National Alcohol Awareness Month 2022

As you probably know by now, April is National Alcohol Awareness Month! The month was established to bring awareness to alcohol addiction from it’s causes to treatments to help overcome it! It is a time of coming together to share about the road to recovery as well as...

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10 Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction

10 Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism is something that we often let slip under our radar in ourselves and our loved ones. It can be easy to miss someone’s problem with drinking, as the social consumption of alcohol is perfectly legal and very common. But alcoholism shouldn’t be taken lightly —...

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Alcohol Withdrawal: Timeline, Symptoms, and Treatment

Alcohol Withdrawal: Timeline, Symptoms, and Treatment

You may have mental and physical issues whether you stop drinking alcohol, or severely limit the amount to which you drink. These symptoms and side-effects can simply be labeled alcohol withdrawal and symptoms may vary from mild to severe. Today, we’re going to take a...

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Is Alcohol A Drug?

Is Alcohol A Drug?

Can alcohol technically be classified as a drug? Typically, when we think of drugs we think of illicit ones like cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin. However, drugs don’t necessarily need to be illicit to fall into that category. Nicotine, cough syrup, and...

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“Let’s Grab Drinks” Culture

“Let’s Grab Drinks” Culture

You hear it in movies, television shows, and even in real life, the phrase, “Let’s grab some drinks!” You’ve heard your friends, family, and co-workers say this before too. Though this activity can seem harmless to most, we never stop to think how frequent “casual”...

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What is Binge Drinking?

What is Binge Drinking?

Long-term damage caused by heavy alcohol is no joke, it’s a serious issue that can happen to anyone who keeps their drinking habits left unchecked. Many health problems develop with chronic binge drinkers. Studies show that even a single episode of a binge drinking...

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How Alcohol Addiction Works

How Alcohol Addiction Works

Addiction is a widespread disease that can destroy anybody’s life. Victims either recover or suffer fatal consequences depending on how severe the addiction is. Alcohol addiction is a kind of disease that can bring about other health issues that can endanger a...

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Developing Addiction at a Young Age

Developing Addiction at a Young Age

No parent would want to see their child become an addict, but it’s sad to say that there are parents out there who are dealing with this kind of problem. What makes young people addicted to drugs and alcohol? If you are looking for answers, then this article can help...

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The Beauty of Music Therapy

The Beauty of Music Therapy

The healing power of music can never be overstated. Music has been used in a variety of healing practices. Studies have shown that athletes will exercise more effectively when listening to their favorite music. And mothers are always encouraged to play music for...

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How Addiction Affects Those Around You

How Addiction Affects Those Around You

Drugs and alcohol addiction have obvious and well-documented effects on substance abusers. Prolonged abuse of drugs and alcohol will worsen a person’s physical health, damage his/her mental functioning, and impair their overall spirit. But how will these unfavorable...

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The Dangers Of Alcohol Soaked Tampons

The Dangers Of Alcohol Soaked Tampons

As crazy as the trend sounds, reports have shown that teens are following the alleged trend of using alcohol-soaked tampons to get high. Although most of the stories are not confirmed and seem untrue, there are still some cases where alcohol is detected in the...

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Binge Drinking, Memory Loss & Alzheimer’s

Binge Drinking, Memory Loss & Alzheimer’s

When most people hear the term binge drinking, a visual of a young, carefree, 20-something year old likely comes to mind or a memory of your former self of days gone by. Though according to many recent studies, there is an uptick in binge drinking in older American...

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Prepping Teens for a Sober College Experience

Prepping Teens for a Sober College Experience

Sending your teen off to college can be an exciting and scary time in a parent's life. You are more than likely looking forward to the hustle and bustle of life slowing down when they leave, but will more than likely feel sad and nervous when they are gone. There is...

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Retired Athletes and Substance Abuse

Retired Athletes and Substance Abuse

Retired athletes are especially susceptible to substance abuse. If you’re a current or former athlete, you know how much the love of the game can consume your life. This increases tenfold for serious and professional athletes who train almost daily. It can become...

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Evolution of Alcoholism and Treatment

Evolution of Alcoholism and Treatment

Alcoholism has long been seen as a vice in most religions, and sometimes, a deadly one. While the first creators of our contemporary alcohol could never have imagined that alcohol would become so popular, it’s our responsibility to mitigate the effects. No one needs...

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Wine – Habit or Addiction?

Wine – Habit or Addiction?

Wine is the drink of the century. Drinking wine in today’s society is almost considered a personality trait: people own funny custom glasses, sport wine apparel, and constantly joke about turning to a bottle to fix all their troubles. Wine, in a more traditional...

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How Binge Drinking Changed the Drinking Game

How Binge Drinking Changed the Drinking Game

Going for a drink after work is a cultural norm in workspaces all over the world, and one of the many things to which anyone from any country can relate. With alcohol, of course, there is the potential for abuse, as alcohol is the most-abused drug in the world, and...

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Drugs and the Workplace

Drugs and the Workplace

Nearly 70% of people living with addiction to drugs and alcohol are employed at least part-time. This may come as a shock to many people: given the assumed condition of most people living with addiction, it seems highly unlikely that someone would be able to maintain...

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Substance Abuse and Politicians: US, Mexico, and Canada

Substance Abuse and Politicians: US, Mexico, and Canada

Politicians and celebrities have in common that, often, life in the spotlight overwhelms them and takes them into the dark of substance abuse. This can present an enormous ethical problem - free use of drugs by politicians leads to shame and public disgrace, though...

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Specialized Rehabilitation

Specialized Rehabilitation

Think of all of the illegal drugs that you can. Which ones come to mind? What’s funny is that most of the drugs that come to mind have probably been around for a long time, and have been used medicinally for most of that time. It’s no secret that using any illegal...

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First Nations People and Drug Addiction

First Nations People and Drug Addiction

Indigenous people in the United States were the first to grow, cultivate, and utilize tobacco. When these Indigenous nations first started using tobacco, tobacco had limited and sacred duties. When European colonizers arrived, though, the use for, amount of, and...

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What’s Worse?

What’s Worse?

Drug addiction, though often found in those who have a family history of addiction, can affect anyone. Steering clear of drugs and alcohol is the best way to ensure that you won’t become addicted, but everyone has their guilty pleasures, and for some, drugs are a...

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The Worst of the Addictive Drugs

The Worst of the Addictive Drugs

What makes a drug ‘worse’ than others? There’s no one way to say. The toll that addiction to drugs and alcohol can take not just on a person, but also on an entire community, is devastating. Drug addiction makes a nest for drug dealers, who often come with gangs....

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Binge Drinking: Police Officers

Binge Drinking: Police Officers

While it may sound cliché, alcoholism is a disease that does not discriminate. Anyone can fall victim to the effects of excessive drinking. Even the societal role models, the saviors, and the protectors of the law enforcement system can sometimes fail to protect...

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Drug Detox – The Process and Getting Help

Drug Detox – The Process and Getting Help

Drugs are some of the most powerful substances on this planet. Once addicted, an individual caters to the drug and its effects above all else. They put aside their families, loved ones, careers, finances, health; anything they can compromise in exchange for a fix...

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As Legal as They are Dangerous

As Legal as They are Dangerous

There are very few people who aren’t aware of the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Early in the 20th century, there was far less public information available about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Drug addiction was something that was widely associated with...

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Alcohol Facts

Alcohol Facts

Alcohol is Easy to Get Part of what drives alcohol addiction is the relative ease of obtaining alcoholic drinks - though legally, young people aren’t allowed to have alcohol, adults may purchase alcohol for the child, if they so choose. Alcohol and addiction to...

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Avoiding Alcohol During the Holidays

Avoiding Alcohol During the Holidays

If you are wondering how to stay sober during the holidays, you are not alone. Every year, a lot of people go through the same ordeal during the holiday season. Sure, with all the celebration and parties going around, it is hard to stay away from the booze. But at the...

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Affluence and Drug Addiction

Affluence and Drug Addiction

As stereotypes go, drug addiction is a problem that tends to be linked with poverty. While it is true that poverty is a risk factor for developing an addiction, there are quite a few other factors that have nothing to do with socioeconomic status, such as mental...

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The Dangers of Underage Drinking

The Dangers of Underage Drinking

Alcohol can be just as addictive as any other substance. The big difference lies in the fact that it is legal for those over 21, and easily attainable whether you are of age or not. Drinking does not have an age limit, and adolescents are generally exposed to alcohol...

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Mindfulness and Overcoming Withdrawal

Mindfulness and Overcoming Withdrawal

Mindfulness practices have been used by Hindus and Buddhists for thousands of years. Today it is an important part of many holistic treatments including addiction. It goes without saying that your mind controls your addictive tendencies. Once your brain becomes...

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Managing Triggers During and After Drug Abuse Treatment

Managing Triggers During and After Drug Abuse Treatment

A common misconception held among people with drug abuse problems is that they will undergo drug rehab and attain sobriety for life. The truth of the matter is that the success rate of those that have undergone treatment is as low as 5 to 10%. The reason for this lies...

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The 5 Most Addictive Drugs on the Planet

The 5 Most Addictive Drugs on the Planet

Addiction is a compulsive, substance-seeking behavior found in individuals who show signs of withdrawal when use is stopped. There has been an ongoing debate over which drugs are considered the most addictive. According to a panel of experts, how addictive a substance...

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Celebrities Who Died From Overdoses in 2018

Celebrities Who Died From Overdoses in 2018

In 2016, more than 63,600 Americans died of drug overdoses. Around two-thirds of these fatal incidents involved some type of opioid. Between 2015 and 2016, the fatal overdose rate from synthetic opioids, not counting methadone, more than doubled. Illegally...

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Should I Stop Drinking?

Should I Stop Drinking?

You might be wondering whether you should stop drinking for many reasons. There may have been instances where you fought with friends, wrecked your car, or made bad decisions that would have been otherwise avoided had it not been for your alcohol addiction. Like last...

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How Is Alcohol Addiction Treated?

How Is Alcohol Addiction Treated?

Overcoming alcohol addiction is completely dependent on the will and commitment of the user.  A person has to want sobriety for themselves before they can truly accept help. The doctors, the medications, and therapies are merely aids in coping with withdrawal symptoms...

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