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Am I Too Old for Alcohol Addiction Recovery?

Alcohol is classified as a depressant, meaning that it slows down brain function and control. It affects the body’s ability to control movements and functions. Alcohol is not an illegal substance, and it is sold in stores all over the country. The alcohol industry comprises over a billion dollars in sales every year. While alcohol may be commonly consumed in social or private situations, abuse of, addiction...

How Quickly Can I Get into Treatment for Alcohol Addiction?

When is the best time to begin your recovery? Everyone who works with alcohol addiction knows the answer is “as soon as possible.” Unfortunately, the soonest possible beginning is sometimes much further down the road than anyone would like. Many treatment programs have waiting lists. Your specific needs and preferences, along with local conditions and insurance considerations, can help determine how long...

How Cost and Availability Influence Alcohol Use

Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that results in damage to health, relationships, and ability to work. Other symptoms may include the following: Repeatedly neglecting responsibilities Alcohol use in dangerous situations Legal problems due to drinking Continued drinking despite relationship problems Drinking to relax Not all alcohol abusers develop alcohol dependence or alcoholism. Sometimes alcoholism...

Am I Overly Dependent on Alcohol?

Many people enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine with dinner, after a long day of work, or even to celebrate a specific occasion. However, engaging in alcoholic tendencies on a regular basis can become a starting point for an over dependence on alcohol, especially if you are predisposed to alcoholism either through genetics or the factors of your environment. How Can I Tell If I Am Overly Dependent on Alcohol? There...

Campral (Acamprosate) and Alcohol Addiction Recovery

Campral assists recovering addicts by reducing their cravings that can lead to relapse. It is designed for those who have already gone through alcohol withdrawal, not for people who want to break their physical addiction. Furthermore, Campral is not a miracle drug, but rather may be most beneficial to those in a comprehensive treatment program. If patients seek treatment though counseling and a diagnosis of...

Naltrexone and Alcohol Addiction Recovery

Alcoholics often have a very difficult time quitting drinking. Physical dependence often causes irresistible cravings for alcohol, so people are compelled to drink despite the negative effects. Cravings also cause many alcoholics to consume large amounts of alcohol when they drink. Naltrexone may reduce cravings, which allows people to drink less and eventually stop altogether. What Is Naltrexone? Naltrexone...

Alcohol Use In Different Cultures

Alcohol is everywhere in the United States; it is in commercials, magazines, movies and advertisements. Drinking is not only accepted in the United States, but it can often seem like it is being encouraged by society. Alcohol use varies by culture, and in some cultures alcohol use can be even more acceptable. While American culture promotes alcohol use in many ways, other cultures turn a blind eye to alcohol...

Connotations of the Word “Rehab”

From pop songs to film and television, the word rehab is often used and rarely understood. Even those who have attended some form of addiction recovery in the past may have an inaccurate understanding of what modern rehab programs are like or what they accomplish. A few common misunderstandings about “rehab” include the following: If I go, I get locked in for a month Rehab is like a prison with hospital...

Do I Need Integrated Treatment?

The term integrated treatment refers to drug rehab treatment that addresses all aspects of addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. If you have been dealing with an addiction to a controlled substance for long periods of time, you may have entered rehab before. Many individuals enter drug rehab facilities only to receive unspecialized or unprofessional treatment that leads to their incompletion of the...

Myths about Alcohol Rehab Debunked

If you are considering alcohol rehab for yourself or someone you love, you may be concerned about what to expect during the rehab process. There are a lot of myths and misinformation available about alcohol rehabilitation. Alcohol Rehab Myth #1: If Someone Wants to Stop Drinking, They Can Just Quit Quitting isn’t about willpower alone. Addiction changes the way the brain functions, causes withdrawal symptoms...

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