How Can You Help Someone With a Drinking Problem?

In this country, there are millions of individuals struggling with a drinking problem, and many more family members and other loved ones trying to help them. If you are in this situation, you are definitely not alone. It’s very often difficult to help a person who is drinking too much or who has become an alcoholic. It seems like the use of alcohol itself blinds a person to the problems it is creating. One of the biggest barriers to helping a person who is experiencing alcohol-related problems is their denial of the problems. Rather than seeing it as a problem,…

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Two Signs You May be Addicted to Alcohol

Alcoholism can be a tricky problem to diagnose. That’s partly because alcohol is usually slow to addict – for some people, it can take years for them to become full-blown alcoholics. So alcoholism may creep up on one so very gradually, it’s unnoticeable. It can be deceptive, too. Some people who drink almost every day may comment that because they can go a day or even two without drinking, they are not alcoholics. So how can one judge whether or not alcoholism exists? What really counts when you are judging alcoholism are these two important factors: 1. Can the person…

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Alcohol Abuse Treatment and Self Help Guide

Hoping to quit drinking and get sober but don’t know how? have you tried to quit in the past but failed for whatever reason? Maybe you just didn’t know how to quit. Though it all begins with the decision to change, there is a lot more to recovery than simply changing one’s mind. Recovery is different for everyone, but there are certain things that must occur, and guidelines that should be followed for a smooth and successful rehabilitation. The team at Helpguide.org has assembled an exhaustive guide to alcohol abuse and self-help, which can be used to assist one in…

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Alcohol in Country Music

Could These Songs Be Encouraging Young People to Drink even More? An article on The Guardian website details the alcoholic content of recent country music songs. Sure, country music has always tended to have a pretty high proof. Singers like George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams, Jr. serenaded us about their lives, their problems and their drinking. The difference today seems to be the proportion of songs that feature drinking. As The Guardian documents, just recently, we have seen these popular country songs: • Jerrod Neimann, Drink to That All Night • Little Big Town, Day Drinking…

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Alcohol-related Drownings – Preventable Deaths

Picture a group of young men or women going out on a winter’s evening. They’re going to have dinner and then hang out at a bar for awhile. Maybe there’s a lot of people they know at the bar and they stay longer than they planned. There’s a lot of alcohol flowing. It gets late and a few people start to leave. One young man knows he’s too drunk to drive home so he sets off to walk the mile or so home. But he never arrives. The police are involved a day later and they don’t find him anywhere.…

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Are Opiate Replacement Drugs Being Recommended to Treat Alcoholism

Can opiate replacement drugs be used to treat alcoholism, and just as importantly, should they? The New York Times published an article recently which weighed in on these issues, “Drugs to Aid Alcoholics See Little Use, Study Finds.” The report focused on two drugs, naltrexone and acamprosate, which have been touted as being a possibly effective treatment for alcoholism and which have been approved for use for more than a decade. It is the dream of many in the field of addiction treatment to find a pill that can be used to do away with addiction, something that has absorbed…

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Raising Awareness on Alcohol Addiction

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, an event sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD). Recently, the NCADD announced that the theme for this year’s event is “Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow,” and they will be promoting this theme in the event which has now been observed for the past 28 years across the United States. Alcohol Awareness Month is observed by groups including schools, colleges, churches and various other types of community organizations around the country. One of the highlights of this year’s event is the weekend of April 4-6, the Alcohol Free Weekend,…

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How to Help a Friend Who Has a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

The first thing that you need to know about helping a friend who is a drug addict or alcoholic is that you should not wait. The longer that you postpone taking action to help your friend, the harder it may be for him or her to quit. Addiction is a progressive condition, one that gets worse as it persists, and it is generally easier to quit earlier in the addiction. This is due in part to the physiological aspects of addiction, since the body of an addict becomes increasingly dependent on the chemical substance. It is also due to the…

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It’s No Surprise that Drug Use Goes Up as Jobs Go Away

Reports from Florida show that when economic stresses mount related to unemployment, more people may be reaching for a pill. Particularly, in this region, OxyContin obtained illicitly, as from a drug dealer or by theft. Or it could be obtained by doctor shopping or prescription fraud. Whatever the method a person uses to get the drug, one thing is certain. The drug is seriously addictive. Speed of addiction does vary somewhat from person to person. Some people may dabble in OxyContin for awhile without being trapped but for many people, it may only take a few uses before the cravings…

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