Alcohol Abuse

The Effects of Alcohol Use on Relationships

When someone with an alcohol problem is on the exaggeration side of low frustration tolerance, then all the expression occurs – and this is different from that flat, calm, expressing little way of acting. Not being able to handle what one formerly did, having that “low frustration tolerance” type of day, can mean a lot of emotion is coming out. And family, friends, etc are confused and affected by this.

Celebrity Rehab: Addiction Kills 100 Americans Every Day

Following the death of Mindy McCready, there has been buzz about deaths from addiction. McCready was the fifth cast member on Dr. Pinsky’s “Celebrity Rehab Show”  to die from either suicide or overdose.  This seems unusual to many people, some of whom think the statistic reveals something about the show. But the unfortunate truth is people …

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Alcohol Awareness 72 hour Challenge.. without Cheating

Next week the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is asking everyone to take a challenge. The “April is Alcohol Awareness Month” campaign includes an Alcohol-Free Weekend, April 5-7. This 72 hour “no alcohol” challenge could take place on any weekend, and in fact it does take place fairly often in many families across the country. …

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Inpatient Detox v. Outpatient Detox

In order to understand why outpatient detox for drug addicts and alcoholics rarely gives satisfactory results, we have to review a couple of things about addiction. Addiction is a compulsion to use a substance or behavior to alter the way we feel. However, it is more than that: it is a physical and emotional way …

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How long does alcohol detox last, and what can I do to relieve the symptoms?

Alcohol withdrawal without medical help can, and frequently does, result in some or all of the following: extreme anxiety, disorientation, hallucinations, sleep disorders, hand tremors, nausea, sweating, seizures, blood pressure spikes, and racing pulse. Delirium tremens (DTs — physical and visual hallucinations accompanied by terror reactions) may be present. In the worst cases, untreated alcohol …

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No Drugs or Booze in the Food Pyramid

Recent research indicates that as the intake of alcohol and other drugs increases, the quality of meals declines.  According to the National Health and Nutrition Survey, both male and female alcoholics made worse food choices the more they used. This is important to people in detox and early recovery, because, in addition to the issues of food selection, …

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I’m Detoxed and Free of Drugs, Why Do I Need a 12-Step Program?

Alcoholics and other addicts in recovery have many more issues to deal with than simply not using, especially in the first couple of years.  For one thing, it can take that long for the body (especially the brain) to repair the effects of the drugs. Along with guidance through the discomfort of this Post Acute …

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Alcohol, Nicotine and Other Drugs During Pregnancy

Drinking and smoking during pregnancy are two of the major causes of developmental problems in children, both in the womb and postpartum. Smoking causes problems because of reduced oxygen to the fetus. The carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke can cut down the ability of the mother’s blood to transport oxygen by as much as 40%. …

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Some Comments About Codependency

Codependency, originally called co-alcoholism, refers to a group of emotional difficulties commonly experienced by people who are involved with addicts: family, close friends, co-workers, and so forth. Our Addicts Make Us Crazy Addicts behave in crazy ways, and their behavior affects the people close to them.  As their codependents adjust their lives and attitudes to …

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Substitute Addictions

There are two kinds of addictions. Substance Addictions create pleasure through the use of products that are taken into the body. and include all mood-altering products, drugs (caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, etc.), food-related disorders such as overeating, and so forth. Process Addictions, in contrast, consist of behavior that leads to mood-altering events that provide pleasure, and …

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