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  • Identifying the Difference between Alcoholism and Problem Drinking

    Identifying the Difference between Alcoholism and Problem Drinking

    People may assume that anyone who drinks heavily is an alcoholic, but there are specific symptoms that can identify someone as an alcoholic rather than simply a problem drinker. Even though it may seem like problem drinking and alcoholism are really the same, there are distinct differences between the two and it is important know whether someone is an addict or just developing an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.

  • Helping Those Who are Struggling in Early Recovery

    Helping Those Who are Struggling in Early Recovery

    Whether you are a long-time recovery veteran or you are still involved in your journey to sobriety, it can be beneficial to support and help others who are getting treatment for addiction. There are many resources available for people who are struggling with quitting their drug or alcohol use but some of the most helpful and lasting assistance can come from those who have been through it themselves.

  • Alcoholic Stigma Still is Deterrent for Professionals Who Need Treatment

    Alcoholic Stigma Still is Deterrent for Professionals Who Need Treatment

    Although there is plenty of help and support for alcoholics from all walks of life, there are still many individuals who might delay or avoid treatment because they worry about the stigma of addiction. This is especially the case for people in high profile careers or professional jobs that require them to maintain a certain image or reputation.

  • Handling Surgery and Pain Management in Recovery

    Handling Surgery and Pain Management in Recovery

    For a recovering addict, any type of substance can prove addictive because they have already shown an inability to exhibit self-control. People who are recovering from all types of addiction, whether it is alcohol, opiates or illegal drugs are told by specialists to stay away from all drugs in order to experience successful sobriety.

  • Know Your Rights: Taking Medical Leave for Opiate Recovery

    Know Your Rights: Taking Medical Leave for Opiate Recovery

    Recovery from opiate addiction can be a very painful process, and involve a lot of hard work. Addiction is an all-consuming condition that makes it impossible to live a full life, and so the recovery process is also going to be an all-consuming commitment to do whatever it takes to take care of yourself, weather out the storms of withdraw, and learn how to live a more healthy life.

  • Why Alcoholics Like to Isolate

    Why Alcoholics Like to Isolate

    For someone who likes to drink occasionally, it is usually when they are around friends or a crowd of people at a party. When it comes to alcoholics, however, they often like to drink in seclusion.

  • Why Anxiety and Depression are Prevalent in Opiate Use and Abuse

    Why Anxiety and Depression are Prevalent in Opiate Use and Abuse

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9 million people both have a mental health issue and abuse drugs. Anxiety and depression are thus very strongly linked with abuse of drugs, presenting people in recovery with the challenge of treating two very different, overpowering conditions that both have to be dealt with in the recovery process.

  • ‘Downtown Divas’ is a NSFW look into the Eyes of Drug Addiction World Wide

    ‘Downtown Divas’ is a NSFW look into the Eyes of Drug Addiction World Wide

    In Downtown Divas, two artists, Loral Amir and Gigi Ben Artzi have strived to dispel this illusion of a seemingly glitzy life as a heroin addict. The artists have taken a series of striking and disturbing photos of heroin addicts who are also Russian prostitutes in very expensive designer clothes, and the results are thought provoking and gut wrenching.

  • 5 Tips on How to Stay Sober During the Holidays

    5 Tips on How to Stay Sober During the Holidays

    Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years can be challenging time when you are a recovering alcoholic. The holidays themselves and the many parties and get-togethers in between are sure to be filled with plenty of tempting kinds of wine, champagne and cocktails.

  • Use Contrary Action to Participate in Your Recovery

    Use Contrary Action to Participate in Your Recovery

    A concept that is used often in recovery circles is the idea of "contrary action" in fighting addictive impulses. Addicts can have overwhelming urges and thoughts that are self-destructive and lead down the path of dependency.

  • Positives and Negatives of Clonidine’s Use for Withdrawal Relief

    Positives and Negatives of Clonidine’s Use for Withdrawal Relief

    The high from drug use can often seem attractive in the moment, but can also cause less pleasant effects as you come down. Especially if they are used habitually over a long period of time, trying to stop substance abuse can often be a very painful process, as your body tried to adapt to going without something it had become dependent upon.

  • The Physical Consequences of DXM

    The Physical Consequences of DXM

    DXM is a drug that has grown in popularity among young people for a number of reasons. The chief reason for it popularity may be that it is found in a substance that many parents may be keeping in their home: cough syrup. Indeed, DXM is a psychoactive and highly dangerous drug that is contained in many formulas of common cough syrup.

  • 5 Ways Admitting You Have a Problem Can Change Your Life

    5 Ways Admitting You Have a Problem Can Change Your Life

    Recovering from an addiction is a long journey and the first step is admitting to yourself and others that you have a problem. Even this first step can be one of the hardest to accomplish because it means you are finally breaking through the deception and denial that could have gone on for years.

  • 5 Ways You May Be Self-Medicating

    5 Ways You May Be Self-Medicating

    When people suffer from anxiety or depression and are not getting proper treatment from psychotherapy or medication they often develop their own ways of dealing with the symptoms. Because treatment can be costly and time-consuming, those suffering from depression may take matters into their own hands without understanding the consequences of delaying professional help.

  • Elton John Helps Lady Gaga Kick Drug Addiction

    Elton John Helps Lady Gaga Kick Drug Addiction

    The singer has been open about her drug use during past interviews, saying that smoking pot is her way of dealing with stress, pain, and emotions. In 2013, Lady Gaga suffered from a hip injury that required surgery and left her wheelchair bound to recover.

  • Kendra Wilkinson Battled Drug Addiction Before Achieving Fame

    Kendra Wilkinson Battled Drug Addiction Before Achieving Fame

    The reality tv star and former Hugh Hefner girlfriend is known for being quite candid about the details of her life. In her 2011 memoir Sliding Home, Wilkinson opened up about life at the Playboy mansion, as well as her struggles with drugs and sex as a teenager in Southern California.

  • Claudia Gadelha Credits Sports To Helping Her Beat Drug Addiction

    Claudia Gadelha Credits Sports To Helping Her Beat Drug Addiction

    MMA fighter Claudia Gadelha is on the brink of winning the title if she can defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk on December 13. Gadelha has her work cut out for her going up against the undefeated Jedrzejczyk. Winning the title is something of a dream for Gadelha, who 10 years ago led a very different life.

  • 5 Signs You Might Have Hit Your Bottom

    5 Signs You Might Have Hit Your Bottom

    For many people, it can be difficult to tell the difference between acceptable or heavy use and addiction. Here are a few indicators that can help you determine whether you have, in fact, hit your own rock bottom.

  • U2 Makes Mistake by Sending Slash a Case of Guinness

    U2 Makes Mistake by Sending Slash a Case of Guinness

    The Irish natives of U2 sent a welcoming gift to Slash upon his arrival in Dublin that unfortunately missed the mark. Slash, the renowned guitarist for Guns and Roses, has been sober for eight years and yet received a case of Guinness as a "Welcome to Dublin" package from Bono and his bandmates.

  • Brooke Shields Talks about her Mother’s Alcoholism

    Brooke Shields Talks about her Mother’s Alcoholism

    Former model and actress Brooke Shields is releasing an upcoming memoir called "There was a Little Girl" which will detail her rise to fame as well as her troubled childhood before she was launched into stardom in the 70s and 80s. Shields opens up in the book about a painful past dominated by her alcoholic mother, Teri Shields who recently passed away at the age of 79.

  • James Kottak returns to Scorpions line-up after Rehab Stint

    James Kottak returns to Scorpions line-up after Rehab Stint

    After battling some controversy with the band and finally coming to terms with his alcoholism, drummer James Kottak will finally rejoin the Scorpions for their upcoming album and next year's tour. This summer Kottak made the announcement that he would be working with Bob Forrest, an addiction specialist known for working with musicians and "Celebrity Rehab".

  • California Taking Steps To Change Drug Incarceration Laws

    California Taking Steps To Change Drug Incarceration Laws

    After recently passing proposition 47 in the November elections, California voters took a significant step toward ending mass incarceration and the war on drugs. The state already made steps toward changing drug law in 2012 when it reformed the 'three strikes law'.

  • Methadone Turns 50

    Methadone Turns 50

    Although the drug methadone was first developed during World War II in Germany, it wasn't until the mid-sixties that it began to be used as a treatment for heroin addiction. In the 40s and 50s the drug was not broadly used at first because of reported side effects such as nausea and possible overdose.

  • Florida Judge Seeks Pay While In Alcohol Treatment Program

    Florida Judge Seeks Pay While In Alcohol Treatment Program

    A judge for Broward County that was recently suspended by the Supreme Court because of her alcohol problem and is currently undergoing treatment has been looking for continued pay. Judge Gisele Pollack was accused of being intoxicated twice in court and driving under the influence around local streets in the area.

  • Alcoholic Genetics And The Role They Play In Getting Sober

    Alcoholic Genetics And The Role They Play In Getting Sober

    Genetics plays a large part in determining whether a person is susceptible to addiction. Experts have determined that genetics are responsible for about half of addictive behavior and that environmental factors are responsible for the other half.

  • Bunavail Is Approved By FDA To Treat Opioid Addiction

    Bunavail Is Approved By FDA To Treat Opioid Addiction

    Vicodin, morphine, OxyContin, methadone, heroin, and codeine are commonly abused opioid drugs. There are more than two million people with opioid dependence who require some type of treatment to overcome their addiction.

  • Treatment Options for those Struggling with Alcoholism

    Treatment Options for those Struggling with Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is a serious disease affecting 6.8 percent of Americans. Alcohol addiction occurs when the body becomes chemically dependent upon the substance, and a person may also have an emotional dependence as well.

  • What Can College Drinking do to Your Psyche?

    What Can College Drinking do to Your Psyche?

    College drinking is a problem that impacts the lives of students of various ages across the country. Drinking and binge drinking are problems that specifically impact college students for a number of reasons.

  • What You need to know about Spice and it’s rising Popularity

    What You need to know about Spice and it’s rising Popularity

    Spice is the latest dangerous drug that is being used and abused by teenagers across the country. Many parents may have heard of the drug "Spice" in passing, but may be unfamiliar with the nature of the drug Spice and why exactly it has grown in popularity and how teenagers are using the nature of the drug to hide their use from their parents, teachers, and the other adults that may possibly be able to stop kids from using this dangerous substance.

  • 5 Tips on Finding Friendship in Recovery

    5 Tips on Finding Friendship in Recovery

    Creating meaningful relationships is essential to your sobriety, and it is possible. With these five tips, you can find new, or recover old, friendships while remaining sober.

  • Understanding Why You Chase That First High

    Understanding Why You Chase That First High

    When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they very frequently find that they are incessantly faced with a desire to use time and time again, despite the fact that often the effectiveness or pleasurable effects associated with a drug have diminished with time. Many addicts may wonder why they feel so compelled to keep using despite the fact that they are no longer receiving the effects that made them so attracted to the drug in the first place.

  • Surviving Alcoholic Detox Symptoms

    Surviving Alcoholic Detox Symptoms

    Going through alcohol detox is one of the most dangerous forms of detox. More people die from alcohol withdrawal than detox from other addicting substances, which is why it is essential for most people to undergo the process under medical supervision.

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!