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What is “insanity” in Active Addiction and Alcoholism?

The insanity of addiction and alcoholism is a common concept in the rooms of 12-Step recovery fellowships. This insanity results from the self-deception that many people suffering from addiction experience. We try all sorts of methods to assert control over our drinking and drug use, despite the fact that we have entirely lost control overRead More

Is There a Difference Between Alcoholism and Addiction?

Alcoholism and drug addiction may appear as two separate disorders, but at their core they are essentially the same disease. Alcoholism is simply addiction to alcohol, but carries the same traits as addiction. However, in 12-Step recovery, there appears to be a distinction. Alcoholics Anonymous has a focus on recovery from alcoholism, while other 12-StepRead More

Will I Ever Regain Control of My Drinking or Drug Use?

Many people enter into treatment under the misconception that one particular drug is their problem. They may believe that they have lost control over one substance, but will still be able to use other, seemingly less harmful intoxicants. However, the disease of addiction is not substance-specific, and we have entirely lost the ability to controlRead More

Drinking and Drugging: 3 Deadly Combos

It is commonly known that drugs and alcohol should not be combined. However, for those of us who love both, a danger exists of which we may not be fully aware. Add in the factor of addiction, and common sense goes out the window when it comes to drinking and drugging. Notedly, people who areRead More

DUI: The Aftermath

If you have recently been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you are facing an expensive and challenging road ahead. If you have managed to go undetected while driving drunk, your luck may soon run out; if you happen to kill someone, the monetary cost of driving while intoxicated is the least of yourRead More

Alcoholism and Liver Disease

Alcoholism is a progressive and fatal disease. It negatively affects every aspect of a person’s mental, physical, and spiritual health. The reality of the way that alcohol affects and the liver and the consequences of alcoholism is truly frightening. As casual drinking becomes heavy drinking and heavy drinking becomes alcoholism, the damage caused to theRead More

What is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks in two hours for men and four or more drinks in two hours for women. While this may seem normal, especially for young adults and college students, it can be incredibly damaging to one’s physical and mental health. Binge drinking can easily lead to alcoholism andRead More

The Risks of Combining Alcohol and Drugs

Whether drugs are prescription, illicit, or over-the-counter, mixing them with alcohol can be extremely harmful and, in some cases, lethal. Alcohol is a depressant and combining it with other drugs or medications can easily disrupt the body’s ability to regulate itself. When combines with other depressants, the threshold for overdose becomes much lower and canRead More

Alcoholism, Genetics, and Heart Failure

Genetics are capable of causing an individual to have a predisposition toward developing problems with alcoholism and addiction. Recent research into the genetics of alcoholism has found that there may also be a genetic component that causes one to be more likely to die from alcohol-related heart failure. The research shows that faulty versions ofRead More

Is Alcoholism Different for Women?

Alcohol consumption and alcoholism may affect women differently than men, according to researchers. The rate of heavy drinking among American women has been steadily increasing. The high rates of alcoholism among women may be caused by a combination of both biological and social factors. The ways in which alcohol affects women and current advertisements forRead More