Alcohol and Its Effects on the Brain

Posted on: March 6, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The brain is an extremely vascularized, complex organ. The reason for the brain having so many blood vessels is so that the brain receives an adequate supply of oxygen. When the brain receives an adequate supply, it can continue to function and supply the body with basic life. The brain functions to regulate breathing patterns, sleep patterns, keeping an individual from vomiting, and even planning out muscle movements so an individual can walk! There are a lot more functions of the brain, but Continue Reading ...

What is Comorbidity?

Posted on: February 28, 2020 by in Cocaine Treatment
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Comorbidity is a medical term used to describe a patient who has multiple chronic health issues in their past medical history. It is extremely important that a healthcare provider (especially those in the hospital caring for an acute episode) knows every chronic health issue of their patient. Knowing these comorbidities allows the healthcare team to identify how the current health issue is impacting the patient and how the comorbidities affect the current illness as well. This allows the Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: Anxiety Disorders

Posted on: February 21, 2020 by in 12-Step Model
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What is an Anxiety Disorder? Anxiety disorders are brought on by chemical imbalances within the brain. Neurotransmitters, chemical communicators between cells in the brain, include norepinephrine, serotonin, dopamine, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), etc. All of these play a role in the physical manifestation of anxiety. Anxiety disorders can also worsen due to past trauma as well as situational and/or emotional stress in an individual’s life. Types of Anxiety Disorders Generalized Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the Kidneys

Posted on: February 14, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The kidneys, kidney bean shaped organs, are located in the back area of the abdominal cavity. They are encased in fatty tissue with the last two ribs creating a protective “cage.” The kidneys have multiple functions – the most important being filtering the blood of wastes and creating urine as a way of excreting (or getting rid of) the waste. What is the kidney’s job with alcohol? The kidneys act as the body’s filter, from filtering medications to maintaining Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: The Basics

Posted on: February 7, 2020 by in Ativan Treatment
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What are Mental Illnesses? Mental illnesses are wars waged onto an individual’s mental state. The mental illnesses can occur from a chemical imbalance within the brain or from a more organic cause such as tumors, injuries, and even other illnesses (such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.). To be diagnosed with a mental illness, symptoms must occur for six months or longer. What are Some Common Mental Illnesses? Commonly talked about mental illnesses can include anxiety Continue Reading ...

Should I Stop Drinking?

Posted on: January 31, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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You’ve asked yourself the question: "Should I stop drinking?" Are you trembling yet? Not knowing if you should or if you have the strength to do it. Asking the question is a courageous beginning and a feeling of pride and terror can be normal. You are not alone. What does it mean to ask such a question? It means change – a new beginning. It means that you, the person asking this question, are strong, brave, and dedicated. It will not be an easy road. There will be Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the Liver

Posted on: January 24, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The liver, a triangular shaped organ, is located in the upper abdomen. Being a main organ, the liver has a lot of important jobs from metabolizing medicines to forming the clotting proteins needed to stop bleeding. After an individual consumes alcohol, starting from the lining in the mouth down to the small intestine, alcohol is being absorbed into the blood stream. What is the liver’s job with alcohol? The liver is highly vascularized, meaning the organ has a lot of blood vessels. Continue Reading ...

Halfway Houses: The Basics

Posted on: January 17, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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Halfway houses are places that allow individuals with mental health illnesses or criminal records to rehabilitate and begin to reintegrate back into the community. They are quite literally a 'halfway house' between prison or jail and community living. They are used after jail time and the environment of a halfway house is structured as stringent as jail but at the same time, the halfway house operates in such a way that allows the individual to take control of their freedom and get Continue Reading ...

The Cost of Sober Living

Posted on: January 10, 2020 by in Articles
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When you hear the word 'cost,' you probably think about the monetary meaning. There has to be a set number following a dollar sign. Concerning sober living, there is a monetary meaning but there is also a meaning to the mental, emotional, and physical cost, as well. The Monetary Cost It’s known that alcohol use can take a large portion of an individual’s budget. However, that same budget can greatly improve an individual’s lifestyle when the budget of a recovering Continue Reading ...

The Effects of Alcohol on Your Body: The Basics

Posted on: January 3, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends women consume no more than three drinks a day and seven drinks in a week, and for men to consume no more than four drinks a day and 14 drinks in a week. When consuming alcohol excessively, or more than the recommended amount, there are short-term and long-term consequences for your body.  Short-Term Consequences from Alcohol Consumption Short-term consequences are negative effects that occur within the human body from an Continue Reading ...