Alcohol and Its Effects on the Kidneys

Posted on: February 14, 2020 by in Addiction Treatment
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The kidneys, kidney bean shaped organs, are located in the back area of the abdominal cavity. They are encased in fatty tissue with the last two ribs creating a protective “cage.” The kidneys have multiple functions – the most important being filtering the blood of wastes and creating urine as a way of excreting (or getting rid of) the waste. What is the kidney’s job with alcohol? The kidneys act as the body’s filter, from filtering medications to maintaining Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: The Basics

Posted on: February 7, 2020 by in Articles
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What are Mental Illnesses? Mental illnesses are wars waged onto an individual’s mental state. The mental illnesses can occur from a chemical imbalance within the brain or from a more organic cause such as tumors, injuries, and even other illnesses (such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.). To be diagnosed with a mental illness, symptoms must occur for six months or longer. What are Some Common Mental Illnesses? Commonly talked about mental illnesses can include anxiety Continue Reading ...

Should I Stop Drinking?

Posted on: January 31, 2020 by in Addiction Treatment
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You’ve asked yourself the question: "Should I stop drinking?" Are you trembling yet? Not knowing if you should or if you have the strength to do it. Asking the question is a courageous beginning and a feeling of pride and terror can be normal. You are not alone. What does it mean to ask such a question? It means change – a new beginning. It means that you, the person asking this question, are strong, brave, and dedicated. It will not be an easy road. There will be Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the Liver

Posted on: January 24, 2020 by in Addiction Treatment
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The liver, a triangular shaped organ, is located in the upper abdomen. Being a main organ, the liver has a lot of important jobs from metabolizing medicines to forming the clotting proteins needed to stop bleeding. After an individual consumes alcohol, starting from the lining in the mouth down to the small intestine, alcohol is being absorbed into the blood stream. What is the liver’s job with alcohol? The liver is highly vascularized, meaning the organ has a lot of blood vessels. Continue Reading ...

Halfway Houses: The Basics

Posted on: January 17, 2020 by in Addiction Treatment
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Halfway houses are places that allow individuals with mental health illnesses or criminal records to rehabilitate and begin to reintegrate back into the community. They are quite literally a 'halfway house' between prison or jail and community living. They are used after jail time and the environment of a halfway house is structured as stringent as jail but at the same time, the halfway house operates in such a way that allows the individual to take control of their freedom and get Continue Reading ...

The Cost of Sober Living

Posted on: January 10, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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When you hear the word 'cost,' you probably think about the monetary meaning. There has to be a set number following a dollar sign. Concerning sober living, there is a monetary meaning but there is also a meaning to the mental, emotional, and physical cost, as well. The Monetary Cost It’s known that alcohol use can take a large portion of an individual’s budget. However, that same budget can greatly improve an individual’s lifestyle when the budget of a recovering Continue Reading ...

The Effects of Alcohol on Your Body: The Basics

Posted on: January 3, 2020 by in Addiction Treatment
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The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends women consume no more than three drinks a day and seven drinks in a week, and for men to consume no more than four drinks a day and 14 drinks in a week. When consuming alcohol excessively, or more than the recommended amount, there are short-term and long-term consequences for your body.  Short-Term Consequences from Alcohol Consumption Short-term consequences are negative effects that occur within the human body from an Continue Reading ...

How to Say No to Alcohol and Drugs

Posted on: December 27, 2019 by in Addiction Treatment
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Whether you're newly sober or trying to avoid drugs and alcohol altogether, there will likely be a time when you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation where you feel tempted to use drugs or alcohol. When that happens, you'll be prepared. Try the following suggestions to help: Make an excuse to leave. Ask for help from a trusted source. Only go places where you know drugs and/or alcohol will not be present. Never leave your drink unattended. Make new friends who will not Continue Reading ...

Dual Diagnosis: What Is It and How Is It Treated?

Posted on: December 20, 2019 by in Dual Diagnosis
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A patient has a dual diagnosis if they suffer from both a substance abuse problem and a mental illness at the same time. Almost 10 million people in the US suffer from this, of which only 40% of all documented cases are treated for either one issue. In such cases, only one issue is addressed and the patient is left to suffer from the other issue that goes untreated. It is of utmost importance that patients suffering from dual diagnosis get proper treatment. The patient has to battle two Continue Reading ...

The Link Between Substance Abuse and Depression

Posted on: December 13, 2019 by in Co-Occurring Disorders
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Depression and substance abuse are two conditions that are often closely related to one another — in fact, about one in three people with depression also struggle with substance abuse. Most people recognize depression as a serious problem and can, at the very least, empathize with it. Substance abuse and addiction are serious mental health problems themselves, although sometimes others don't understand this and blame the victim. As you'll see, though, the two problems can combine Continue Reading ...