Alcohol Abuse

2706, 2019

Helping A Recovering Addict – Some Guidelines

How do you help someone stay the course in recovery, either by staying in rehab or following through on their recovery plan? Sometimes you can’t. That’s just the way it is. Furthermore, being engaged in someone else’s recovery is very tricky. You need strong boundaries, clear expectations and lots of time for trust to return.

 

Meanwhile, […]

406, 2019

Addiction and Brain Chemistry

Addictions, it could be said, are all about finding something pleasurable and seeking to continue with that sense of pleasure even when it becomes self-destructive physically, financially, emotionally, mentally, socially, even spiritually.

 

In years past, when little was known about brain chemistry and genetics, it was thought that people with addictions were simply making bad choices […]

105, 2019

Addiction and Brain Chemistry

Addictions, it could be said, are all about finding something pleasurable and seeking to continue with that sense of pleasure even when it becomes self-destructive physically, financially, emotionally, mentally, socially, even spiritually.

 

In years past, when little was known about brain chemistry and genetics, it was thought that people with addictions were simply making bad choices […]

2504, 2019

Thoughts About The Disease Model for Addictions

The first person or people who described addiction as a disease, more than likely, never heard the end of it.

 
Thanks, But No Thanks
 

I imagine people for the rest of their lives ran up to them and confronted them with profound thanks for the life-saving explanation of addiction and for its forgiving stance on what it […]

1003, 2019

What’s New in the Treatment of Alcoholism

Addiction is a social term that is medically called Substance use disorder, which is considered to be a mental health condition. Alcohol dependence is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the world and seen as a major public health hazard. It is a serious condition with far-reaching personal, societal and public health […]

801, 2019

Contingency Management Therapy for Addiction Recovery

Contingency management therapy (CMT) is an approach that involves giving patients tangible rewards to reinforce positive behaviors such as abstinence. Studies have shown that incentive-based interventions are very effective in driving success in rehabilitation and recovery programs.

Voucher-based reinforcement (VBR)  is a type of CMT that also motivates substance abusers to get vacated and more functional […]

711, 2018

What is an Alcohol Abuser?

Drinking alcohol in excess or as a way to cope with stressors or avoid problems can lead to dependence and then addiction. Nearly 14 million people—more men than women—in the United States are dependent on alcohol or have alcohol problems.

Alcohol-use disorder or alcoholism is when alcohol use becomes excessive and leads to significant impairment or […]

410, 2018

Rehabilitation for Recurring Alcoholism

Introduction:

There are many patients who suffer from alcoholism and some of them continue to suffer from it despite repeated treatments. They are known as chronic relapsers. Their repeated attempts at rehabilitation with short-term benefit, if any, have led to coinage of the term, Revolving door syndrome. This can carry on for years and may lead […]

2006, 2018

The Neurological Effects of Excessive Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol is classified as a central nervous system depressant and results in issues similar to those caused by medications such as tranquilizers, barbiturates, and general anesthetics.
Cognitive changes associated with the intake of alcohol include:

Confusion
Loss of inhibition
Abnormal thinking
Poor decision-making

Individuals who use alcohol on a recreational basis tend to recover from these effects […]

1306, 2018

Withdrawal Symptoms of a Chronic Alcoholic

When an individual uses alcohol over a long period of time, the body becomes dependent on the substance which means that suddenly stopping the intake of alcohol can lead to the individual experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

If alcohol use is stopped abruptly, the affected individual can develop what is referred to as alcohol withdrawal syndrome and this […]

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