The Most Common Mental Conditions That Drive People to Drink

What mental conditions increase alcoholism

Do you suspect that your drinking is due to an unknown mental disorder? If so, you may be one of many Americans whose alcohol abuse is linked with mental illness. The comorbidity of alcohol and antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), bipolar disorder, depression, and several other conditions increases the risk of receiving a partial diagnosis or perhaps an incorrect… Read More

Are You Using Alcohol to Mask an Anxiety Problem?

Using Alcohol to Mask an Anxiety Problem

Alcohol acts as a sedative that affects the central nervous system. It can make you feel more relaxed and may make it easier to deal with stress. However, while it may seem beneficial for calming your nerves, drinking can mask anxiety problems, and when done frequently it can result in addiction. Alcohol: The Anxiety Reliever Often referred to… Read More

Drinking Responsibly: Can an Alcoholic Ever Control Their Drinking?

Drinking Responsibly - Can an alcoholic ever control their drinking?

Have you or someone you know tried to stop drinking or attempted to cut down on drinking alcohol but failed to do so? Do you look forward to your next drink? Has drinking ever interfered with your job, school or family responsibilities? If you abstain from drinking for more than 48 hours, do you start experiencing unpleasant physical… Read More

A Recovery Playbook for Alcohol: The Stages of Withdrawal

A Recovery Playbook for Alcohol

Understanding the stages of alcohol withdrawal is essential to helping a loved one into recovery or preparing yourself for what’s to come. Each year 88,000 people in the United States die from alcohol-related causes, according to the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Undoubtedly, many of these people tried to stop at some point. When they did,… Read More

The Signs of a High-Functioning Alcoholic

The Signs of a High-Functioning

Do you have a functioning alcoholic in your life? It’s typical to believe an alcoholic is a person who stumbles around, barely gets through the day and can’t hold down a steady job. However, a high-functioning alcoholic can do all of this and much more. If you believe your loved one is relying on alcohol for any need,… Read More

Types of Alcohol Rehab in Florida: Know Your Options

Types of Alcohol Rehab in Florida- You should know your options

Making the decision to pursue rehab for alcohol abuse is a big choice and certainly one that should be commended. Around 90 percent of those who need treatment don’t get it, so taking those first steps forward greatly improves your odds of successful sobriety. However, making the choice to go to treatment and actually getting the help you need aren’t… Read More

5 Things to Look for in Alcohol Detox and Treatment

What are 5 things to look for in alcohol detox and treatment

Perhaps you or a loved one has an alcohol addiction. In the United States, an estimated 88,000 people die every year from alcohol-related causes. It’s the third most common preventable cause of death in the country, according to the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. If you or a loved one feel the need to drink alcohol every… Read More

“Dry Drunk” vs. Healthy Sobriety: How They Differ May Surprise You

What is a dry drunk and what are the signs of it?

There’s a common saying in Alcoholics Anonymous: “It works if you work it.” In AA and other 12-step groups, it serves as a broader reminder that recovery programs are only as effective as the amount you buy into them. This lesson holds true outside of meeting halls and inpatient facilities as well, with an enduring application to recovery… Read More

How Online AA Meetings Can Help Your Recovery, and Where to Find Them

Can AA Online Meetings Help Your Recovery?

Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the many tools available to individuals recovering from substance abuse. It provides an opportunity to interact with others who are experiencing the same thing you are, right in the trenches with you. AA is a large organization, with more than 115,000 groups around the world. It’s been shown to be a successful tool for those working… Read More