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Understanding an Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is one of the most common substance use disorders affecting Americans today. But because alcohol is a legal narcotic, it is one that often goes untreated. In fact, even though more people seek treatment for alcoholism than any other SUD, as much as 95% of those who need treatment feel they don’t have a problem. To put this into perspective, 1 in 13 adults in the United States abuses alcohol or has an alcohol addiction.

With alcoholism being so prevalent, it is not an unknown or mysterious condition. But contrary to popular belief, neither is it something that alcoholics bring on themselves. Although you can take steps to avoid it, alcoholism is a disease caused by defects in the brain. And these abnormalities are inherited. When an alcoholic drinks, their brain reacts differently to other peoples. Emotional instability, traumatic circumstances, personality disorders, and character defects worsen the problem.

There are many things that lead to excessive drinking but to really understand alcohol addition, you need to know these facts.

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Are you enabling substance use disorder or supporting recovery? The Professional's Perspective

This is a guest post from family counselor/interventionist Ricki Townsend

Parenting a child of any age who has become ensnared by alcohol or drugs is so counter-intuitive. As parents, we’ve been focused from Day One on keeping our children safe. We grab them when they are headed toward the busy street. We pick them up when they fall down. We make sure they are fed and clothed and sheltered. But when drugs or alcohol muddy the water, we have to learn a new set of rules to keep us from enabling their substance use disorder. Those rules can help us – and them – head in the direction of recovery.

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Drug or alcohol detox

What Is Detoxification?

Detoxification is the process of removing toxins from the body before starting addiction treatment. Medical professionals monitor patients during drug detox and alcohol detox while they remove the addictive substances from their body. Stopping the use of addictive substances is physically demanding and potentially dangerous. Depending on the addictive substance, withdrawal symptoms can be severe and can even lead to serious health consequences.

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What are Meth Sores?

Have you heard someone talking about meth sores and wondered what they are? Maybe you’ve been worried that someone close to you has a meth addiction problem. Here is some background information on meth sores so you can tell if a friend, coworker, or loved one might have an abuse problem.

What Is Meth?

Meth is a nickname for methamphetamine, a stimulant that is mostly used as an illegal recreational drug. Its effects can last for 12 hours to several days. It is occasionally prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but most physicians don’t like to use it because of its side effects and potential for abuse.

Methamphetamine is mostly made illegally in laboratories around the country. It has been a growing problem as an abused drug for the last several decades, although the drug itself has been around since the 1880s. It can be snorted (inhaled) as a white crystalline substance (AKA crystal meth), taken intravenously, or consumed orally in tablet form. Sometimes it is combined with other drugs like ecstasy or crack cocaine.


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Can You Get Addicted to Tramadol?

If you or a loved one take tramadol, you may have heard about tramadol addiction. While very effective for pain, tramadol is a medication with addictive properties, so this is a real concern. Read on to learn more about this drug, how it becomes addictive, and what are the treatment options for tramadol addiction.

tramadol addiction

What Is Tramadol?


Tramadol is a synthetic opiate similar to morphine in structure and action, with a potency similar to codeine. Rather than being made from natural ingredients, it was created in a laboratory. Tramadol is prescribed for severe pain when other pain medications are inadequate or not well tolerated. It’s usually given for long-term use.

Many people use tramadol for chronic pain after accidents or for the pain associated with conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia. It is not formally indicated for fibromyalgia. When a drug is given outside its approved (studied) indications, this is known as “off-label” use. Tramadol is a Schedule IV Controlled Substance in the United States, meaning it has greater restrictions than other medications.


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