Stages of Change Addiction Recovery (Transtheoretical Model)

stages of change

In the journey from substance use disorder to recovery, every person experiences changes in their mindset and perspective. These are known as the Stages of Change, based on the “Transtheoretical Model of Change.” The Stages of Change provide a broad outline of what most people undergoing treatment for addiction can expect throughout their time in … Read more

Dry January – 12 Tips For a Successful Sober New Year

dry january

New Year’s resolutions can feel like a formula for failure, especially if we’re trying to change long-held, unhealthy habits like consuming too much alcohol. Enter Dry January, a social movement widely attributed to a campaign started by a nonprofit organization in the UK around 2014. Dry January was such a resounding success in the UK … Read more

What is a High Functioning Alcoholic or Functional Alcoholic?

functioning alcoholic

It’s incredibly easy for anyone to develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD) or become what’s known as a “high functioning alcoholic” or “functional alcoholic.” Regular alcohol use, even when it teeters on abuse, is in many ways a staple of American life. Consider how many events people regularly attend that include alcohol, such as work … Read more

9 Movies About Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

Movies About Addiction

Movies about drug addiction, alcoholism, and recovery can be hard-hitting. Even triggering for some. However, they do serve as a strong reminder of how addiction can impact all areas of life. Recovery from drug and substance abuse addiction is an active process, that we must observe daily to remain thriving in sobriety. Movies about addiction … Read more

How Long Does Alcohol Withdrawal Last?

Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol withdrawal is just as dangerous as alcoholism. Alcoholics and their loved ones often mistake it for a simple side effect associated with recovery. Withdrawal is life-threatening for many alcoholics, and the immediate risks often outweigh the benefits. It seems counterintuitive to suggest those with an addiction to alcohol avoid quitting to minimize their risk … Read more

Signs Of Addiction To Watch For

signs of drug addiction

Addiction is a serious disease and it is imperative for it to be regarded as such. If addiction is left untreated it can result in a myriad of adverse effects for the addicted individual. The timeframe for the possible effects can range in severity and manifest in the short-term and long-term. The most severe possible … Read more

Alcoholism Statistics and Facts

Alcoholism Statistics

When asked what they think is the most heavily abused drug in the United States, many people choose opioids, inhalants, or stimulants. In reality, the answer is a substance that many may not categorize as a drug at all: alcohol. If this comes as a surprise to you, there’s a lot about alcohol you may … Read more

Alcohol Poisoning or Hangover Symptoms?

Alcohol Poisoning vs Hangover Symptoms

Most adults who drink alcohol, either regularly or on special occasions, are likely to have at least a little bit of experience with hangover symptoms. Far more dangerous and potentially deadly, alcohol poisoning is a condition that can shut down the body’s vital functions and require immediate medical attention. Just a little too much alcohol … Read more

Delirium Tremens – DTs : Beer, Alcohol and Treatment

delirium tremens

The body of a long-term heavy drinker becomes accustomed to the use of alcohol so it’s important to understand that suddenly stopping drinking can cause Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium (AWD) or Delirium Tremens (DTs). This is a serious condition that can cause confusion, alcoholic shaking (aka The Shakes), sweating, high temperature and in the worst cases … Read more

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – What is It and What are the Symptoms?

fetal alcohol syndrome

Did you know that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is the leading cause of preventable birth defects and developmental disabilities in the United States? Fetal Alcohol Syndrome can result in a baby being born with altered facial features, lack of coordination, behavioral problems and slow growth. FAS is the most common type of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum … Read more