Alcohol abuse ravages families, leaving long-lasting emotional scars. Families are a unit, and when one individual is hurting and acting destructively, it impacts everyone. Here are just some of the effects of alcoholism on families. Marriage and Alcoholism Statistics: Does Alcohol Break Up Relationships? “He’s a happy drunk.” “She’s an angry drunk.” Whatever the [...]
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Substance effects on the brain With just a quick search on the Internet for common addictions, it's clear that there are addictions that are more common than others. The list of the top 5 addictions in the world are not necessarily the same as the top five worst addictions. Addictions are variable in how intense and [...]
It's that time of year again - parties, family get-togethers, and excessive eating, drinking and merriment. This time of year can create difficult situations for those in recovery. Thanksgiving, in particular, can be a challenging time, family interaction is often expected and it may be one of your first family get-togethers you've had in [...]
It's a huge moment when your loved one agrees to seek help for drug or alcohol abuse. But it doesn't take long for questions to start creeping into your mind. There's one concern that seems to be at the top of most people's lists: "What if my loved one is tempted to use again [...]
Rationalization is a defense mechanism often used when people see their drinking or drug use has become a problem but they don’t want to stop. There are many different rationalizations, but what they have in common is they try to make it seem like drinking or drug use is reasonable under the circumstances. So someone [...]
Seeking Help Again After a Relapse So you’ve suffered a substance abuse relapse. How did it happen? Will it happen again? What should you do next? The first thing you need to understand is that your relapse experience probably began days, weeks or even months ago. Relapse is a gradual process that often begins with [...]
An estimated one in three Americans suffer from insomnia symptoms, and roughly six percent of us might be diagnosed with insomnia. So, you're not alone if you have trouble getting a good night’s rest. People that are recovering from addiction could be up to five times more likely to suffer from sleep disturbances. Sleep [...]
Boredom is a fact of life. The problem is that it can also be a trigger for relapse. But here’s the thing: Just like feelings of sadness or anxiety, boredom cannot be avoided. All of those feelings are inevitable from time to time. The real question is how we can learn to manage feelings [...]
It feels as if the person you love is lost. Yes, they might be standing right in front of you, but the things they do and say make you feel as if the person you know is gone. There’s almost nothing you wouldn’t do to get your loved one back but, at the same [...]
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. And while it’s true that genetics certainly come into play when determining your risk, there are also a number of environmental factors within your control—including your alcohol consumption. And that fact is that, in addition to all the [...]