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3 Ways Addiction Can Turn an Obedient College Student Rebellious

College is a time of new experiences, opportunities, growth and learning. While this can be a very positive time, it is also a time many young men and women are at a higher risk to develop addiction. In almost all cases, becoming an alcoholic or one who is addicted to any substance is not intentional. According to Villanova University, 80 percent of all college students drink. Of that amount, 70% of students say...

How Can I Tell If I’m Addicted?

Many ideas explain when drug abuse becomes addiction, so people who use addictive substances find it difficult to determine if they are actually addicts. For example, alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances, partially because most societies accept its use, so alcoholism is difficult to identify precisely. Sometimes, people who abuse alcohol in high quantities believe that addiction only applies to the...

Hypochondria and Substance Abuse

Hypochondria is defined as an abnormal anxiety about one’s health, specifically the fear of having a serious disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, hypochondria carries with it some serious health risks. Health risks associated with unnecessary medical procedures, depression, anxiety disorders, anger and frustration, and substance abuse can all result from untreated hypochondria. Substance abuse is especially...

Is Alcohol Affecting My Daily Life?

For many people, drinking plays a part in their lives as a means of celebration, relaxation, and recreation. Not everyone who drinks for these purposes has a problem with drinking, but many people do. When drinking starts to become a part of your daily life, there are signs and symptoms that will be apparent to help you identify the problem. These signs can help you determine what kind of help you need to stop...

How Can I Tell If My Child Is Drinking Alcohol?

Underage drinking causes problems at home and in school, and may lead to unsafe sexual activity or driving while intoxicated. Drinking before the age of 15 greatly increases the chance of developing dependence and addiction later in life. As a parent, it is important to take underage drinking seriously and be aware of your child’s habits and behavior. There are signs and symptoms to look out for in teens that...

Five Signs of Functional Alcoholism

A functional alcoholic is a person who is dependent on or addicted to alcohol but manages to fulfill his or her responsibilities. Functional alcoholics appear to lead normal productive lives and in many cases can go for years with no serious or significant problems related to their alcohol use. However despite outward appearances functional alcoholics are doing serious damage to their health. Chronic alcohol...

When Using Alcohol Becomes a Daily Habit

If you want to break free from alcoholism, you must learn to feel better without drinking. This is easier said than done, but we can help you find support and resources to make this incredible and rewarding change. Signs of Alcoholism Think about when and how you drink. By being acutely aware of your habits, you may find it easier to break free from them or to recognize a need for help. Ask yourself the following...

How Do You Know When Your Spouse Is an Alcoholic?

Life with an alcoholic spouse can be more than difficult; it can devastate you and your children. With the stability and security of your home-life disrupted, you may consider planning an intervention for your spouse who has become unbearable to live with. How do you know if your spouse needs rehab? There are few symptoms of alcoholism that can indicate a problem and that help is necessary. Symptoms of...

Test to See If You’re an Alcoholic

Alcoholism sneaks up on people. It is hard to imagine anyone not being fully aware of the risks and results of alcohol addiction, but millions of people find themselves trapped by this disease each year. Young people feel immune to the risk, and older drinkers assume they are mature enough to know if and when a problem develops. Many people are simply misinformed about the nature of alcoholism. Physical Addiction...

Is Alcoholism the Sign of a Greater Issue?

Alcoholism is often treated, unintentionally and unfairly, as a disease that is chosen or is an option. Alcohol addiction is prevalent, and it is not controllable without professional help. Underlying, contributing and resulting issues work together to overwhelm the alcoholic. Alcoholism and Underlying Environmental Factors Alcohol use may begin as a response to stress or loneliness or as a means to mask physical...

Symptoms of Functional Alcoholism

Not all alcoholics fit the stereotype of a homeless drunkard who drinks from a paper bag and wanders the streets until passing out on someone’s lawn or front step. In fact, many alcoholics lead successful lives. They accomplish goals in the workplace. They have a strong group of close friends and a loving family. They may miss work or social events occasionally due to drinking, but for the most part they seem...