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Healthy Friends vs. Unhealthy Friends

October 23, 2017

You are who you surround yourself with. Although it may be a clichéd belief, for many, the saying holds true. If you’re in treatment, it is important to surround yourself with positive, healthy relationships that will be a source of support during and after the recovery process. For many people, this may mean avoiding friends you used to hang out with before you entered treatment. It doesn’t stop there. Developing new friendships can also be tricky as you try to find a healthy network of friends. The Difference between Healthy & Unhealthy Friendships It might seem like a safe bet…

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Ways to Celebrate Graduating from Women’s Drug Rehab

October 13, 2017

Graduating from a rehabilitation facility is an exciting event and should be celebrated in grand fashion. We make a big deal of every milestone – from receiving our driver’s license, to moving into our first apartment, to our work anniversaries. Recovering from addiction is no exception – and it takes much more hard work than studying for any exam. It is normal to be hesitant about congratulating yourself as a recovering addict. However, celebrating is more important for someone recovering from addiction than anyone else. It is fulfilling to remind yourself of where you were, and how far you have…

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Should A Recovering Alcoholic Eat Foods Cooked with Alcohol?

May 6, 2016

Assessing the Risk With the prevalence of alcohol abuse and alcoholism in the United States—over seventeen million people—questions about foods containing or prepared with alcohol are a common and legitimate concern. Some insist that alcohol in food or cooking is nothing to worry about, often citing a commonly held belief that alcohol gets cooked out of foods during the preparation process. They claim that alcohol is literally boiled off during heating or cooking and its alcoholic potency is destroyed or eliminated. This is a myth and is not based on accurate science. Alcohol still remains in significant amounts when used…

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Living with Alcoholism: Is Controlled Drinking Possible?

March 25, 2016

Alcoholism is more than just a drinking problem. The condition is marked by symptoms that include compulsive thoughts about drinking, distorted thinking and a lack of control over alcohol consumption. The general consensus on alcoholism is that affected people are unable to return to a problem-free level of drinking, and treatment programs typically focus on complete abstinence. However, some critics of this approach argue that alcoholics can return to a state of controlled drinking with moderate, responsible alcohol consumption. The Disease Model of Alcoholism The concept of alcoholism as a chronic medical condition of the brain is known as the…

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Do You Need Alcohol Rehab for Women?

March 10, 2016

Alcohol rehab for women is an area of recovery that does not get the mainstream media attention of illicit drug treatment specialties and other narcotic addictions due to the legality of alcohol not to mention its widespread availability and acceptance. This often lends itself to the false impression that alcohol is not as habit forming as other addictive substances. This could not be farther from the truth. Alcohol is the most abused substance in this country and over 13% of women in the United States consume more than the recommended intake. Alcohol rehab for women became that much more prevalent…

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The Role of Genetics in Alcohol Dependence

August 27, 2015

Alcohol abuse harms a loved one's health in unexpected ways. According to Web MD (1), chronic heavy drinking contributes to several health concerns like cancer, anemia and liver disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2) report that women absorb more alcohol when compared to men and it takes longer to break down, which makes women more likely to develop the negative effects of the substance. When a loved one's alcohol abuse gets out of control, family members must consider the possibility of a genetic link when evaluating the potential causes and seeking appropriate treatment. Genes and Alcohol Abuse…

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Dependence vs. Addiction: What’s the Difference?

August 14, 2015

Differentiating between a physical dependence on a substance and an addiction helps determine the best way to handle a loved one's substance abuse. In some cases, a loved one does not actually abuse drugs or alcohol due to an addiction; instead, her body craves the substance or she abuses the drugs due to the physical reactions that occur when she does not use the substance. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (1) says that addiction and dependence have similarities, but they are also very different. What is Dependence? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica (2), physical dependence refers to the tolerance…

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What is Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome?

August 7, 2015

Withdrawal is a part of all types of addiction, whether it involves drugs, alcohol, or nicotine. Even those suffering from behavioral addictions not involving drugs or alcohol like gambling, eating, or sex can suffer from the symptoms of withdrawal. Since alcohol is the most commonly abused substance, it’s also the most common cause of withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is one of the most dangerous types of withdrawal and can be life-threatening if not treated promptly. Alcohol withdrawal occurs when an individual has been drinking regularly for an extended period of time, weeks, months, or years, and suddenly stops or reduces…

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Real Housewives Star Returns to Rehabilitation

February 5, 2015

Former child actress and one of the stars of the hit reality TV series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kim Richards has been hospitalized for substance abuse treatment. Richards has claimed to have been clean and sober since her alcohol addiction program three years ago but received plenty of attention and speculation regarding her sobriety after weeks of erratic behavior which was even apparent on the television series. Her odd behavior was even the cause of an altercation between her sister and co-star, Kyle Richards and co-star Brandi Glanville. Finally, Kyle Richards sent her sister to substance abuse treatment…

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Who Might You Meet in an Alcohol Rehab Center?

February 2, 2015

Alcohol Rehab Centers treat a very diverse range of individuals. Although many people who have never visited an alcohol rehab center may have a simplistic image of who seeks treatment, the reality is actually a lot more complex. People from all walks of life can suffer from alcoholism or may abuse alcohol. In fact, recent research has identified five specific types of alcoholics, with young adults making up more than half of the nearly 8 million individuals who met the criteria for diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the United States. If you suspect that you or someone you love has…

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