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Study: Alcohol as Kids, Binge Drinkers Later

A new study published in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that kids who are allowed to try a small amount of alcohol at home are more likely to start binge drinking when they get older. The study was conducted by the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University i more...

Defining Your Own Higher Power in Addiction Recovery

June 7th, 2015 12 Steps, Helpful Articles
If you are a person with deep religious convictions, hearing that you need to believe in a power greater than yourself in order to recover makes a lot of sense. But if you are an atheist or agnostic, or if your faith has been shaken by tragedy or loss, you may not want to hear that you should not only believe in but re more...

Social Media Fueling Binge Drinking

While social media has exploded in popularity for allowing old and distant friends and family to reconnect and share, these sites have their downsides, from cyberbullying to online affairs. Binge drinking games are just another way in which social media gets misused, but it is also a deadly one. (more…) more...

Online Tool Shows Promise in Helping Low-Income Smokers Quit

Cigarette smoking is responsible for an estimated 480,000 deaths per year in the U.S., making smoking the leading preventable cause of death in the country. Almost seven out of 10 smokers want to quit, but the success rates for many interventions are fairly low. Some groups have less success than others in quitting smo more...

Heavy Drinking, Alcohol Use Disorders Plague Restaurant Workers

Substance abuse is a major health concern for food service workers. People who work in this industry are more likely to engage in heavy drinking and drug use than people in most other occupational groups. (more…) more...

The Dangers of Inhalants

In 2014, after allegedly inhaling from a compressed air duster can, 21-year-old Jerrad Basset passed away within hours of being rushed to the emergency room. According to his mother, the autopsy report revealed that her son’s cause of death was a chemical typically found in air duster cans. Christina was shocked and more...

Is There a Link Between Smoking and Alcohol Addiction?

While some may casually smoke one or two cigarettes during a night out of drinking, a new study published in April 2015 in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that the reverse effect could also be true. The study, led by Oliver George, PhD, a senior author and biologist at The Scripps Research Institute, discovered th more...

Can You Have Too Many Stints in Rehab?

May 28th, 2015 Helpful Articles
You’ve been to rehab a few times. People who support you are starting to ask questions. Is it too much? Why can’t you just stay sober? How many more times will you have to interrupt your life and go to rehab? What not everyone understands about addiction is that it requires ongoing, lifelong treatment. This doesn more...

Habits That Can Keep You Sober

A habit is a recurring pattern of behavior that is hard to give up. In many ways, addiction itself is a habit. As you develop an addiction to alcohol or drugs, you may start gradually by routinely following dinner with a drink, stopping at a bar on the way home from work or always going to parties on Saturday night. Be more...

Prison Ministries Helping Incarcerated Addicts

May 24th, 2015 Helpful Articles
Substance abuse and addiction are major problems in America’s prison system. Drug offenses are common reasons for arrest and incarceration, which means that many inmates are drug users and addicts. In fact, statistics show that at least 65 percent of prisoners in the U.S. are struggling with substance abuse or addict more...

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