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Category Archives: Alcohol

Binge Drinking, It’s Not What You Think

Binge drinking. Images of raiding the liquor cabinet while the parents are away, teens passed out in frat or dorm hallways, and kids sneaking beers at a football game fill the mind. But would it surprise you to know that the age group most likely to die from binge drinking is people 35-64 years old?…

Accepting Help Enhances the Recovery Experience

An important part of the recovery process is letting go of individual will power. An “I can do it myself” attitude stands in the way of recovery. Developing relationships with others who have already overcome the power of drugs and alcohol makes a new way of life possible. People who are struggling with substance abuse…

The Addiction Ripple Effect

Addiction may be a disease of loneliness, but the effect of addiction tends to radiate outward from the most isolated addict to his or her family, community, and the population at large in a ripple effect of continuing unintended consequences. The effect of addiction on the nation can be counted in the hundreds of billions…

The Other 12 Steps: How Loved Ones Can Cope with Addiction

If you have a loved one with the disease of alcoholism, you may know about the 12 Steps for him or her. But did you know that there are a set of 12 Steps just for you? Just as the one you love needs a set of tools to work with, so do you. The…

Recovery and the Art of Not Trying

There are those who say that alcoholism and addiction are problems of the will, and that drinking or using is a matter of choice. In the recovery community at large, however, the message is this: If you can exercise willpower and choose, go ahead—we’re here for those who cannot. The art of addiction recovery is…