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May 15, 2019

How to Deal With an Alcoholic Parent

Dealing with an alcoholic family member is always a challenge, but it is even more so when that person is a parent. The issues of having a mother or father with alcoholism are way more far-reaching than one would think. If you’re still underage and living with your parents, you could perhaps ignore the problem or you might try to take responsibility.

May 9, 2019

What Is Drug-Induced Psychosis?

When people think of psychosis, they often think of someone acting “crazy” or “psychotic”. Psychosis is more than that, and is classified as a legitimate mental disorder. Although there are many types of psychosis, this article focuses on drug-induced psychosis caused by substance abuse.

May 1, 2019

Do you Suffer From Depression After Giving up Alcohol?

Depression and alcohol abuse are interconnected in many ways. For some, depression causes alcoholism; for others, it comes as a result of drinking. And for some people, depression hits after giving up alcohol. You might be asking then, what’s the point of becoming sober if you’re only going to feel worse? But this post-alcoholic depression is often only temporary. For instance, alcohol withdrawal can cause depression symptoms.

April 26, 2019

Emotional Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Many of us drink to feel happy or relaxed, or to mask or avoid our feelings. Alcohol is a powerful drug that initially can seem like a one-stop solution to any situation. It can even act beneficially if used responsibly. However, when a person starts to abuse alcohol, the emotional effects it produces can turn against them.

April 16, 2019

The Difference Between Binge Drinking and Alcoholism

Many of us have engaged in heavy drinking or know someone who enjoys an occasional binge-drinking session with their friends. Almost certainly, at some point a thought has crossed your mind, “Do you think you’re an alcoholic?” After all, an occasional night of heavy drinking has become the norm. It is now socially acceptable to go to a pub with your friends and have more than the recommended allowance of alcohol.

April 9, 2019

What Are the Benefits of Rehab?

Whether one has an alcohol, drug, or behavioural addiction, the benefits of a rehab can help anyone into a successful and lasting recovery. Ireland offers a variety of treatment options for addiction, ranging from self-help programmes to luxury residential rehabs. Although rehab is not the only option for addiction treatment, depending on the person, it may be the best treatment option.

April 3, 2019

Am I Married to a Functioning Alcoholic?

A functioning alcoholic (sometimes called a functional alcoholic) is not always easy to spot. Unlike most alcoholics, functioning alcoholics do not exhibit obvious symptoms of alcoholism. They also manage to be generally competent in all or most aspects of their lives, therefore avoiding the stereotypical image of alcoholism. They are often middle-aged, successful, and have a job and family.

March 27, 2019

What is Outpatient Treatment for Alcoholism Like?

There are many types of approaches to treatment for addiction, be it alcoholism, drug addiction or a behavioural addiction. They can range from self-help to outpatient to inpatient programmes. Each has its benefits and downsides. Inpatient treatment, and the rarer intensive outpatient treatment programmes, are the most effective forms of treatment.

March 14, 2019

Why Can’t Alcoholics Stop Before They Lose Everything?

 

Alcoholism is a chronic illness that takes over the mind, and sometimes the body as well. It is extremely tough to control one’s behaviour with any addiction and alcoholics find it harder to stop than most. Sometimes, an alcoholic has to lose everything before they decide to get help. Sometimes, even hitting rock bottom is not enough.

 

Why can’t alcoholics stop drinking?

 

March 4, 2019

How Does Long-term Alcohol Abuse Affect the Brain?