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3 Ways Alcohol Addiction Affects the Body

Excessive drinking over a long period will eventually take its toll on your body. Alcohol addiction can affect your brain, heart, liver, pancreas, and immune system. Also, your risk of getting cancer is much higher. Binging can raise your heart rate and cause high blood pressure. The bottom line is that drinking too much alcohol…

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How to Enjoy Sober Holidays

If you are new to recovery, the holidays can be an incredibly difficult time. Emotional triggers are everywhere: family conflict, financial stress, social events, painful memories of holidays past, and, of course, your weekly routine going wildly off-course. Thinking about the holidays can create stress, anxiety, and isolation. However, you can build resistance to these…

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3 Ways to Manage Emotions in Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery can be a long and sometimes painful journey. It can be challenging to overcome physical and psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol. During the process of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, your emotions may be all over the place. The good news is that you can find techniques to help you manage…

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4 Ways to Have a Sober Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a merry holiday meant for everyone to enjoy. It’s a time of the year when drinks and buffets are waiting on the table. Generally, it is a holiday most people can’t wait to celebrate. However, some people might be apprehensive about celebrating Thanksgiving for fear of relapsing. This Thanksgiving, there are sober ways…

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The Dangers of the Benzo Shortage

Benzodiazepine, or benzos, is a sedative type that many people rely on to manage mental health symptoms. It is not entirely healthy or safe for its users as it is also associated with dependence. But, a benzo shortage due to increased demand or disrupted production is still dangerous. An abrupt benzo shortage could leave dependent…

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Dangers of Drinking Alcohol and Exercising

Alcohol addiction poses many threats to our health. One such health risk is the use of alcohol and exercise. Drinking alcohol and exercising can lead to severe dehydration, which is dangerous because your body needs to stay hydrated when participating in physical activity. On the flip side, exercise can lead to better health and significantly…

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3 Myths about Addiction Treatment

Dealing with addiction can be extremely challenging. Addiction is a compulsive habit of engaging in substances with rewarding stimuli, despite adverse effects or consequences. Many people choose to continue living with their battle with addiction rather than reaching out for help. However, addiction treatment can be a powerful option for regaining control of your life.…

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How to Have a Sober Halloween

Halloween celebrations usually tend to end in parties. Whether it’s a get together with your family or friends, or an office party, alcohol will likely be part of the event. If you’re trying to stay sober on Halloween, don’t worry. You can remain alcohol-free during this time of the year. To help you have a…

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Signs You Have Co-Occurring Disorders

You have probably heard about co-occurring disorders. However, do you know what the term “co-occurring” really means? A drug use disorder accompanied by a mental health disorder, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or anxiety, is termed a co-occurring disorder. So any combination of a mental health disorder and drug or…

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Common Co-Occurring Issues Women Face

If you’re a woman dealing with drug or alcohol dependency, and you also have a behavior disorder, you have a dual diagnosis. Co-occurring issues are not uncommon, but it can complicate the treatment process. To provide you the best results, you need to find an effective co-occurring disorder treatment that addresses both of your conditions…