Tag Archives: Alcohol Abuse

The Chemistry of Alcohol Dependence

The Chemistry of Alcohol Dependence

Most people have at least a basic understanding of neurochemistry, the relationships between the naturally-produced chemicals in the human brain. What they may not know is how alcohol affects them. These chemicals, called neurotransmitters, regulate the brain’s functions and influence behavior. Healthy function depends on a careful balance of these neurotransmitters, and virtually every type […]

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Study Shows Addictive Cravings Are Detectable After Death

Study Shows Addictive Cravings Are Detectable After Death

Substance abuse is an epidemic in our nation, and headlines all over the United States are a testament to how deadly it can be. Substance abuse is now the leading cause of unintentional death, with overdoses claiming more lives than car accidents. As it turns out, a new study suggests that addiction can affect us […]

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What Is Emotional Sobriety?

What Is Emotional Sobriety?

An estimated 20 million people in the United States, struggle with a substance abuse disorder, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Unfortunately, only about 10% of these people receive appropriate treatment. Whether you’re struggling to regain your life or well on the road to recovery, you’re probably focused on attaining or maintaining your […]

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Why Do We Drink Alcohol?

The Reasons Why Alcohol Is So Commonly Abused

Alcohol is one of the world’s most popular and accessible drugs. The ubiquity of alcohol consumption, however, belies the major health risks associated with alcohol abuse. In 2012 alone, according to the World Health Organization, alcohol abuse was responsible for over 3.3 million deaths across the globe. The dangers of alcoholism are numerous and pervasive. […]

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How Alcohol Abuse Affects the Major Organs of the Body

Alcohol abuse has been proven to be deadly if continued over long periods of time, but we often overlook the long-term effects of alcohol abuse, as many believe that “long term” is considered to mean years or decades. This lack of foresight and understanding of just how much of an effect alcohol actually has on […]

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Supporting Sobriety Through the Holidays

The holiday season is filled with warmth and happiness. Many spend the last few months of the year eagerly awaiting these special dates in a state of joy, and families gather together to dine and celebrate. For others, however, the holidays season brings an array of negative emotions and can be hard to get through. […]

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The Link Between Alcohol & Cancer

Alcohol consumption, especially in frequent and/or large amounts, has long been known to negatively affect drinkers in a variety of ways. Alcohol significantly contributes to social and economic concerns – it causes the weakening of relationships, lack of productivity at work, and costs that are detrimental to the community. Alcohol is also the third leading […]

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Treating Pain Without Opiates

After having surgery, Ted found himself in a great deal of pain and was prescribed Opiates to help manage his discomfort. Although the painkillers helped at first, they soon became a problem. It became clear Ted wasn’t going to be able to stop using the opiates on his own, so his wife and children found […]

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Tips for Staying Sober this Fourth of July

Whether it’s your first Fourth of July or your tenth in addiction recovery, it’s always a good idea to gather tips on staying sober before you attend your neighbor’s barbecue or community firework display. Events like Independence Day often involve alcohol, and can be triggers for those who now lead sober lifestyles. If you’re wondering […]

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