What is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

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Ultimately, many symptoms of alcohol or drug withdrawal are the result of the effects that these chemicals have on the body and brain. In the first days and even weeks during withdrawal, different withdrawal symptoms may occur as a result of abruptly stopping taking a substance. The longer someone has abused drugs or alcohol, the […]

4 Reasons Alcoholism Could Run in Families

4 Reasons Alcoholism Could Run in Families

Whether you have been personally impacted by alcoholism and alcohol use disorder or not, you may have noticed that the misuse and overuse of this legal but highly dangerous drug tend to run in families.  Maybe you grew up in an alcoholic household and you are concerned about your own use of alcohol.  The fact […]

What’s the Difference Between Clean and Sober?

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Have you ever been around an alcoholic who isn’t drinking?  What is their demeanor? Are they nice? Are they grumpy? How do they react to you?  If you grew up in an alcoholic household, then you know that when mom or dad did not have something to drink they were not happy. Actually, they could […]

What are the Four Absolutes and How Do They Relate to Alcoholics Anonymous?

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Before Bill Wilson and company wrote the book Alcoholics Anonymous and found a solution to their chronic alcoholism, the Oxford Group helped many people with many problems.  The Oxford Group worked to improve members by teaching a formula for spiritual growth that is similar to the 12 Steps in Alcoholics Anonymous: inventory, admitting mistakes, making […]

Mistaken Beliefs by Alcoholics on Avoiding Alcohol

Mistaken Beliefs by Alcoholics on Avoiding Alcohol

Alcoholics cannot control their drinking. They just can’t.  It’s a difficult concept to understand for both alcoholics and their families.  Often alcoholics think they can do things to control the amount they take. It usually does not go well.  Here Are a Few Things Alcoholics and Common Knowledge Will Tell Us When Attempting to Control […]

What to Expect From an Al-Anon Meeting

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There are support groups available for friends and families of alcoholics called Al-Anon groups. Al-Anon meetings can help those close to alcoholics who find themselves caught up in an overwhelming whirlwind of frustration and disappointment. What is Al-Anon? Al-Anon meetings are not based on any particular religion. They focus on a spiritual fellowship in which […]

Addiction and Family: Effects of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism

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Effects of Drug Abuse on Family Someone who chronically relapses has trouble staying sober. They continuously fall back into their addiction even if they are trying with all of their willpower to stay away from drugs and alcohol.  They are sick with a chronic disease. If left untreated, they will eventually relapse or their addiction […]

8 Ways to Handle Drug and Alcohol Cravings

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Dealing with cravings is one of the biggest challenges when recovering from addiction. Considering this, surprisingly little is known about cravings, what causes them, and how long they last. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4041083/] We do know they are typically linked to certain cues–people, places, and things we associate with drugs and alcohol. We also know that cravings aren’t […]

5 Tips for Talking to Your Spouse About Their Drinking Problem

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Living with a spouse that abuses alcohol can be very stressful and emotionally draining.  If you have tried to confront your spouse about their drinking, only to find that it leads to a fight or seems to make the situation worse, you are not alone. Talking to a loved one about addiction is awkward and […]