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30 Aug Relying on Willpower

Before seeking treatment, many addicts attempt to control their disease on their own by sheer willpower. They tell themselves that they don’t have a problem and they can get a handle on things whenever they want to. Many addicts go through a cycle of rallying...

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30 Aug Al-Anon: 12 Steps for Those Supporting an Addict

Just like addicts have 12-step support groups available to them, the families and loved ones of those supporting an addict have this resource available to them, too. Oftentimes, the loved ones of an addict are in need of some counseling and support themselves as they...

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30 Aug Rule 62 and the Healing Power of Humor

There are 12 steps in the Alcoholics Anonymous program that are meant to guide recovery for those seeking to overcome addiction. There aren’t any rules associated with AA, but anyone who’s been to a few meetings has heard of references to rule 62, always in...

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27 Jun The Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol is a depressant and mixing it with other drugs will have one of three results:An additive reaction is when the two drugs work along the same pathways in the body, doubling the effects.A synergistic reaction is when the combination of the drugs is greater...

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21 Jun Alcohol Poses Increased Risks for Women

Women face unique risks when it comes to alcohol consumption because their bodies process it differently than men’s. Alcohol has more of an effect on women than on men, even when they’ve had less to drink. Because of this, women run a higher risk for...

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18 Jun Women and Drug Abuse

Although drug addiction is a disease that is destructive in the lives of all who are struggling with it, men and women fall prey to and deal with this disease in very different ways. While the symptoms of drug abuse for men tend to be...

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13 Jun Men and Drug Abuse

Men in the United States and worldwide suffer from drug addiction at a much higher rate than women do. In the U.S., 36% of men struggle with dependence at some point in their lives, as opposed to 18% of women. Some of the reasons for...

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10 Jun Understanding Drug Withdrawal

Withdrawal is the state that a person enters when they stop using a substance to which they have formed a dependence. They may experience withdrawal because the substance is no longer available to them or because they are purposefully trying to overcome their dependency. Withdrawal...

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07 Jun Educate Teens to Prevent Drug Abuse

Educating teens about the dangers of drug use is the single most effective thing we can do to curb the addiction epidemic our country. Teens are at a much higher risk for developing an addiction than adults would be with the same amount of drug...

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