What Coloradoans Should Know about Alcohol Use Disorder and Dementia

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Medical professionals have long felt that heavy drinking and long-term alcohol abuse such as occurs with alcohol use disorder have an impact on the development of dementia. New research links alcohol use disorder and heavy drinking with an increased risk of early onset dementia, defined as dementia that begins before age 65. Alcohol Abuse May Contribute to Early Dementia In … Read More

Why Your Doctor May Not Help You with an Alcohol Use Disorder In Colorado

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Alcohol use disorder is estimated to affect more than 15 million people in the U.S. each year, and 88,000 people died from excessive drinking according to the latest study. That is more than deaths from drug overdoses (64,000 in 2016).  Despite how common and risky excessive drinking is for Americans, however, it is not often addressed or treated by doctors, … Read More

Will You Lose Your Job If You Go to Drug Rehab in Colorado?

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There are a variety of perceived barriers to seeking treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, ranging from fear of losing one’s reputation to fear of losing your home. One of the most common reasons addicts fail to seek treatment is the fear of losing their job. Whether you work in construction, the school system, on Wall Street, or in an … Read More

5 Qualities To Look For In An AA Sponsor

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Though 12-step programs are not for everyone, those who do participate in them are likely familiar with the term “sponsor.” In Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), a sponsor is a person who can offer a newcomer support and understanding based on personal experience. Sponsors often take those who are newly sober through the 12 steps and act as a mentor of sorts. … Read More

How To Tell People You Struggle With Alcoholism

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Admitting you have a problem with alcohol and getting sober isn’t easy, but it doesn’t always become easier when you stop drinking. Sooner or later you’re going to face another challenge: telling people that you have a struggle with alcoholism. Sometimes a period of life lived under the shadow of an addiction to alcohol takes place in private, away from … Read More

Causes of Alcoholism: “Why Am I An Alcoholic?”

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In a world and culture where drinking tends to be the norm, it can be hard to see or understand when social or moderate drinking has turned into a problem. Often times, the lines are blurred for people who have dangerously moved from drinking in moderation into habit because society has conditioned us that getting intoxicated is how we celebrate, … Read More

Is There A Connection Between Depression And Alcoholism?

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When it comes to alcoholism, there is another diagnosis that often accompanies it— depression. But the relationship between alcoholism and depression is a bit like the chicken and the egg, in that it’s hard to determine which came first. Some believe that depression leads to alcoholism, while others think that alcoholism leads to depression. In a way, both are probably … Read More

How To Find Friends That Will Keep You Sober

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Going through recovery is in many ways a kind of rebirth process: choosing to destroy old parts of yourself (the anxious, depressed, or insecure ones that drove you to drink) and manifesting a new self in their place. Some people might like the symbolic imagery of a Phoenix, although I always preferred the more brutalist imagery of ripping a building … Read More

6 Tips For Lasting Alcohol Sobriety

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After completing treatment for alcohol substance abuse, a person leaves the facility with newfound hope and mental clarity. However, as they integrate back into daily life outside of treatment walls, life can get tricky to navigate as drinking triggers begin to resurface. Detoxing and finishing rehab are only the beginning steps to lasting recovery. This is a vital understanding that … Read More

5 Reasons Why Alcoholics May Drink

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When it comes to determining the reasons why alcoholics drink, there is no same answer for everyone. For those who abuse alcohol or are addicted to it, the reasons for drinking may be unknown or could range from depression to genetics, or simply liking the feeling that alcohol gives them. Or, it could be a combination of all those reasons. … Read More