Should You Go To Rehab For Depression?

Most people who seek treatment for depression are prescribed drugs like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, or Lexapro, and attend regular therapy sessions. For those with severe depression, there’s also the option of going to a depression rehab center.  Here, patients work on their coping skills and managing depression spirals, often through cognitive-behavioral therapy. For alcoholics, depression [...]

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What Is Binge Drinking?

What is binge drinking? While the specific definitions vary, the general definition of binge drinking is when someone drinks a large amount of alcohol in a short duration of time for the purposes of getting drunk. Of course in the real world, there are many different ways we can define binge drinking – depending on [...]

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Is Marijuana Addictive?

The vast majority of recreational pot smokers don’t develop an addiction to marijuana. They use marijuana when they want, at the quantities they want, and generally have a safe experience that doesn’t spiral out of control. However, a small percentage of marijuana users (10%) do develop all the classic signs of addiction, but as far [...]

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Mixing Paxil and Alcohol – Is It Dangerous?

There is some degree of confusion surrounding the question of mixing Paxil and alcohol and whether or not there are dangerous physical or psychological effects. Healthcare providers generally tell people who are using Paxil to only drink in light or moderate quantities, or suggest avoiding alcohol altogether. Paxil patients who drink report a wide variety [...]

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Why New Relationships in Recovery Are a Major Threat to Sobriety

Alcohol and drug abuse and addiction are bad for relationships. That is the plain and simple of it. But perhaps more interestingly, new relationships themselves can put the recovering alcoholic’s or addict’s chances of a complete recovery at risk. In fact, new relationships during recovery are a major threat to sobriety. Why is that? It [...]

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Alcohol Induced Dementia

Most people know that alcohol can cause short term memory loss, but are you aware of the long-term effects of alcohol on the brain? Alcohol-related dementia is one such effect. Not everyone gets alcoholic dementia, but it can result from brain damage which occurs over years of excessive drinking. In general, dementia (not necessarily alcohol [...]

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Side Effects Of Ecstasy: Effects Of Prolonged Use

Ever wondered what’s the deal with Ecstasy? Basically, it’s two highs in one. Ecstasy contains both a hallucinogen and a stimulant. When you combine these two things, you find yourself with a designer drug that is both highly sought after and dangerous. Most young people wind up taking Ecstasy recreationally. Like other drugs, the first [...]

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Learning To Live Life Without Alcohol – Dealing With The Tough Reality

Some people can control their alcohol abuse by moderating their drinking. Usually, those people are problem drinkers who engage in risky drinking behavior, but haven’t yet become truly dependent on alcohol. For most true alcoholics, alcohol moderation is simply not a realistic possibility (click here to understand why). But if you’ve been a chronic alcoholic [...]

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Overcoming Resentment (Or How A Secretary Stole Mark Cuban’s First $80,000)

Resentment is a destructive, unproductive emotion.  It’s toxic to healing and achievement.  It’s self-torture. Yet, its a common human emotion – especially where addiction or alcoholism is involved.  We can be resentful of acquaintances, friends, even loved ones.  We can become resentful of people who we felt have wronged us, people who have accomplished more [...]

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Moderation Management – An Early Intervention & Harm Reduction Approach

Not everyone who abuses alcohol and engages in risky drinking behavior is an alcoholic. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), there are 4 times more problem drinkers than full-blown alcoholics in the US.  That’s 4 times as many people whose lives are at-risk due to their risky drinking behavior, but [...]

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