The Dangers Of Mixing Opioids With Alcohol

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liquor with pillsAccording to ASAM, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2 million people in America are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. Narcotic opioid painkillers are highly addictive to their analgesic effects and how quickly more is required to feel the same effects.

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Male Alcoholism vs. Female Alcoholism: Are They different?

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Gender SymbolsAlcoholism is not defined by gender. However, the effects of alcoholism are different for men and women.

Males and Alcoholism…

  • Twice as common among men than women
  • Higher risk for abusing alcohol
  • Higher risk for becoming chemically dependent upon alcohol
  • More negative sexual consequences than women
  • Higher likelihood to take risks increasing potential for injury or death
  • Higher rates of alcohol related death and hospitalizations
  • More likely to commit suicide
  • More likely to drink alcohol before committing suicide

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Some Get Addicted, Some Don’t

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Assortment of pillsAddiction is our closest experience with hell. Certainly some of may feel we’ve danced with the devil too closely on our worst nights. For all beings, redemption is possible. We see it the minute a loved one begins to recognize their unhealthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. Salvation happens every single day someone surrenders their addiction or alcoholism and asks for help getting sober. [Read more…]

You Know You’re Hiding A Drinking Problem When…

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depressionThe reason the first step to solving any problem is admitting there is a problem is that denial can make a problem last a lifetime. Denial is a huge part of alcoholism. In fact, it is a part of the thinking. Alcoholism likes to deny that there are any problems with the way alcohol is consumed. It’s never too much, there’s never a risk, and the consequences don’t matter. [Read more…]

What Does Happiness in Recovery Look Like?

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happiness in recoveryHappy, joyous, and free. This is the promise of how we are going to feel in recovery from addiction and alcoholism. Famous for his work Man’s Search For Meaning accounting the importance of meaning to surviving the holocaust, Viktor Frankl once wrote, “it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to ‘be happy’.” Happiness, Frankl argues, cannot be pursued without reason. Business Insider cited Frankl in their article “A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness”. [Read more…]

Brain Damage and Addiction

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Brain Damage and AddictionHow does our brain perceive? And how does that perception inform our decision making later on? We experience this phenomena on a daily basis when we use our internal notepad to leave ourselves a reminder. We might hear someone talk about an interesting book, mention a movie, or cite a delicious sounding recipe. While we walk down the street we might see something in the window that fancies us. What we perceive in the world around us informs our decision making. Not all of these decisions are superficial. For example, when we perceive a parent or spouse is in a bad or violent mood, we decide whether or not to approach them. We may have had upsetting news, or emotions that we needed to express. Because our perception told us that there is insecurity in the environment, we make the decision not to act.

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You might have a drinking problem…or you might be an alcoholic

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You might have a drinking problem…or you might be an alcoholicWe live in a culture that phenomenalizes and sensationalizes binge drinking. People around the world love getting drunk. Imbibing on a good time with friends is an ancient practice. Even mythological characters like Greek Gods enjoyed a party full of wine. At the same time, the world has done careful work in characterizing the alcoholic as an outcast of society. The imagery of an alcoholic which comes to mind usually includes an old grumpy man, or a homeless person on the street.

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What Parity Really Means for Mental Health Treatment

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What Parity Really Means for Mental Health TreatmentParity (noun) : the state or condition of being equal, especially regarding status or pay.

Parity comes into question regarding mental health when insurance companies deny treatment to addicts and alcoholics in need of treatment. There is a longstanding debate regarding addiction, though increasing scientific research proves the argument. Is addiction a mental health issue or an issue of crime and immorality? President Barack Obama has publicly stated that not only is addiction a mental health issue, it is a public health crisis, which demands attention. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was officially signed in 2008 followed by the Affordable Care Act. Whereas the Mental Health Parity Act put insurance companies and the treatment industry on par with other medical fields, the Affordable Care Act extended the hands of treatment to more people.

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To Be Broken is to Demonstrate Confidence

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To Be Broken is to Demonstrate Confidence“I can’t do it.”
“I’m not strong enough.”
“This is going to break me.”

These are statements, more so objections, often heard against the suggestion of getting sober. By the time we hit what many call “bottom,” we are spiritually broken. Perhaps, we are like a bucket full of mosaic pieces trying to compensate for what they could be as a whole. We might be more like a mirror, cracked and broken into a thousand pieces, fragile and vulnerable. Any sudden move could result in all the pieces falling off.

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