The Cost of Sober Living

Posted on: January 10, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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When you hear the word 'cost,' you probably think about the monetary meaning. There has to be a set number following a dollar sign. Concerning sober living, there is a monetary meaning but there is also a meaning to the mental, emotional, and physical cost, as well. The Monetary Cost It’s known that alcohol use can take a large portion of an individual’s budget. However, that same budget can greatly improve an individual’s lifestyle when the budget of a recovering Continue Reading ...

The Effects of Alcohol on Your Body: The Basics

Posted on: January 3, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends women consume no more than three drinks a day and seven drinks in a week, and for men to consume no more than four drinks a day and 14 drinks in a week. When consuming alcohol excessively, or more than the recommended amount, there are short-term and long-term consequences for your body.  Short-Term Consequences from Alcohol Consumption Short-term consequences are negative effects that occur within the human body from an Continue Reading ...

How to Say No to Alcohol and Drugs

Posted on: December 27, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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Whether you're newly sober or trying to avoid drugs and alcohol altogether, there will likely be a time when you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation where you feel tempted to use drugs or alcohol. When that happens, you'll be prepared. Try the following suggestions to help: Make an excuse to leave. Ask for help from a trusted source. Only go places where you know drugs and/or alcohol will not be present. Never leave your drink unattended. Make new friends who will not Continue Reading ...

Dual Diagnosis: What Is It and How Is It Treated?

Posted on: December 20, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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A patient has a dual diagnosis if they suffer from both a substance abuse problem and a mental illness at the same time. Almost 10 million people in the US suffer from this, of which only 40% of all documented cases are treated for either one issue. In such cases, only one issue is addressed and the patient is left to suffer from the other issue that goes untreated. It is of utmost importance that patients suffering from dual diagnosis get proper treatment. The patient has to battle two Continue Reading ...

The Link Between Substance Abuse and Depression

Posted on: December 13, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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Depression and substance abuse are two conditions that are often closely related to one another — in fact, about one in three people with depression also struggle with substance abuse. Most people recognize depression as a serious problem and can, at the very least, empathize with it. Substance abuse and addiction are serious mental health problems themselves, although sometimes others don't understand this and blame the victim. As you'll see, though, the two problems can combine Continue Reading ...

How to Know if Someone You Love is Suffering From Addiction

Posted on: December 6, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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Substance abuse problems affect people from all walks of life. Here are some common telltale signs that someone you love may be suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Alcohol addiction An addiction to alcohol is known as alcoholism or alcohol dependence, and it can seriously damage your health. Alcoholism causes an intense and overwhelming urge to drink alcohol at any time of the day or night. Alcoholics will prioritize drinking alcohol over everything else in their life, and they Continue Reading ...

Dual Diagnosis: What Is It and How Can It be Treated?

Posted on: November 29, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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A patient has a dual diagnosis if they suffer from both a substance abuse problem and a mental illness at the same time. Almost 10 million people in the US suffer from this, of which only 40% of all documented cases are treated for either one issue. In such cases, either one issue is tackled and the patient is left to suffer from the other issue that goes untreated. It is of uttermost importance that patients suffering from dual diagnosis get proper treatment. The patient has to battle two Continue Reading ...

How to Stay Sober

Posted on: November 22, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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You've already worked hard to become sober, but now you will need to work to stay sober. Here are 10 tips to help you stay sober. Find support. You can join a peer support group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. You can also turn to close friends or family for support. You can also consider going to family counseling to help mend damaged relationships to build a better support system while also making amends. Don't put yourself in dangerous situations. Don't Continue Reading ...

10 Signs You May be an Alcoholic

Posted on: November 15, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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Alcoholism is when someone has dependence or addiction to the consumption of alcohol. An alcoholic has an uncontrollable physical or psychological compulsion to drink alcohol. 10 Signs You May be an Alcoholic There are some common symptoms of alcohol abuse, including: Family history of alcohol abuse Drinking before noon Declining hygiene Drinking alone or in secrecy Suffering from blackouts or memory loss Behavioral or personality changes Increased alcohol tolerance Loss of Continue Reading ...

The Dangers of Giving Up Alcohol Cold Turkey

Posted on: November 8, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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Do you or a loved one have a problem with alcohol? You're not alone: 1 out of 12 Americans struggle with alcohol dependence. If you or your loved one have reached the point where you're ready to rid yourself of your alcohol dependency you may be considering quitting alcohol cold turkey. While your desire to give up your dependency on alcohol is a good thing, quitting cold turkey is not only a bad idea ­‑ it's dangerous. Alcohol Withdrawal If you have a dependency on Continue Reading ...