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How Does Alcohol Affect the Heart?

Alcoholism is a powerful and complex disease that affects an individual’s mental, physical, and spiritual health. Research into the effects of alcoholism consistently show that it is one of the leading causes of preventable death. The heart and nearly every other organ in the body is negatively affected by high rates of alcohol consumption andRead More

Can I Learn to Control My Drinking?

Alcoholism is a disease characterized by chronic and compulsive use despite negative consequences. We often recognize that our drinking has become a problem, but feel that one day we may be able to drink in moderation. The disease is such that any attempts to regain control over our drinking will ultimately end in powerlessness andRead More

What is ACoA?

ACoA stands for “Adult Children of Alcoholics.” ACoAs are likely to have developed certain mental health traits as a result of growing up with a parent suffering from alcoholism. ACoA is a fellowship of men and women who have been affected by having a parent with alcoholism, and utilize the Twelve Steps of recovery toRead More

Breaking Up with Drugs and Alcohol

Addiction is an unhealthy relationship. The way that drugs interact with the brain mirrors those of love and attachment. Like any long-term relationship, when we finally end it there will be a process of grieving. After all, our relationship with drugs was often stronger than any relationship we’ve ever had. Addiction mirrors feelings of loveRead More

When Does Drinking Become Alcoholism?

At some point in our drinking, we find that we are unable to stop despite the negative consequences we are facing. Alcoholism is a disease defined by an inability to control or regulate how much or how often we are drinking. When faced with negative consequences as a result of drinking, we find that weRead More

Coping with Dreams About Drugs and Alcohol

It is not uncommon for men and women in recovery to have dreams about using drugs or alcohol. They can be disconcerting, and we often wake up filled with anxiety about the fact that we had relapsed in our dreams. However, there is no reason to let these sorts of dreams negatively affect us. InRead More

How Dangerous is Alcohol?

The ubiquity and legal status of alcohol may cause one to falsely believe that alcohol is less harmful than drugs. Excessive alcohol use and alcoholism are extremely dangerous and responsible for countless deaths and major health complications. The way that alcohol interacts with the brain and body makes it one of the most dangerous andRead More

Leaving Behind Drinking/Using Buddies

“Stick with the winners” is a common phrase heard in the rooms of recovery meetings. Making changes to our social life can improve our ability to maintain our sobriety. Keeping friendships with people who are actively using drugs, however, can have the opposite effect and bring us closer toward relapse. We will reach a pointRead More

What are the Effects of Alcohol on the Brain?

The American society views alcohol as a socially acceptable substance.  Having a drink at an event or family gathering is common and doesn’t seem to be a problem.  Alcohol can be very hazardous with overconsumption. An individual’s body style, age, gender, and living habits will gage the toxicity level.  Common effects of excessive drinking areRead More

Lifelong Disease

Substance abuse disorder is a lifelong disease.  Fighting addiction should not be dealt with alone.  Resources are available to individuals who want to take back control of their lives.  Finding the means to be successful in recovery are becoming easier to obtain due to the rising concern of the opioid epidemic.  Continued support is vitalRead More