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Danger of Detoxing From Alcohol At Home

Sometimes called, “cold turkey”, detoxing from alcohol at home is something that many individuals struggling with alcoholism have attempted. Is it a good idea? The only answer to this question is, no, and here’s why.

The Danger of Detoxing from Alcohol at Home

Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances to detox from. For those experiencing the most serious symptom of withdrawal – the shaking, sweating, heart palpitations, hallucinations, and marked confusion of delirium tremens, or the DTs – the death rate has been estimated to be as high as 1 in 25.

Because of this risk, safe alcohol treatment begins with medical detox. But why? What really happens that’s so serious?

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I Don’t Have A Problem: Denial and Addiction

Denial is one of the main reasons why drug addiction and alcoholism are maintained and prolonged. Many researchers argue that addiction wouldn’t be possible at all without denial. If you’re reading this, you probably know an individual who refuses to acknowledge that he or she has a problem. It’s important to understand that denial is a symptom of addiction.

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5 Signs You’re a Functioning Alcoholic

What is a functioning alcoholic?

What does an alcoholic look like? Do you picture the person who wakes up and starts drinking, the one who reeks of liquor throughout the day, and doesn’t put the bottle down until their head hits the pillow? Do you envision their lives consisting of blackouts, outbursts, and embarrassing episodes?

If this sounds like the right description, you might want to take another look.

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Addicted Seniors: Talking to Your Parents About Treatment

Are You an Adult Child With an Addicted Parent?

Addicted seniors. It’s a real problem.

If your parents were ill, you’d do anything you needed to in order to help them. Unfortunately, when adult children begin to see their older parents sink into alcoholism or drug addiction, they often are unsure how to approach the situation. It’s difficult to see a 50- or 60-year old parent and come to the realization that they may be an alcoholic or addicted to pain medication; then, to find a way to talk to them about it without damaging the relationship can be very difficult.

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Nalmefene: A Pill To Help Alcoholics Drink Like Normal People?

Recently, the co-founder of the Amsterdam Institute for Addiction Research, Wim van den Brink, suggested a change to the way we think about alcoholism. Unlike what we’ve been told for years, van den Brink suggested that alcoholics should not abstain from alcohol completely.

What did he say?

While the majority of us curiously tipped our heads to the side, wondering what would come next, van den Brink presented his solution: a pill designed to help alcoholics drink like normal people; nalmefene.

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“I’ve Got No Secrets.” Brad Opens up About Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

In a recent interview, Brad Pitt talked about his split from Angelina Jolie and his past substance abuse problem and alcoholism.

“I’ve got no secrets,” Pitt told the Associated Press. According to Brad, not talking about our problems doesn’t help. “We’re human,” he stated, then went on to say that talking about these issues and the human condition is one of the steps to getting better.

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Addiction Switching: From One Bondage to the Next

Addiction switching. What is it and what does it have to do with your recovery journey?

There is an article about addiction by Lance Morrow. In it, he writes “the mentality of addiction, of alcoholism, prevails in American life even when no drugs or alcohol are involved.”

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