Physical Pain Linked to Increased Risks for Alcohol Relapse

Posted on October 11th, 2015

Physical Pain Linked to Increased Risks for Alcohol RelapsePeople who achieve abstinence during alcohol treatment are substantially more likely to relapse back into excessive drinking when they have significant physical pain, according to recent findings from a group of American researchers.

As a rule, people affected by diagnosable alcohol abuse and/or alcoholism consume alcohol in amounts that exceed public health recommendations for moderate drinking. Many individuals with serious alcohol problems successfully achieve abstinence while enrolled in a treatment program. In a study published in April 2015 in the journal Addiction, researchers from two American universities explored the impact that physical pain has on the odds that any given person will relapse back into a pattern of excessive drinking during or after alcohol treatment.

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4 Daily Actions That Will Keep You Sober

Posted on October 10th, 2015

4 Daily Actions That Will Keep You SoberWhen you are actively addicted to drugs or alcohol, part of your problem is that relying on substances became a habit. A habit is a behavior that is done regularly, usually without thinking much about it. Most habits are pretty hard to break. By abusing alcohol or drugs, you have been in the habit of running away from reality and avoiding feelings that are unpleasant. These are habits that need to be replaced with healthier choices.

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Could You Have Social Jet Lag?

Posted on October 8th, 2015

Could You Have Social Jet Lag?If you’ve ever felt physically or mentally out of sync with your life, you’re no stranger to “social jet lag.” We all have times when we feel more inclined to sleep or eat or when we have more physical energy or mental focus. The concept of social jet lag refers to the conflict between what our bodies need, based on our internal biological clocks, and what our lives require, based on our jobs, our family lives, and other factors. Unlike the jet lag we get from traveling across time zones, social jet lag stems from how we live our lives at home. The phenomenon also occurs when people sleep in during the weekends, thereby confusing their body clocks even more with their changing sleep patterns.

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Comorbid PTSD, Heroin Addiction Increases Risk for Major Depression, Suicide

Posted on October 2nd, 2015

Comorbid PTSD, Heroin Addiction Increases Risk for Major Depression, SuicideSignificant numbers of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have diagnosable problems with substance abuse and/or substance addiction. Some of these individuals are addicted to the powerful opioid street drug heroin. In a study published in January 2015 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of researchers from Australia’s University of New South Wales used a decade-long project to determine if the presence of PTSD alters the course of heroin addiction over extended periods of time. These researchers concluded that the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder creates several unique risks for long-term heroin addicts.

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