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How Many Meetings Do You Need to Stay Sober?

Posted on October 1, 2015 in Recovery

How Many Meetings Do You Need to Stay Sober?When you first get sober, you often hear people suggesting that you go to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. You’re probably encouraged to go to a lot of different meetings in order to see where you feel most comfortable. At meetings you can get to know many different people who are recovering from drug or alcohol abuse. You can share your experience, strength and hope with others in recovery and you can hear about what happened to them and the tools they use to lead a sober and useful life. 

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Intoxicated Drinkers Will Pay Premium for Just One More

Posted on August 15, 2015 in Alcohol Addiction

 

Intoxicated Drinkers Will Pay Premium for Just One MoreNew findings from a group of American researchers point toward a spike in alcohol cravings and the willingness to pay for alcohol access in intoxicated drinkers.

Alcohol cravings are strong urges for alcohol use that can potentially indicate the presence of alcohol use disorder (alcoholism and/or non-addicted alcohol abuse) in a person who habitually drinks in heavy or excessive amounts. In a study published in March 2015 in the journal Addiction, researchers from the University of Missouri sought to determine if alcohol cravings increase significantly in people under the influence of alcohol intoxication. These researchers also sought to determine if intoxicated consumers experience real-world changes in their demands for alcohol and their willingness to pay in order to keep drinking.

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Automated Care Helps Alcoholics Maintain Sobriety

Posted on April 13, 2015 in Alcohol Addiction

Automated Care Helps Alcoholics Maintain SobrietyAlcohol treatment programs can use a form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help people recovering from alcoholism establish drinking abstinence or substantially reduce their alcohol intake. However, individuals who initially benefit from CBT often eventually return to excessive drinking. In a study published in October 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the University of Vermont assessed the potential effectiveness of a phone-based automated system, called Alcohol Therapeutic Interactive Voice Response (ATIVR), in helping to extend the treatment benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy. These researchers concluded that ATIVR may help people who have successfully established alcohol abstinence by the end of active therapy involvement.

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Do Abstaining Cannabis Users Increase Their Alcohol and Cigarette Intake?

Posted on May 8, 2014 in Marijuana Addiction

Do Abstaining Cannabis Users Increase Their Alcohol and Cigarette Intake?Cannabis (the common term for both marijuana and hashish products) is one of the most commonly used recreational substances in America. Up to one-half of all people who use this drug every day will eventually merit a diagnosis for cannabis addiction or medically serious cannabis abuse. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from five Australian institutions investigated the changes in other forms of substance intake that occur when cannabis users halt their intake of the drug. Specifically, the researchers looked at changes in the rate of alcohol consumption and cigarette use.

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Alcohol Use During Recovery From Drug Dependence Leads to Relapse

Posted on January 29, 2014 in Recovery

Alcohol Use During Recovery From Drug Dependence Leads to Relapse Drug dependence is the standard term for a physical/chemical reliance on the effects of a drug to experience a sense of normalcy. Some drug-dependent people develop the cravings and dysfunctional behaviors that mark the onset of drug addiction, and subsequently require treatment to overcome their condition. In a study review published in 2013 in the journal Addiction, researchers in the U.S. and Australia examined the potential effect of alcohol consumption on efforts to recover from drug dependence or drug addiction. In particular, the researchers wanted to know if alcohol can become a substitute source of addiction or play a role in drug addiction relapse.

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Vaporizing Alcohol Is a Dangerous Trend

Posted on July 29, 2013 in Alcohol Addiction

 Vaporizing Alcohol Is a Dangerous TrendThe quest to alter the mind seems to never end. New trends pop up along with new substances all too often. The latest trend grabbing headlines lately is the vapor buzz, a method by which alcoholic vapors are inhaled, causing nearly immediate intoxication. Some say the attraction to inhaling rather than drinking the alcohol is that the process bypasses the calorie-heavy drinks that the American public is accustomed to.

But the end result is the same — intoxication. The problem is, while ingesting alcohol into the digestive system, one or two too many will induce a gag reflex resulting in vomiting. But when partiers over-indulge in inhaling their booze, there is no gag reflex or other tell tale signs of impending extreme intoxication and the end result becomes toxic/poisonous.

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When Punishment Is Removed, Rats Return To Alcohol

Posted on June 5, 2013 in Alcohol Addiction

When Punishment Is Removed, Rats Return To AlcoholAlcohol consumption is related to many negative consequences related to physical health, including injury, risky sexual behaviors and involvement in vehicular crashes. However, it is often the consequences related to relationships and employment that signal the development of an addiction. Those who are addicted to alcohol are often motivated to change their behaviors once their marriage, financial stability and friendships are threatened.

When the threat of these consequences fades over time, many alcohol addicts will return to the substance. This is especially true when the addict is exposed to situations in which alcohol-related cues are prevalent, such as in certain social situations.

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Alcohol Leading Cause of Disease and Injury Across the Globe

Posted on April 5, 2013 in Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Leading Cause of Disease and Injury Across the GlobeA startling report on the use of alcohol done by the World Health Organization provides a glimpse into the danger alcohol presents worldwide.

The WHO collected hard figures in 2005 and used them to calculate probably statistics for 2010. The report sounds a warning bell that alcohol use is a global killer.

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Alcohol Abuse and Seizures

Posted on April 4, 2013 in Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Abuse and SeizuresSeizure is the general term used to describe changes in body control or behavior brought about by chemical/electrical abnormalities in communication between nerve cells in the brain. They range in severity from minor, transient episodes to major, long-term events that can last 30 minutes or longer and seriously endanger a person’s life. Alcohol abuse is a known cause of seizure activity. Most alcohol-related seizures occur during alcohol withdrawal, but they can also occur in active drinkers. In some cases, alcohol abuse can worsen the effects of the seizure disorder epilepsy, or even trigger the onset of an epileptic state.

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Is Your Parent Depressed and Abusing Alcohol or Prescription Drugs? Here’s How to Help

Posted on March 24, 2013 in Intervention

Is Your Parent Depressed and Abusing Alcohol or Prescription Drugs? Here’s How to HelpCaring for elderly parents can be frustrating and confusing. But when your parent is living alone or with a spouse, is showing signs of depression and you suspect is also abusing alcohol or prescription drugs, it can be doubly confusing for you.

You may be afraid that any offer of help will be rejected since your parent wants you to believe – and makes frequent pronouncements – that everything is fine.

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