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The Dangers of Alcohol and Exercise

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 28, 2020 Updated: January 18, 2021 If you use alcohol regularly, then you may want to know more about the effects it can have on your well-being. Most people know about the dangers of alcohol addiction and the detrimental effects it has on your body. From…

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4 Ways Alcohol Impacts the Brain

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 15, 2020 Updated: January 18, 2021 Alcohol probably plays an oversized role in our lives. Most major events involve adult beverages in some fashion. For most people, those moments go by without any consequence. But not for everyone. Alcohol, for some, becomes an addiction, based on…

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4 Signs of Binge Drinking

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 11, 2020 Updated: January 18, 2021 While many may think that they are safe binge drinking, it can lead to serious consequences. Taking in large quantities of alcohol can lead to alcohol poisoning. Even for those who don’t overdose on alcohol, binge drinking brings many serious…

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How Divorce Impacts Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 5, 2020 Updated: January 18, 2021 Marriage can be a protective force against substance abuse. However, the sudden end of this union can be a risk factor for substance abuse. Divorce can cause an unstable home environment to the extent of driving you to drug or…

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What Is Substance Use Disorder?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 31, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 When discussing substance use disorder, substances like alcohol, hallucinogens, and opioids have separate classification descriptions. The use of these substances causes health problems or issues at home, school, or work. In this guide, we’re diving deeper into this definition, as…

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The Long-Term Effects of Alcohol

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 22, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 The consumption of alcohol is legal, and there is no harm when people consume alcohol in fair amounts. Some consumers even suggest that consuming a beer a day has some beneficial effects. However, not everyone realizes that there is a…

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The Difference Between Alcohol Dependence and Alcohol Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 21, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 Some might not realize that there’s a difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol addiction. It isn’t uncommon to see these terms used interchangeably, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t differences. However, alcohol addiction is the beginning stage of alcohol dependence.…

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Is a 12 Step Program Right for Me?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 19, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 The 12-step program seeks to help former alcoholics to remain sober as they recover. The program works through connecting alcoholics through a forum. In these forums, peer alcoholics can discuss their struggles and develop ways of supporting each other. The…

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How World Events Impact Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 14, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 When world events like a pandemic cause sudden changes in our lives, there are significant impacts out of our control. Stay at home orders, social distancing, and distance learning are all becoming the new normal. What does that mean for…

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What Is Polysubstance Abuse?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 12, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 Drug addiction takes place in phases. It begins with first use, after which a person becomes a regular user. Regular usage leads to dependency. Once someone becomes dependent, the drug will not have the same effect as it had during…