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Alcohol-Related Medical Conditions

People who abuse alcohol often do so to escape the troubles of their lives. Whether they’re facing financial, emotional, or physical troubles alcohol often numbs them to their worries which is ironic because alcohol abuse is often the root cause of many of their problems.
The more alcohol is abused the worst problems often become. Soon relationships are broken, finances are ruined, careers are flushed down the drain, and (usually worst of all), life-threatening health conditions begin to arise. Alcohol abuse has been the root cause of well over 60 diseases that range from minor to life-threatening.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the most common medical conditions that come about from alcohol abuse.
Brain Damage

Alcohol poisoning
Hepatitis and other types of liver diseases
Sexually-Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Severe Bodily Injury
Combating alcohol abuse

Mother-Fetus Connection
The profound connection between mother and fetus is deeper than most think.
While mother and child don’t share blood, the placenta provides a connection between the two, allowing for the exchange of nutrients, wastes, and gasses. The placental wall acts as a barrier, albeit an extremely porous one. Substances consumed by the mother permeate the placental wall and enter the fetus’ circulation, providing nutrients from food the mother eats, liquids she consumes, and air she breathes.
But the shared substances don’t stop at what is necessary for the fetus’ growth and survival. Alcohol and drugs – both prescription and illicit – are also able to permeate the placenta, often causing congenital disabilities, behavioral changes, and even death.
Women comprise 40 percent of those with lifetime drug use disorders. Additionally, the risk of developing such disorders increases during reproductive years, putting women who are pregnant or soon to become pregnant at an increased risk for substance abuse.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) defines substance use disorder as the impulsive use of substances despite negative consequences. It is diagnosed by the presence of 11 different criteria.
While a disorder can range from mild to severe, any use of substances can negatively impact both mother and child.

Addiction Treatment and Recovery Guide for Disabled People
Addictions are intensifiers. If you have a physical disability, an addiction can worsen your discomfort and increase your limitations.
Addictions and physical illness can also intertwine. Addressing just one problem allows the other to worsen.
Addictions complicated by physical limitations can be treated. They must be addressed at the same time, and your doctor must take your history into account when developing your recovery plan.
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The warm weather and lively culture of South Florida make it distinctive and undeniably appealing. However, one challenge this region shares with the rest of the country is that South Florida teens can be susceptible to drug and alcohol abuse, which may eventually result in addiction. Teen drug addiction presents some unique challenges, but recovery is possible for every teen who struggles with drug or alcohol abuse.
Teens Experiment With Drugs
By the time they graduate from high school, the majority of teenagers have tried at least one drug. Experimentation with drugs may stem from:
A naturally increased curiosity about the world
Living in a home where drug use is present
Early exposure to drug or alcohol use from family or friends
Peer pressure, or having friends who use drugs or alcohol
An inability to cope with unpleasant feelings or a traumatizing experience

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Addictive drugs and substances are everywhere in our society. Some have been around for decades or even centuries, while others have just cropped up in recent years.
Treatment centers see teenage patients struggling with addiction to many different types of drugs. As a parent, it’s important to stay informed of the drug landscape and to learn how it can affect your teen if they experiment.
Teen drug abuse is a societal issue that has never gone away, but the way we look at teen addiction has become more sophisticated over the years.
Table of Contents
Teen Drug Abuse Facts and Statistics
Signs of Teen Drug Use
Causes of Teen Drug Abuse
Drugs Commonly Used By Teens
Effects of Teen Drug Use
Does My Child Need Professional Treatment?
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Addiction has many faces and lives all around us. It does not discriminate, does not have any discretion with regards to which neighborhood it is found in, and doesn’t care how much money you have. It is not concerned with what kind of job you have or how much education you received.

Whether you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, once you notice the need for that substance becoming your primary focus, it has already taken over.

Recognizing the signs of addiction is a critical first step in getting help for yourself or a loved one. This can be a difficult task because addiction has so many different ways in which it can manifest. No two addictions are ever quite the same; however, most do have certain noticeable signs and symptoms.

Once you have identified the presence of substance abuse, you are then able to seek treatment. The good news is that there is help available. All you have to do is ask.

To help you navigate through this article and find the information you need, click on any of the topics listed below to skip directly to that section:
Overview of Addiction
Adderall Addiction
Alcohol Addiction
Benzo Addiction
Cocaine Addiction
Crack Addiction
Ecstasy Addiction
Ketamine Addiction
Opioid Addiction
Heroin Addiction
Meth Addiction
PCP Addiction
Sleeping Pill Addiction
Synthetic Marijuana Addiction
Getting Help
Denver Recovery Center
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Broomfield, CO 80021
(833) 201-4922

160 detox and rehab beds across the UK, treatment for all addictions including alcoholism, all drug addictions and eating disorders.
Spanning from luxurious rehabs with en-suite rooms, gyms and on-site medical nursing units to low-cost clinics.
Catering for all people from all walks of life. All our rehabs have 24/7 on-site specialist addiction professionals ensuring the patient will have the highest level of care offered in the country.
UKAT always addresses the individual as a whole and will tailor treatment to the addiction and long-term recovery of the patient. All UKAT centres have a family programme dedicated to helping family members

Mental illness covers a wide spectrum of conditions that affect children, teens, and adults. Almost one in five U.S. adults are diagnosed with a mental illness. Mental illness can be broadly separated into two categories: any mental illness and serious mental illness. Any mental illness covers all mental illnesses that have been recognized to date, whether that’s occasional depression or another behavioral, emotional, or mental condition that causes upset but can be dealt with without extreme intervention. Serious mental illness encompasses conditions that are more severe, including severe versions of things such as depression. These are behavioral, emotional, or mental conditions that cause serious functional impairment, interfering with one or more major life activities.

Established for over 15 years, the Abbeycare Group provides treatment for those suffering with alcohol and drug addictions with proven outcomes.
Abbeycare Group are residential addiction treatment clinics situated throughout the UK. With rehab clinics in Scotland, between Glasgow and Edinburgh, in Newmarket less than an hour from London and our flagship clinic in Gloucestershire, we treat people suffering with alcohol and drug addiction and the problems associated with substance dependence and misuse and have a proven track record.

The ongoing accumulation of addiction research offers a more thorough understanding of addiction. However, while we know more now than ever before, we continue to look for answers, particularly when it comes to addiction development and susceptibility. Studies have approached the search for variables that could be responsible for the development of addiction from many different angles.
The hope is to find connections or causal relationships between the disease and an individual’s social, experiential or biological circumstances. Since a child’s circumstances and experiences shape his or her physical and psychological development, it follows that researchers would begin looking at the role that childhood experience might play in becoming an addict.
Neurological Anomalies in Victims of Childhood Maltreatment
The relationship between childhood trauma and susceptibility to addiction can be best understood when one knows how experience influences the brain’s development. Although none can deny the importance of biology and genetics in the brain’s development, the human brain has the innate ability to respond and adapt to environmental stimulation, which is called plasticity.1
As the brain begins growing and maturing during childhood, it creates, strengthens, and occasionally discards neural connections, which compose a network between neurons that imbue the brain with its many functions. One’s experiences affect brain development in a similar manner as learning to speak or walk, causing certain synapses, or connections between neurons, to develop, grow stronger or break.
In short, the growth of the brain and its eventual physical structure are significantly affected by one’s experiences, both the positive and the negative. And while experience often leads to the brain developing in ways that are beneficial, experience can also be negative, which can impede or otherwise alter the brain’s development.
Specifically, the negative experience of childhood maltreatment is believed to be behind certain anomalies in brain structure that result in cognitive, behavioral and social impairments.2
Upon an assessment of individuals who had experienced childhood maltreatment, a study found that being mistreated during childhood caused frequent and extremely high levels of stress that impeded normal brain development. Continuous stress from experiencing frequent maltreatment initiated physiological stress responses that, over time, caused the structural disruptions that were observed in neurological scans and which are likely making victims of childhood trauma vulnerable to substance abuse disorders
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Leaving an inpatient treatment environment is overwhelming. These factors can make it even more so:

You were living with people who use drugs or alcohol
You need a substantial amount of sobriety before returning home
You don’t have a sober support system
You are new to recovery and the 12-step program
If this sounds like you, a Carla Vista home gives you the skills to stay sober while reducing your relapse risk. We’ll give you more than a place to live. We’ll give you safety and support with a proven structure—all of the necessary tools to rebuild your life. sober-residents-volleyball-game
More Than a House
When we say we offer a home, we mean it. If you think “sober living” means staying in an untidy, crowded house in a rough neighborhood where people are still using, think again. We take pride in our homes, and each one is 100% tour-ready at all times. Before you ever become part of the Carla Vista family, you can tour our houses and talk to our current residents. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Senior citizens have unique needs when it comes to addiction treatment. Having grown up in a different generation from many others struggling with substance abuse, the elderly may view addiction differently. It is important that a drug rehab program covers issues that are relevant to the older generation, and this may be done most effectively through age-specific treatment.

Addiction And Mental Health Concerns For Senior Citizens
The field of mental health has become more respected over the years, but mental health issues used to be highly stigmatized. Many older adults may feel ashamed that they have a substance use disorder since they grew up in a time when people did not discuss these sorts of problems.


Our Mission
At Alcohol Addiction Center, our mission is to provide information and resources for anyone struggling with an alcohol problem, either through a friend or family member, or with a problem of their own. We are not a facility. Each situation is unique, and we strive to educate and inform people about alcoholism, or known by its clinical name, alcohol use disorder.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
Opioid Abuse in America

An overview of how the opioid epidemic is impacting the U.S., along with information and resources for those seeking to understand the signs and effects of opioid use. Our guide includes definitions, statistics, and resources about current research and legislation seeking to help prevent opioid abuse

The opioid epidemic is essentially the rising tide of opioid abuse in America. When opioid abuse becomes serious and frequent, it can lead to addiction and death. Opioids have become widely available, either via prescription or the black market, and this increasing availability is contributing to an escalation in the number of people who become addicted.

Users are finding it easy to access opioids that are very potent and therefore quite dangerous. High-potency opioids are some of the most, if not the most, addictive drugs in the world. They are flooding the market and people are overdosing on them at record levels.

Psychologists are on the frontlines of the crisis as they strive to help addicts recover and rebuild their lives. Psychologists also help families and individuals who struggle when their loved ones become addicted to opioids, and bachelor’s degree candidates in psychology are learning how opioids interact with the human brain in order to better understand how to intervene.

This article examines the opioid epidemic in detail and addresses the psychological underpinnings of the crisis. Here, you’ll discover the scope of the epidemic, the root of it, the psychology and physicality of opioid abuse, what to look for to spot someone who is using, as well as possible solutions.


How Healthcare Administrators Are Tackling the Binge Drinking Epidemic

A thorough overview of the difference between alcohol abuse and binge drinking, including the individual and public hazards of both, especially drunk driving. It provides current research and statistics regarding how healthcare professionals are actively treating this tragic issue in our society, as well as how individuals can work together to help prevent binge-drinking and support recovery for themselves and each other.

Binge drinking is a significant contributor to a number of preventable alcohol-related deaths in the US annually. While it may not seem as serious, or even recognizable, as more conventional forms of alcoholism, binge drinking is associated with many alcohol-related health risks. The rise of binge drinking — and related hazards — has prompted public health officials, those looking to study healthcare administration, educators, and drug and alcohol advocacy organizations to take a closer look to gain insight into preventing this form of alcohol abuse.

Binge Drinking vs Alcoholism
Binge drinking and alcoholism are just two of the many behaviors which constitute alcohol abuse. Binge drinking is often taken lightly and dismissed as “just having a good time” or, “normal college behavior.” Binge drinking is essentially heavily consuming alcohol in a short period of time, with no apparent frequency.

Alcoholism is associated with a daily dependency on alcohol. It is a clinical disease that many functioning members of society are dealing with and can be treated. Binge drinking may be more episodic, or portray a sense of being “in control” compared to some of the symptoms associated with alcoholism.

A study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that “nearly 20 percent of alcoholics are highly functional and well-educated with good incomes.” While binge drinking and alcoholism may be related, it is essential to make the distinction between the two to understand the health risks. Knowing the underlying causes, frequency, and risks involved with these alcohol abuse behaviors can also shed light on how to treat them.


Safe and effective chronic pain relief treatments to curb opioid epidemic


The good news is that according to the 2018 Monitoring the Future Survey, teenage drug abuse, aside from marijuana use, is at its lowest level in over two decades.1 Among 12th graders, past-year use of illicit drugs other than marijuana has declined by 30 percent since 2013. According to the survey, substances at historically low levels of use among teenagers include cigarettes, alcohol, heroin, prescription opioids, meth, sedatives and ketamine.

However, many teenagers are still abusing drugs, including 12.4 percent of high school seniors. Let’s take a look at the signs of drug use in teens, including risk factors for teenage drug abuse, signs of teen addiction, and what parents can do if they believe their teen is abusing drugs.

The Adolescent Brain
Substances Most Abused
Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction
Risk Factors
Video: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Signs of Drug Abuse
Consequences or Drug Use
Video: Generation X: The New Teen High
What to Do if Your Teen is Abusing Drugs
Talking to Your Teen
Additional Prevention Tips
When It’s Time for Treatment

College Substance Abuse Statistics, Facts, & Recovery – The Complete Guide

College is supposed to be a time of learning, but also adventures and new experiences.
For many young people, it’s the first time they’re on their own, and without the structure of their childhood home and family life, they may experiment.
Unfortunately, that experimentation can lead to not-so-healthy habits including the use of substances, and unhealthy drinking patterns.
While it can be alarming to hear, the reality is substance abuse and binge drinking are significant problems on college campuses around the country.
You’ll often hear news stories about college students unintentionally dying because of alcohol poisoning, drug overdoses, or doing things that are dangerous while under the influence including driving.
Too often red flags of substance abuse are seen as typical college kid behavior.
Brushing possible substance abuse issues under the rug can lead to short- and long-term consequences that may be difficult to escape from, ranging from full-blown addiction to academic and legal consequences.


What Are Opioids?

From the NIDA, “Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.”

Opioids chemically interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and body. When prescribed and administered appropriately, prescription opioids are generally safe pain relievers to help an individual manage pain associated with an injury or disease process. Because pain relief from opioids often produces a euphoric experience they commonly become misused.

Because the effects of opioids are so powerful misuse of prescription medication -- even when used appropriately by Physician recommendation -- the effects can lead to chemical dependence, addiction, overdose, and death.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: Opioid Abuse in America

The opioid epidemic is essentially the rising tide of opioid abuse in America. When opioid abuse becomes serious and frequent, it can lead to addiction and death. Opioids have become widely available, either via prescription or the black market, and this increasing availability is contributing to an escalation in the number of people who become addicted.

Users are finding it easy to access opioids that are very potent and therefore quite dangerous. High-potency opioids are some of the most, if not the most, addictive drugs in the world. They are flooding the market and people are overdosing on them at record levels.

Psychologists are on the frontlines of the crisis as they strive to help addicts recover and rebuild their lives. Psychologists also help families and individuals who struggle when their loved ones become addicted to opioids, and bachelor’s degree candidates in psychology are learning how opioids interact with the human brain in order to better understand how to intervene.

This article examines the opioid epidemic in detail and addresses the psychological underpinnings of the crisis. Here, you’ll discover the scope of the epidemic, the root of it, the psychology and physicality of opioid abuse, what to look for to spot someone who is using, as well as possible solutions.

What Are Opioids?
Opioids are man-made painkillers. They mimic the effect of pain-relieving hormones the human body produces naturally. There are multiple types of opioids, but they’re all based on chemical compounds in the opium poppy plant, papaver somniferum. The chemical compounds themselves, in their natural form, are classified as opiates. These compounds include morphine and codeine.

When drug manufacturers further refine and concentrate opiates, or synthesize them, they create opioids. Opiates and opioids bind to receptors in the brain, causing the receptors to release signals that block pain. Since one of these receptors, the mu-opioid receptor, triggers reward systems in the brain, opioids are highly addictive.

How Healthcare Administrators Are Tackling the Binge Drinking Epidemic

Binge drinking is a significant contributor to a number of preventable alcohol-related deaths in the US annually. While it may not seem as serious, or even recognizable, as more conventional forms of alcoholism, binge drinking is associated with many alcohol-related health risks. The rise of binge drinking — and related hazards — has prompted public health officials, those looking to study healthcare administration, educators, and drug and alcohol advocacy organizations to take a closer look to gain insight into preventing this form of alcohol abuse.

How to Spot the Warning Signs of Addiction in Teenagers

Teenagers are susceptible to dangerous mental health challenges such as addiction to drugs or alcohol. Because of the ever-changing social circles they run in and must adapt to as they mature, decision-making is not always easy as an impressionable young adult. There are also external stressors that impact their use of substances, since young adults may not always have strong healthy coping mechanisms yet. Understanding the warning signs of addiction and other serious mental health issues can help you be proactive as a parent and intervene early on.

Difference in Basic Behaviors

The first warning signs of addiction can look like basic changes in your teenager's behavior. Everyday actions such as the meals they eat or the amount of time they spend outside may drastically change for unexplained reasons. Early addiction behaviors might cause teenagers to make unhealthy decisions in other areas of their life as well, like reduced fitness activity or time spent with friends.

Consider a conversation with your teen if you notice drastic changes in these areas:

  1. Eating unhealthy or overly greasy foods early in the day
  2. Spending time alone in their room or rummaging through areas where alcohol is stored
  3. Waking up much later and having issues sleeping
  4. Less motivation to complete schoolwork or spend time outdoors

Social Changes

Changes in social behavior are also extremely telling of a teen's mental health. With addiction, there are generally two directions a teen can go if their behavior has been affected. They may begin to isolate themselves if negative social experiences are impacting a reliance on alcohol. Bullying and other painful experiences sometimes drive teens to retreat into the home or use alcohol to "numb" pain if they are not helped appropriately. In other scenarios, teens might be exposed to addictive behaviors if they surround themselves with friends who do dangerous things. Your teen may be pressured to experiment with alcohol if they are unsure how to say "no".

Be attentive to major social changes including:

  1. Brand new or suspicious friends
  2. Suddenly avoiding social activity
  3. Lying or breaking curfew rules
  4. Dressing differently or saying disturbing phrases

Low Energy or Isolation

One of the most telling signs that your teen may be suffering from addiction is the physical energy and isolation behaviors they may exhibit. Low energy is a warning sign of alcoholism because of its effect on the body's metabolism and overall mood. Your teenager may sleep less, sleep in more, have trouble getting ready for basic everyday activities, or show negative differences in their mood. Similarly, isolation behaviors can warn you that something is wrong in your teen's general health. Avoiding family and friends can be their cry for help if they need someone to reach out with resources or support.

 Consider reaching out if your teen exhibits low energy behaviors such as:

  1. Suddenly quitting sports or activities
  2. Spending all awake hours in their room or away from home
  3. Avoiding conversations and even confrontations
  4. Unexplained dark circles or cravings and too much sedentary time

Rebellion or Secrecy

            The last major warning sign for addiction in teenagers is rebellion of your usual communication with them. Most teens have a healthy amount or secrets or pieces of their lives unknown to their parents, but the line is crossed if your teen begins to blatantly rebel in an out-of-character way. Perhaps you have established family rules they begin to break, or begin to act out in other ways. You may experience more arguments with your teen or notice them keeping you in the dark for conversations you may otherwise be open about. Rebellion of your family values or bond as parent and teen is a sign you may need outside help to intervene and bring them back to health.

Rebellion can look like:

  1. Starting arguments with you over usually "calm" topics
  2. Breaking family rules such as curfew or agreed-upon family time
  3. Openly drinking or breaking rules around parties in high school
  4. Refusing to answer related questions or making up excuses

            Addiction behaviors can show up differently in teens based on their unique struggles, coping mechanisms, and environments. As a parent, you may not always be able to prevent their addiction, but you can educate yourself on the warning signs to protect them as early as possible. Being there for your teenager requires open communication and letting them know these warning signs exist in the first place. By establishing this trust and educating your family on mental health warning signs, you can feel confident in your ability to spot struggles before they begin.

What Is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain-relieving medication that is stronger than morphine and prescribed to treat severe pain.1 Although the drug is legal when prescribed and used as directed, a growing number of Americans are abusing fentanyl — and tragically dying from the abuse.

Chemists make fentanyl in a laboratory to have a similar chemical structure to that of the opium poppy plant.1 However, chemists have chemically modified fentanyl so it is more potent than poppy plants or many other forms of pain-relieving medications, including morphine and Demerol. When fentanyl is taken, the drug binds to opioid receptors present in the brain. This blocks pain sensations, but also has side effects that can include nausea, drowsiness, confusion, constipation, and extremely slow to no breathing. Fentanyl’s effects on breathing make it easy to overdose on the drug.

Pharmaceutical companies manufacture and sell fentanyl under brand names that include Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze.1 Manufacturers produce fentanyl in many forms. These include a pill, intravenous (IV) injection, patch, or even a lozenge that is similar to a cough drop.
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What is Fentanyl?
What Are Fentanyl’s Effects?
What Are Some Signs and Symptoms of Fentanyl Addiction?
What Are Misconceptions About Fentanyl?
What Do I Do If I See a Fentanyl Overdose?
What Are the Treatments for Fentanyl Abuse?
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The term “body image” refers to how you see and feel about your appearance and how you believe others see you. It’s the way you view yourself when you gaze into a mirror, which may not always be an accurate perception. It’s also the picture you get in your mind when you imagine what you look like to others as well as how you feel within your body.

Having a negative body image can lead to some serious mental health issues, such as eating disorders.

Negative and Positive Body Image

Some signs of having a negative body image include:

  • Often looking in mirrors or weighing yourself multiple times a day
  • Excessively checking your body for imperfections
  • Comparing your shape or weight with others, whether with people you see in your daily life or with celebrities and models
  • Commenting negatively on the way you look, either aloud to others or silently
  • Feeling desperate or anxious about your appearance (this can lead to the beginning of eating disorder behaviors)

Having a negative body image means:

  • Viewing your body’s shape in a distorted way, such as believing you are obese when you actually are not overweight
  • Feeling sure that you are not attractive, while most other people are
  • Feeling embarrassed, self-conscious and anxious about your appearance
  • Feeling strange and awkward in your body

Having a positive body image means:

  • Having a true perception of your body shape
  • Being happy with and appreciating your body’s figure in its natural form
  • Accepting your unique body as it is
  • Being comfortable and confident in your appearance
Alcohol and Drug Rehab for Pregnant/Postpartum Women

Pregnant mothers who struggle with alcohol or drug addiction carry a massive burden as they balance the desire to be healthy and the physical demand of dependency. In 2012, a national survey revealed that 5.9% of pregnant women use illicit drugs, and 8.5% drink alcohol. Addiction can lead to a multitude of challenges in pregnancy, delivery, and overall development. Many women worry that their options for rehabilitation are limited while pregnant or shortly after giving birth. With the help of unique treatment plans, however, there are plenty of options to help pregnant and postpartum women seeking recovery at all stages.

A 2019 Guide to SMART Recovery

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Self-management and recovery training (SMART) Recovery is a substance abuse rehabilitation program that serves as an alternative to traditional 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. 1 SMART Recovery is a program designed to help a person overcome self-defeating thinking in order to achieve long-term sobriety. Take an in-depth view into the program and how it has benefited those struggling with addic
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Your First Step was founded by a group of recovering addicts dedicated to giving others the opportunity for treatment. We connect others with the services they need to help them in their struggle against substance abuse whether that be a detox center, an inpatient or outpatient treatment program, mental health services or just an empathetic ear. As people in recovery ourselves, we have personally experienced the highs and lows of addiction and the recovery process and understand in a way that most others can’t the process of beating addiction.
Through our experiences, we’ve learned how important it is to lend a hand to others in need, even when they don’t realize that they need it. Sometimes your first step isn’t admitting that you have a problem – it’s the tentative questions or thoughts that arise about the possibility of treatment. Figuring out where to start and what your options are can be confusing. We know, because we’ve been there. That’s why we’ve created Your First Step, to provide a resource for the men and women who don’t quite know where to begin when it comes to seeking treatment for addiction.
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Is a new, monthly podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research. Each episode will tell the story of a community fighting for their lives. It’s also about solutions, justice for those we have lost, and saving lives.
The host and executive producer of CRACKDOWN is Garth Mullins, an award-winning documentarian and longtime community organizer. Garth has been an opioid user for years, injecting heroin daily all the way through the last overdose crisis, and is now on methadone. The podcast is led by an editorial board made up of some of Vancouver’s most experienced drug user activists. CRACKDOWN is undertaken in partnership with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use and produced by Cited Media Productions on the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-waututh) Nations.

Study links daily use of high-strength cannabis to psychosis

A study in the British medical journal The Lancet asserts that daily use of high-potency cannabis is “strongly linked to the risk of developing psychosis.”
The London-based researchers looked at data from 10 sites treating people with psychosis in Europe, and one in Brazil. About three in 10 used cannabis daily, as opposed to 6.8 per cent in a control group.
“Across the 11 sites, people who used cannabis on a daily basis were three times more likely to have a diagnosis of first episode psychosis, compared with people who had never used cannabis,” they wrote. “This increased to five times more likely for daily use of high potency cannabis.”
For the purposes of the study, high-potency cannabis was defined as over 10 per cent THC. In the Netherlands, they said that THC could get up to 67 per cent.
If it was no longer available, they argue, the incidence of psychosis in Amsterdam could drop from 37.9 to 18.8 per 100,000 people per year, and in London from 45.7 to 31.9 per 100,000 people per year.

6 Hobbies to Help You Stay Sober

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If people recovering from substance abuse struggle to find meaning and purpose, they will also struggle to find success in recovery. Now that you’re sober, you’ll want need to fill your time with something other than drugs or alcohol. The more you can fill your life with meaning, the less likely you’ll be tempted to relapse. That’s why a new hobby can come in.

Hobbies have many benefits, and not just for people in recovery. When you take on a new hobby you’ll also find a new outlet to:

Unwind and relax
Meet other people
Discover new talents
Develop new skills
Enhance creativity
Get in better physical shape

How to Find a Hobby
Many people who first begin recovery wonder how they will fill their time. In the throes of addiction they would have had little energy to focus on anything other than drugs or alcohol.
It may have even been years since you’ve had or enjoyed any type of hobby. Here are a few methods for finding rewarding ways to spend your time:

Make a list of activities you enjoyed before falling into substance abuse. An easy way to find a hobby is to rekindle a similar interest you had before drugs and alcohol took control.
Do an internet search for hobbies and activities. Make a brainstorming list to find ones that might be fun to explore.
Experiment with hobbies by joining sober friends and family members in their favorite activities.
Think of hobbies that are both mentally and physically challenging, which would run less of a risk of becoming an
addiction substitution.

Ideas for Hobbies
There are multitudes of exciting activities you can enjoy as an alternative to using drugs or alcohol. The key to finding a hobby is to make sure it’s an activity you really enjoy. A hobby should never feel like a chore. Here are few ideas to get you started:

Exercise. Exercising is much more than going to the gym or running. Hop on a bike or a kayak, do some yoga, grab a friend for a game of tennis or golf, or pick up a solo sport like hiking or swimming. Exercising will not only occupy your time, but it will improve your well-being and release feel-good endorphins that support sobriety.
Cooking. Many people in recovery find honing their culinary skills is a great hobby. It requires attention to detail and can be a fun way to bring together new and old friends who support your sobriety. Plus, nutrition is extremely important for rebuilding a healthy body after addiction.
Photography. The world is filled with beauty, and your new hobby can be to capture that beauty on film. The best part? Many smartphones have excellent cameras so you don’t need to invest in expensive equipment.
Games. Whether you like video games or tabletop gaming, there are numerous options for people in recovery. Many cities now have board game cafes that allow you to play games by the hour and meet new people.
Volunteering. Being of service to others and helping people in need can be a hobby that really gives you meaning and purpose. You can volunteer at homeless shelters, veterans’ organizations, schools or animal shelters.
Crafting. Getting creative is a great way to stay on your path of sobriety. Painting, woodworking, painting, sculpting, knitting and scrapbooking are just a few crafts that you can explore. Don’t have any idea how to start? That’s okay! Many crafting stores have classes you can tak

People will find meaning in different ways, and people in recovery know just how important meaning can be when it comes to living a fulfilling life. Some will find that sense of purpose in religion, spirituality, physical activity or being creative. Finding a hobby that really excites you is also a wonderful way to find meaning and purpose in a life post-addiction.

Life-changing companions: How to afford a service dog

Service dogs are trained to provide assistance and therapy to various people with disabilities. They can aid in navigation for people who are visually impaired, assist a child who is having a seizure, calm a veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can even dial 911 in the event of an emergency. Many individuals depend on service dogs to help them live their everyday lives.

According to the ADA, service dogs are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack or performing other duties.

Tahoma Guiry, chief marketing officer for K9s for Warriors says that what a service dog can do for veterans specifically is nothing short of astounding. “Some veterans will come in and will not have been to a store in a few years, have insomnia, panic attacks, depression, and when they come into our facility, you can see a transformation. They get more and more confident.”

Service dogs differ from emotional support dogs in that a service dog is trained to perform a job that his or her owner cannot. On the other hand, an emotional support dog is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefits. Support animals do not have to be specifically trained. Service dogs are protected by the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act, Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access (ACA) Act.

How To Camp With Your Dog

We love our pets. They are a part of the family and leaving them at home when you go on vacations can have you end up feeling guilty. There is one type of vacation that dogs are welcomed and sometimes even encouraged: Camping. Camping and hiking trips are made that much better with our furry friends bounding along on the adventure. On public lands though, there are different sets of rules depending on the destination. Dogs are often welcome on developed campgrounds and hiking trails, however, backcountry may have different regulations than what you expect! Before you camp with your dog, make sure to do the proper research and make it an enjoyable trip for all.
Is my dog allowed?
National Parks
State Parks
Top tips for camping or hiking with your dog
Book a pre-trip vet visit
Have pet specific medical supplies
Bring a tether and stake
Decide where they will sleep
Bring collapsible water and food bowls
Don’t forget pick-up bags

Adolescence is a time of great change. While some changing behaviors may be linked to natural mental or physical transitions experienced during this period, it’s imperative that parents and other adults do not dismiss these signs as only being related to puberty. Too many parents make this mistake, effectively cutting their child off from life-changing care for substance abuse.
What you’ll find in this guide:
Signs Of Drug Abuse - Paraphernalia of Drug Use - Why And Risk Factors - Prevention and Treatment

Enabling Addictions in Relationships - Examples & How to Find Help

15 Things You Need To Know About Loving Someone With An Addiction

Complicated Grief: Healthy Approaches for Mourning the Loss of a Beloved, But Estranged Addict

Stop Enabling Your Addicted Child

Surviving the Secret Childhood Trauma of a Parent’s Drug Addiction

1-The Importance of Nutrition Education in Recovery from Anorexia
2-Meal Planning for Anorexia Recovery
2-The Role of the Food Journal in Anorexia Recovery
4-Flexibility is Key in Recovery
Nutrition education and counseling are important components of any anorexia nervosa recovery plan. Anorexia is often accompanied by fearful and obsessive ideas and misconceptions about food. Learning and applying the truth about nutrition and changing negative thought patterns surrounding food and eating is central to successful recovery.

A study published in the journal Nutricion Hospitalaria found that after a four- to six-month nutrition counseling program, participants with eating disorders had improved symptoms and more normalized eating patterns.1 In the beginning of the program, 34 percent of participants were eating from at least three food groups, while 70 percent were doing so after the program. Additionally, 19 percent of participants were eating fewer than four meals a day at the end of the program, compared to 70 percent at the program’s start.


Drug & Alcohol Addiction Support Groups

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Support groups for all types of addictions allow people to join together with others who share similar experiences, backgrounds, and struggles. Drug and alcohol substance abuse groups are helpful whether you are interested in a support group as a first step in your journey to recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction or if you want to participate in a group to remain sober and help newer members.

There are hundreds of support groups full of compassionate members around the United States for you to consider. People who live in rural areas or prefer to not leave home to get help from peers have the option of joining many online communities that will be happy to welcome you as a member. There are general groups for any kind of addiction, for specific substance recoveries, for people who are religious or non-religious, and more, so no matter your circumstances and background, there is a community waiting to help you live a happy, healthy, sober life.

Use these menus to jump directly to the groups of interest to you:
National Substance Addiction Support Group
Drug & Alcohol Addiction Hotlines
Online Groups
In-Person Groups
Men’s Groups
Women’s Groups
LGBT Groups
Teen Groups
Veterans Groups
Religious Groups
Secular Groups

Addiction Support Groups by Substance
Alcohol Groups
Cocaine & Crack Groups
Heroin & Opiates Groups
Marijuana Groups
Meth & Crystal Meth Groups
Prescription Drug Groups


The United States is in the middle of a drug crisis, one of the most affected groups are our veterans. Veteran substance abuse and alcoholism rates continues to be a growing problem throughout the country. Military members from all branches are returning from deployment suffering from a variety of physical/mental health problems and disabilities due to what had happened while they were deployed. This has caused substance abuse and alcohol abuse disorder rates among veterans to become more prevalent.


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Grief and Addiction
Grief and addiction are tragically connected, with one often causing or worsening the other. Rehab can help individuals cope with both and end the cycle

Rehab Spot has served as a critical source of information on addiction and recovery for those who are struggling with substance abuse disorders and co-morbid mental health conditions.  Focusing on educating people on the whole treatment process: from selection, to what you can expect during treatment, to entering back into a healthy and more fulfilling life after the program ends.

Dating Violence - Stop Violence Against Women - 2018 Guide
t is a tragic, alarming, and utterly preventable cultural reality that women suffer increased rates of violence and harassment in practically every area of life. Antiquated gender roles, predatory societal figures, and a general lack of awareness all contribute to an ugly mosaic of mistreatment of women that has become astonishingly normalized and commonplace, even in the United States of 2018. This mistreatment permeates practically every environment, from our everyday social relationships to one of the most intimate, where women are supposed to feel the safest—their romantic relationships.

The JourneyPure Way
After finishing a 30 or 60 day stint at a residential addiction treatment center, people sometimes report feelings of confusion, alienation, or even abandonment. This is due to their losing the sense of community and camaraderie that they experienced while on-site, undergoing emotionally draining and ultimately fulfilling individual, group, and even experiential therapies. Sometimes, these feelings of loss and alienation lead to relapse.

We here at JourneyPure Nashville believe in a more supportive way to transition people back into their daily lives. Prior to discharge, our clients are assigned a personal recovery coach.

Working with the patient, the personal recovery coach develops an individualized plan for long-term sobriety. The plan is then entered into our JourneyPure Coaching™ app so that patients have access to the recovery support they need, whenever and wherever. Knowing that ongoing recovery support is just a call or a click away can be a mighty contributor to alleviating those feelings of confusion and loneliness.
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As of July 1, 2018, approximately 2,212 U.S. college and university campuses are now entirely smoke-free, according data provided by the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. A majority of these institutions (1,853 in total) are also completely tobacco free, and 1,790 of them report that they have eliminated the use of e-cigarettes, too.

This is obviously great news for those who are trying to stop this potentially deadly behavior, but why is the issue of smoking among college students so important?

College Students and Smoking: The Concern
Reasons Why College Students Smoke
Smoking Risk Factors in a College Setting
Effects of Smoking (Both Well-Known and Relatively Unknown)
The Fast Impact of Quitting Smoking
Options to Help You Quit


Why The Disabled Are At A Higher Risk For Substance Abuse And How To Help In Recovery

People living with a physical or intellectual disability are not immune from substance use disorders during their lifetime. It can be difficult for someone with a disability to get the help they need. The disability they have, may have an enormous effect on whether they get treatment or not. It usually comes down to a family member or a loved one that has the ability to get them into the right treatment .

When a disabled individual becomes addicted, it is important to find help geared towards the disability for success in the recovery process. Having compassion and understanding of their disability is also very important in helping them through overcoming addiction.

Substance abuse treatment for a disabled individual must be sensitive to each person’s unique health, medical, and social needs. In order for treatment to be effective, rehabilitation programs must be accessible, compassionate, and skilled at treating both the disability and substance use disorder.

Insurance Guide Content Overview
According to a report supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, women are more likely than men to face multiple barriers to accessing substance abuse treatment and are less likely to seek treatment.
Women typically consume less alcohol, drink alcohol less frequently, and are less likely to develop alcohol-related problems than men. Similarly, women are less likely than men to use illicit drugs and to develop drug-related problems.
Women's Health Insurance Guide for Addiction Treatment

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Our world-class therapists practice over 20 different forms of therapy techniques to meet your individual needs. As a premier luxury drug rehab and alcohol treatment center, we use an approach that incorporates a comfortable, high-end, environment, so you can focus on your personal goals and therapeutic challenges in a relaxed setting. We offer a compassionate team of knowledgeable professionals who treat every client with the utmost dignity and respect. Call today and see why so many others have chosen Monarch Shores as their option for drug rehab in California.

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Substance Abuse Among Lawyers
Lawyers are among the highest paid professionals in the country, earning more than $100,000 a year on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Many people associate this occupation with a life of luxury, assuming legal professionals don’t have the struggles of the lower class, but this is not the case. In fact, there’s a darker side to this career that isn’t as widely known as the perks: substance abuse and addiction. While approximately 10 percent of the average population is addicted to a substance, the percent of those in legal professions who are addicted is higher (18 percent), according to the Oregon State Bar.
Drug and alcohol addiction are two of the most common forms of addiction among lawyers, and they often stem from various psychological factors associated with the profession. But just as with any other health condition, help is available, and although there may be self-imposed barriers to seeking it, the number of treatment options far outweigh them

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Suicidal Thoughts and Alcohol Abuse: Tackling Both Problems Head On

Whether it’s at your sibling’s wedding or happy hour at the local pub, drinking is a pretty common pastime in American life. When handled responsibly, it can be a way to relax in social situations, celebrate with loved ones, and even decompress after a long day at work. When it’s abused, though, it can be dangerous — drinking can change the way you think and see the world, and it’s not always for the better.
People abuse alcohol for all kinds of reasons — financial woes, relationship problems, and trouble at work all tend to be big contributors — and in many different ways. Abuse isn’t always synonymous with alcoholism; even on the weekends is considered abuse. But drinking isn’t the best way to cope with problems, and can even make them appear so massive that ending it all seems like the only way out. In fact, alcohol is a factor in over a quarter of all suicides in the United States and more than a third of suicide victims used alcohol just prior to death.
Coping with an alcohol abuse problem and the suicidal tendencies that sometimes accompany it is a slippery slope to say the least. This guide will help to lead the way to cleaner, happier living by outlining the relationship between alcohol abuse and suicidal thoughts and how to overcome both. Keep in mind that while this guide isn’t a substitute for professional help, it can certainly be a positive first step on your road to recovery


Relationship Recovery: Beating Addiction without Breaking Up

Relationships are hard work. If they were easy, every relationship would last forever. Adding addiction and infidelity makes the outcome less predictable, and more challenging. All treatment programs focus on detoxification along with repairing mental and social health, and guide you in how and when to make amends with yourself and others. However, this process can be especially difficult if infidelity is involved.

The key ingredients individuals bring to a good relationship include patience, respect, good communication and lots of effort. It makes sense that this is true of relationships in both good times and bad. But once you have disrespected your partner by being unfaithful, you also need trust and forgiveness. Getting a relationship back on track after infidelity starts with pursuing both through effective communication with your partner.

Forgiveness is often something your partner wants to provide after a betrayal, even if they don’t know how. It is a natural inclination for most people who have been betrayed by someone they love to want to find a way to forgive. It helps both people involved to move on from the situation. As much as forgiving shouldn’t be mistaken for trusting, it’s the cornerstone for a new healthy relationship. Until it is achieved, rebuilding the relationship can’t really begin. While the recovery path you have chosen will help you make amends, understand that the level of betrayal is going to impact that process significantly. How your partner feels is his or her reality, and shouldn’t be dismissed as exaggeration or an overreaction. Be honest with yourself about the magnitude and duration of events that led you to this point, and accept that the effects of your addiction might include you not having a full awareness of every transgression playing into your partner’s emotions.


When considering trust, it’s critical to remember that it belongs to the other person, and is built over time. It's important not to lose hope when rekindling your romance during the recovery process just because the trust isn’t there. Rebuilding trust is a lot like rebuilding a house after a disaster, cleaning up the mess is the hardest part. Make sure you know what stage of the process you’re in (cleaning up, rebuilding, or maintenance) to help manage both you and your partner’s frustrations more effectively. Be especially sensitive to their feelings about any third parties involved in the infidelity, and your continued interactions with them. If the interactions can’t be eliminated entirely, discuss what measures will make your partner feel more secure about the situation. Keep in mind that this will be a trial and error process, and what he or she thinks may work to alleviate fears may not.

Communication is a foundational element in every relationship, and is the starting point for both forgiveness and trust. People can change, and being in addiction recovery is proof. However, over time you and your partner have been conditioned to respond to certain triggers in a particular way. Whether you are having an innocuous conversation that suddenly turns tense, or you are discussing a delicate subject from the start, take responsibility for responding to your partner’s reaction in a more productive way. It’s important to find the balance between keeping the lines of communication open and avoiding the conversation escalating into a major fight. He or she may not have the benefit of a counselor, a support group, or other tools that are available to you through your recovery program to help work through these issues. If they are receptive to counseling, either individually or together, this can help improve communication. If not, don’t push. Even one big fight can impact the progress that’s been made with the relationship.

Regardless of where your relationship stands, remember that if recovery is possible, so is saving the relationship. Focus on maintaining your recovery first. You can't have a healthy relationship without having a healthy you. Focus on your relationship when both you and your partner are ready, and realize it will likely take him or her more time. Communicating and taking it slowly can ultimately help you both repair and rebuild. - Photo Credit:


Recovering from Addiction: The Importance of Support

Smoking affects the central nervous system, reinforcing drug-taking behavior. Support is needed in order to spread awareness and education about smoking’s true effects in order to keep the disease of addiction in remission.
Those who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol understand wholeheartedly the grip a foreign substance can have on the human body. Addiction is more than a physical need which draws a person toward doing something they know not to do. Addiction is a spiritual battle that rages every moment of the individual’s life. It is something that twists the soul, deranges the mind, and corrupts the heart. However, as millions of addicts around the world have come to know – hope is not lost. Recovery is possible for all who wish to possess it.
In light of this, one of the downsides facing those in recovery may be the fact that they are hanging on to smoking cigarettes as a crutch. Cigarettes and coffee are the hallmark of the recovering addict. It is a shame that through the life changing events which transpired in order to free the addict from active use, that individual may still be gripped by the life-stealer known as cigarettes.

et’s take a look at smoking, one of the more powerful addictions people face every day. A single cigarette contains over 600 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. A lit cigarette, however, can produce a deadly cocktail of over 7,000 toxic chemicals. Cigarette smoke can affect virtually every system of the human body. It causes emphysema/COPD, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, blood and lung cancers, and much, much more. Why do so many people smoke knowing that they are destroying their bodies? Addiction.
The addiction to smoking cigarettes is one of the strongest forms of addiction in the world. Cigarettes are as addictive as heroin or cocaine – and can be just as hard to quit. However, after all of the effort, praying, and “just for todays” in order to quit using hardcore substances, why let cigarettes survive the purge?

ll addicts fight a tough battle, and they form a bond with others who are struggling with the same challenges. It is this bond that forms a kinship which results in groups that can truly help one another. Each addict has their own personal backstory, but the end results are always the same. The result is using a foreign substance compulsively, and losing manageability of their own lives. Many have harrowing stories, personal tragedies, and often loss. The loss of a compatriot or family member to the disease can leave a lasting scar.
However, no matter how dire the situation, no matter how deep the scar, no matter how bad an addict suffers – there is hope. Once active use has been survived and remission of the disease has been accomplished, life can now be lived on life’s terms.
But what about smoking? Smoking is just as damaging as any drug on the planet, and actually kills more. Way more. In fact, according to the American Lung Association, each year drug use takes approximately 39 thousand lives. Direct smoking and those who are exposed to second-hand smoke causes approximately 443 thousand deaths per year. An additional 8.5 million live with some form of illness related to smoking or second-hand smoke exposure.
To say that we are fighting a war against these foreign substances, only to give in to the biggest killer of them all is counterproductive. Something must be done.

upport is requested by all recovering addicts, and all who are involved with the process of recovery. Smoking is a battle a recovering addict cannot afford to lose. With all that has been fought for, one more fight is needed. According to the National Library of Medicine, smoking’s effect on the “central nervous system is neuroregulatory in nature, affecting biochemical and physiological functions in a manner that reinforces drug-taking behavior.” Again, smoking can lead back to old habits and relapses, without the recovering addict understanding why. That is why it is imperative to spread awareness on the true effects of smoking. Through education addicts can recover fully, and ensure the disease remains in remission.

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Our alcohol rehabilitation services are available to people suffering from varying degrees of alcohol addiction. Invariably this includes treatment for so-called chronic alcoholism but also for sufferers exhibiting mild forms of alcoholism. Left unchecked alcoholism leads to serious health complications including brain damage and alcohol-related liver disease. Alcoholism left untreated inflicts lasting wounds on relationships including family life, professional life and social life.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers an industry-leading assessment with one of our experienced admissions officers conducted in complete confidence. If you are suffering or you suspect a loved one is suffering from an alcohol addiction call 0800 111 4108.
Our admissions team helps you through assessments and outlines potential treatment options available. Your needs are our main concern when considering treatment options. Our team makes sure your recovery is successful. Many of our team have been in your situation themselves.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers free support and help to people who suffer with alcohol and drug addiction. Rehab 4 Addiction offers free telephone assistance and also maintains useful resources and guides on its website.

Alcohol and Sleep

Alcohol causes drowsiness. This has led to the popular misconception that it can aid sleep. Up to 20 percent of Americans report using alcohol as a sleep aid. However, alcohol negatively impacts the quality of your sleep, as well as how long you can expect to sleep. Alcohol consumption before bed causes interrupted sleep, due to side effects such as night sweats and disturbed REM sleep.
Alcohol dependence and sleep disorders are often co-morbid – people suffer both at the same time. Alcohol-related sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea, and daytime fatigue.

The problem with using alcohol as a sleep aid
How does alcohol interrupt sleep?
Why does alcohol cause night sweats?
Can drinking alcohol cause sleep apnea?
The link between alcoholism and insomnia
The impact of alcohol on brain wave activity during sleep
Does alcohol affect REM sleep?
What is the REM rebound effect?
Does alcohol impact sleep differently for men or women?


The quality of your sleep is affected by everything. From your habits and the food you eat, to the medications you take and drinks you ingest. So, it’s no surprise that if a person has developed an addiction—to an over-the-counter drug, alcohol, or other type of substance—that addiction could affect their sleep quality, too.

Sleep disorders and addiction have a bidirectional relationship: Each individual issue—alcohol dependence, insomnia, etc.—relate to and effect the other issue. The nature of this intricate relationship requires a person seek treatment for both issues to find a healthy, sustainable resolution.

Keep reading to discover how various forms of addiction affect sleep. This guide also will delve into various types of substance-induced sleep disorders, substances that can cause or lead to sleep disorders, and information concerning how an individual can recover from addiction.


Why Smokers Get Poor-Quality Sleep

Each year, nearly 6 million people die worldwide from tobacco use and related diseases. Smoking has a long list of health risks, including cancer, depression, anxiety, heart disease, and much, much more.


How Does Smoking Affect Sleep?
How nicotine affects your sleep
Sleep-disordered breathing
Does vaping affect sleep?
Nicotine withdrawal and sleep
How to get better sleep
Watch what you eat, drink, and inhale.
Exercise regularly.
Follow good sleep hygiene.
Find other ways to relax.
Lean on others for support.

Resources to Combat Porn: Men and Women
Date Created: March 12, 2018
Your eyes are the windows of your soul. What you repeatedly expose yourself to will influence your imagination, your actions, and finally your character. There are three things you need to know about pornography. (1) It’s addictive. Family counselor Gail Hoone said, “Pornography is more addictive than drugs, and thanks to the First Amendment, it’s getting bigger every day.” (2) It’s selfish. It trains you to see people as playthings to be played with, and all for one purpose —self-gratification. Intimacy, responsibility, and commitment are not even in the picture (or frame). (3) It’s shaming. Unlike the lepers in the Bible, pornography doesn’t ring a bell and cry, “Unclean! Unclean!”
Yet when you fall under its control, you find yourself responding to it in ways that leave you feeling cheapened and unclean. But there’s good news. Every leper who came to Jesus was cleansed; and through His blood you can be cleansed too! Furthermore, you can be empowered by His Spirit to cast down every imagination, and take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). (From the devotional, Word for You Today)

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These online small groups are the perfect place to find a community of people who experience the same challenges and struggles that you do. Whether you’re a man, woman, pastor, or student struggling against pornography and sexual temptation, the wife of a husband who is, or someone dealing with same-sex attraction, there’s an X3group available for you.
These anonymous, online groups meet weekly via video chat and also provide you access to our private social media tool so you can stay in touch and encourage one another throughout the week

You’ve tried everything to overcome your struggles with pornography or sexual addiction, but nothing’s worked. Maybe it’s time to rethink everything you thought you knew about it! My Pilgrimage is a groundbreaking way of thinking about pornography that changes you from the inside out, and this small group provides a healthy community for you to change within.
These anonymous, online groups meet weekly via video chat and also provide you access to our private social media tool so you can stay in touch and encourage one another throughout the week.


Where can women go to find support, help, and healing in the face of sexual betrayal? Gather together with other women like you through this special small group. It’s made up entirely of women who are enduring the same trials as you – and only those women.
These anonymous, online groups meet weekly via video chat and also provide you access to our private social media tool so you can stay in touch and encourage one another throughout the week

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The Drug Rehab Connections community is made up of those who want to help and give back. We are here to share our stories of recovery and hope as we begin the steps together towards rehab and recovery.

Addiction can happen to anyone. A drug or alcohol addiction can take many forms, and while there are undoubtedly both internal and external forces that can lead to a larger chance of forming an addiction, this disease is completely color blind.

It doesn't matter what you look like or where you come from, addiction can happen to anyone. There are many misconceptions about people who are drug addicts or alcoholics. Our mission is to help you or your loved one find answers and support on what steps you can take to overcome your addiction.

Millions of Americans struggle with this disease and we are here to help you understand how an addiction can form and from there guide you to proper treatment and rehab.

Help is out there and it is available to you. There are many treatment options, from inpatient rehab to outpatient counseling and support groups. Just because a problem has developed doesn’t mean it has to stay a problem.

No matter what your background is, we view you as a person and not just a drug addict. Know that you are loved and cared for, and we will do whatever it takes to help.



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