Category: Disease

What is addiction? And why is it often called a “disease”? How do I know if I’m addicted? Can I have a psychological dependence on alcohol or drugs, but not be addicted? When do I need treatment to overcome a substance abuse problem? Is there hope for me?

Alcohol Awareness Month: Helping you and your family find hope

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, a national effort sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence to raise awareness about alcohol-related problems and recovery.  This year’s theme is “Help for today, hope for tomorrow,” with an emphasis on underage drinking and its effects on young people and their families. The destructive power of alcoholism … Read More

How Can I Get Drunk Without Getting Alcohol Poisoning?

Question: As a part of heavy partying, people often plan to get drunk. What they don’t plan on is getting alcohol poisoning. For those who drink to excess, however, alcohol poisoning is a real danger. This begs the question “How can you get drunk without getting alcohol poisoning?” Answer: By controlling how much you drink and how fast … Read More

Two Great Myths about the Alcoholic Stereotype

Working in the field of addiction treatment, people often ask “what does an alcoholic actually look like?” In many cases, people expect the answer to validate the picture they already have in their minds of the steriotypical addict. Their preconceived picture however, is often quite innaccurate. The Innacuracy of the Stereotype Maybe it’s the depiction of … Read More

What is Alcohol Poisoning?

Alcohol poisoning occurs when you drink too much alcohol over a short period of time, and your blood alcohol level spikes high enough to impair the areas of the brain that control basic life support functions such as breathing and heart rate. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning The symptoms of alcohol poisoning are usually life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. … Read More

Will Taking Vitamins Offset the Effects of Alcohol?

As you probably already know, chronic alcohol inhibits the absorption and usage of vital nutrients, including folic acid, zinc, vitamin B12 and vitamin B1, or thiamin. Your body cannot produce these chemicals but must obtain them through your diet. Nutrient Function Effect of Deficiency Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Converting carbohydrates into energy, especially for the brain and nervous … Read More