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Why Four Loko Was Banned and Where it Isn’t

Four Loko was originally an alcoholic energy drink. It was malt liquor that contained caffeine, taurine, and guarana and sold in a 24 ounce can. It first came on the market in 2005 and was banned in many states in 2010. Several different concerns led to the ban of Four Loko. The first is thatRead More

The Impact of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism is destructive for alcoholics, their families, their jobs, and their communities. The destruction is in terms of lives, relationships, and property. Anyone who has had to deal with an alcoholic knows this destruction is emotional as well as financial. Accidents. As many as half of emergency room and trauma center visits are alcohol related.Read More

This Can Be Your Last Time in Detox

Detox is not fun. You will likely experience anxiety, nausea, sweating, shaking, and cravings. Or it could be worse. You might have bad withdrawal, which could include fever, confusion, diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, or hallucinations. You may lie in bed totally miserable and think that if you could just use again, all this would stop. It’sRead More

Risks of Prolonged Alcohol Abuse

Most people know about two of the biggest risks of prolonged alcohol abuse– liver disease and car accidents. A liver that has to constantly filter alcohol will not stay healthy for long and everyone knows alcohol impairs one’s ability to drive. Some people decide to drive anyway because alcohol also impairs their ability to judgeRead More

Do Detox Symptoms Depend on the Drug?

Every drug does something a little different to your body and brain, which is why different drugs have different effects. Over time, your physiology adapts to those effects, creating a higher tolerance. When you stop taking the drug, those tolerances, which were built up over months and years, still persist, but now your chemistry isRead More

Can You Drink on Antabuse?

Antabuse, or disulfiram, is a medication that is meant to prevent alcoholics in recovery from relapsing by making them violently ill after drinking. It works by blocking an enzyme that your body needs to metabolize alcohol. Instead of metabolizing alcohol normally, the process is interrupted part way, causing the toxic byproduct acetaldehyde to build upRead More

When I’m Sober, What Will I Do for Fun?

Many addicts fear that sobriety means never having fun again. For a long time, fun was associated with drugs and alcohol. In detox and treatment, you may feel depressed while your brain adjusts to the absence of the chemicals you depend on. Even when you start to feel somewhat normal again, you may remember theRead More

Benefits of Going to a Clinical Detox Center

The pain of detox depends mostly on the severity of your addiction. If you have been using heavily for a long time, withdrawal symptoms may be severe and even dangerous. Severe withdrawal from alcohol, for example, may cause seizures that are fatal in a small percentage of cases. Having medical staff on hand to administerRead More

12-Step Visits to Detox is an Old Tradition

Bill D. was A.A. member number three. He was a lawyer and former city councilman. His drinking had gotten so bad that he was hospitalized eight times in six months. He had punched two nurses and had to be restrained in his bed. During his last hospital stay, he was visited by two men, BobRead More

Will I Learn To Like Sobriety?

One of the biggest fears someone might have about getting clean and sober is what life will be like without the use of drugs and alcohol.  For so long, the addict has experienced their life behind a substance lens.  Therefore, the thought of living without that substance can be terrifying.  Many wonder what they willRead More