“The deception of others is nearly always rooted in the deception of ourselves.” (Grapevine, August, 1961) How often have you sworn off your drug of choice only to pick it up moments or hours later with a new found explanation for doing so? How often have you convinced yourself that your actions were right, even [...]
It seems like an oxymoron, but Chicago’s The Other Side makes it a reality. It’s a bar without the alcohol, where the strongest thing you’ll find is a Red Bull or the meager dose of caffeine in a coke, and although it’s a new phenomenon it could have a notable impact in the addiction and [...]
Acamprosate is a drug used to maintain abstinence in alcohol-dependent patients sold under the brand Campral. Many of the people who take acamprosate experience a significant reduction in their urge to drink alcohol, as well as a reduction in symptoms associated with a form of alcohol withdrawal called post-acute withdrawal syndrome. Doctors caution that the [...]
Alcoholic liver disease is the collective term used to describe three different liver disorders caused by alcohol intake: alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis. Together, these disorders represent a progression of ongoing liver damage. While even moderate drinkers can develop alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcohol-related hepatitis occurs in people who drink heavily [...]
A new drug coming out of Europe is showing some promise in the fight against alcholism. It’s called Selincro and was approved by European regulators last week.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a well-known program used by millions of recovering alcoholics to get sober and stay sobers. The program focuses on regular attendance and participation in small group meetings to help individuals make necessary life changes and offer long-term support. Begun years ago by men, today 30 percent of those who participate in [...]
According to Alanon.org, one out of seven people are alcoholics. For each of these alcoholics, their disease directly impacts 16 other people. With all of the lives alcoholism is affecting, it is no wonder a support group was founded over 60 years ago to help them. Al-Anon is a 12-step program for the friends and [...]
One of the biggest decisions a person can make is the decision to own up to their addiction and seek out help. With the number of detox and rehab centers available, choosing which one is right for you can seem like an equally daunting decision. So how does a person know how to choose the [...]
European researchers are testing a new drug called Nalmefene and finding it helpful in the treatment of alcoholics. After performing several clinical trials and double-blind studies, these scientists have found that alcoholics can cut their drinking on average by more than 66% if they use the drug.
According to a recent Medical News Today article, leading researchers on alcohol from both Canada and the U.S. have come together to discuss the latest discoveries at a full day conference that took place November 18th at Loyola University in Chicago.