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Observing National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month, otherwise known as Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. It is a time to appreciate the vital work done by those in the mental health and substance use treatment fields and celebrate people in recovery. Just as we respect people with health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes to…

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Self-Diagnosing Alcoholism

If you’re struggling to control your alcohol intake, you’re likely asking yourself, “Am I an alcoholic?” In recovery, there’s an old saying that if you suspect you have a drinking problem, you probably do. Of course, that’s not always the case. It is best to get a professional diagnosis for any health issue, including substance…

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The Stages of Alcohol Rehab

Alcohol addiction is a serious, life-threatening disease. The excessive use of alcohol is blamed for an estimated 88,000 deaths every year in the U.S. For those with an alcohol use disorder, what starts as occasional “fun” can end with homelessness, alienation from friends and family, and chronic illness that deteriorates their health. Is alcohol threatening…

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What Is the Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline

Alcohol withdrawal is possible as someone stops drinking and works toward their sobriety. Since alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous, those considering cessation needs to discuss detox with a medical provider. Understanding the alcohol withdrawal timeline and what to expect during the primary detox period may help. Usually, the most severe parts of withdrawal are over within…

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Do I Need to Go to an Alcohol Detox Center?

Alcohol addiction is an all too common problem in the United States. Alcohol is a depressant that goes quickly into the bloodstream and affects all organs of the body. When someone is intoxicated, they feel more talkative, confident and have fewer inhibitions. When individuals abuse alcohol over a long period or routinely binge drink, they…