Archive for the ‘Alcohol’ Category

The Delicate Issue of Sleep and Drug Use

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

We are always told that sleep is a very important process in our revitalization as well as having a profound impact on our daily lives. Many of us don’t get enough sleep and begin to rack up what’s called a “sleep debt”. It may not cost as much as credit card debt, dollar wise, but it’s eventual cost could lead to serious health and mental health problems, often requiring medications and visits to the doctor’s office. There are a great number of people operating with a hefty sleep debt because of stress at work, problems at home and a variety of other reasons, but many refuse to seek the help they need from a physician out of worry they may be put on a sleeping medication that could prove addictive and dangerous.… Read the rest »

Free Hotlines May Serve Their Purpose in the Recovery Process as a Gateway to Sobriety

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

One of the most difficult situations an addict will face in their addicted life is that of acknowledging they have a problem and seeking the help they need. This isn’t an easy process and many people who are not addicted or have never been addicted to alcohol or drugs simply may not understand this challenge, or realize how intense and tough it is to admit a problem and then deal with it. One of the reasons for this is that every addict, even though there are thousands of others suffering from addiction to the same substance, is different. They may take more or less drugs than others, they may be what some call “functioning” drug addicts which means they can hold down a job, a family and even play golf on Sundays but are still suffering, and there are plenty more addicts who become criminals and are thrown behind bars for small time crimes and never get the opportunity to be offered the treatment and support they need to begin their journey towards sobriety.… Read the rest »

A Role Model Is The Best Anti-Drug

Friday, January 16th, 2015

With more and more research being done to identify what leads many teens into drinking and substance abuse, more focus is being put on finding out just how much influence parents or guardians have over their young charges. Things like a chaotic home, family friends who use drugs openly during family dinners, get-togethers and reunions and ineffective parenting could be the biggest factors to be blamed for why so many kids are lighting up, drinking and whatever else that may be harmful. If parents do show more interest and involve themselves so that their kids do well in school and play sports then the likelihood of their kids turning to drugs and alcohol is diminished significantly. Things like a very strong family bond and a no-use drug policy at home are important ways to establish a role-model type relationship between parents and children, and if a child sees the success and happiness that their parents have achieved without drinking too much or using drugs, they will see that substance abuse has no place in being successful and has no place in attaining maturity.… Read the rest »