Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment is Imperfect but Effective

March 31, 2008

Addiction treatment is not a quest for perfection. Many people have the mistaken notion that it is, and this leads to all kinds of counterproductive thoughts and actions. Rehabilitation and recovery are long processes that involve hard work, and there are usually bumps along the way. It’s best to know this advance so that the bumps don’t turn into roadblocks.

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Alcohol Abuse and Treatment Statistics

March 30, 2008

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There are over 22 million people in the United States that have a drug abuse or substance abuse problem. This amounts to a little less than 10% of the entire nation, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the year 2006.

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Get Treatment for the Disease of Addiction

March 29, 2008

Drug and alcohol addiction are just as much a disease as diabetes and cancer. They create noticeable biological changes in the people who suffer from them. They have clearly defined symptoms and methods of treatment.

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Make the Right Choice: Alcohol Rehabilitation

March 24, 2008

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Unfortunately many alcohol addicts do not understand that they do indeed have a serious alcohol problem.  Alcohol is a serious problem that affects every minute of one’s daily life.  An alcohol addict is unable to think clearly, decisions are harder to make because thinking has become an arduous process for the alcohol abuser, communication is normally cut between the alcohol abuser with his or her family and friends, among many other changes in an alcohol addict’s life.  Read more

More People Seek Alcohol Abuse Treatment

March 23, 2008

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According to Medical News Today, there are more patients getting addiction treatment services from the healthcare system for alcohol abuse than there were in the past. This is good news as there are millions of people in the United States who have an alcohol abuse problem and never seek professional help for it. Read more

Alcohol and Parenting

March 21, 2008

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The majority of teenagers in the United States cite their parents as the most important influence on their decisions regarding alcohol. Because of this, parents have a responsibility to teach their children the correct way to handle alcohol in their lives. Unfortunately, many don’t talk to their kids about the issue at all because they aren’t sure what to say or they fear it will actually encourage them to drink. However, that simply isn’t true. There are a number of ways parents can foster a responsible view of drinking in their children, reducing the chances of alcohol abuse and alcoholism during the teen years and beyond. Read more

Detox!!

March 20, 2008

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Detox. It’s a very powerful word. Both in it’s potential and in it’s danger. The word itself seems to carry more weight than any other in a drug abuse treatment program. There are two philosophies on detox and the addict. The drug treatment centers that want to tell you detox will be easy. It won’t. The other is the thought process that we subscribe too. Detox, like much of the early stages of recovery will be difficult. But it is possible. And once you are past it you will be closer to your pre-drug abuse self than you can imagine. Read more

Alcohol Abuse and Tolerance

March 19, 2008

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The longer a person lives with alcoholism, the greater the level of tolerance they develop to the substance. This means that, over time, the alcoholic will need to drink more in order to get the same effects. Eventually, they become physically dependent on alcohol and must drink a significant amount just to function and avoid withdrawal symptoms. Read more

Alcohol Dementia

March 18, 2008

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There are many negative affects of long-term alcoholism. Alcohol dementia is a condition that can occur after a person drinks excessively for a very long period of time. Its symptoms are problems in the brain, including personality changes, memory loss, diminished ability to think, and learning difficulties. Alcohol consumption affects brain cells, and the damage can build up over time until it results in brain damage. Poor nutrition also adds to the effects. Read more

Facts About Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

March 17, 2008

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Alcoholism is a condition in which people consume alcohol regardless of the negative consequences and health problems it leads to. Alcoholism is an addiction and, according to many people, a disease. People who are alcoholics are either physically or psychologically dependent on the substance. Read more

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