Archives for January, 2012

Recovery

Are You In Recovery But Not Really Recovering?

For an addict, it seems that there is no undertaking more daunting – and no accomplishment more gratifying – than getting sober. With drugs and alcohol out of the way, the possibilities are endless.

While this is true for many people in early recovery, there are exceptions. Particularly in the first year, some recovering addicts experience “dry drunk syndrome” – a period when they become inexplicably angry, depressed and distant and are at...
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Recovery

How 12-Step Recovery Helps Alcoholics Remember What Drinking Took Away

Decades of research have shown that alcohol severely damages the brain, causing blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times and impaired memory. Alcoholism causes cognitive deficits in 50 to 80 percent of alcoholics. Interestingly, memory loss worsens when an alcoholic stops after a prolonged period of drinking, whether that involves binge drinking or continuous drinking as seen in chronic alcoholics.

Repeated periods of alcohol use followed by withdrawal seem to have the most significant impact...
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How Long Does Addiction Recovery Take?

When a patient discovers that they have an illness, one of their first questions is, “How long until I get better?” In the field of addiction treatment, there is an ongoing debate about what the answer should be. Some feel the only way to instill hope for recovery is to define a specific endpoint at which patients can consider themselves fully recovered.

But this ignores the true nature of addiction. Unlike a cold or a...
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