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Chris Z

About Chris Z

Chris Z. is a freelancer writer and researcher who holds a Bachelors degree from Syracuse University and a Masters degree from Tufts University. As a recovering addict himself, he enjoys contributing to the ever-growing body of knowledge around addiction. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and their dog, Sam.

11 Benefits of Quitting Alcohol (Or Not Drinking At All)

June 4th, 2019|

Drinking alcohol is fun for a few years until the constant hangovers take hold. The benefits of quitting FAR outweigh the benefits of drinking. Quitting alcohol can feel impossible. It’s especially difficult for those who are addicted to it. Oftentimes, alcoholics feel as if, for them, there is no life without booze. Despite all of the negative side effects it has on their life, they continue to drink. Unfortunately, too many people are stuck in the prison of alcoholism. As the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism tells us, more than 15 million

Theories of Addiction: The Stages of Change

September 10th, 2018|

No one knows why it is easy for some people to overcome addiction but it’s hard for others. Some psychologists believe that the “Stages of Change” theory offers insight. According to the National Institutes of Health, 10 percent of Americans struggle with drug use disorder at some point during the course of their lives. The organization estimates that, at the moment, more than 23 million people are addicted to drugs. Fortunately, many people are able to overcome their addictions. Utilizing resources such as detox, rehab, and 12-step programs, a lot of addicts are able