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03
Oct

How to Turn Down Alcohol in Social Settings

Once you leave addiction treatment and resume normal life, you’ll likely engage in social activities where you could be offered alcohol, either by someone who doesn’t know you’re in recovery, or by someone who seeks to challenge your sobriety. The best way to avoid a moment of weakness is to anticipate that this could happen...
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24
Sep

Mixing Opioids and Alcohol Doubles Addiction Risks

One often overlooked aspect of our country’s opioid epidemic is the high number of individuals who are abusing both opioids and alcohol. This behavior, sometimes referred to as polydrug use, poses serious dangers and requires additional care during the detox process. Legal Doesn’t Mean Risk-Free Since alcohol and prescription opioids are both legal substances, many...
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13
Sep

The Family Cycle of Addiction

Substance abuse often shows up in multiple generations of a family tree. Frequently, misuse of alcohol, prescription meds, or illicit substances has been taking place within a family for a long time before the current generation ever indulged in them. Nature Versus Nurture There has been some debate as to whether addiction is a genetic...
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11
Jun

Dealing with a Family Member Who Has an Addiction

When a family member is struggling with addiction, it can be difficult to know how to best support them. Is it better to confront the issue immediately or to back off and wait until they are ready to change? Is it possible to help someone who doesn’t want to stop using? Radical Love Empathy and...
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08
Apr

Colleges and Universities with the Highest Rates of Alcohol Arrests

When choosing a college, students often consider the teacher to student ratio, cost of attendance, and majors offered. If they give any consideration to the substance use at a certain college, it’s usually in the context of partying with friends. It’s less common for students to think about the alcohol-related arrests an institution might experience....
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27
Feb

Alcohol Abuse in the Native American Community

There has long been a stereotype that Native Americans are more prone to alcoholism and deaths related to alcohol than other Americans. Though many Native American communities around the United States do battle the negative impacts of alcohol, there is far more to know than stereotypes convey. Stats Versus Stereotypes As reported in the Journal...
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21
Jan

How to Choose the Best Rehab: Factors to Consider

When a person is trying to free their life from the grip of addiction, they might be inclined to accept the first help they can find. While it is important to get support, it is also true that not every rehab is created equal. Explore the range of supports offered by different recovery programs before...
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03
Jan

Addiction: A Public Health Crisis

Nearly two years ago, the Surgeon General declared substance abuse a public health crisis. At the time, a government report was issued, stating that our country needs to start treating addiction, “Not as a moral failing, but as a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency and compassion. The way we address this...
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18
Dec

Can Alcohol Withdrawal Become Fatal?

Because alcohol is a legal drug, there is a common misconception that using and withdrawing from alcohol is safer than using and withdrawing from other drugs. For many individuals, quitting drinking has some unpleasant, but tolerable side effects. For others, the side effects can be so severe as to become life threatening. Detoxing as Part...
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06
Dec

Practicing Self-Care When a Loved One Suffers from Addiction

It is natural to want to love and support people who are important to us, especially when they are suffering from an illness. Addiction, like any other illness, can wear on the person diagnosed and the people around them. It is important, therefore, to ensure that the people who make up the support system of...
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