How To Cope When Living With An Alcoholic Spouse

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How To Cope When Living With An Alcoholic Spouse Most of your energy has probably gone toward helping your spouse manage their symptoms or to try to get them into detox or rehab. But it’s likely that you haven’t thought much about yourself other than to ask, “What can I do?” There are ways to help your spouse while also … Read More

The Dangers of Mixing Klonopin & Alcohol

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The Dangers of Mixing Klonopin & Alcohol Most prescription medications shouldn’t be taken with alcohol. This is a dangerous combo that can lead to several unfortunate health problems. When taken under the controlled environment of a medical doctor, the negative effects of these drugs can be minimized. However, most recreational users of this drug tend to take Klonopin and other … Read More

Ambien & Alcohol: 4 Reasons Not to Mix Them

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Ambien & Alcohol: 4 Reasons Not to Mix Them Lacking quality sleep can be a detriment to good health. In an effort to get some decent rest at night, some people take medication such as Ambien. Other people turn to alcohol to help them calm down and prepare themselves for a restful sleep. However, some people mix Ambien and alcohol, which is … Read More

Using The Right Words: What To Say During An Intervention

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What to Say & What Not to Say During an Intervention Words matter, and what you say (or don’t say to someone) during a time of need is important. As a family member or friend of someone struggling with an alcohol or substance use disorder, your words carry even more weight—especially during an intervention. Holding an intervention is one of the … Read More

Alcohol’s Effects On The Nervous System

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Alcohol’s Effects On The Nervous System I’m sure that many people know firsthand or have witnessed the effects of alcohol consumption.  What a lot of us don’t realize, and often can’t see, is how alcohol can affect the body’s nervous system—temporarily and permanently. Table of Contents The Nervous System First, let’s start with some basic knowledge of the nervous system: … Read More

10 Signs & Symptoms Of A High-Functioning Alcoholic

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10 Signs & Symptoms Of A High-Functioning Alcoholic There are many misconceptions about alcoholism that make it sound like an alcoholic is an easy person to spot, however, many alcoholics function effectively and lead relatively normal lives. These people are known as the functional subtype. Just because someone is high-functioning doesn’t mean they’re not at risk of hurting themselves or … Read More

How Does Alcohol Affect Blood Pressure?

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How Does Alcohol Affect Blood Pressure? Drinking more than three drinks in a single sitting will temporarily cause your blood pressure to rise, but extended binge drinking or regular alcohol consumption can cause a permanent increase in blood pressure. Below we highlight the effects alcohol can have on your blood pressure, as well as the negative consequences that having high blood pressure … Read More

How Benzos Affect Your Brain

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How Benzos Affect Your Brain Benzos work by interacting with neurotransmitters in the brain. This means that benzos affect the way that nerves communicate with other nerves. One such neurotransmitter is called the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), and it works to suppress the activity of nerves. Since some medical experts believe that excessive activity of the nerves is what causes anxiety … Read More

4 Rules For Trying To Help An Addict That Is In Denial

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4 Rules For Trying To Help An Addict That Is In Denial It can be very difficult to be a bystander in a situation like this, knowing that the person on the other side can improve their life if they just acknowledge the problem and take the right steps to combat it. In this situation, you may feel like you … Read More