Alcoholism and addiction

Active Alcoholism - Where Will It Take You?, Serenity Vista, Addiction Center, Alcoholism and Drug Rehab

Active Alcoholism – Where Will It Take You? Active Alcoholism Heads For 3 Destinations Today we know a lot about alcoholism and other forms of addictions. Although some aspects about the disease remain a mystery, we do know this for sure:  alcoholism is chronic, progressive and left untreated, ultimately fatal. Listening to the various stories of thousands of alcoholics, there are definitely some differences in the manifestation of the disease. Many alcoholics report taking their first drink at a very young age – as young as 5, and going back for more as soon as they could. Their active alcoholism began during an age of single digits, and they never really stopped drinking from then...

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Five Studies: New Approaches in Treating Addiction as a Disease - Pacific Standard

Addicts are often lumped into a single category, portrayed in the media as morally bankrupt and lacking in willpower. These preconceptions bleed out into the scathing arena of public opinion, especially when a celebrity dies of addiction-related causes. Some of the stigma has been fed by Alcoholics Anonymous and its many spin-offs, which claim to offer the best cure for the alcoholic/addict by holding him accountable and having him work the 12 steps. While AA undoubtedly does much good (it offers social sanctuary to those struggling with addiction), it also asserts that addiction is a disease while offering no medical treatment for it. Meanwhile, emerging research reveals genetic and...

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Preventing alcohol abuse and alcoholism, Alcohol,

Preventing alcohol abuse and alcoholism Laws to prevent alcohol abuse and alcoholism There are several laws governing alcohol and alcohol consumption. The Licensing and Catering Act sets rules about where alcohol may be sold, and prohibits the sale of alcohol to anyone under the age of 18. Local authorities check compliance with the Licensing and Catering Act. Besides the Licensing and Catering Act, there are other rules and regulations on alcohol use too: The Criminal Code says that it is a criminal offence to be drunk in public and to disturb the public order while intoxicated. The Criminal Code also says that it is a criminal offence to serve alcohol to someone who is obviously drunk....

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Annie's Story, Members' Stories, Newcomers, About AA, Alcoholics Anonymous (Great Britain) Ltd

Members' Stories: Annie How a helpful neighbour set this alcoholic on the road to recovery My name is Annie, I’m an Alcoholic. My first drink led to my first blackout. Alcohol took away the shyness, paralysing self-consciousness. It gave me a warm and happy new feeling that freed me up to do anything. I danced at parties, yelled in the street, sang on buses, hitch-hiked across London, talked to strangers, no fear of anything. I loved it. I thought it helped me to be the real me. I didn’t want to do anything that didn’t involve drinking: cinema - boring, walks - you must be joking! I learned early to have a few drinks from my mum’s cupboard before I went out, filling...

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The Disease of Alcoholism: A bit of history, Maryland Addiction Recovery Center

The Disease of Alcoholism: A bit of history Since 1952, alcoholism has been classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. Alcoholism and addiction are defined as a chronic, progressive, incurable illness. ASAM (the American Society of Addiction Medicine) defines addiction as the following: “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. Addiction is characterized by inability to...

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Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction Addiction Campuses can help you or someone you know break free from alcohol addiction The only cure for alcohol addiction is treatment and learning how to live a life of recovery. While there are a wealth of websites and resources available to better understand alcohol addiction and the effects of alcoholism, none of these alone will solve the problem of addiction or cure an alcoholic from their mental and physical dependency. Making the call is the first step to getting recovery help. Our addiction specialists can put you on the right road to long term recovery. Addiction Campuses handles all admission logistics including insurance verification, family communication and...

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Wasted

Find a free Interactive Guide and learn a new way of talking with your loved one about substance use disorder. Filmmaker Maureen Palmer set out to make a documentary following her partner Mike Pond — a psychotherapist and an alcoholic five years sober — as he searched for the best new evidence-based addiction treatments. The intent was to help others battling substance use disorders But to the couple’s shock and dismay, shortly after filming began, Mike drank again. In Wasted, Mike and Maureen’s attitudes and assumptions about addiction are tested in real time as the couple search for a treatment that will work for Mike. A theoretical journey becomes very real and...

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A Different Path to Fighting Addiction - The New York Times

Carrie Wilkens works with substance abusers and families at the Center for Motivation and Change in Manhattan. Credit Kirsten Luce for The New York Times When their son had to take a medical leave from college, Jack and Wendy knew they — and he — needed help with his binge drinking. Their son’s psychiatrist, along with a few friends, suggested Alcoholics Anonymous. He had a disease, and in order to stay alive, he’d have to attend A.A. meetings and abstain from alcohol for the rest of his life, they said. But the couple, a Manhattan reporter and editor who asked to be identified only by their first names to protect their son’s privacy, resisted that approach. Instead, they turned to a group...

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Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse, Alcoholism, Addiction

Definitions of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse The uncontrollable and obsessive consumption of alcoholic beverages or drugs leading to a dependency is known as alcoholism or substance abuse.  Alcoholism and substance abuse are chronic diseases with detrimental mental and physical consequences to the man or woman who may be suffering. Alcoholism is characterized by a strong craving or compulsion to drink, an inability to interrupt drinking once beginning, a physical dependence on alcohol to prevent symptoms of withdrawal, and a need for greater amounts of alcohol due to increased tolerance.  Substance abuse is defined as the routine use of harmful substances for mood-altering purposes and...

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Medical Marijuana and Alcoholism - MassRoots

The consideration of medical cannabis as a treatment therapy for those suffering from alcohol addiction, including abuse and dependence, is rarely discussed. Understandably, diseases like muscular dystrophy, cancer, arthritis, and Crohn’s get most of the attention during debates over the efficacy of cannabis and safe access for patients. Nevertheless, million of Americans suffer from alcoholism and alcohol-related disorders, including Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and Alcohol Dependence Syndrome (ADS). Is medical cannabis, which has shown such amazing efficacy for dozens of serious conditions and diseases, up to the task of recovery treatment? Can it help those who have a demonstrated...

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