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Top Signs You Are a High-Functioning Alcoholic

The classic picture of an alcoholic as a person who always drinks too much and whose life is falling apart only pertains to a portion of people with alcohol use disorder (AUD). A significant number of people appear outwardly fine or even successful, even though they abuse alcohol. Referred to as high-functioning alcoholics, these individuals… Continue Reading Top Signs You Are a High-Functioning Alcoholic

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Top 5 Methods of Quitting Drinking Forever

For most Americans, drinking is an acceptable, almost expected, social activity. Alcohol is used to both celebrate and commiserate. While many people can drink without consequence, millions of others struggle with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Overcoming AUD can be a long, hard road and can, at times, feel impossible. But it is not. If you… Continue Reading Top 5 Methods of Quitting Drinking Forever

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Does Alcohol Alter Your Brain Forever?

Alcohol use is embedded in American culture. Legal and easily accessible, alcohol use is widely promoted everywhere you look. Plenty of people can drink alcohol without developing a problem. However, it is estimated that 15 million Americans have an alcohol use disorder. The terms abuse and addiction are often used interchangeably, but they are different.… Continue Reading Does Alcohol Alter Your Brain Forever?

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Alcohol Detox Timeline

Choosing to quit drinking can be a life-changing decision, especially when someone suffers from alcohol abuse or addiction. As is the case with all addictive substances, the downside of quitting is that you will likely experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild to moderate to severe, depending on your history of alcohol consumption.… Continue Reading Alcohol Detox Timeline

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Different Types of Substance Abuse Treatment

The very first step toward recovery is acknowledging that you have a substance abuse problem. The next is finding the right substance abuse treatment program. There are countless treatment options to choose from, but not all are the same. It is essential to research your options to ensure the facility you choose will meet all… Continue Reading Different Types of Substance Abuse Treatment

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Signs of a Functioning Alcoholic

Alcohol addiction might not always look like the media’s portrayal of alcoholics. Only a small percentage of those addicted to alcohol will look like that. In actuality, a large majority of those who have a problem with alcohol can get through the day just fine. They hold down jobs, attend family functions, and often avoid… Continue Reading Signs of a Functioning Alcoholic

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Tips for Having a Sober Independence Day Celebration

A federal holiday since 1941, Independence Day, or The Fourth of July, is widely regarded as the most popularly celebrated holiday in our nation. This year, with July Fourth publicized as the time it is safe to gather in large groups again following COVID-19, the celebrations are sure to be even bigger than ever. Commemorating… Continue Reading Tips for Having a Sober Independence Day Celebration

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Learning More About National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

Monday, March 22 to Sunday, March 28, 2021, is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW). The goal of NDAFW is to create awareness among teenagers to combat the myths about drugs and alcohol that they are faced with daily from friends, music, TV, social media, movies, and the internet. Started in 2010 by scientists… Continue Reading Learning More About National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

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6 Movies About Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

A movie tells a story that can touch lives. The right film may be what brings you or someone you love to decide that it’s time to get treatment for drug addiction or alcoholism at centers like Westwind Recovery®. Learn more about several popular movies that address addiction and contact an addiction treatment center near… Continue Reading 6 Movies About Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

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The Importance of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day

When asking about the importance of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) Awareness Day, keep in mind that this condition is preventable, and education plays a big role in keeping kids safe. Fetal alcohol syndrome affects as many as nine out of every 1,000 children in this country. The more women that understand how alcohol can impact… Continue Reading The Importance of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day