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  • 5 Side-Effects Of Prolonged Cocaine Addiction

    5 Side-Effects Of Prolonged Cocaine Addiction

    Cocaine is one of the most addictive and destructive illicit substances known today. Of all illicit substances out there in our world, cocaine causes the most emergency room visits across the United States.

  • Brain Circuitry Changes From Social Drinking

    Brain Circuitry Changes From Social Drinking

    When someone develops an addiction, they run the risk of not only seeing their personality and behavior change but also the way their brain functions. Scientists have seen a noticeable difference between an addicted brain and a non-addicted brain especially in terms of control mechanisms.

  • Is Alcohol Really Being Sold On Instagram?

    Is Alcohol Really Being Sold On Instagram?

    Unfortunately, recent advances in both alcohol sales and social media have proven to be a new way that teens may be at risk for finding and abusing dangerous alcoholic drinks.

  • How The Body Reacts To Long Term Heroin Addiction

    How The Body Reacts To Long Term Heroin Addiction

    Heroin is a very addictive drug that can be extremely challenging to withdraw from because of the fact that a person who is withdrawing from heroin addiction may experience extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant sensations.

  • Insurance Difficulties Heroin Addicts Have When Seeking Help

    Insurance Difficulties Heroin Addicts Have When Seeking Help

    Heroin addiction is one of the most difficult forms of substance abuse to quit and addicts need extensive treatment to experience a successful recovery. Unfortunately, many heroin addicts seeking help for their problem are finding it hard to get approval for their treatment from insurance companies.

  • The Sad Story Of Peaches Geldof Problems With Addiction

    The Sad Story Of Peaches Geldof Problems With Addiction

    Peaches Geldof, daughter of musician Bob Geldof and his late ex-wife Paula, was a beautiful young woman, a television presenter, a journalist, a model and a mother, who died at the age of only 25. What killed her was her addiction to heroin, the same thing that took her mothers life when Peaches was only 11 years old.

  • ‘Epipen For Addicts’ Prophylactic Naloxone Used To Counter Drug Overdoses

    ‘Epipen For Addicts’ Prophylactic Naloxone Used To Counter Drug Overdoses

    Heroin and opiate addiction is a deadly disease that continues to plague millions of Americans. Heroin is one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs and it carries with it a very high risk for death by overdose. As heroin and opiate addiction continues to become an increasingly large public health problem, many professionals in the medical and pharmaceutical industries have clamored to find ways in which the number of deaths related to heroin use may be minimized.

  • Dual-Diagnosis Was The Case For Demi Lovato

    Dual-Diagnosis Was The Case For Demi Lovato

    Demi Lovato is known by millions of Americans as a young and successful singer, actress, and television host. The twenty one year old celebrity has enjoyed quite a bit of public attention as both a recording artist and one of the hosts of the popular television show The X Factor.

  • How to Build a Strong Support Group in Recovery

    How to Build a Strong Support Group in Recovery

    Recovery is more than just abstaining from drug use or going through detox; it is a long process that can be filled with many ups and downs. There are a myriad of issues that a recovering addict must face even long after they have completed a rehab program.

  • 5 Tips To Avoid The Pitfalls Of Dating In Recovery

    5 Tips To Avoid The Pitfalls Of Dating In Recovery

    When someone gets sober, the "good feelings" that were produced from using drugs or alcohol seem like they are no longer available due to the fact that using drugs and alcohol is no longer an option.

  • Understanding The Process Of Heroin Withdrawal

    Understanding The Process Of Heroin Withdrawal

    One of the hardest parts of recovering from an addiction is going through the steps of detoxification. For a serious addiction like heroin abuse, the process can be especially painful and difficult to get through. It is crucial for anyone looking to quit their heroin addiction to find a safe and comfortable detoxification center or rehab facility that will help them through the process of withdrawal.

  • 'Take Back’ Programs For Unused Prescription Drugs Are On The Rise

    'Take Back’ Programs For Unused Prescription Drugs Are On The Rise

    The growing dangers of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. have prompted the creation of a number of programs designed to reduce the instances of abuse and addiction. These kinds of programs that are active across the country are known as "Take Back" programs which offer a way for communities to properly dispose of any unused prescription medications so that they do not end up in the wrong hands.

  • The Most Addictive Prescription Drugs Currently Available

    The Most Addictive Prescription Drugs Currently Available

    The abuse of prescription medications has become a problem in the U.S. with more than 2.4 million Americans using them non-medically on a regular basis. Although prescription drugs are provided by doctors and pharmacies to treat specific ailments, they are not always safe and in many cases can become highly addictive.

  • The Contagious Nature Of Drinking Alcohol

    The Contagious Nature Of Drinking Alcohol

    Many recovering alcoholics know that one of the biggest triggers for drinking can be the company of others who are drinking. Many alcoholics may have, for some time, been unaware of the severity of their problem because of the fact that they considered themselves "social drinkers." Many people may incorrectly assume that those who drink primarily in the company of others cannot be alcoholics. The reality is, however, that it is highly possible for alcoholism to be contagious and for a group of people who are addicted to alcohol to, in effect, enable one another.

  • Zohydro Abuse Concerns Go Nation-Wide As A Gateway To Heroin

    Zohydro Abuse Concerns Go Nation-Wide As A Gateway To Heroin

    Doctors. law enforcement agencies, and addiction treatment specialists have been disappointed with the recent approval by the FDA of a new drug call Zohydro, which many medical experts believe is the most dangerous opiate to hit the market to date. Many other experts believe that the drug, in addition to being highly addictive and dangerous in and of itself, may be a gateway to heroin use.

  • Russia's Recalcitrance to Recovery Movements

    Russia's Recalcitrance to Recovery Movements

    Alcoholism has been a significant problem in Russia for many years but citizens seem resistant to change and have not fully embraced the kind of recovery efforts that are common in the U.S. Russian leaders have made efforts to fight against the growing numbers of people suffering and even dying from alcoholism in the country but historically many of their attempts haven't worked.

  • Short And Long Term Effects Of Alcoholism On The Human Body

    Short And Long Term Effects Of Alcoholism On The Human Body

    There is no doubt that alcoholism can have devastating effects on a person's emotional life but it can also cause serious physical health problems and harm to the body. Alcohol is a drug that affects the body dramatically over a period of time.

  • Suboxone Carries A Heavy Price For Recovering Addicts

    Suboxone Carries A Heavy Price For Recovering Addicts

    Heroin and opiate addiction are two of the fastest growing health problems currently facing America. Heroin has long been viewed as one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs, and every year, the number of deaths related to opiate use and abuse sky rockets. Detoxing from opiates can be an extremely painful, uncomfortable, and even dangerous process. 

  • Scott Storch Recovers From Cocaine Addiction

    Scott Storch Recovers From Cocaine Addiction

    Famed music producer Scott Stortch has been reported to be in jail and, at times, even dead over the last several years. After publicly battling cocaine addiction and then relapsing after spending time in rehab, the producer has come out of his private life and announced that he is keeping a lower profile after struggling with a serious cocaine addiction that led him to lose virtually everything he owned, including almost all of a thirty million dollar fortune. 

  • Ray Charles’s Daughter To Sing And Speak About Addiction Recovery

    Ray Charles’s Daughter To Sing And Speak About Addiction Recovery

    Sheila Raye Charles is one of the singer’s 12 children and she too went down the path of addiction for years before finally experiencing recovery.She is traveling to a number of venues including churches and prisons across the country to speak about her experiences with addiction while singing and performing some of Ray Charles’ music as well. Sheila is now living a more successful sober life after recovering from her issues of drug abuse.

  • Powdered Alcohol (Palcohol) Is As Dangerous As It Sounds

    Powdered Alcohol (Palcohol) Is As Dangerous As It Sounds

    A new product has recently hit the market that has caused quite a stir among parents, teachers, and law enforcement agencies as well as those who work in drug treatment centers. The product, dubbed “Palcohol,” is powdered alcohol.

  • Ibogaine And Its Role In Heroin Addiction Treatment

    Ibogaine And Its Role In Heroin Addiction Treatment

    Heroin and opiate addiction is one of the most serious and rapidly growing health problems currently facing the United States. Heroin is a very dangerous drug for a number of reasons: it is highly addictive (many experts rank it as the most addictive narcotic), and it is linked to overdose more often than almost any other drug.

     

Drunk Driving

Putting a guy in the ground did nothing for our feeling indestructible, you know, kids that we were. That age of, ‘God, we’re young and strong and there’s nothing we can’t do. There are no consequences to this behavior.’ And even seeing it, going to the funeral, watching the hearse drive by, it was like, ‘Duh, didn’t make the connection.

Drunk driving, or driving under the influence (DUI) is defined as the crime of driving a vehicle with an excess of alcohol in the blood. For all 50 states in the United States, the legal limit has been set at a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08%. BAC is measured as the amount of alcohol per 100 milliliters (mL) of blood.

The number of drinks to reach that legal limit is different for everyone, based on gender, weight, height, body fat percentage, food intake, and other variables, so drinking any amount of alcohol and then driving is not only risking a DUI, but also one’s own life and the life of others.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most 170-pound men must drink more than four drinks in one hour, and most 137-pound women must consume three drinks an hour, before BAC reaches 0.08%. Because exceeding these levels is not usually associated with normal social drinking, driving drunk is a sign of alcoholism.

A 40-year-old recovering alcoholic reflects on his experience with the loss of a friend in a drunk driving accident in his early twenties:

Putting a guy in the ground did nothing for our feeling indestructible, you know, kids that we were. That age of, ‘God, we’re young and strong and there’s nothing we can’t do. There are no consequences to this behavior.’ And even seeing it, going to the funeral, watching the hearse drive by, it was like, ‘Duh, didn’t make the connection.

Drunk driving is dangerous, bottom line. In addition to steep legal fines, a suspended license, and potential jail time, drunk driving can have permanent consequences since alcohol’s impairment greatly increases the possibility of injuring or killing someone, of damaging public and private property, and of destroying landscaping and wildlife. Any time alcohol is consumed before operating a vehicle, the risks are extremely high.

Even though the penalties in most states for drunk driving and driving under the influence are severe, people continue to drink and drive. The fact is that drunk driving is responsible for thousands of fatalities and injuries every year. Often times innocent victims, such as passengers, nearby pedestrians, or other drivers and their passengers, lose their lives because of someone else’s choice to drive under the influence of alcohol.

Recovery Now TV provides referrals to rehab facilities that effectively treat alcohol and drug abuse by addressing the behavioral patterns that directly contribute to alcoholism and its consequences. If alcoholism might be a problem for you or someone you love, we encourage you to call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 today to learn more about your treatment options.

Drunk Driving Statistics

Rates of alcohol-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities illustrate just how problematic drunk driving is in the United States today.

Drunk driving statistics communicate the extent of the problem in the U.S. Many people continue to drive drunk, regardless of arrest, accident, injury, and death rates.

The following statistics highlight the problem and the need for alcohol treatment.

  1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 10,228 people died in the United States during an alcohol-impaired driving accident in 2010 alone, making alcohol responsible for one-third of all traffic-related deaths that year.
  2. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,322 people died in an alcohol-related traffic accident in 2012, an average of one person every 51 minutes.
  3. The CDC found that every person charged with a driving under the influence (DUI) offense had driven drunk an average of 80 times before his or her arrest.
  4. The NHTSA reports that, every day, another 28 people in the U.S. will die as the result of a drunk driving accident.
  5. The NHTSA also reports that 226 children were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2011, and of those, 54% (122 children) were riding with the intoxicated driver.
  6. Drunk driving, and driving under the influence, costs the United States $132 billion every year, meaning that each tax-paying adult is charged $500 each year. (statistic from the NHTSA)
  7. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that drunk driving is highest among the 21 to 25-year-old age bracket, accounting for 23.4% of all alcohol-related accidents and DUI arrests.
  8. 1.4 million driving under the influence (DUI) arrests were made in 2010. This number represents only 1% of the total number of adults (112 million) who self-report alcohol-impaired driving that year.
  9. 50% to 75% of those arrested for DUI continued to drive with a suspended license.
  10. Every 90 seconds, someone is injured in an alcohol-related accident.

Drink driving is a preventable cause of many accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the United States every day. When alcohol abuse has progressed to alcoholism, which is an addiction to alcohol, it is nearly impossible to stop drinking without professional help.

If alcoholism and drunk driving are a problem for you or for someone you love, we encourage you to call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731. The team is ready to help you find treatment!

The Effects of Alcohol

Escape, absolutely escape. It’s all about running away, numbing your feelings because you can’t, I can’t, accept life on life’s terms.”

- a 35-year-old woman addicted to alcohol

Although legal, alcohol is one of the most dangerous mind-altering substances. Current society does not discourage drinking, other than by having a legal drinking age and a series of penalties for certain behaviors chosen while under the inevitable influence of alcohol.

Binge drinking is popular among college students and young adults as a social activity and as a way to be cool. Consequences are not understood, or taken into consideration, when a party is happening or when peers are engaged in over consumption.

Each month, 126 million Americans, accounting for 52% of the entire nation’s population of people aged 12 years and older, consumed at least one alcoholic beverage. 16 million of these people are categorized as heavy drinkers who have five or more drinks in a month.

With over half of the United States engaging in alcohol consumption, it is important to understand exactly how alcohol affects the human body and brain.

Metabolization

Since the body treats alcohol as a toxic poison, 2% to 10% of alcohol is automatically eliminated via saliva, sweat, urine, and the breathe. The 90% to 98% that makes it into the stomach and the bloodstream is metabolized by the liver, the lungs, and the kidneys, which were not designed to break down a substance like alcohol. Repeated drinking destroys these vital organs.

Desired Effects

Little by little alcohol became my friend. It would give me confidence and it would give me that buzz, and I would get that euphoric feeling that you feel when you’ve got alcohol.

While alcohol can seem to enact positive feelings, the desired effects are only temporary. The alcohol “high” is described as a euphoria by some, and as a great way to escape from reality by others. For most heavy drinkers, alcohol is a medicine of sorts that allows for the self-treatment of pain and difficult situations. The ability to drink until a blackout, or a loss of consciousness, serves as a temporary way to forget about aching emotions and less than pleasant aspects of life.

Impairment of Motor Skills

Alcohol affects a person’s ability to properly function. Alcohol is a depressant and slows down motor skills like coordination, decision making, judgment, eye movement, visual perception, reaction time, and concentration. When impaired in these ways, which are all necessary for safe driving, accidents, injuries, and fatalities are certain.

Physical Effects

While used to have a good time or to escape, alcohol is causing great danger to the entire central nervous system (CNS), which is responsible for all functioning. The organs and tissues of the digestive system are immediately impacted, the stomach taking the first hit, and the liver working hard to metabolize the harmful substance.

Gastritis of the stomach, alcohol-induced hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, hypoglycemia, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, stroke, heart disease, dementia, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, Korsakoff’s psychosis, breast cancer, cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, and esophagus, sexual dysfunction, premature death, and permanent damage to the musculoskeletal system, the skin, the immune system, and to healthy mental and emotional functioning are all inevitable when alcohol abuse continues for long periods of time.    

If you, or someone you know, as a problem with alcohol, contact Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731. Change is possible, treatment is available! 

Assessing for Alcohol Abuse & Addiction

Every minute I was throwing up; and when I couldn’t throw up, I was dry heaving. And at the end when I wasn’t throwing up anymore, I wanted to drink again.

Alcoholism is a deadly disease. The progression from recreational use to harmful abuse and addiction can happen rapidly and without warning.

Abuse

A clear indication that alcohol is being abused is that negative ramifications, directly from the use of alcohol, are occurring and a person still drinks anyway.

Examples are continuing to drink after being arrested for DUI, after causing a car accident, after losing a job or a relationship, after failing out of school, after being diagnosed with a medical ailment, after experiencing physically-damaging withdrawal symptoms, or after experiencing financial devastation because of drinking.

Addiction

When alcohol abuse continues, and a person has lost control over his or her drinking, has become obsessed with alcohol and its consumption, continues to drink despite further adverse life consequences, denies any problem with alcohol, and has a likelihood of relapsing, or returning to alcohol, even when drinking stops for a period of time, this person is addicted to alcohol.

Alcoholism

So I was, oh, six hours into my drinking; I was in the bathroom by the toilet all night long. I couldn’t leave. Every minute I was throwing up; and when I couldn’t throw up, I was dry heaving. And at the end when I wasn’t throwing up anymore, I wanted to drink again.

That 43-year-old female recovering alcoholic’s experience shows just how powerful an addiction to alcohol can become. Even when severely uncomfortable and physically damaging consequences were happening each time she drank, this woman still wanted and needed to consume alcohol.

When alcoholism has taken over an individual’s life, drunk driving often becomes a regular choice. A few drinks does not seem like much to someone who consumes alcohol regularly, but as the following experiment shows, the impairment of alcohol happens regardless.

An Ashland, Oregon Police Department Traffic Safety Officer shares his work with drunk driving:

A number of years ago, I did a test in which I brought a number of individuals down to the police department; I had them drink various amounts of alcohol and then drive a short obstacle course. Some were social drinkers and some didn’t drink at all except on very rare occasions. What I found was this:

  1. One of the social drinkers felt he did the driving test fairly well and that he felt ‘absolutely fine to drive.’ I told him I would have arrested him for driving under the influence. When I put him on the Breathalyzer machine, his was the highest blood alcohol of everybody there. This overconfidence in drinkers is fairly common.
  2. The people who didn’t drink very often and actually had much less to drink than this individual were saying when they took the driving test, ‘There was no way in the world that I’d drive.’ Their Breathalyzer results were way under the limit.

When you can identify alcohol abuse or addiction in yourself or someone you love, the time for action is now! By calling Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731, you can stop the cycle of addiction today.

Treatment for Alcohol Abuse & Addiction

To break the cycle of alcoholism, call the team at Recovery Now TV.  Detoxification, inpatient treatment, and an outpatient program are the best way to achieve sobriety and a new life of recovery. Call now: 800-281-4731!

Alcoholics and drug addicts cannot stop drinking and using alone. After an extended period of substance abuse, with a progression to addiction, outside intervention and formal treatment are necessary.

Alcohol Detoxification

The process of withdrawal from alcohol, when drinking stops, can be fatal. Consequently, it is important for all alcohol detox to be medically monitored. With proper attention, medications, and surveillance of vital signs, the detoxification process from alcohol can be done safely and with minimal discomfort.

In order for any healing to happen, the body must rid itself of all residual toxins from continuous drinking. Detox can take several days or weeks to complete, after which formal treatment can begin.

Inpatient Treatment

After alcohol is completely out of an individual’s system, the true work begins. Learning new ways of coping without alcohol, and facing life without escaping and self-medicating takes dedication. In the right treatment center, with a highly-trained staff of substance abuse counselors, psychiatrists, and peers, a former alcoholic can learn to make different choices each day.

In this level of care, residency and treatment occur at the same time, at the same location. Clients are monitored twenty-four hours a day without access to any mind-altering substances.

Outpatient Treatment

At this level of care, generally serving as a follow-up to inpatient treatment, clients have returned to their everyday lives and are now participating in a program during the day or the evening, depending on work, school, and family schedules.

The same techniques, coping skills, and level of commitment are practiced in an outpatient program, but individuals now have a greater sense of freedom and accountability for their choices.

To find out how you can get started in a success course of alcohol treatment, call Recovery Now TV today: 800-281-4731. Alcoholics recover and lives are regained!