a family celebrating sober holidays

Tips for Ensuring You Have Sober Holidays This Year (and Forever)

Drug abuse and the holidays are frequent partners in a way that can be very devastating to many people. For example, you may have lost loved ones during this time and feel compelled to use substances to ease the pain of their memories. Thankfully, sober holidays don’t have to be a distant memory. If you…

alcoholic woman laying down dealing with the physical effects of alcohol; she has been drinking

What Are the Physical Effects of Alcohol?

Millions of people in the United States die each year due to alcohol-related problems. Alcohol is one of the most devastating substances that people ingest. It’s overwhelming because the difficulties of alcohol are often overlooked and downplayed. Not everyone recognizes how detrimental the physical effects of alcohol are. Consequently, people who indulge in alcohol not…

food at a sober thanksgiving

Sober Thanksgiving

Staying sober during the holidays is hard, especially if it’s your first sober Thanksgiving. Whether it is your first sober Thanksgiving or your twentieth, ways exist to help you through triggering events and temptation. For extra sober Thanksgiving support, many 12-step support groups have meetings about staying sober during the holiday season. If you need ideas on…

a person denying alcohol wonders the side effects of quitting alcohol cold turkey

Side Effects of Quitting Alcohol Cold Turkey

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence report that 1 in every 12 adults in the United States suffer from some type of alcohol dependence. It is the most regularly-used addictive substance nationwide. Regularly drinking large amounts of alcohol can cause the brain to get used to how the substance interferes with neurotransmitters and absorption.…

a girl cries as she sees her parents display the emotional effects of alcohol

Emotional Effects of Alcohol

Mental health treatment programs often find themselves dealing with people who also have problems with alcohol. This is because many people first start drinking in order to try to manage the adverse effects of a psychological issue. The problem is often made worse because the emotional effects of alcohol can cause other problems to intensify.…

therapist explaining inpatient vs outpatient care to woman with substance abuse problem

Inpatient vs Outpatient Care: Which Do You Need?

What’s the difference between inpatient vs outpatient care? Both inpatient and outpatient drug rehab centers are important parts of the recovery process. Which is right for you depends on your personal recovery journey. Inpatient Care: Rigorous and Controlled If you’ve struggled with your substance abuse for some time, inpatient care like the residential alcohol treatment center…