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Alcoholism and Dual Diagnosis Treatment Needs

November 10, 2015 | Contributor

Chronic alcohol abuse causes widespread damage to the body as well as the mind. Consequently, people struggling with alcoholism often suffer from chronic medical conditions and/or psychological disorders. According to the Medical University of South Carolina, an estimated 40 percent of alcoholics also have some form of mental illness. Dual diagnosis exists in cases where…

Treating Chronic Alcoholism: The Importance of Receiving Medical Care

November 5, 2015 | Contributor

Alcohol’s damaging effects extend well beyond compulsive drinking and reckless behaviors. As a substance, alcohol slowly eats away at the body’s cells and tissues causing widespread disruption throughout the body’s system as a whole. People seeking out treatment for chronic alcoholism often enter the treatment process with a range of problems, both physical and psychological….

How Will a Sober Living Program Help Me Stay Sober?

November 4, 2015 | Contributor

More often than not, addiction recovery takes longer than most people expect. Progressing through the various stages of recovery can be challenging and take considerable effort and time. Once a person successfully completes drug treatment, reentering everyday life “treatment-free” may seem like the most logical, next step. For some people, this may well be the…

How to Overcome Temptations to Drink in Alcohol Recovery

November 3, 2015 | Contributor

While the detox stage of alcohol recovery may seem like the most difficult of all, it’s the following weeks and months that present the most difficult challenges in recovery. Alcoholism comes with its own mindset and lifestyle, both of which persist well into the recovery process. These aftereffects can make temptations to drink especially difficult…

The Role of 12 Step Support Groups within the Drug Treatment Process

October 31, 2015 | Contributor

While the addictions’ field encompasses a wide spectrum of treatment approaches, a good majority of drug treatment programs incorporate the 12 Step support group model within their overall treatment approach. First developed in the 1930s, the 12 Step model originated with and through Alcoholics Anonymous. Over the course of several decades, this model became a…

How Al-Anon Helps Keep Loved Ones Engaged in the Drug Treatment Recovery

October 30, 2015 | Contributor

Addicts in recovery go through a difficult time coming to grips with the effects of addiction and making the needed changes to improve their lives. Likewise, loved ones also enter into a process of change in response to the addict’s growth and development. Change in any form can disrupt families as well as cause distress…

What Happens in Al-Anon Meetings?

September 21, 2015 | Contributor

Al-Anon is a 12 step support group for the families of alcoholics. You can attend Al-Anon meetings even if the alcoholic in your family is not in Alcoholics Anonymous. The sense of community, family, and understanding helps many families cope with the stresses of having a family member who is an alcoholic or recovering alcoholic….

Understanding the Stages of Alcoholism

September 18, 2015 | Contributor

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, millions of people in the United States suffer from a form of alcoholism. It is a growing problem, which requires treatment. Although the vast majority of people do not have a problem with alcohol, there are some that develop a variety of social, personal, and…

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