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The Myth of “It’s Just Alcohol”

By Carly Benson Everywhere we look, we see ads, memes, commercials and slogans about drinking and alcohol. “Wine Wednesday,” “Turn Up Tuesday” and “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” are all examples of the things we see or say on a regular basis as it relates to alcohol. Outside of bars, you can buy alcohol at grocery […]

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When Social Drinking Becomes a Problem

For many people, alcohol represents indulgence, a way to treat oneself after a difficult day or to wind down and relax for the evening. After thousands of years of enjoying spirits, we’ve come to associate alcohol with celebration and social gatherings, which is why alcohol is often called “the social lubricant.” When people drink alcohol, […]

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Does the Media Perpetuate Negativity Toward Addicts?

Here’s a challenge: Try to remember the last time you saw something about addiction in the media that wasn’t negative. Commercials for luxury rehabs don’t count. It’s difficult, isn’t it? Everything we have learned about addiction tells us that addiction is a brain disease.1 When a person abuses mind-altering chemicals over a period of time, […]

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What Is ‘Compassion Fatigue’ and How Do You Avoid It?

There once was a 13-year-old boy named Jason whose single mother had a drinking problem. Ever since the death of his father, Jason hoped, wished and prayed that his mother would be able to conquer the drinking problem that resulted from her inability to cope with the loss of her husband. On occasion, there would […]

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What Are the Risks of Detoxing from Alcohol at Home?

An alcoholic can become so desperate to end their addiction that they may consider attempting to detox at home – with no medical supervision nor caring, informative treatment support workers. However, going through the detoxification process without suitable medical and appropriate emotional help has many pitfalls. Trying to detox without medical help could lead to […]

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