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Living Sober During COVID-19 Quarantine is Possible

Posted on: April 20, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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Quarantine is a difficult time for everyone, and for those who want to stay sober, the challenge can be even greater. Addiction is an everyday struggle, which must also be won every day. At times the context of quarantine may feel too complex: from one day to the next we are forced to stay locked up in the house for 24 hours, for an indefinite number of days. The boredom and weariness that this situation produces can lead one to relapse into alcohol or substance abuse. Despite these Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the GI Tract

Posted on: March 27, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract) consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, rectum, and anus. The stomach, a “J” shaped pouch, is located in the left upper abdomen. The stomach acts as a holding cell for contents that have been ingested and hydrochloric acid is let into the stomach to disintegrate the contents so it can pass through the rest of the GI tract. A large percentage of nutrient absorption happens in the small and large intestine. What is Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the Brain

Posted on: March 6, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The brain is an extremely vascularized, complex organ. The reason for the brain having so many blood vessels is so that the brain receives an adequate supply of oxygen. When the brain receives an adequate supply, it can continue to function and supply the body with basic life. The brain functions to regulate breathing patterns, sleep patterns, keeping an individual from vomiting, and even planning out muscle movements so an individual can walk! There are a lot more functions of the brain, but Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the Kidneys

Posted on: February 14, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The kidneys, kidney bean shaped organs, are located in the back area of the abdominal cavity. They are encased in fatty tissue with the last two ribs creating a protective “cage.” The kidneys have multiple functions – the most important being filtering the blood of wastes and creating urine as a way of excreting (or getting rid of) the waste. What is the kidney’s job with alcohol? The kidneys act as the body’s filter, from filtering medications to maintaining Continue Reading ...

Should I Stop Drinking?

Posted on: January 31, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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You’ve asked yourself the question: "Should I stop drinking?" Are you trembling yet? Not knowing if you should or if you have the strength to do it. Asking the question is a courageous beginning and a feeling of pride and terror can be normal. You are not alone. What does it mean to ask such a question? It means change – a new beginning. It means that you, the person asking this question, are strong, brave, and dedicated. It will not be an easy road. There will be Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the Liver

Posted on: January 24, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The liver, a triangular shaped organ, is located in the upper abdomen. Being a main organ, the liver has a lot of important jobs from metabolizing medicines to forming the clotting proteins needed to stop bleeding. After an individual consumes alcohol, starting from the lining in the mouth down to the small intestine, alcohol is being absorbed into the blood stream. What is the liver’s job with alcohol? The liver is highly vascularized, meaning the organ has a lot of blood vessels. Continue Reading ...

Halfway Houses: The Basics

Posted on: January 17, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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Halfway houses are places that allow individuals with mental health illnesses or criminal records to rehabilitate and begin to reintegrate back into the community. They are quite literally a 'halfway house' between prison or jail and community living. They are used after jail time and the environment of a halfway house is structured as stringent as jail but at the same time, the halfway house operates in such a way that allows the individual to take control of their freedom and get Continue Reading ...

The Effects of Alcohol on Your Body: The Basics

Posted on: January 3, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends women consume no more than three drinks a day and seven drinks in a week, and for men to consume no more than four drinks a day and 14 drinks in a week. When consuming alcohol excessively, or more than the recommended amount, there are short-term and long-term consequences for your body.  Short-Term Consequences from Alcohol Consumption Short-term consequences are negative effects that occur within the human body from an Continue Reading ...

How to Say No to Alcohol and Drugs

Posted on: December 27, 2019 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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Whether you're newly sober or trying to avoid drugs and alcohol altogether, there will likely be a time when you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation where you feel tempted to use drugs or alcohol. When that happens, you'll be prepared. Try the following suggestions to help: Make an excuse to leave. Ask for help from a trusted source. Only go places where you know drugs and/or alcohol will not be present. Never leave your drink unattended. Make new friends who will not Continue Reading ...

How to Stay Sober

Posted on: November 22, 2019 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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You've already worked hard to become sober, but now you will need to work to stay sober. Here are 10 tips to help you stay sober. Find support. You can join a peer support group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. You can also turn to close friends or family for support. You can also consider going to family counseling to help mend damaged relationships to build a better support system while also making amends. Don't put yourself in dangerous situations. Don't Continue Reading ...