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The Long-Term Medical Effects of Alcohol on the Brain

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Most of us know the general effects of drinking alcohol to excess which include difficulty walking, slurred speech, blurred vision and slowed reaction times although for most of us, these effects are temporary. The next day we may suffer the worst of all hangovers but there’s no long term damage caused by infrequent drinking unless it has become a problem and drinking to excess has become a regular feature in your life. Whereas getting drunk once in a blue moon isn’t overly harmful, prolonged and sustained abuse of alcohol can have a significant effect on the brain that can cause long term damage.

What Factors Influence How Much Alcohol Affects the Brain?

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America has Declared an Opioid Public Emergency: Here's What That Means

Opioid Abuse in America
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Earlier this year, the Center for Disease Control estimated that around 90 Americans die every single day from opioid-related causes. Such is the extent of the problem in the US, that there are now significant steps being taken to reduce the problem by tacking the issue of opioid addiction head on. There is a widely held misconception about drug addicts that they are from a poor background with little or no…


How Journaling Can Aid Your Addiction Recovery

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When you write things down, they tend to become more valid to you—and it is that principal that lies at the heart of the reason why journaling can benefit you in addiction recovery. There are multiple benefits to writing down your experiences as you go through treatment and into a life in recovery. The main benefit is that it acts as a record of your rehabilitation journey because keeping a journal is a thought-provoking…


How to Cope with Depression in Early Addiction Recovery

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It is an unfortunate fact that depression and addiction often go hand-in-hand. However, depression can either be a pre-existing condition to substance abuse and cause addictive behavior or it can be caused as a direct result of substance abuse over a prolonged period of time. Whatever the cause, for someone who has completed drug and alcohol addiction treatment, the symptoms of depression are very real and require management to prevent…


How to Let Go of Your Past in Addiction Recovery

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As with most of life’s hurdles, it is not possible to progress forwards until the past has been addressed and dealt with. When someone is struggling with addiction issues, letting go of the past and the mental or emotional scars they’ve been left with can be extremely difficult. Additionally, if someone has a history of prolonged abuse particularly of mind-altering substances, then the traumas from the past can…


Actions to Take Right after Rehab

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When you’ve completed alcohol or drug addiction treatment and have returned to daily life, you are presented with the perfect opportunity to completely overhaul your lifestyle very much for the better. While in a drug and alcohol addiction treatment program, you’ll be armed with an arsenal of weapons to defend your sobriety and prevent relapse through consistent group and individual therapy, mindfulness…


How to Enjoy a Holly, Jolly & Sober Holiday Season

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The holidays can be a joyous occasion, but also can be filled with stress. With holiday parties, family time, and balancing work with your home life, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Here are a few tips to maintain your sobriety during these happy but sometimes difficult times.

Parties

Holiday parties are an essential experience during the holidays. It’s a great way to spend time with friends and family, and there’s food! Unfortunately, there are usually alcoholic beverages that you may feel tempted by. Don’t feel as though you need to drink to have a good time. Find some non-alcoholic eggnog and enjoy this special time with your family.…

How to Help Your Addicted Loved One

Help Your Addicted Loved One

Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious medical condition that can destroy the life of your loved one. Watching them waste away, go through withdrawals, harm themselves and others, and generally give up on life outside of their addiction is a horrible experience for anybody to go through. Here are a few tips to help your loved one get help.

Intervention

An intervention can be very effective. Letting the addicted person in your life know that people care about them and are affected by their addiction can be a wake-up call. It’s important to be gentle and make sure you consult a professional before arranging an intervention,…

Celebrating 10 Years of Sobriety, The Mel Gibson Journey

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Since the 1970’s, Mel Gibson has been in the spotlight. From the lead role in iconic classics like Braveheart and Lethal Weapon, to a very successful…