staying sober

Everyone who spends some time in a drug and alcohol treatment center faces a moment of truth after leaving: Will I be able to stay sober? The short answer is a simple one: Yes, if you want to stay sober. While relapse is certainly a concern — “there is evidence that approximately 90 percent of…

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Lush. Rummy. Stewbum. Tosspot. Drunkard. Alcoholic. They all amount to the same thing: colloquial descriptions of an individual who suffers from Alcohol Use Disorder, or AUD. Medically, AUD is defined as “problem drinking that becomes severe … a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a…

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Alcohol Is Doing What To My Body?!? Just in case you need another reason to examine whether you might have a drinking problem, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper published a story last year detailing how “heavy drinkers may actually experience higher levels of ‘bad’ bacteria in their mouths, including bugs linked to gum disease, heart disease…

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It’s usually in those bleary-eyed minutes after the overhead lights come on in the bar, when the clock hands are somewhere south of midnight but north of 6 a.m., that those of us who have a drinking problem start to consider just how bad it might be. If it’s the third or fourth or fifth…

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According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 15.1 million American adults, ages 18 and older, had what’s known as Alcohol Use Disorder. Based on 11 criteria regarding individual drinking habits, AUD can be classified as Mild, Moderate or Severe — the latter of which is what, in laymen’s terms, is considered…

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A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when it comes to determining whether an individual has a drinking problem: Those who don’t, don’t spend an inordinate amount of time wondering if they do. If your drinking concerns you, then it’s worth examining whether you may have a problem. There are varying degrees of…

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There are 11 criteria to gauge the severity of Alcohol Use Disorder in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and where an individual falls on the spectrum — Mild, Moderate or Severe — depends on how many criteria a person meets. Despite a checklist, however, there’s no clear line…

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If you spend any amount of time in social situations where alcohol is involved, you’ve probably run across that one person who concerns you. Perhaps it’s a close friend. Maybe it’s a family member. It might even be your spouse or partner. Inevitably, they drink a little too much, a little too often. If everyone…

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How much is too much? When does drinking cross the line from social lubricant to problematic intoxicant? Those who imbibe too much know that line is out there, but often they don’t recognize it until they’ve already crossed it. Alcoholism isn’t a sudden onset disease; alcoholics don’t wake up one morning to discover that they’ve…

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Ah, the holidays. For many of us, the expectations we have in our heads are lifted from iconic movies that paint bucolic pictures of snow-covered lanes, gaily decorated trees around which smiling families gather and solemn hearts lifting up the reason for the season in song. Those Norman Rockwell-esque scenes are lovely, but they never…

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