Active duty soldiers at risk for suicide and veterans coming home from war with PTSD have a new ally: Miss USA Deshauna Barber. And if she happens to wins Miss Universe, she’ll be advocating for them on a global stage. Barber serves as a commander in the Army Reserves, making her the first soldier ever … Continue Reading
When viewed from the outside, the prospect of living with addiction—a life punctuated by uncertainties, hardship and consequences—seems resoundingly unappealing. But addicts never intend to become addicts. Many substance users mistakenly believe that they are exceptions to the rule, able to maintain control of their alcohol and drug use. It often takes only a short … Continue Reading
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 factors … Continue Reading
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 are … Continue Reading
Attempts to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in Iowa have come to a dead end, according to the Press-Citizen. The concern for public safety was the primary obstacle in addition to fears that legalization of the drug for any purpose would increase the rates of marijuana abuse among those without a prescription for its use. … Continue Reading
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 habits. … Continue Reading
Papo and Yo is a new video game designed by Vander Caballero based upon his own childhood experiences growing up in South America with an alcohol- and drug-addicted father. Caballero is not new to the video game industry and has been making games for years. However, this time, instead of making the typical violent, “shoot … Continue Reading
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 shifts … Continue Reading
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published results for studies from the Atlas entitled “ATLAS on Resources for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders” (ATLAS-SU) on their website. The findings included data collected from 147 countries worldwide, which accounts for 88 percent of the global population and is compiled in order to monitor … Continue Reading
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 surgery, … Continue Reading
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 they … Continue Reading
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 long … Continue Reading
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, according … Continue Reading
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 if … Continue Reading
When considering some of the greatest historical figures and their contributions to the world, we rarely let our minds wander to their personal lives and trials. Like every other human being, these talented people had strengths and weaknesses in their character, and they fell into addictive habits, as well. Here’s a list of some of … Continue Reading
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 these … Continue Reading
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 the … Continue Reading
In traditional alcohol rehab programs, patients have the opportunity to begin 12-step treatment as part of their treatment plan. Meeting regularly with peers in the program and learning how to work the 12 steps and remain sober with the sponsor and share system, created by Bill W. in 1935, can help patients to take advantage … Continue Reading
When Miss Teen USA 2002 Kari Ann Peniche showed up on Dr. Drew’s Sober House and didn’t exactly do a bang-up job of staying clean and sober, the spotlight turned to the problem of teen drug addiction. One of the pertinent questions that has punctuated the discussion of teen drug rehab and treatment is this: … Continue Reading
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 body … Continue Reading
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 access … Continue Reading
Caffeine and cigarettes – they are the mainstay of tens of thousands in recovery. During 12-step meetings, coffee is always available and breaks are given during meetings so everyone can go outside and smoke. The problem is that both caffeine and nicotine can cause serious problems in the long and short term. On the other … Continue Reading
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 alone. … Continue Reading
Maine is having a serious budget crunch and it looks like state officials are thinking about cutting one of the most essential health services they have: inpatient substance abuse treatment programs. Forget that Maine has a drug and alcohol addiction rate that is eight times the national average; in a move that is typical of … Continue Reading
If you’re considering 12-step treatment after – or before – drug rehab but have been avoiding going to a meeting because you’re thinking it might be a waste of time, consider this: those who attend and continue to attend 12-step meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) in addition to drug and alcohol … Continue Reading
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