Millions of Americans participate in binge drinking, a highly risky pattern of alcohol use that seriously increases the odds of experiencing diagnosable alcohol problems. In recent years, public health officials and private companies have turned to modern digital technology to develop new ways to stop binge drinking and other dangerous patterns of alcohol intake. A brief rundown will provide a good overview of these newly emerging digital interventions.
Alcohol and Drug Treatment
The first step of addiction treatment is recognizing that alcohol is causing problems in your life. Denial is very powerful, and you may have spent months or years convincing yourself that everything is fine despite your drinking habits. It’s painful to look at what your life is like because of alcohol, but it’s worth taking an honest inventory to motivate yourself to take that first step of addiction recovery.
Don’t despair if you don’t like what you see when you take an honest look at your life. Instead, have hope. Recovery is possible and hundreds of thousands of people recover from alcohol addiction every single year. This year could be yours. Are you ready?
Posted on February 13, 2017 in Alcohol and Drug Treatment
The differences between the needs of teenagers and adults are obvious, but what are the differences between a residential treatment center for teens and one for adults? Because teenagers’ brains are still in development, special attention must be given during treatment. Many times teenaged addicts and alcoholics are exceptionally rebellious and defiant so they require more attention, work and care than their adult counterparts. A separate residential treatment center for teens provides an environment for recovery that focuses exclusively on their particular needs
Posted on September 12, 2015 in Alcohol and Drug Treatment
If you read up on binge drinking, what it is, the facts, the risks and the statistics, you might be surprised to learn that you binge drink more often than you realized. Does this mean you have a drinking problem? Does it make you an alcoholic? Do you need treatment and do you need to go to rehab? These are all valid questions that are important to consider. That you are thinking critically about your drinking habits is a great start.
Posted on July 28, 2015 in Alcohol and Drug Treatment
LGBT-specific treatment for substance abuse may be the most effective treatment option for members of this community, but the availability of such services continues to lag behind demand. At the same time, research suggests that LGBT people who access general services for substance abuse or mental health issues often face some sort of mistreatment during the process. With increasing data about the high risk of substance abuse and mental health issues faced by this community, improving treatment availability and quality is crucial.
Posted on April 10, 2015 in Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Research has repeatedly found that rates of substance abuse and addiction are higher among the LGBT community than in the general population. These individuals are free to seek a variety of treatment options, but one such option is treatment designed specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. This can be a particularly effective option for many people in this community and can help them to avoid some of the pitfalls that can derail LGBT people during recovery.
Posted on March 14, 2015 in Alcohol and Drug Treatment
In America, alcohol use and cigarette use are two of the most likely sources of premature, preventable fatalities. In addition, people who combine smoking with excessive alcohol intake have greater overall health risks than people who only smoke or people who only drink excessively. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, a team of U.S. researchers examined the impact that cigarette use has on brain function recovery in people receiving treatment for alcohol dependence (i.e., alcoholism). These researchers concluded that continuing cigarette use during alcoholism treatment can delay the restoration of normal brain function.
You lie awake at night worried about your teenager. He or she has always been a challenging child, but recently they’ve morphed into someone you can barely control. You don’t trust their friends, their grades have dropped, and you suspect they’re doing drugs. Any simple request leads to an argument. They’ve had therapy on and off for years with no tangible results. You don’t know how to turn them around and you worry that things will get worse before they get better.
Posted on December 21, 2013 in Alcohol and Drug Treatment
When the sounds Jingle Bells and Auld Lang Syne trigger the urge to blot everything out with alcohol or drugs, instead of succumbing to the same-old destructive behavior, why not do something different this year? While you may not put rehab at the top of your holiday list, here are some very compelling reasons why rehab is the greatest gift during the holidays.
A bill moving through the Texas Legislature would make it a requirement for those receiving welfare, unemployment, and other government benefits to pass drug tests. The bill was authored by Republican State Sen. Jane Nelson. She is the chairwoman of the senate’s Health and Human Services Committee. It has already been approved in the Senate and now requires approval by the House of Representatives.