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High-Functioning Alcoholics: Suffering in Silence

Most of us don’t think of doctors, lawyers, psychologists, and professors as likely alcoholics, but as many of half of all alcoholics are high-functioning types with respectable, stable, and high-paying jobs. High-functioning alcoholics are usually able to balance their home and family lives with work and other responsibilities, all the while suffering from alcoholism and …

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Asking for Help with Addiction: It Isn’t Shameful

When you admit to yourself that you have an alcohol and/or drug problem, that’s the first step. And it is a big one, make no mistake. But just telling yourself you know something isn’t going to remedy the problem. You need help to do that – and you won’t get it if you don’t seek …

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10 Good Reasons to Get Clean and Sober

When you’ve come to that point in your drug- or alcohol-using life when you’re maybe thinking about getting clean and sober, ask yourself why it is that you really want to do this. While some of the following reasons may not apply to you, they are the top reasons for many others. They are the …

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Inpatient vs Outpatient Treatment

If you’re struggling with alcoholism, addiction, or a substance abuse disorder, you’re far from alone. 23 million Americans meet the criteria for a substance use disorder annually, making addiction a common problem. Addiction is a cunning and baffling disease because it doesn’t discriminate, meaning anyone who uses a psychoactive substance can ultimately develop a substance …

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Equine Therapy: Healing Horses

Equine therapy is known primarily for its success in helping people with physical and mental disabilities. But new programs are demonstrating that equine-assisted forms of therapy can also strengthen those recovering from trauma, mental illness, and addiction. The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) has pioneered equine therapy efforts since 1969. As of …

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Alcoholism and Parent Alienation: The Effects of Addiction on Parenting

He was angry – angry enough to share his story with a stranger, and angry enough to talk about the effects of alcohol on his life in a half-hour monologue. His ex-wife was alcoholic, and according to him, probably did drugs also. He kicked her out of the house, then divorced her, and became an …

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Brain Function can Recover after a Year of Abstinence from Methamphetamine

A new study shows that it takes at least one year for brain functions to improve in methamphetamine users. It supports the idea that brain function can recover after a year of abstinence from methamphetamine. These findings should help recovering abusers and their families understand that it can take an extended period of time for …

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Risk Factors for Addiction

Addiction is a dangerous and chronic disease that can damage your relationships, physical and mental health, and overall quality of life. All psychoactive substances, including prescription medications and legal substances, have the potential to cause addiction. Like other diseases, addiction becomes progressively worse over time. Unfortunately, addiction doesn’t have a specific known cause, although there …

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Depressed or Anxious? Tips to Help You Deal with Depression and Anxiety

According to Mental Health America, depression affects more than 19 million Americans per year. Depression often co-exists with other conditions such as anxiety. Clearly, depression and anxiety are widespread problems in this country, and anyone who suffers from the conditions understands why. Persons suffering from depression and anxiety are often prescribed medications in conjunction with …

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