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The Dangers of Alcohol and Exercise

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 the effects on the brain to the increased risk of cancer, there is well-documented research…

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4 Ways Alcohol Impacts the Brain

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 interactions between alcohol and the brain. The consequences of alcohol abuse can be severe on…

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What Is Substance Use Disorder?

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 well as how to tell when it’s time to receive substance use disorder treatment. Defining…

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The Difference Between Alcohol Dependence and Alcohol Addiction

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. Both of these issues start when someone abuses alcohol. Identifying the Difference Between Alcohol Dependence…

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Is a 12 Step Program Right for Me?

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 concept of the 12 steps has its roots in the notion that alcoholism is an…

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How World Events Impact Addiction

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 someone who is suffering from addiction during COVID-19? These impacts don’t mean it’s impossible to…

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What Is Polysubstance Abuse?

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 the first-time use. Some people choose to start using other drugs to find the perfect…

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How Your Environment Impacts Addiction

Addiction is a disease affecting families with roots diving deep into behavioral and mental issues, family history, genetics, relationships, and trauma. Researchers believe that a notable factor leading to addiction and the need for addiction treatment is a person’s environment. A person’s home, work, school atmosphere, and access to substances can affect their substance use…