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Over the last 30 years, the gender gap between male and female alcoholics has begun to close. Traditionally, more men than women struggled with alcoholism but these statistics have narrowed. Why? Some suggest that it may be due to the new, more equal playing field in the work force combined with the continued expectations of […]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hoping that their message will be clear: Painkillers kill more Americans each year than the combination of both cocaine and heroin. In American culture, it is common for cocaine and heroin to be viewed as the “really bad” drugs while painkillers are perceived as being the […]

If you are concerned about a young adult in college who smokes marijuana regularly, you’re right to be worried. A new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs demonstrates that college students who use marijuana are more likely than their non-marijuana smoking peers to drop out of school. Whether they were […]

According to a 1999 meeting held among CEOs from major corporations like Pillsbury, Mars, and more, the obesity epidemic in the United States was not only real – the numbers were staggering: More than 50 percent of adults over the age of 18 were classified as overweight. About 25 percent of adult Americans were classified […]

Stigma is one of the biggest obstacles to recovery that millions of Americans face every year. The stay-at-home mother, the functional executive, the church deacon, the Boy Scouts pack leader – many would rather continue to abuse drugs or alcohol behind closed doors than admit they have a problem and seek help. The fact is […]

Does abuse of marijuana lower the IQ of the user, or doesn’t it? It’s a question that has been asked a lot recently in various research studies and, unfortunately, the results don’t add up. The headlines were everywhere when a study reported that marijuana use equaled a loss of IQ points, but a recent study […]

There are a number of different things that can serve as a wakeup call to an addict who is living under the illusion that his addiction is “not that serious.” Losing a job is one of them, especially if it means losing a career. For someone who identifies with their career, losing their job can […]

Generally in the United States, addiction is only seen in the context of the abuse of illicit substances. Despite this biased view, the American Society of Addiction Medicine has broadened its own definition of addiction to include process (aka, behavioral) addictions. Until recently, the only behavior that has been commonly accepted as an addiction is […]

In our last post, we covered some of the common phraseology used in 12-step treatment and group therapy sessions. This time, we’ll take a look at some of the terms related to building a new, sober life in drug rehab and beyond. Detox. The first phase of treatment, detox is defined by withdrawal symptoms, but […]

When you first start treatment and settle into attending group therapy sessions and working through issues with your personal therapist, you’ll notice that there is certain lingo and jargon that people utilize. These phrases are designed to identify certain incidents, feelings and obstacles that are unique to addicts in recovery. It can facilitate a simpler […]