Alcohol and Its Effects on the Liver

Posted on: January 24, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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The liver, a triangular shaped organ, is located in the upper abdomen. Being a main organ, the liver has a lot of important jobs from metabolizing medicines to forming the clotting proteins needed to stop bleeding. After an individual consumes alcohol, starting from the lining in the mouth down to the small intestine, alcohol is being absorbed into the blood stream. What is the liver’s job with alcohol? The liver is highly vascularized, meaning the organ has a lot of blood vessels. Continue Reading ...

Halfway Houses: The Basics

Posted on: January 17, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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Halfway houses are places that allow individuals with mental health illnesses or criminal records to rehabilitate and begin to reintegrate back into the community. They are quite literally a 'halfway house' between prison or jail and community living. They are used after jail time and the environment of a halfway house is structured as stringent as jail but at the same time, the halfway house operates in such a way that allows the individual to take control of their freedom and get Continue Reading ...

The Cost of Sober Living

Posted on: January 10, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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When you hear the word 'cost,' you probably think about the monetary meaning. There has to be a set number following a dollar sign. Concerning sober living, there is a monetary meaning but there is also a meaning to the mental, emotional, and physical cost, as well. The Monetary Cost It’s known that alcohol use can take a large portion of an individual’s budget. However, that same budget can greatly improve an individual’s lifestyle when the budget of a recovering Continue Reading ...

The Effects of Alcohol on Your Body: The Basics

Posted on: January 3, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends women consume no more than three drinks a day and seven drinks in a week, and for men to consume no more than four drinks a day and 14 drinks in a week. When consuming alcohol excessively, or more than the recommended amount, there are short-term and long-term consequences for your body.  Short-Term Consequences from Alcohol Consumption Short-term consequences are negative effects that occur within the human body from an Continue Reading ...

How to Say No to Alcohol and Drugs

Posted on: December 27, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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Whether you're newly sober or trying to avoid drugs and alcohol altogether, there will likely be a time when you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation where you feel tempted to use drugs or alcohol. When that happens, you'll be prepared. Try the following suggestions to help: Make an excuse to leave. Ask for help from a trusted source. Only go places where you know drugs and/or alcohol will not be present. Never leave your drink unattended. Make new friends who will not Continue Reading ...

Dual Diagnosis: What Is It and How Is It Treated?

Posted on: December 20, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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A patient has a dual diagnosis if they suffer from both a substance abuse problem and a mental illness at the same time. Almost 10 million people in the US suffer from this, of which only 40% of all documented cases are treated for either one issue. In such cases, only one issue is addressed and the patient is left to suffer from the other issue that goes untreated. It is of utmost importance that patients suffering from dual diagnosis get proper treatment. The patient has to battle two Continue Reading ...

The Link Between Substance Abuse and Depression

Posted on: December 13, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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Depression and substance abuse are two conditions that are often closely related to one another — in fact, about one in three people with depression also struggle with substance abuse. Most people recognize depression as a serious problem and can, at the very least, empathize with it. Substance abuse and addiction are serious mental health problems themselves, although sometimes others don't understand this and blame the victim. As you'll see, though, the two problems can combine Continue Reading ...

How to Know if Someone You Love is Suffering From Addiction

Posted on: December 6, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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Substance abuse problems affect people from all walks of life. Here are some common telltale signs that someone you love may be suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Alcohol addiction An addiction to alcohol is known as alcoholism or alcohol dependence, and it can seriously damage your health. Alcoholism causes an intense and overwhelming urge to drink alcohol at any time of the day or night. Alcoholics will prioritize drinking alcohol over everything else in their life, and they Continue Reading ...

Dual Diagnosis: What Is It and How Can It be Treated?

Posted on: November 29, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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A patient has a dual diagnosis if they suffer from both a substance abuse problem and a mental illness at the same time. Almost 10 million people in the US suffer from this, of which only 40% of all documented cases are treated for either one issue. In such cases, either one issue is tackled and the patient is left to suffer from the other issue that goes untreated. It is of uttermost importance that patients suffering from dual diagnosis get proper treatment. The patient has to battle two Continue Reading ...

How to Stay Sober

Posted on: November 22, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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You've already worked hard to become sober, but now you will need to work to stay sober. Here are 10 tips to help you stay sober. Find support. You can join a peer support group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. You can also turn to close friends or family for support. You can also consider going to family counseling to help mend damaged relationships to build a better support system while also making amends. Don't put yourself in dangerous situations. Don't Continue Reading ...