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Archives for November, 2012

Alcohol Abuse

5 Signs Drinking Is Making Your Holiday Less Merry

With the holidays come family traditions, decadent treats and, of course, holiday parties. And where there are holiday parties, there is usually a steady flow of alcohol. During this time of year, drinking becomes a socially acceptable, if not expected, part of the celebrations. Not surprisingly, both alcohol sales and drunk driving accidents skyrocket.

In these next few weeks, a lot of people will drink who would ordinarily abstain, and more serious problems...
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Addiction

4 Benefits of Helping an Addict into Treatment

Helping someone into treatment for addiction is a gift that yields a lifetime of returns for the individual struggling with chemical dependency, but its benefits extend much further than that. Loved ones, typically driven by unselfish motives to help turn the addict’s life around, also stand to benefit in very personal ways:

Improved Quality of Life


Living with an addict is traumatic and life-altering in ways only affected loved ones can fully understand. Everyone...
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Treatment

5 Ironies that Keep Addicts Sick Over the Holidays

There is little evidence that depression or suicide rates rise during the holidays, but the season is certainly known for its excesses. Although just as many people (if not more) need help for drug and alcohol addiction, fewer people reach out for treatment in the last couple months of the year. Addicts generally object to being away from home during family gatherings at Thanksgiving or Christmas, but for some families,...
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Addiction

Five Potential Addictions We Sometimes Overlook

When most people contemplate addiction, they think about cigarettes, alcohol, and illicit drugs like crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin. And certainly those substances are highly addictive—they are incredibly difficult to quit once a person is hooked, and prolonged use/abuse typically results in any number of negative life consequences. But these obvious potential addictions are far from the only possible problem areas.

Though addiction has traditionally been viewed purely in terms of substances,...
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