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Finding Accountability to End Alcohol Use

Accountability is an individual’s obligation to loved ones, friends, or co-workers to be responsible for his or her actions. This may include being open and honest about activities and information that would affect others or being responsible for property or money. Accountability to family members will involve you providing a safe and stable home environment free of unhealthy conflict or neglect. Dependability...

How to Reduce Your Risk of Alcoholism

Alcohol is readily available, affordably priced and part of our social fabric. It is potentially dangerous and addictive, yet its cultural position makes use acceptable and addiction easy to deny. Risk Factors for Alcohol Addiction Reducing your risk of alcoholism involves knowing the risk factors for addiction. A family history of alcohol or drug addiction may indicate an increased risk of alcohol addiction. If...

How Do You Overcome Functional Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is alcoholism, whether it involves a disheveled homeless person drinking from a brown paper bag or a highly educated lawyer who drinks too much at home or at work but still wins cases. Functional alcoholics are often successful professionally, have a solid financial base, may be active in the community and appear not to have a care in the world. However they are still alcoholics. Whether they drink every...

Can I Quit Alcohol Cold Turkey?

An alcohol-addicted person needs to go through an alcohol detox program to successfully quit drinking. Many alcoholics put off getting alcoholism help, because they are concerned that if they quit alcohol cold turkey they will suffer from several unpleasant and even painful side effects. Others do not realize that suddenly quitting alcohol after a long addiction can be harmful or deadly. It is important to quit...

Knowing When to Stop Drinking

Alcohol dependence often happens slowly over time. Knowing when to stop drinking can prevent addiction or help a person know when to get help. Alcoholism is most likely to develop among those who regularly drink enough to become seriously intoxicated, but this level of binge drinking is not required for the disease to develop. Some people are born with a biological predisposition toward addiction and may become...

Save Your Marriage from Alcoholism

Entering addiction rehab to make a marriage successful is a good way to demonstrate your dedication to your spouse, your life together and your future together. Alcohol addiction rehab will help make marriage better, and it will provide the opportunity to overcome alcoholism while receiving counseling to address the marriage problems you have both been struggling with. Living with an Alcoholic Spouse When you enter...

I’m Scared to Quit Drinking

If you need alcohol addiction help to regain control of your life, you may be worried about the type of alcoholism help that you will receive. Being afraid to detox is normal, but if you are well-informed of what happens in rehab, you will be in a much better position to get the rehab help that you need. Examining Fears of Getting Addiction Help The following are reasons an alcoholic may fear getting help with...

How to Find Sober Friends

You gave rehab and recovery your total focus, commitment and desire to get your life back on track. You faced the challenges of detox and excavated the underlying issues that led you to your substance abuse or addiction. Addiction treatment counselors helped you address these issues and learn to avoid drug or alcohol-use triggers. You established healthy living patterns and developed relationships with other addicts...

How to Stay Sober During a Divorce

A divorce can often be a mixed blessing, for both parties involved. On one hand divorce can be heartbreaking if your spouse leaves you for no apparent reason. On the other hand, divorce can often be relieving if both parties benefit from the separation. If you are divorcing an alcoholic or a drug addict, consider how the divorce will benefit you and also your children. Reasons to Divorce an Addict Every relationship...

Why Do I Need a Sponsor?

When you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can be hard to see a way out. Admitting that you have a problem can be a relief, but rehab and treatment will be a great challenge. Staying sober after treatment is no easier, and that is why you need a sponsor. Staying sober is not a challenge you can face alone. Surrounding yourself with people who can support you after rehab and treatment is just as important as...

Getting Out of the Cycle of Alcohol Abuse

For an alcoholic it may seem like alcohol is everywhere. It is offered at corporate events, social events, restaurants, grocery stores and more. This can make it incredibly difficult for a person to maintain sobriety. Getting yourself to alcohol rehab and getting the addiction treatment that you need can help you to break the cycle of alcohol abuse. The Destructive Cycle of Alcohol Addiction Alcoholics are rarely...

Finding Help for Alcoholism and Depression

It is quite common for alcoholism and depression to occur simultaneously. The first studies of co-occurring disorders (substance abuse combined with a mental health condition) examined substance abuse and depression in particular, because clinicians noted the high rates of co-occurrence. A 2007 report by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health noted the co-occurrence of depression and alcohol used to be a major...

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