getting help for alcohol addiction

David Cassidy: Drinking, Not Dementia, Killed 1970’s Idol

July 22nd, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: David Cassidy lived a life largely in the public eye, and his struggles with alcoholism—the disease that ultimately killed him—are well-documented. This an attempt to provide context to that battle and hopefully, help someone who might currently be facing comparable problems. For a generation of people “of a certain age” David Cassidy will always be the youthful singer who represented another era on the television program, The Partridge Family. That show catapulted him to “teen idol” status and launched a performing career that lasted almost 50 years. But privately – and at times,

The Dark, Final, End Stage of Alcoholism

December 17th, 2017|

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. The Dark, Final, End Stage of Alcoholism 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

Alcohol Poisoning – One Too Many Could Take You To The E.R.

December 1st, 2017|

Alcohol Poisoning – One Too Many Could Take You To The E.R. “Let’s go out and get smashed, amigos!” “C’mon girls, let’s go grab a margarita – or ten!” “Hey, fellas! There’s a keg party at the frat house this Saturday night! Bring your cups!” Think Twice Before You Head Out For Drinks With Friends For the Weekend A night of serious drinking usually starts out with a spirit of innocence. No one heads out to a party, the club, or a bar with anything but the light-hearted intention of blowing off a little

Alcoholism Is On The Rise And It’s Not Slowing Down – See The Latest Stats

November 15th, 2017|

After a long day, there's no better way to unwind than with a drink. Luckily, there are a lot of alcoholic beverages to choose from.  Moderate alcohol consumption is relatively harmless. However, statistics show that regular alcohol use has a tendency to lead to heavy-drinking and -- ultimately -- alcoholism. Alcoholism is a severe form of alcohol abuse. This disorder is affecting more Americans and becoming an epidemic that needs immediate addressing. The latest statistics are troubling. A recent study published by the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) follows the

The Who, What, When and Why of Binge Drinking

September 8th, 2017|

In this day and age, binge drinking has become a widely accepted pastime. After a long, hard week at work, it’s to be expected that people will want to blow off a little bit of steam. To cut loose and have fun for a change. And to do so in a way that makes up for lost time. And for many Americans, one of the most popular ways of doing that is by consuming alcohol. A lot of alcohol. True, these short bursts of heavy drinking (known as binge drinking) are more widely accepted

The Stages of Alcoholism Explained

August 3rd, 2017|

What does the Progression of Alcoholism Look Like in the Average Alcoholic? By the age of 15, 33 percent of teenagers in the United States have had at least their first drink. By the age of 18, this number jumps to about 60 percent. 7.7 million youths ages 12 to 20 reported drinking at least one drink in 2015. Alcohol is prevalent and pervasive in American culture. Draft beer advertisements adorn every commercial break during an NFL game. Hard liquor companies are permitted to take out entire billboards of space to advertise their liquid courage. Alcohol

How to Determine if AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is Right for You

November 16th, 2016|

Early in your walk of sobriety, it's important to surround yourself with healthy choices, supportive people, and new activities that positively impact the new you. Because you will be overcoming the negative impact that alcohol and alcoholism has had in your life, it's critical that you determine the best course of action for you. What is Alcoholics Anonymous? According to their website, for more than 75 years "Alcoholics Anonymous {has served as} an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere.

Grieving the Loss of my Addiction to Alcohol

November 4th, 2016|

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." ~C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed I know it may sound strange to some, but being sober has thrown me into an acute sense of mourning. Facing the addiction has forced me to consider how my sobriety is affected by the stages of grief:         Denial         Anger         Bargaining         Depression         Acceptance I'm not sure I've ever experienced such a depth of sorrow, but the stark truth is I am truly grieving the loss of my addiction to alcohol. Denial: Not Wanting to Admit an Addiction to Alcohol