How Your Medical History Might Be Affecting Your Addiction

How Your Medical History Might Be Affecting Your Addiction

The problems that people face rarely have simple solutions, and drug addiction is no exception; drug abuse and addiction are often part of a more complicated combination of factors. These factors are often recorded in one’s medical history, and a thoughtful review of this history can greatly improve the rehab process. Tennessee residents who are trying to get clean should review their medical history to look for causes of the addiction as well as issues that may require additional help. How Medical History Can Affect Addiction in Tennessee...

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Can I Detox at Home?

Can I Detox at Home?

Many factors influence the detox process. From the type of drug abused, to the level of addiction, personal dynamics, and the quantity and regularity of abuse, each addiction is as unique as the addict. Certain drugs induce physical symptoms of withdrawal—alcohol and opiates—while others cause symptoms of an emotional nature—ecstasy and marijuana. It is quite rare for someone to endure these symptoms without professional help. When home detox fails the consequences can be great: violence, extraordinary pain, and suicide. Any Tennessee...

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What If an Addiction Intervention Goes Wrong?

What If an Addiction Intervention Goes Wrong?

The focus of an addiction intervention in Tennessee is to help a loved one recover from addiction. In many instances, family members may see an intervention as their last hope of persuading the addict to enter treatment. What should happen, however, if an addiction intervention goes wrong? What if it fails? What then? Tips for a Successful Addiction Intervention in Tennessee Before beginning an intervention in Tennessee, there are important steps to consider. The first step may be to enlist the help of a professional interventionist. An...

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How Much Addiction Counseling Do I Need?

How Much Addiction Counseling Do I Need?

Every individual is unique, and every addiction is unique. Many factors contributed to the addiction including genetic predisposition, environmental and situational factors and psychological, experiential or pathological factors such as traumatic experiences or feelings of loneliness. Each Tennessee addict must recover at his or her own pace and according to his or her unique situation and individual needs. How Long Does It Take to Overcome Addiction with Counseling? The drug in question is a big factor in the requirements for recovery. Some...

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Does My Addiction Define Me?

Does My Addiction Define Me?

Addiction changes people physically and psychologically. It alters brain chemistry and re-wires neural pathways to drive behavior much more powerfully than rational thought or will. The addicted mind will come up with seemingly limitless excuses, denials and justifications for substance abuse, while simultaneously ignoring or diminishing the effects the disease is having on Tennessee friends and loved ones. Nearly everything in the life of the addict (relationships, values, actions and words) are driven by the disease. Unlike a disease such as...

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Social Drinking vs. Alcoholism

Social drinking vs. alcoholism

No other disease has the ability to affect as many cultures, age groups and backgrounds as alcoholism. Many individuals suffering from alcoholism are reluctant to admit or may be unaware that a problem exists. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that is processed in the liver and spread throughout the body via the blood stream. This leads to a decreased heart rate and respiratory depression. Small amounts of alcohol can create feelings of relaxation, but this effect is temporary. Alcohol’s potential for abuse and dependency makes...

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What Causes Alcoholism?

What causes alcoholism?

If you or someone you love is struggling with alcoholism, you may wonder how this powerful addiction began. Why does it seem like some people never become addicted, while others become alcohol dependent so quickly? Will a person with alcohol addiction in the family become an alcoholic? Take a closer look at alcohol dependence and the root causes of alcoholism to understand more about the disease and recovery. What Is Alcoholism? Did you know that there is a difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence? Alcohol abuse is the act of...

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Alcoholism and Liver Cancer

Alcoholism is a deadly sickness characterized by the excessive and chronic use of alcoholic beverages. If left untreated, the disease has the ability to eliminate the body’s ability to function physically, socially, at home or in the workplace. Alcohol is classified as a central nervous system depressant. This means that when used in large quantities or administered in consistent dosages, the substance has the ability to slow the function of the respiratory system as well as diminish an individual’s attention span and reaction speed, as...

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Alcoholism and Infertility

Excessive consumption of alcohol is dangerous for pregnant women and their developing babies. Recent science is also showing that heavy alcohol use which is defined as more than two drinks per day can have a detrimental effect on fertility in both men and women. It is clear that alcoholism and parenting just don’t mix. Alcoholism and Female Fertility Alcohol affects the female reproductive system in many ways. Alcohol acts as a depressant in the central nervous system and contributes to hormonal imbalance. Hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction...

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How Does Alcoholism Begin?

Alcoholism is a disease suffered by people who can not control their consumption of alcohol. They have developed an addiction to alcohol that will destroy health and happiness if not treated. Most people have been impacted by alcoholism in one way or another, and many have grown up with a family member who struggles with alcohol abuse. While there is a high level of awareness of this disease, there is confusion about how alcoholism starts and why some people become ensnared by this life-controlling disease. The Genetic Causes of...

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Teen Alcoholism

In the United States today, alcohol is the most commonly used drug among teenagers. Teens are ruining their opportunities in school and hurting their relationships with their family members. In addition, many are getting hurt, if not killed, in alcohol-related accidents. In fact, alcohol kills 6.5 times more of our country’s young people than all other drugs combined. If you are a teen struggling with alcoholism, you should learn more about the statistics and consequences that go along with drinking. Teen Alcoholism: Statistics American...

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Women and Alcoholism

Alcoholism can affect people of all races, genders and age groups, including women. While alcoholism may affect all groups of people, there are unique causes of alcoholism in women and unique reasons why women may neglect to enroll in rehab. Alcoholism is a complex illness, and it’s essential that all groups of alcoholics understand the unique factors that influence their decisions. Below, we’ve provided some information for female alcoholics that can help them make treatment decisions. Women and Alcoholism: Health...

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Alcoholism Statistics

Alcohol is a heavily regulated substance in the United States and very closely watched by researchers and statisticians. Research statistics are based on the assumption that one drink consists of 12 ounces of beer or a wine cooler, 8 ounces of malt liquor, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces (one shot) of 80-proof liquor. Heavy drinking for men is defined as two or more drinks a day and for women as more than one drink per day. If you are a heavy drinker, you should understand the difference between binge drinking and chronic drinking. Alcoholism...

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Alcoholism Symptoms

The symptoms of alcoholism are exceedingly obvious in some while others manage to hide their addiction from co-workers and loved ones for years. In some ways, functional alcoholics run a higher risk of physical damage to the body simply because only those very close to the alcoholic will recognize the severity of the issue. But functional alcoholic or not, the fact is that alcoholism is ultimately deadly. If you or your loved one is struggling with alcoholism, the first step to getting the necessary medical treatment is to recognize the...

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