Taking the first few steps towards recovering from your opiate addiction is huge. No matter how you ended up with your opiate addiction, you can always take steps to get clean. However, an important first step is to understand what to expect during your first week or two of opiate withdrawal. Maybe you’re a few [...]

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Controlled drinking is an extremely controversial issue. Just to be clear, I’m not in any way suggesting that alcoholics and people who are heavy problem drinkers should look to controlled drinking as a realistic end goal. Anyone with a severe, chronic alcohol dependence will ultimately need to pursue abstinence in order to achieve long term [...]

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Facts And Myths About Brain Damage From Alcohol Abuse

There are a lot of nasty long-term health consequences to alcohol abuse. This can range from cirrhosis of the liver, to pancreatitis, and cancer amongst many others. However, the dangers of brain damage from alcohol abuse are often misunderstood and sometimes even overblown. While wet brain is a very real condition that can potentially cause [...]

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Wet Brain: Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

What Is Wet Brain? Wet brain (also known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome) is a form of brain damage. It’s often a tragic consequence of years of alcohol abuse. What Causes Wet Brain? Contrary to popular belief, brain damage from alcohol abuse isn’t due to alcohol killing brain cells. Studies suggest that wet brain is actually caused [...]

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Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline – How Long Does Alcohol Withdrawal Last?

Alcohol withdrawal occurs when individuals with a physical dependency on alcohol stop drinking. Physical withdrawal symptoms occur because long-time alcohol abuse causes neuro-adaptation in the brain – in other words, the brain and central nervous system have physiologically changed to become dependent on alcohol. Once this physiological dependence occurs, a sudden drop in blood-alcohol levels [...]

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6 Ways To Spot An Alcoholic

In some cases, it’s extremely easy to spot an alcoholic due to their constant and obvious drunkenness. Unfortunately, once an alcoholic is at a point that casual acquaintances can spot a problem, their lives have already been on a severe downward spiral for quite some time. For other alcoholics, spotting their addiction isn’t so easy [...]

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Stomach Pain After Drinking – It’s Probably Gastritis

If you’re a heavy drinker who frequently experiences stomach pain, indigestion, and/or nausea, you’re probably suffering from gastritis. Generally, the only long-term treatment for gastritis is to abstain from alcohol entirely and let the body heal on its own. What Causes Gastritis? Gastritis is caused by severe irritation to the walls of the stomach, to [...]

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How To Say No To Alcohol When It’s Offered To You

For many of us, the people in our social circles – whether we’re talking about close friends, co-workers, or acquaintances – enjoy drinking. Although hanging out with old drinking buddies and active alcoholics can be a disaster for a recovering alcoholic, there’s no way around the fact that the average person enjoys a casual drink [...]

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Binge Drinking Facts & Statistics You Need To Know

Most people who binge drink are not actually alcohol dependent – they’re not even necessarily problem drinkers. At the same time, binge drinking is the most common way alcohol is both enjoyed and abused in many parts of the world. In many societies (including our own), binge drinking is seen as a relatively harmless social [...]

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How To Get A Natural High: 12 Natural Ways To Get Those Endorphins Flowing

One of the things I constantly stress on this blog is the importance of using personal growth as a tool to enable long term recovery.  Realizing achievement and striving to hit personal goals is a positive feedback loop that can reinforce sobriety, much in the same way volatile relationships, emotional instability and depression reinforce substance [...]

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