Drugs & Alcohol

Have We Forgotten About Drunk Driving?

June 15th, 2019|

Alcohol-related accidents still kill up to 10,000 people every year in the US. One in three car accident deaths can be attributed to alcohol. There are plenty of warnings against drinking and driving. There are education programs and penalties that change someone’s life. Despite all of this, people are still driving while they’re intoxicated. Car accidents have taken more lives under the age of 24 than any other factor. Nearly half of those accidents involve alcohol. The CDC released a report about drinking and driving in Idaho. From 2003-2012, there were over 700 deaths

Liver Repair: How to Physically Heal from Alcohol Abuse

June 5th, 2019|

Depending on what stage you are in your alcoholism, you may have caused serious damage to your liver. You have heard the expression, “What’s done is done.” This is not always the case with your liver. Since this is one of the only regenerative organs by nature, it’s actually possible to physically restore it to the state it was in before problem drinking began. Can the Liver Repair Itself After Years of Drinking? The liver is your body’s only regenerative organ. You are probably aware of the fact that some lizards can regrow their

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

The 12 Steps of AA Explained

June 2nd, 2019|

The 12 Steps of AA has changed so much for alcoholics all over the world. It has allowed them to fully embrace the concept of recovering from alcoholism. What’s more, it has given them a supportive group of peers all working toward the same goal. “The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us.” ~ The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous "We accept many health insurance plans. Take a look at our Outpatient Program." Since 1935, generations of problem drinkers have been aided by Alcoholics Anonymous, the

15 Drugs You Should Never Mix With Alcohol

June 1st, 2019|

Mixing alcohol and drugs is never a good idea. Whether they are over-the-counter prescription meds or illegal drugs, taking them with booze can have fatal consequences. There’s a reason why prescription medication packages are marked with a “DO NOT MIX WITH ALCOHOL” label—it’s dangerous. Mixing medicine and alcohol can have all kinds of negative side effects. Unfortunately, many people overlook this. Maybe they’re having too much fun at a party and decide to pop a few pills while they’re already drunk. Maybe they take prescription medication and forget that they can’t drink booze. Or,

What Is Kratom: Does It Get You High and How It Can Be Dangerous

May 27th, 2019|

A new type of drug, known as kratom, has emerged in America over the past years. It produces a high similar to that of opioids and opiates, and can be incredibly dangerous. For years, Asian countries have relied on the medicinal effects of kratom, otherwise known as Mitragyna speciose korth. Only the leaves of this tropical forest tree have medicinal benefits. Some people call it Mitragynine. It is found in places like Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Borneo, Philippines and New Guinea. The plant can grow up to 25 meters high. It has elliptical leaves that

Six Signs That You Are a High Functioning Alcoholic

May 25th, 2019|

Alcoholism and alcohol abuse present myriad of social, psychological and physical problems, particularly for so-called high functioning alcoholics. More than any other drug, alcohol presents a unique dilemma to those who drink it. In other words, it can sometimes be difficult to clearly see whether or not the line from moderate drinking to problem drinking has been crossed. Problem drinking can become increasingly severe, giving way to an alcohol use disorder (AUD) as defined by the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: “Approximately 7.2 percent or 17 million adults in the

The Dark, Final, End Stage of Alcoholism

May 19th, 2019|

Untreated alcoholism is a terminal disease comprised of four stages--the fourth being the end. According to the NIAAA, an estimated 88,000 people (62,000 men and 26,000 women) die annually from alcohol-related deaths. This makes alcoholism the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. End-stage alcoholism carries defining physical markers and symptoms. Though it is not irreversible, it is very difficult to treat and has a high mortality rate. There are many ways it can kill, and most involve a significant amount of suffering. There is always hope though. Addiction-related medicine and

244 Medications That Should Never Be Mixed with Alcohol

May 15th, 2019|

Could your drinking be interfering with your prescription medications? According to a 2015 study by the National Institutes of Health, more than 4 out of 10 adults in the United States take medications that interact with alcohol. That figure goes up among for people over 65, where 78% of those who drink use alcohol-interactive prescription medications. Improperly or carelessly mixing alcohol and the drugs you take can have significant effects on your health, ranging from relatively minor (headaches, nausea, dizziness, etc.) to so severe as to be life-threatening (breathing difficulties, internal bleeding, organ damage, etc.).

Cocaine and Your Brain: What are the Risks and Side Effects?

May 5th, 2019|

Cocaine use has a detrimental effect on your brain. It is associated with many of the same risks and side effects as other addictive drugs. Some people believe that cocaine can be used casually and without any long-term adverse effects. Let us take a moment to dispel that myth: cocaine is dangerous, and the immediate pleasure it produces is certainly not worth the impact it can have on your brain and body. In fact, cocaine affects the chemical reactions of the brain, making the one under its influence experience pleasure and movement in an

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