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20
Mar

Understanding the Health Risks Associated with Long-Term Heavy Drinking

Most people have heard that long-term heavy drinking can lead to liver problems, but cirrhosis is only one of the health risks associated with excessive alcohol use. Research has shown that heavy drinking will damage your health in multiple ways. It’s also a leading preventable cause of death. How Long-Term Heavy Drinking Affects the Body...
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11
Mar

How to Recover from Feelings of Guilt

Guilt is an emotion that many people in recovery are familiar with. Once they are free from the influence of addictive substances, they can step back and see how their addiction has impacted their family members and friends in a way that may not have been clear when they were drinking or using. Feeling guilty...
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26
Feb

Alcohol Is Deadlier than Opioids: Facts and Statistics

While opioids are taking up plenty of space in headlines and on the news, it would be a mistake to ignore the deadly health consequences of alcohol. Alcohol continues to be responsible for its own deadly epidemic—claiming 38,000 more lives each year than opioid abuse. Alcohol Continues to Claim More Lives Than Opioid Abuse Nearly...
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18
Feb

Abstinence vs. Harm Reduction: What Is the Right Choice for Addiction Treatment?

Abstinence-based addiction treatment is based on the idea that there is no “safe” amount of drinking or drug use for people in recovery. Addiction is a chronic disease whose symptoms can be controlled. However, the condition cannot be cured since relapse is always a possibility. Harm reduction is not a treatment method. Instead, it is...
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12
Feb

The Drug Classification of Klonopin

Have you or a loved one been prescribed Klonopin and you’re wondering whether it has the potential to be addictive? Do you have concerns that a loved one may have become addicted to this medication? Klonopin does have helpful qualities, but its use needs to be monitored carefully by a doctor. Misuse of this medication...
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30
Jan

Choosing a Residential Recovery Program: What to Look For

A residential recovery program for drug and alcohol abuse is one of the treatment options available to people seeking to break free from addiction and make a fresh start. Since treatment centers can vary in details about their approach to treatment and the way they deliver their services, it’s important to get to know more...
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23
Jan

What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder?

Problem drinking can be described in several ways. People often want to talk around the issue of alcohol abuse rather than saying that someone is an alcoholic. However, defining problem drinking as Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and classifying it as mild, moderate or severe places it squarely in the realm of a medical issue. The...
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07
Jan

Packing for Rehab: What Items to Leave at Home

If you’re getting ready to go to rehab or you’re helping a loved one prepare to go into a drug and alcohol treatment center, you need to know that certain items are not allowed for clients in treatment. Some of them are barred for health and security reasons, while others are not permitted because they...
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20
Dec

Women Experience Substance Abuse Differently

Addiction may be a chronic disease that affects both men and women, but that doesn’t mean that both genders experience it in exactly the same manner. There are distinct differences in substance abuse patterns for women. Gender and Substance Abuse Statistics show that gender is an important factor in substance abuse. Consider the following: The...
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