Alcohol Addiction

Have you Relapsed?

A relapse does not mean you failed. A relapse is when a person is trying to get clean from drugs or alcohol and begins using the drug or alcohol again.   This can happen to anyone- someone with 24 hours clean or 10 years clean. Unfortunately, this is common in recovery. After a relapse, no matter how big or small it may seem to be, reach out and pick up recovery again. There is always help for someone that has relapsed. Addiction is a brain disease. It causes people to continue using drugs despite the negative consequences, whether those be legal, physical, …

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Drugs and Diseases and Disorders

Drugs and diseases and disorders can run hand- in- hand. Drug use wreaks havoc on the brain and body. A disease or disorder can unintentionally lead to an addiction. Drug use increases the risk of contracting infections, mental disorders, or serious diseases. While using drugs, an addict may not know exactly what they are doing to their body and brain. There can be a cause and effect relationship between drugs and diseases and disorders. For example, sharing a needling when using drugs intravenously can lead to diseases like Hepatitis C (a serious liver disease) or HIV/ AIDS. There are diseases …

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The Holidays for an Addict

It can be difficult to navigate the holidays for an addict. It is a time to eat, drink, and be merry. Holidays are a time to be spent with family and loved ones. The holidays can be stressful for everyone. You don’t need alcohol or drugs to be festive this season. Here are some tips to help prevent a relapse. Have a plan. Especially if you are new in recovery and going to a holiday party. If you know there may be alcohol there drive yourself so you can leave when you are ready. Know your triggers. For common triggers …

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What is Rehab?

Rehab, or rehabilitation, is a place or facility that helps people with substance abuse issues begin the recovery process. Rehab is the beginning for any addiction to drugs. When using for long periods of time, withdrawal can be a concern. Rehabs address concerns like withdrawal, recovery, and more. The first step when starting your journey into recovery is most likely going to be detox, or detoxification. For addictions to heroin or opioids a medically- assisted detox is recommended. The drug changes the way your brain works because the opioid receptors become attached to brain and nerve receptors. After using for …

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What are the Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal?

After drinking heavily for a prolonged period of time a person will go through withdrawals. When alcohol is abused for long periods of time the withdrawal becomes dangerous. The first reaction the body has to suddenly being reduced or deprived of a substance is withdrawal. The way alcohol affects the brain and body is why suddenly stopping to drink can be dangerous. The effects alcohol has on the brain begins with the first drink. Alcohol is a depressant. Alcohol blocks chemical signals between brain cells (called neurons). Blocking those chemical signals is what causes a person to slur their words …

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Who Can Benefit Most from a Partial Hospitalization Program for Drug Rehab?

We all know that the first step is the hardest when it deals with drug addiction. Admitting yourself into a hospital or rehab center can be very difficult, especially if it means having to give up a job or take time away from family. However, rehab is often the only way for a person to get clean. You or a loved one may benefit the most from a partial hospitalization program for drug rehab. If you are not sure if it is right for you, read on to learn more. What is a Partial Hospitalization Program? There are many different …

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Can You Be Turned Away from Alcohol Rehab Centers in Florida?

There are a number of outstanding alcohol rehab centers in Florida. Florida has a pleasant year-round climate that is enticing to those seeking recovery. If you feel you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, asking for help is the first step towards recovery. Rehab centers specialize in providing you with a solid foundation for recovery. Taking advantage of a Florida treatment center program may be one of your options. However, there are a few reasons that you can be turned away from alcohol rehab centers in Florida. While they are very limited, here are a few reasons for the …

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How Can Alcoholism Neuropathy Affect You After Recovery?

According to a 2015 study published in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 15 million individuals over the age of 18 have a problem with alcohol. Of those with an alcohol use disorder, 9.8 million are men and 5.3 million are women. In addition to cirrhosis of the liver and nutritional deficiencies, many of these individuals will likely also develop alcoholic neuropathy. For those who may not be familiar with alcoholic neuropathy, it is a severe condition that can be triggered by excessive and prolonged alcohol consumption. Further, alcoholic neuropathy is characterized by nerve damage that …

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What Are the Most Important Things to Remember When Staging an Alcoholic Intervention?

You should tell each friend who has agreed to come to the meeting for the alcoholic intervention that the process should be a polite discussion with important information about the problem. With a protocol for polite behavior for the meeting, each person should feel more relaxed about participating in the meeting. You should be prepared with information about the different types of treatment programs and with some suggestions about a practical method for the person to use to pay for the costs for a treatment program for alcoholism. The problems from alcoholism include serious health problems that could prevent a …

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Do Recovery Centers in Florida Participate in Community Outreach Programs?

Outreach programs are a vital part of nearly every community in the United States. Florida is no exception. These programs give vulnerable populations access to resources that will enrich their lives and in some cases even help to preserve those lives (such as those programs who help people get nutritious food). When you take part in a recovery center’s program, you should find out first is they participate in any community outreach programs. Good treatment centers don’t just focus on life on the inside of the institution, but they create a better world for their communities by participating in community …

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