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  • Swedish Dance Club Goes Dry for a Night

    Swedish Dance Club Goes Dry for a Night

    Some people may be aware of how their drinking may be causing problems, for their health and their behavior, but are afraid of the process of recovery, thinking that sobriety will take them out of social settings where they have fun. Other people would not normally be interested in drinking to excess, but may consider it a requirement to be a part of social circles they are attracted to, that involve late night music and dancing.

  • What to Worry About When Detoxing from Alcohol

    What to Worry About When Detoxing from Alcohol

    Entering a treatment center and undergoing the process of detox for the first time can be an intimidating experience, especially if you don't know what to expect. It can help you feel more prepared for the first phase of recovery if you have a better idea of what your body will be going through and the best ways to handle certain situations that can come up.

  • Denial Plays A Substantial Role in Alcoholism

    Denial Plays A Substantial Role in Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is a dangerous and often terrifying disease for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that when a person is addicted to alcohol, they often engage in highly risky behaviors, often blacking out and feeling extremely powerless while drinking.

  • Why is the U.S. 80% of the Worlds Prescription Drug Consumption?

    Why is the U.S. 80% of the Worlds Prescription Drug Consumption?

    Current estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau place U.S. population at around 319 million people, or slightly more then 4 percent of the people on earth. Thus, it is astounding that, according to congregational testimony by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, this one nation results in 80 percent of the consumption of prescription pain killers in the world.

  • Approaching a Person in Active Alcoholism

    Approaching a Person in Active Alcoholism

    When someone close to you is suffering from an addiction, it is never easy to confront them about their behavior and ask them to seek help. For family members and close friends, seeing someone in their life struggle with alcoholism is painful but they may not know what to do to stop it.

  • 5 Ways Treatment Changes Your Perspective

    5 Ways Treatment Changes Your Perspective

    Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is an incredibly transformative experience that changes virtually everything about the way an addict perceives and experiences the world. When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they very frequently find that their priorities shift so that they are entirely consumed with using.

  • Does a Drug Taper Off Help before Detox?

    Does a Drug Taper Off Help before Detox?

    When an addict is ready to stop using drugs, one of the first things they must do is to detox. During detox, an addict, under the support of a medical staff, completely stops using and allows the dangerous drugs to leave their system. 

  • Dealing with Spousal Alcoholism and Addiction

    Dealing with Spousal Alcoholism and Addiction

    People struggling with addiction are not only harming their own bodies and minds, but they are also hurt the people around them and their relationships. Marriage is one relationship that can be especially strained through the pain of addiction, turning a happy home into a nightmare.

  • How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

    How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

    Music festivals can be very joyous and fun occasions, providing the opportunity to hear favorite bands and experience community in a new, exciting atmosphere. However, often these festivals are not only about the music itself, but also places for high levels of alcohol and drug use.

  • 5 Tools to Help Keep You Sober

    5 Tools to Help Keep You Sober

    Even after long periods of abstaining from our addictions, staying sober can be a challenge, and there may be periods where it feels like a difficult struggle. However, the truth is that it does not have to be a daily hardship, or feel like more then you can bear.

  • Prevent Substance Abuse by Understanding Drug Slang

    Prevent Substance Abuse by Understanding Drug Slang

    The central way to prevent drug abuse is with responsible education. By cultivating an awareness of what drugs are and the harm they can cause, you can work to prevent what may at first seem like harmless experimentation, but will lead to dangerous, compulsive addiction.

  • Surgery and Pain Medication Use in Recovery

    Surgery and Pain Medication Use in Recovery

    Opioid pain relievers have a very high potential for abuse, and can be very dangerous if taken beyond recommended doses, or for purposes other then their intended use. However, they can also be extremely useful in controlling otherwise unbearable pain, and allowing someone with chronic pain or recovering from extensive surgery to function

  • Painkiller Opana Quickly Rising In Use Around The Nation

    Painkiller Opana Quickly Rising In Use Around The Nation

    Prescription drug use has, for the past several years, been the nation's fastest growing and most dangerous drug epidemic. As deaths and hospitalizations continue to be on the rise in almost every state, legislatures and hospitals are working together to try to find ways to reduce the number of addictions and overdoses due to these dangerous drugs.

  • 5 Tips on Rebuilding Self-Esteem in Recovery

    5 Tips on Rebuilding Self-Esteem in Recovery

    Recovering from an addiction is a long emotional journey that can require a lot of personal growth to get back on track. Addicts most often suffer from issues of low self-esteem because their substance abuse has taken its toll on them psychologically.

  •  Let Your Actions In Sobriety Speak For Themselves

    Let Your Actions In Sobriety Speak For Themselves

    For a recovering addict, becoming sober means finding a whole new outlook on life and behaving completely differently than one did while they were struggling with addiction. This is why sobriety is a lifelong journey and not simply a quick fix.

  • Do Dry Drunks Suffer More In or Out of Recovery

    Do Dry Drunks Suffer More In or Out of Recovery

    There are numerous different aspects of recovering from an addiction and quitting the substance abuse itself is only the first step. Some people in recovery might focus solely on their abstinence but fail to make progress in other areas of their life that also contribute to their disease.

  • Is There Such A Thing As A 'Recovered Alcoholic'?

    Is There Such A Thing As A 'Recovered Alcoholic'?

    In the recovery community, it is very common to refer to a person who is sober as "recovering," regardless of how long they have been sober for. Some people, both in the recovery community and outside of it, may wonder whether this is an appropriate term, since it may seem in the instance of a person who has not had alcohol for a very long time that they are no longer recovering but recovered. 

    This has led many people to pose the question of whether there exists a person who is actually a recovered alcoholic.

     

  • Why Emotional Sobriety Plays Such A Large Role In Recovery

    Why Emotional Sobriety Plays Such A Large Role In Recovery

    Getting healthy and sober means truly changing the way in which you think and behave. Of course, one of the biggest components to sobriety is abstaining from controlled substances, but it is also highly important that a recovering addict work to achieve what is called emotional sobriety. Maintaining emotional sobriety is an integral part of being healthy and drug and alcohol free. Here are a few reasons why emotional sobriety is such an important part of recovery.

  • Parental Influence On Alcohol Use And Abuse In The Household

    Parental Influence On Alcohol Use And Abuse In The Household

    There are many factors that may impact the likelihood that a teen will suffer from alcoholism. Environmental factors, such as the company a child keeps at school, as well as genetic factors, such as how predisposed the child is to alcoholism, will all play a large role in determining whether a teen will become addicted to alcohol.

  • Gene Found that Could Increase Risk of Alcoholism

    Gene Found that Could Increase Risk of Alcoholism

    Researchers have long known there was a link between genetics and alcoholism, but the exact genes involved are still being discovered. A recent study, published in Psychiatric Genetics and undertaken by researchers at the University College London in the U.K., has found a rare gene variant that could increase the risk of a person developing alcoholism, as well as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

  • Simultaneously Dealing with Addiction and Depression

    Simultaneously Dealing with Addiction and Depression

    Because of the way that addiction and mental health problems are closely related, it is very common for patients in rehab to require treatment for both substance abuse and issues of depression. When you are focusing on recovery it can be difficult to simultaneously battle symptoms of depression which often contribute to the cycle of abuse.

  • How To Mend Irreparable Relationships In Recovery

    How To Mend Irreparable Relationships In Recovery

    Addiction is a damaging disease that impacts the life of an addict and every person around them in a very severe way. When a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, their brain's reward center becomes so singularly focused on finding and consuming more drugs and alcohol that all of the important relationships in their life become secondary.

  • Alcoholic Neuropathy's Impact On The Body

    Alcoholic Neuropathy's Impact On The Body

    Alcohol abuse and addiction contribute to many health problems, including alcoholic neuropathy. More than half of heavy drinkers develop neuropathy, and those with the highest risk are alcoholics who have been abusing the substance for more than ten years.

  • 5 of the Best Affirmations for Alcoholics

    5 of the Best Affirmations for Alcoholics

    Affirmations play an important role in recovery from alcohol abuse and addiction. The brain is the most powerful tool a person has in recovery, and using supportive, positive affirmations can help a person to find the strength to overcome his or her problem.

  • What a Dry Alcoholic Looks Like

    What a Dry Alcoholic Looks Like

    Recovery from alcoholism can be difficult, but most people find a new lease on life when they enter recovery. However, many alcoholics face a common problem known as dry drunk syndrome.

  • 7 Things That Need To Change In Sobriety

    7 Things That Need To Change In Sobriety

    Making the decision to get sober is, in effect, making the decision to totally transform your entire way of life and way of thinking. In sobriety, you will undergo a total change that involves you ridding yourself of the behaviors and negative thoughts that have, until this point, been preventing you from living a happy and healthy life.

  • How to Handle Sleep Problems in Recovery

    How to Handle Sleep Problems in Recovery

    The first few months of recovering from an addiction can involve a number of difficult withdrawal symptoms as well as physical and emotional problems to overcome. One of the most common complaints among recovering addicts is difficulty sleeping especially in the first few weeks of abstinence.

  • Why an Alcoholic Needs To Be Held Accountable

    Why an Alcoholic Needs To Be Held Accountable

    After an alcoholic finally reaches out for help and enters rehab treatment for their problem, there are a number of important values and skills that they must focus on to remain sober. One of the most crucial aspects of their journey to recovery is to develop accountability not just to their supervisors in treatment but to everyone in their life.

  • What Is Responsible For the Rise of Binge Drinking?

    What Is Responsible For the Rise of Binge Drinking?

    In the past decade, the instances of binge drinking among Americans has risen significantly especially with those who are college students between the ages of 18 and 20. Recent data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism shows that while the incidence of regular drinking has remained stable over the years, there has been a sharp increase in the incidence of binge drinking.

  • Understanding The Stigma Of Relationships In Sobriety

    Understanding The Stigma Of Relationships In Sobriety

    When it comes to relationships while in sobriety, most therapists and counselors recommend that newly recovered addicts abstain from becoming involved in a romantic relationship for at least the first year of sobriety. Because of this, there is a kind of stigma around relationships that exists within the recovery community.

  • 5 Actions to Take When Dealing with a Relapse

    5 Actions to Take When Dealing with a Relapse

    Addiction is a complex issue that can take years to resolve even with the help of professional treatment. Unfortunately, the chance of relapse is high especially in the first few months after completing rehab.

  • Why Escapism is So Attractive to Addicts

    Why Escapism is So Attractive to Addicts

    There are a myriad of factors that can contribute to the development of addiction and some of them are unavoidable such as genetic and psychological vulnerability. However, one of the reasons people begin to drink or use drugs is that their substance abuse serves as a method of escape from reality.

  • Is There Such A Thing As 'Managing Your Drug Use' As An Addict?

    Is There Such A Thing As 'Managing Your Drug Use' As An Addict?

    Addiction is a complex problem of physical and psychological dependence that seems to affect only certain individuals who are vulnerable. For many people who are not vulnerable to addiction, it is possible for them to have minimal contact with drugs or alcohol without losing control and being unable to stop.

  • The Risks of Prescription Treatment for Drug Addiction

    The Risks of Prescription Treatment for Drug Addiction

    Traditional methods of treating alcohol or drug addiction usually take place in recovery programs that focus on psychosocial treatment. Addiction treatment has evolved over time and the most common approaches involve detoxification and abstinence, individual and group counseling and, in many cases, a twelve step or other form of support group.

  • A True Definition of Relapse

    A True Definition of Relapse

    Addiction is a disease that stays with a person for life and is never fully cured but only managed as best as possible. That is why relapse is such a common issue that addicts have to be aware of at all times when they are getting through the initial phases of recovery.

  • Is Mixing Methadone With Other Substances Recovery Russian Roulette?

    Is Mixing Methadone With Other Substances Recovery Russian Roulette?

    One of the available treatments for people suffering from opoid addiction is the use of methadone, a prescription medication that has been in use since the 60s. Using methadone as a means to recover from heroin or painkiller addiction remains a controversial subject because of the many risks involved in using medication as a replacement drug.

  • The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction

    The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction

    Post traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction have a high rate of comorbitity, which means occurring at the same time. In Vietnam veterans, between 60 to 80 percent of those seeking treatment for PTSD also meet the criteria for substance abuse. In the general population, around 30 percent of PTSD sufferers develop drug dependence, and 50 percent develop alcohol dependence.

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!