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Addictive Personalities 101 Alcohol and Drug Rehab Listings

The term “addictive personality” is often casually tossed around, and it’s not uncommon to hear someone claim they have one. Perhaps you suspect that you might have one yourself. But is there even such a thing as an addictive personality? If so, what characteristics are typical to an addictive personality? Do environmental and/or genetic...

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Is Life Still Fun Without Alcohol?

Getting and staying sober can be an intense journey as you process new and better ways to live without alcohol. For all your hard work, it’s also important to preserve a support system and a social life when in recovery. So what can a person do for fun that doesn’t involve alcohol? How can...

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Alcohol and Drug Use Among the Elderly: Is it a Problem?

When you think of an alcoholic or a drug addict, you probably don’t imagine a gray-haired grandmother or someone in retirement. The truth is, however, that substance abuse problems and addiction are becoming increasingly common among the elderly. In fact, according to recent census data, about 17 percent of people aged 65 or over...

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Should All Adults Be Screened for Alcohol Abuse?

Can a few simple questions help avoid years of struggle and possible premature death? According to the United States Preventative Services Task Force, it can. After analyzing recent research on the topic of alcohol misuse in the US, they are recommending that primary care doctors and nurses screen all adult patients for their drinking...

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Intervention 101: Staging a Drug and Alcohol Intervention for Your Loved One

Staging an intervention is one of the most effective ways to “draw a line in the sand” when it comes to dealing with your loved one’s addiction. When he or she won’t listen to reason or accept treatment any other way and you are unable to continue living as you have been in relation...

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New Study Finds 1 in 13 Pregnant Women Drink Alcohol

According to the Center for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), there is no established safe level of alcohol consumption for pregnant women likely due in part to the fact that drinking while pregnant remains the leading cause of preventable birth defects and developmental disabilities in the United States. However, public opinion on the topic...

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A Global Addiction: Alcoholism Worldwide – Infographic

    Alcohol is one of the most widely consumed intoxicating substances in the world with a social history dating back tens of thousands of years.   While low levels of alcohol consumption may have health benefits, unhealthy drinking habits can lead to illness, injury, social harm, and death. Learn more about the prevalence...

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Is Alcohol Abuse or Addiction a Risk of Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight loss surgery is generally believed to benefit the health and wellness of the patient who undertakes it. By inhibiting the consumption of an obese patient, it can mean a serious amount of weight loss that would otherwise be deadly. There are a number of different types of weight loss surgeries, also called bariatric...

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With Alcohol, the ‘How’ Matters More than the ‘How Much’

New research published in the journal Atherosclerosis from the University of Rochester Medical Centre in New York is the first to demonstrate definitively the health benefits and drawbacks of different patterns of drinking. Dr. John Cullen is a lead researcher for the study. He says: “People need to consider not only how much alcohol...

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New Study Finds Nearly 12 Percent of Native Americans Die Due to Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) recently reported that 11.7 percent of deaths for both Native Americans and Alaska natives over a four-year period were a direct result of excessive alcohol consumption. Advocates for Native American tribal health are taking these numbers as a “call to action” for an issue that has...

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What Makes Alcohol So Addictive?

Binge drinking is a common habit among Americans, as the latest research demonstrates. It’s as dangerous as full-blown alcoholism, thanks to the health effects and dangers associated with drinking more than four or five alcoholic drinks in a sitting – the definition of binge drinking. About one in six Americans indulges in the practice,...

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Everyone Has Hangovers… Don’t They?

Your head is pounding like a punk rock drummer is living inside your brain, your mouth is as dry as the desert in summer and the room hasn’t stopped spinning from the moment you opened your eyes. Worst part is you’re not sure you’ll be able to make it to the bathroom in time...

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Immune Cells Mediate Drunken Behavior

We’ve all witnessed someone when they have had too much to drink appear as though every muscular movement in their body is out of sync. They stagger as they walk, slur their speech when they talk and fall over easily; in other words, they are a motor skills mess. It was always assumed that...

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Does Alcohol Abuse Require Treatment?

There is often some confusion among those who drink heavily and family members who want to see them stop as to whether or not alcohol abuse requires treatment – or if a diagnosis of alcoholism or alcohol addiction is required. Determining whether or not treatment is necessary when alcohol abuse and not addiction is...

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How Alcohol and Drugs Interfere with Nutrition During Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction almost always means malnutrition of some kind. Whether it’s because the drug decreases the appetite or because the cost of the drug sucks up the food budget, few active drug and alcohol addicts get the nutrients they need through food. Dehydration is also a common issue. Without enough water, the...

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Rising Rate of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Among Seniors

Reports are coming in that the rate of drug and alcohol addiction among older adults is on the rise, and family members and caregivers are having a hard time figuring out how to deal with the problem.  Prescription drug addiction and alcoholism are the biggest culprits for this age group due to the easy...

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How Dual Diagnosis Affects Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Dual diagnosis means pretty much exactly what it sounds like – the patient is diagnosed with two, or dual, disorders at the same time. If you or someone you love is that patient, this can be a pretty scary, especially when alcohol addiction is one of the two disorders – but you are not...

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Medications Commonly Used to Fight Alcohol Addiction

Fighting alcohol addiction is about more than just medication, but in some cases of severe addiction and chronic relapse, medications can play a significant part in recovery. The most common include Vivitrol, Campral and Prometa but some patients do not respond well to those medications. When that happens, there is a second line of...

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Overcoming Irrational Thoughts to Overcome Alcoholism

Irrational thoughts are often fears that stop those living with alcohol addiction from getting help. Each of these thoughts is pro-addiction and anti-treatment, isolating the alcoholic from the medical detox and addiction assistance necessary to stop drinking. Most of these fears and irrational thoughts revolve around failure or the threat of failure: “If I...

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