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Alcoholism Counseling – A Proven Step in Recovery

December 29, 2021

Alcoholism counseling and its importance to the recovery process should not be underestimated.  Alcoholism, while medically defined as a treatable disease, is incredibly difficult to overcome without proper help.

Wine spilled by an alcohol abuser before starting alcohol cessation counseling with Destination Hope

With the World Health Organization estimating an astounding 140 million alcoholics worldwide, it’s necessary to examine some common denominators about alcohol dependency as well as the benefits of alcoholism counseling in battling addiction.

Alcoholism counseling plays a key role in the recovery process because prolonged alcohol abuse can have a lasting negative effect on an addict’s body and mind. Common effects that alcoholics experience are the symptoms of withdrawal. Physical withdrawal occurs when a person with a physical dependency on a substance abstains from it for a period of time, whether it be voluntarily or not. Several common symptoms of withdrawal include nausea, tremors, vomiting, intense mood swings and increased anxiety and paranoia. Alcoholics often continue to drink to avoid the onset of these extremely unpleasant feelings.

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How Common Is Addiction?

January 31, 2020

We hear heartbreaking stories of addiction, overdose and relapse virtually every day. In most cases, these stories relate to celebrities or otherwise well-known people that have succumbed to the disease. Alternately, we hear of truly shocking behaviors that happened under the influence. Sadly, the day-to-day stories about addiction are too many to cover and have, for most people, become normal and expected. Overdose deaths often become the norm, in many people’s eyes, with the overwhelming statistics we see on drug use and addiction. This is not totally surprising. Indeed, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that almost everyone has been affected by addiction or knows someone who has battled substance abuse or addiction – either alcohol or drugs.

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When Does Substance Abuse Become Addiction?

December 17, 2019

When evaluating the statistics on substance use, whether it be alcohol, drugs or any other illicit or legal substance that has addictive properties, it can be shocking to see how many people use on a regular basis. And while substance use is certainly a precursor to substance abuse, not everybody who uses, ends up abusing.

Substance abuse and addiction are often lumped into one category but are, in fact, quite distinct. Both cause adverse effects but are separated primarily by how the brain and body react to the substance and how the individual continues to use despite negative consequences. Once the user develops a compulsive or uncontrollable need for the substance of abuse, they have started the path to addiction.

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The Effects of Drug Use on Oral Health

October 11, 2017

The physical effects of drug usage are commonly thought of as weight loss, thinning hair, or skin care problems. However, one of the most profound effects is dental. At Destination Hope, clients are often eager to get dental care after seeing the damage drugs have done to their teeth. Dr. Ari Socher of Renumi Mobile helps take care of those in recovery who are in dire need of dental care. Renumi Mobile is a mobile dentistry practice, which means people in recovery can get the dental care they need to not only feel good and look good. Q-How long have…

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Addiction Comes in Threes

February 23, 2017

Three wise men. Three stooges. Three ring circus. Many things come in threes and in the world of addiction, we see this time and time again. For example, it is not uncommon for a heroin addict to also have a food, gambling or sex addiction. Someone who is addicted to painkillers is likely to have sexual impulsivity or an addiction to money. Why does it come in threes? It has to do with symmetry, a spiritual component and the good vs. evil different parts of us. Depending on one’s drug of choice, it taps into a certain part of the…

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Why Does Drug and Alcohol Abuse Spike During the Holidays?

December 13, 2016

December is considered one the deadliest months of the year as drunk driving accidents increase. It is also a time when stress and anxiety can increase the rate of depression as well as drug abuse. It is often during this time of year that addicts may ignore their drug or alcohol abuse in order to not miss out on any family gatherings, company parties, and other festivities. There are many reasons why substance abuse can increase during the holiday season. Stress. Worrying about gifts, accepting all the invitations that have been extended, money, family get-togethers and so much more add…

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The Effects of Binge Drinking in Men

August 23, 2016

Among people who consume alcohol, males typically drink more alcohol than women in the United States and across the globe, according to a study done by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism(1). This level of consumption puts men at a greater risk for many different alcohol-related health effects, such as liver problems, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity and various forms of cancer. What is Binge Drinking? Binge drinking is defined as when a man drinks enough to raise his blood alcohol content to .08 within a timespan of two hours, which is typically five or more drinks, on at least…

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Legal and Lethal: Kratom

May 12, 2016

Many substances can be addictive, from illicit drugs like heroin or cocaine to legal substances like sugar or caffeine. Kratom is a substance that is growing more popular throughout Florida. Though it's billed as a supplement, it affects the body in similar ways as heroin. Does that make it a drug? What Is Kratom? Kratom is produced from the leaves of a tropical, deciduous tree found in Southeast Asia. The leaves of this tree contain a mind-altering chemical called mitragynine that acts like an opioid. An opioid interacts with the reward centers of the brain and can influence your pleasure…

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Deadly Drug and Alcohol Combinations

May 9, 2016

You may not think twice about having a drink while you’re taking prescription painkillers, or you might drink deliberately to achieve a better high when you take other drugs. This behavior is fairly common among people who struggle with substance abuse, but it's also quite dangerous. When you build up a tolerance to a substance, it's harder to achieve the usual effects—throwing another substance into the mix may seem like the natural solution. Mixing drugs can have serious physical consequences, and some health effects can be fatal. This article will cover a few of the more dangerous drug and alcohol…

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The Effects of Substance Abuse on Your Heart

May 5, 2016

It probably comes as no surprise that substance abuse is bad for your heart. But what may surprise you is the vast range of heart damage caused by abusing both legal and illicit drugs. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cocaine abuse is associated with a large number of severe cardiovascular problems like arrhythmia and heart attack, while injecting heroin may lead to conditions like scarred and collapsed veins and bacterial infections of the heart valves and blood vessels. Risks of Heart Disease It's not just the "hard" drugs that can cause heart damage. The effects of cigarette…

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