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  • Is Kratom a Substitute for Opiates or a Tool For Getting Clean?

    Is Kratom a Substitute for Opiates or a Tool For Getting Clean?

    Opiate abuse is one of the fastest growing and most deadly diseases currently facing the United States. Each year, thousands of people overdose on heroin or prescription opiates, and despite the best efforts of law enforcement and public health officials, opiate addiction continues to be on the steady incline.

  • Recognizing the Signs of Active Alcoholism

    Recognizing the Signs of Active Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is a disease that strikes people of all ages and from all walks of life. Like all addictions, alcohol often leads the person who is suffering from alcoholism to deliberately conceal their alcohol abuse from others. Many loved ones may also not be entirely aware of what constitutes alcoholism, and whether their loved one is truly suffering from alcohol addiction.

  • How valuable is Methadone Treatment to Opioid Addicts?

    How valuable is Methadone Treatment to Opioid Addicts?

    Prescription drug abuse, of opioid painkillers especially, is a very fast rising form of drug addiction, claiming more lives then any other form of preventable death. Even when these prescriptions are not deliberately misused, they can easily become addictive, and often have a long and painful withdraw process.

  • What is Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Aim to Prevent

    What is Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Aim to Prevent

    In an effort to identify instances of prescription drug abuse and reduce the cases of addiction, prescription drug monitoring programs are sharing prescription records with doctors and pharmacists in other states. A prescription drug monitoring program is a statewide electronic database which collects designated data on prescribed substances that are dispensed within the state.

  • Veterans with PTSD More Likely to Be Prescribed Painkillers

    Veterans with PTSD More Likely to Be Prescribed Painkillers

    The men and women who serve in the military may return home as heroes but they are often dealing with a myriad of problems after completing their service. Veterans often must cope with severe pain because of combat-related injuries and mental health problems such as PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Practicing Tough Love with an Alcoholic

    Practicing Tough Love with an Alcoholic

    Seeing someone you really care about in the middle of something as intensely all consuming and harmful as an alcohol addiction can sometimes be excruciatingly painful. A life built around nothing but drinking can brings a lot of harm with it.

  • State of New York Publishes Site to help Struggling Opioid Addicts

    State of New York Publishes Site to help Struggling Opioid Addicts

    The misuse and addiction of opioid painkillers is one of the most rapidly growing and serious drug addiction epidemics to plague the United States. The state of New York, which has the country's third highest population, has not been immune to the problems associated with this ongoing and growing drug problem.

  • The Mental Aspect of Getting Clean and Sober

    The Mental Aspect of Getting Clean and Sober

    Getting sober is an act of total mental transformation. When you are actively using drugs and alcohol, it is easy for your brain to become accustomed to thinking in terms of using and maintaining a constant desire to keep finding and consuming drugs or alcohol.

  • Dealing with Alcohol in the House as an Alcoholic

    Dealing with Alcohol in the House as an Alcoholic

    Once an alcohol leaves their rehab program, they still face many challenges in maintaining their sobriety and continue to struggle to live their alcohol and drug-free lifestyle. If you are an alcoholic and you are moving back home with your family then you will have to take some time discuss the changes you have made with everyone in the household.

  • Benzodiazepine Etizolam Creating a Buzz Amongst Teens

    Benzodiazepine Etizolam Creating a Buzz Amongst Teens

    A new legal research drug known as Etizolam has become a target for the DEA due to its increasing abuse among teens in the U.S. Although the benzodiazepine analog can be dangerous it is currently legal to sell because of the way it is manufactured.

  • Liam Neeson Speaks about His Sobriety While Working on New Movie

    Liam Neeson Speaks about His Sobriety While Working on New Movie

    Newly sober actor Liam Neeson has opened up recently about his decision to quit drinking and the positive effect it has already had on his life. The action star is currently working on his new movie, "Taken 2" the sequel to the popular film that breathed new life into his career.

  • Take a Look at the Psychological Effects of Your Drinking

    Take a Look at the Psychological Effects of Your Drinking

    Alcoholism would not exist unless alcohol produced some "good feelings," or states of being that may seem fun, desirable, or a numbing of unresolved pain. However, a closer look at the psychological effects of drinking paint a much more complex and potentially dangerous picture.

  • Xenoport and NIAAA Collaborating on Alcoholism Treatment

    Xenoport and NIAAA Collaborating on Alcoholism Treatment

    The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse is working in cooperation with the pharmaceutical company Xenoport on a collaborative study that will examine the effectiveness of extended release tablets designed to treat individuals who are addicted to alcohol. This is one of many recent clinical studies that are examining whether certain drugs may be an effective means of helping alcoholics to deal with some of the physiological effects of withdrawing from alcohol.

  • Understanding What Hallucinogens Do to the Brain

    Understanding What Hallucinogens Do to the Brain

    Hallucinogenic drugs like LSD create an immediate effect on the brain and when used frequently enough can also cause long term problems. Hallucinogens work by altering a person's perception of reality at times causing hallucinations or other alterations of the senses.

  • 5 Reasons High Functioning Alcoholics still Find Their Bottom Eventually

    5 Reasons High Functioning Alcoholics still Find Their Bottom Eventually

    There is a stereotype of "alcoholics" that is often untrue and unhelpful, of violent and impoverished people who spend all of their days too drunk to function. The truth is that there are many people, called high functioning alcoholics, with out of control drinking who are nevertheless able to maintain a presentable face to the world, having a life that, to an outsider, looks good.

  • Ultra Potent New Research Chemical Benzo Flubromazepam

    Ultra Potent New Research Chemical Benzo Flubromazepam

    Benzodiazepines are a type of tranquilizer drug that is available as prescription medication but also in the form of research chemicals for experimentation and study. A new benzodiazepine derivative known as Flubromazepam has entered the market recently and is being sold in internet shops as a research chemical.

  • NFL Revises Drug Use Policy

    NFL Revises Drug Use Policy

    Athletes' careers depend on taking care of their bodies, so that they continue to perform well. Yet sometimes, professional players can get so confident in their own abilities and invincibility that they engage in reckless decisions to engage in substance abuse.

  • Why Alcoholism and Anorexia are Common in Young Adults

    Why Alcoholism and Anorexia are Common in Young Adults

    Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by tight control over eating, to the point of avoiding food and an obsession with weight. Alcoholism is characterized by an out-of-control consumption of alcoholic beverages, drinking to the point of getting drunk compulsively.

  • 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.

  • Amanda Bynes Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

    Amanda Bynes Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

    Child actor Amanda Bynes has run into legal trouble yet again after she was arrested on suspicion of a DUI in Sherman Oaks, CA. The young starlet was taken into custody after police arrested her for not being able to pass a field sobriety test.

  • 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.

  • What You Need To Know About Methadone Maintenance

    What You Need To Know About Methadone Maintenance

    If you have been considering methadone treatment, or if you are an addict who is ready to seek help for your addiction to heroin or opiates, there are a few things you should know about methadone and a methadone maintenance program. Methadone maintenance can be a highly effective way of recovering from addiction, but there are risks inherent to methadone use that you should be aware of before you begin treatment.

  • 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.

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!