How Do We Talk About Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

  “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”   Many of us have probably heard this quotation since childhood, but it doesn’t make it true. In fact, words can hurt quite a bit, and their impact can linger long after we hear them. Words can hurt us when we’re already feeling hurt and vulnerable, …

Graduations Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol?

Spring and summer are times of great change. They mark bittersweet ends as well as equally bittersweet beginnings. Many people experience such changes in the form of graduations from school. Graduations are happy times where we celebrate the successful completion of school or other endeavors. They can also be exciting and scary, because the graduates are embarking on new lives. …

Alcoholic Mood Swings and Other Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

We all know people who drink alcohol to change their moods. We might have done this ourselves. People might drink because they’re depressed and feel that alcohol can boost their spirits (no pun intended), or they might be anxious and think that drinking can help calm their nerves. But, alcohol is not a solution to improve people’s moods or solve …

How to Confront an Addicted Loved One

It’s the elephant in the room. You might know that your loved one is struggling with drug addiction or alcohol abuse and see that this substance abuse is hurting him or her. But, as much as this person is struggling, you don’t know how to talk with the person. Luckily, you can learn how to confront an addict to help …

What is Wet Brain?

What Is Wet Brain? There’s no doubt that moderate to heavy drinking over time makes a negative impact on physical and mental health. Medical experts state that plenty of patients that drink heavily year after year end up suffering from things like chronic depression or liver disease. But what you don’t hear too much about is something the health experts call …

Reversing the Damage of Alcoholism

Health experts have long been advising people to steer clear from drinking alcohol because moderate to heavy drinking over time can negatively affect the body. You’ve probably heard of the main health concerns, like cirrhosis of the liver or elevated blood pressure, but there are plenty of other health issues associated with drinking. In fact, some researchers state that over …

Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction

It’s a sad reality. People treat other people differently – and discriminate against them – for a variety of reasons. People might view and treat other people as less than because their looks, their life partners, their educations and jobs, their political leanings, and a host of other reasons that might be different (and sometimes only slightly different) from their …

The Top 8 Signs Someone Has A Drinking Problem

With alcohol abuse and alcoholism being so prevalent in the world today, chances are you know someone who’s struggling with an alcohol problem. However, it’s not always easy to know the signs someone has a drinking problem. Maybe you have a family member, friend, or co-worker who seems to have their life together, but they actually may be struggling with …

Does Alcoholism Run in Families?

Does Alcoholism Run in Families? Chances are you’ve wondered, “Does alcoholism run in families?” at some point in your life. If you or a loved one is dealing with alcoholism, you may wonder if it’s because a family member struggled before. Or, you may have a parent who struggles with alcoholism and wonder if you’re going to end up struggling …

The 4 Stages of Alcoholism

We’ve all heard the stereotype of the alcoholic living in a run-down trailer with only a case of beer in their fridge. But what about the functioning alcoholics who live in a decent home, get up and go to work every day, raise a family, and maybe even have money in the bank? Is their alcoholism any less of an addiction than …