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Addiction Treatment in America throughout History

  Approximately ten percent of the human population is addicted to mind-altering substances. Most of these people cannot stop using on their own and need help. Since the birth of America as a colony, addicts have sought help to stop using through various treatment methods, and some have remained viable for centuries. The first known self-help groups in America were conducted by Native Americans, who had been living on American soil for thousands of years prior to white settlement. Europeans brought a flurry of new ideas, technology, and culture with them to the new world. Unfortunately, these settlers also brought alcohol with them. The introduction of colonists and their alcohol in the lives of Native Americans proved to be devastating. Today, some theories suggest Native American people are genetically susceptible to addiction. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Research, Spirituality

Russia’s Anti-Alcohol Policies Good for Public, Hurts Breweries

  In recent years, Russian lawmakers have enacted legislation intended to discourage alcohol use among citizens. Although these new policies benefit the people of Russia,  they are hurting beer makers in the country. Russia has one of the highest rates of alcoholism in the world, so concerted efforts to get people to cut back on drinking are a good idea from a public health standpoint. Perhaps the United States, who invests heavily in anti-smoking campaigns, should consider following suit since we have high rates of alcohol abuse as well. The timing of the Russian legislation has caught breweries off-guard. Between 2005 and 2007  beer sales in Russia soared 30 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal. When brewers such as Heineken, Anheuser-Busch and Carlsberg noticed, they seized the opportunity to invest in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Substance Abuse

Should Physicians Screen Every Patient for Alcohol Misuse?

Should Physicians Screen Every Patient for Alcohol Misuse?

  Risky drinking can cause problems for individuals in both their personal and professional lives, as well as potentially lead to the development of alcohol dependence or alcoholism. This kind of drinking is also responsible certain preventable illnesses and deaths. In a recently concluded analysis of studies concerning risky drinking and intervention methods, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force determined that primary care physicians should screen their adult patients for alcohol misuse, as well as provide … Read entire article »

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“That 70’s Show” Star, Lisa Robin Kelly Dies at 43 in California Rehab

  Lisa Robin Kelly, who starred in the hit comedy series “That 70’s Show,” passed away on August 14, 2013, while staying in a California drug and alcohol rehab facility after battling with alcoholism for several years. She was determined to turn her life around in rehab after being arrested several times in the last few years for DUIs and other charges, but at only 43 years old, the actress reportedly died from a cardiac arrest in her sleep at the rehab facility, although the certainty of her cause of death has not been officially released to the public. In a report by The Daily Beast, Lisa Robin Kelly’s agent, Craig Wyckoff, said that he “…spoke to her on Monday, and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Latest News, Substance Abuse

Poor Survival Rate of Patients with Severe Alcoholic Hepatitis Related to Alcohol Relapse

Poor Survival Rate of Patients with Severe Alcoholic Hepatitis Related to Alcohol Relapse

Alcoholic drinking can have serious consequences for physical health, and these health consequences often manifest in liver disease. One of the diseases seen in alcoholic drinkers is alcoholic hepatitis. A new study from Brighton and Sussex University Hospital and Brighton and Sussex Medical School found that the poor survival rate of patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis is directly related to the high rates of alcohol relapse (Associated Press). This study reviewed records of patients admitted to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Research, Substance Abuse

Are You an Alcoholic?

Are You an Alcoholic?

  A lot of people grapple with the idea that they may be an alcoholic, even long after they begin attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.  They often find themselves seeking an answer through Google searches, and picking up questionnaires from meetings.  While listening to the stories of other alcoholics, they may sometimes think to themselves, yes that sounds like me. I must be an alcoholic too, while at other times hearing differences that bring thoughts like … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Substance Abuse

Taste of Beer Alone Induces Cravings to Drink

Taste of Beer Alone Induces Cravings to Drink

  Researchers at Indiana University have discovered that just a tiny taste of beer causes the release of dopamine, a feel good chemical, in the brain and can also trigger cravings for alcohol. They also found that people with alcoholic family members had the most significant releases of dopamine when tasting beer. David Kareken, author of the study and med-school professor at Indiana University, said, “This is the first human demonstration that a stimulus that is reliably … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Research, Substance Abuse

Rob Lowe Celebrates 23 Years Sober

  On May 10, 2013, actor Rob Lowe, star of NBC’s popular show, Parks and Recreation, celebrated a huge milestone and shared it with his 634,000 Twitter followers. “Celebrating 23 years sober tonight,” Lowe wrote. “It works if you work it.” Rob Lowe was once the talk of the town back in the late 1980’s, subsequent to a “first of its kind” sex tape scandal featuring the actor and a group of people, in which one of the girls in the group was later exposed to be only 16-years-old. The tape was leaked to the public and caused a media sensation, making Lowe fodder for the entertainment programs and tabloid magazines of the day. Trying to explain his “vulgar” actions, the then 22-year-old Lowe stated that he met the young girl at a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrity News, Recovery

New Clues About Alcoholism

New Clues About Alcoholism

  Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center looking into alcoholism have uncovered new studies that shed light on why some drinkers are more vulnerable to addiction than others. Jeff Weiner, Ph.D., professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest Baptist, and colleagues used an animal model to look at the early stages of the addiction process and focused on how individual animals responded to alcohol. Their findings may lead not only to a better understanding of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Research

God and Recovery

God and Recovery

  One of the most crucial things I have come to understand in recovery is that alcohol is only a symptom of my disease, not the problem by itself. In fact, alcohol was a solution to my problem for many years. The problem is me: my brain and my thinking. Therefore I need a permanent solution that is bigger than me. I need divine assistance, not to just stop drinking, but to change me at my cellular level. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Spirituality

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