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Alcohol Addiction

Is Alcohol a Depressant?

young man wondering Is Alcohol a Depressant

Is alcohol dangerous? Is alcohol a depressant or a stimulant? Do I need help with alcohol abuse? These are the questions individuals tend to ask when they’re struggling with alcohol addiction. Because alcohol is a legal substance, it can take individuals some time to realize that the substance is harmful. Learning about alcohol, alcohol addiction

How Can I Help My Alcoholic Husband?

Living with an alcoholic partner can be very difficult. Anyone who is struggling with an addiction is undoubtedly struggling with a lot of internal issues, and this can be hard on a relationship. This, coupled with the fact that alcohol is a drug notorious for causing emotional outbursts, irrationality, and memory loss can be very

How can you tell if you are an alcoholic?

When you think about alcoholism, what images come to mind? Do you envision the scrappy, disheveled homeless person on the side of the road? Do you picture the terrorizing menace who abuses his children once he’s had one too many beers? What about losing jobs or cirrhosis or multiple DUIs? Is alcoholism merely an unfortunate

How can I help an alcoholic friend?

You’ve been worried. You know that your friend is struggling. Maybe he’s the person at the bar who keeps drinking long after everyone else has stopped. Perhaps she’s the one calling you in the middle of the night rambling, drunk, and emotional. Perhaps you’ve tried to say something in the past. Yet, you felt uncomfortable

How Can I Help My Son Stop Drinking?

It’s a complex question that concerned parents ask themselves every day. Addiction is ravaging, living nightmare. It’s the cause of many restless nights. It’s the culprit of anxious thoughts ruminating about the very worst-case scenarios. It’s money wasted, squandered, or stolen. It’s as frustrating as it is devastating. Moreover, even though the individual may be

How Can You Tell If Someone Is a Functioning Alcoholic?

Hollywood uses broad strokes when painting the picture of alcoholism. If you watch movies or TV shows that feature alcoholics, you might think they are all unemployed, homeless, and unable to function in all situations. While that is true for many people, some function at a high level while battling alcoholism. Many functioning alcoholics maintain

The Dangerous Myth of the High-Functioning Addict

Addiction is often defined as the compulsive use of drugs or alcohol or the continuance of certain behaviors despite negative consequences. These negative consequences frequently take some time to emerge. This, in turn, has led to the idea that in some cases the worst consequences of a substance use disorder can be successfully contained or

Dos and Don’ts for Approaching a Loved One about Their Addiction

There isn’t a rule book on how to handle approaching a loved one about their addiction. They didn’t teach this type of thing in school and there are certainly no catchy acronyms that would help you through the process, like how ‘Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally’ helped all of us through math when we

Codependent Relationships and Addiction

A codependent relationship is dysfunctional and one-sided, with one person heavily relying on the other who supports or enables unhealthy behavior. Codependency isn’t healthy for either person in the relationship, especially when addiction and active substance use are involved. A codependent relationship is obsessive in that one person allows another’s behavior to affect him or

It’s Not Them, It’s The Disease

Former addicts will be the first to admit that in their active addiction, they were lying, manipulative, cunning, unreliable, and untrustworthy people. That is who their addiction turned them in to. People who abuse drugs and/or alcohol weren’t born bad people; addiction took over their brain and put them on a one-track mindset that had them