If you are in early recovery for a drug or alcohol addiction chances are your body has seen better days. In active addiction, most people pay little attention to nutrition and exercise, leading to eventual vitamin deficiencies, a depleted immune system, and a paunchy physique as time and energy was diverted toward acquiring, using, and […]

Alcohol abuse, alcohol addiction, alcohol dependency—with so many terms referencing an alcohol use disorder it may make the actual definition of alcoholism seem murky and confusing.  In reality, alcoholism is a complex substance use disorder with various features that help define the severity of the problem, or whether the alcohol use, although excessive, even reaches […]

It is widely understood that people with an alcohol dependency who want to enter recovery should undergo a medically supervised detox. There is good reason for this guidance, as alcohol detox and withdrawal can produce highly unpredictable, even dangerous, symptoms. A medical detox is monitored by trained detox specialists who are prepared to intervene should […]

For some in recovery for alcoholism the effort to stay sober is akin to swimming upstream, using every fiber of your being to work against the strong current that threatens to pull you right back downstream into drinking.  Someone with a long history of heavy alcohol consumption, who has become chemically dependent on it, may […]

You hear about hitting bottom.  In fact, you might even believe that your bottom is now, that this is the time to get some help.  Maybe your job is in jeopardy, or your marriage.  Maybe your finances have taken a beating due to drug use.  Or maybe you recognize signs of deteriorating health.  Each person […]

Alcoholism continues to be the dominant reason for rehab admissions in America.  While there has been a lot of attention focused in recent years on the opioid crisis, alcohol addiction represents 80% of the individuals suffering from a substance use disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Alliance.  Because of the strong […]

When alcohol addiction affects someone who is in a leadership position at work it can present a difficult dilemma.  How does this executive, with all the many job responsibilities that cannot simply be ignored, manage to get treatment for the alcohol problem?  This quandary has led to the formation of specialized niche rehabs that have […]

High-level executives encounter excessive levels of stress on a daily, hourly basis.  Chronic exposure to high stress can often result in the use of alcohol as a means of relieving the pressures of the job.  Eventually, this daily habit of self-medicating with alcohol can develop into addiction or dependence, becoming a threat to health, career, […]

Most executives understand the benefits of expediency.  Time is money, as they say, so completing tasks or projects in a timely manner is beneficial to the bottom line.  Well, a similar case can be made for rehab.  Busy professionals may find it difficult to commit to a long term rehab when treatment is needed for […]

Too much of anything, no matter how pleasurable it is (at least in the beginning) can lead to harmful effects. Take anything that one might enjoy—eating chocolate, shopping, playing blackjack, even exercising—and consider the harm it may cause if it is overindulged in. The adverse effects or consequences of overindulgence are well known—obesity, bankruptcy, harm […]