Sep 09

5 Things You May Not Know about Women and Alcohol

5 Things You May Not Know about Women and Alcohol

5 things you may not know about women and alcoholBoth men and women drink but men and women are different when it comes to alcohol. Moderate drinking has been touted to have some pretty significant health benefits for your cardiovascular system. And this can be great for people who want to unwind over dinner. But as most of us know the dangers of alcohol especially for women outweigh the benefits. It is especially important for women to be aware of these dangers because they are different than men. When it comes to women and alcohol, it poses specific risks.

Here are 5 things you may not know about women and alcohol

Women and alcohol #1: More women are binge drinking. Binge drinking is the exact opposite of moderate drinking. For women, binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks in a single period. Most women binge drinking today average about six drinks. According to the CDC earlier this year, nearly 14 million women in the United States binge drink around three times a month. Not only that but women with an income over 75,000 dollars a year are more likely to binge as well as women who are between the ages of 18 and 34. High school girls are also more likely to binge. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 teenage girls binge drink. Binge drinking is dangerous it can cause unintentional injuries, alcohol poisoning, liver disease and stroke.

Women and alcohol #2: Many women may think keeping up with the guys when it comes to dinking is no big deal, but that just isn’t true. Women’s bodies tolerate alcohol differently than men’s for reasosn that aren’t quite understood yet. NIAA or the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism points out that it could be that women’s bodies have less water per pound than men’s. So if a man and woman who weigh the same amount also drink the same amount, the woman will likely have a higher BAC because the alcohol disperses in water and her body has less of it.

Women and alcohol #3: Drinking becomes a problem for women quicker. This is largely because wmen;s bodies handle alcohol differently than men’s. Because of this difference women are more likely to be at risk for alcohol related health problems. These risks include health disease and conditions that include liver disease, heart disease, breast cancer and also alcohol dependence. NIAA considers the low risk drinking limit for women as being seven drinks per week and no more than three drinks in one sitting.

Women and alcohol #4: A German study published last year found that alcoholism may be deadlier in women. It concluded that alcohol dependence is twice as deadly for women as it is for men. The death rate for alcohol dependent women was four time that of a sample of comparable non-addicted 18 to 64 year old women. It was only double for men. The why of this is still unknown but it is assumed that the effect of alcohol on women is much more severe.

Women and alcohol #5: Luckily women seek treatment for alcoholism sooner. A study that included more than 500 males and females found that women who abuse alcohol usually try to get help four to five years earlier than their male counterparts. The why of this is also unknown but it is hypothesized that women may attach less social stigma to drinking problems than men and therefore might be more likely to report their problem drinking.

There are also studies that have been done that show that drinking in women ups the risk of breast cancer and that NO AMOUNT of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Those facts are pretty well known though. Regardless of the reasons it might be safe to go ahead and say that women are better off just not drinking unless they are going to drink moderately.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/03/women-alcohol-facts_n_3831152.html?utm_hp_ref=womens-health

Aug 23

Diet Pill Addiction

Diet Pill Addiction

Diet pills are any type of “medication” or supplement that is marketed to control or reduce weight. There are numerous diet pills that have been produced and promoted for weight loss but only one is actually approved by the FDA for long term use. Diet pills always claim to achieve weight loss by increasing the metabolism, altering appetite levels, or interrupting the normal rate of absorption when it comes to fat and/or calories. The majority of diet pills can be purchased at pharmacies, over the counter without a prescription. This is especially dangerous because not only are the diet pills not approved by the FDA but they also can be bought by minors. Diet pills usually contain large amounts of addictive substances such as ephedrine, caffeine, or herbal stimulants which can have severe side effects. This is especially true if the individual taking the diet pills develops a diet pill addiction.

A diet pill addiction can develop at any time throughout an individual’s lifetime. This means that all age groups are vulnerable to a diet pill addiction. The statistics about diet pill addiction are helpful in realizing and understanding fully, the fragility of a diet pill addiction and how to improve the treatment of it.

  • A study from the University of Minnesota’s “Project EAT (Eating Among Teens) found that high school-aged females’ use of diet pills nearly doubled from 7.5 to 14.2 percent.  By the ages of 19 and 20, 20 percent of females surveyed used diet pills.
  • Abuse of diet pills by individuals with eating disorders is well-documented clinically, with prevalence estimates reported as high as 50%.
  • According to a study published in Eating Behaviors, individuals with eating disorders associated with vomiting and other purging behaviors are more likely to use diet pills.

What is the cause of a diet pill addiction?

Many things can cause a diet pill addiction. Typically a diet pill addiction begins with the want for a a temporary or quick fix for weight loss. Individuals who use diet pills under a doctor’s care with a prescription may have an actual need for the drug. However, when diet pills are just used recreationally or for non-medical purposes, it becomes a diet pill addiction. Men and women alike, who struggle with body image, even at a normal weight may feel inclined to use diet pills as a method of controlling their weight or losing weight. Body image dysmorphia or the inability to see one’s body clearly can be one of the biggest causes of a diet pill addiction. For example, someone who is suffering from anorexia nervosa is very likely to have a diet pill addiction. Feeling the necessity or want to take diet pills stem from deeper and underlying issues which are all usually connected.

Signs of a diet pill addiction

Certain signs and symptoms will be evident if you or a loved one is suffering with a diet pill addiction.  Diet pill effects can range in severity and can impact a man or woman physically, psychologically, and socially.

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Stomach pain
  • Rapid respiratory rate
  • Severe headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Liver/Kidney damage
  • Chronic mood swings
  • Blackouts
  • Memory loss

Someone with a diet pill addiction may also deal with the side effects physically, psychologically, and socially. For instance, unstable weight, headaches, tightness in chest, heart palpitations, dizziness, stroke, and mood swings, depression, and low self-esteem as well as, increased isolation, difficulty maintaining healthy relationships, and avoidance of social encounters.

 

Aug 09

How to Beat the Relapse Statistics

How to Beat the Relapse Statistics

The drug and alcohol relapse rehab statistics for relapse are disheartening and discouraging. Drug and alcohol relapse statistics show that the percentage of people who will relapse after a period of recovery ranges from 50 to 90 percent. This is a scary relapse statistic and it is often used as a justification for addicts and alcoholics who don’t want to stop using drugs or drinking. What the relapse statistics don’t tell though is that there are things that an individual can do to greatly increase their chances of long-term recovery. People who are serious about aftercare greatly increase their chances of staying sober.  Aftercare can include everything from a 12 step fellowship, staying in a halfway house and going to groups. This is good news because this means there are ways to beat the relapse statistics. Here are some ways on how to beat the relapse statistics:

Despite the fact that relapse statistics pretty much say that half of all drug addicts and alcoholics are going to relapse there are many people who escape addiction and go on to build a great life. Anyone can beat the relapse statistics by taking some action.

  • Addicts and alcoholics need to prepare to go back home in order to have a good shot at beating the relapse statistics.
  • Willingness to do whatever it takes to stay sober can significantly help addicts and alcoholics to beat the relapse statistics. If people are not fully motivated they will struggle to make it through the early months of recovery.
  • It is vital that newly sober people take their aftercare seriously if they want to beat the relapse statistics. By joining a 12 step group or using some other type of support they will be greatly increasing their chances of success.
  • When people give up an addiction they need to break away from their drinking and drugging buddies. Failure to do this puts the individual’s sobriety at risk and they could fall victim to relapse statistics.
  • Staying sober has to be the priority in the person’s life if they want to beat the relapse statistics. They should not allow anything to come in between them and their sobriety.
  • It is important that people avoid turning to other maladaptive behaviors in recovery such as working a lot, spending, sex etc. This causes many people to become another relapse statistic.
  • Keeping an open mind is a necessary element of a successful recovery. Beginner’s mind means that the individual doesn’t allow their preconceived notions get in the way of trying new things.
  • The idea that relapse is acceptable should never enter the thinking of people who are trying to stay sober. A return to alcohol or drugs is a risk and there is no guarantee that the individual will ever get another chance at a life away from alcohol and drugs. While the relapse statistics are high they aren’t an indicator of how many people make it back and that its ok or normal to relapse.
  • Recovery is to be enjoyed and not endured. If the individual feels like they are serving a prison sentence it is a sign that they are doing something wrong and chances are they will become part of the relapse statistics.

 

Jul 05

Benefits of Private Drug Rehab

Benefits of Private Drug Rehab

In comparison to a traditional drug rehab, private drug rehab is a step up and for the right reasons. While there is nothing wrong with a traditional drug rehab, a private drug rehab is specifically designed for those individuals who are looking for a bit more out of their rehabilitation experience and are willing to get it. If you are wondering what makes a private drug rehab just a bit more than a traditional drug rehab just look at the many benefits.

Here are 5 of the benefits of a private drug rehab:

  1. A smaller sized facility so that means more attention from the staff
  2. Beautiful environment in a secluded and peaceful area
  3. Added nutritional value through gourmet foods and many food options
  4. Comfortable accommodations that are meant to feel like home and are well designed
  5. More options when it comes to the type of therapy and activities to engage in to help the overall wellness of the client.

The benefits of private drug rehab are things such as one on one therapy during the week, nutritious or gourmet food, varied options for exercise and extracurricular activities, and many holistic methods such as equine therapy, acupuncture, art therapy or massage therapy. The benefits of private drug rehab also will be in an environment that is peaceful and tranquil. There are many benefits to attending a private drug rehab in comparison to a traditional drug rehab and all of these benefits not only make a private drug rehab exclusive but also effective.

Traditional treatment is generally not equipped to treat co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression, or bulimia. Many addicts and alcoholics begin using or drinking in an attempt to self-medicate for mental disorders. To be able to truly treat the addiction, the drug addict or alcoholic must treat the root cause of the addiction-the mental disorder. Private drug rehab is capable of treating the mental disorder as well as the addiction. One of the benefits of private drug rehab is that they have a higher success rate, in part because they are able to treat the underlying cause of addiction.

The most important benefit of a private drug rehab though is the fact that it has the added benefit of a private service which keeps the client’s identity and status safe from those who could use it to harm them. For instance, at a private drug rehab the client doesn’t have to worry about losing their job or status in society due to attending a drug treatment center. With the benefit of private drug rehab everything is kept 100% confidential.

Getting sober can change any addict or alcoholic’s life and it can be done in comfort and ease with the benefits of a private drug rehab. No person should have to worry about their information getting out, their food being less than nutritious, and their wellness plan being generalized. With the benefit of a private drug rehab everything is unique to the individual client so they can get the most out of their recovery and their life long after their time in a drug rehabilitation center is complete.

 

May 29

Why should I go to rehab?

Why should I go to rehab?

Why should I go to rehab?

If you’re asking yourself this question, chances are there are a lot of reasons for you to go to rehab. The first time I asked myself was long before my family intervened and sent me to rehab; long before I had failed out of school and lost my job. I would’ve saved myself a lot of pain and consequences if I had just gone to rehab then.

The reason I didn’t go to rehab was due to both pride and procrastination. I had convinced myself that I didn’t need it. I would quit on my own…tomorrow. I told myself I had responsibilities. I had a job; I was in school. I had bills to pay. I didn’t think I was a “real” addict.

Why should I go to rehab? Signs that it’s time

If you cannot make it through the day without a drug or a drink, you should go to rehab. If the thought of making it through the day without a substance scares you, you should go to rehab. If you have been charged with a crime due to your addiction, you should go to rehab. If you have lost employment, loved ones, or sold belongings to get drugs and alcohol, it’s time to get help. If you are selling drugs so that you will have drugs available to you, you should go to rehab.

Why should I go to rehab? Benefits of treatment

If you do decide to go to rehab, you have a much better chance of staying sober in the long term. Going to rehab gives you a window of opportunity to stay sober. Some people (I was one of them) cannot even string together a few days on their own. When you go to rehab, you will be in a safe place for a period of time that can give you a baseline of abstinence. Also, when you go to rehab, you will not have to face the dreaded withdrawal symptoms on your own. You will be given medication so that you are safe and comfortable during the withdrawal process. This is important because many people end up relapsing during the withdrawal stage if they try to do it on their own, just to relieve the discomfort from quitting drugs and alcohol.

Also, when you go to rehab, you will have the opportunity to create a new network of positive people in your life. Most of us had people in active addiction that we used to drink or get high with, and these relationships will need to be replaced if we are to have a genuine shot at staying clean in recovery

Why should I go to rehab? What to seek in a treatment center

When you decide to go to rehab, it can be difficult to decide where to go. The best treatment centers normally offer a variety of programs to meet each client’s individual needs. Also, consider the cost and what you can afford when you go to rehab. Many insurance policies will cover a stay in a treatment center, so check with your provider first. If you don’t have insurance and can’t afford a high-cost rehab, look for rehabs that offer a sliding scale payment option.

Apr 08

Can rehab save your marriage?

Can rehab save your marriage?

Whether or not rehab can truly save your marriage all depends on the unique circumstance that you are in. Rehab is not a place to save relationships but is a place that offers alcoholics and addicts the care and attention they need to leave their alcoholism and addiction behind forever. It is possible to save your marriage once you get clean but the two are not one in the same. Whether it is too late or just in time, leaving behind an addiction and alcoholism can mean everything for your marriage.

Hopeful and desperate wives, husband and partners are one of the biggest reasons that many people decide to go to rehab. The reason they beg, plead and in the worst case scenarios threaten the relationship for you to go to rehab so somehow they can salvage your marriage. Spouses believe that marriage problems can and will be healed when your alcohol addiction is addressed. In some cases, rehab is a godsend for a marriage. Addicted and alcoholic husbands and wives get the care they need to get better and the spouses at home want to put the work in to get through the hard parts of recovery. In other cases it turns out that alcoholism and addiction was only one of the multiple problems within a marriage. In these marriages, while alcohol rehab can and will make a difference for the alcoholic or addicted spouse, rehab couldn’t and won’t save the marriage.

For the marriages that include the alcoholic or addicted spouse getting help and the spouse at home willing to put the work in, yes, rehab can save a marriage. Rehab can be the place where the addicted and alcoholic spouse gets clean, where apologies for mistakes during the drinking and using start, where the healing process can truly take hold and this can help save a marriage if both parties are willing to put in the effort. Rehab is also the place where family therapy happens and that can really help to save a marriage. Of course with all marriages, it takes work and time, and even after rehab if you want to save your marriage, you are going to need to continue going to therapy.

While rehab can save your marriage in some instances there are some things that rehab definitely cannot do for it. Rehab’s main purpose is to help you get medical and psychological treatment for addiction and alcoholism, point blank. Rehab’s goal is not to save your marriage but save you. No one can and nothing can save a marriage but the two people in it who are willing to do what it takes to salvage it. That means that rehab cannot make you or your spouse go get therapeutic care, stay sober, attend therapy, or go to codependency groups etc. The action and work has to be done by the two people in the marriage, rehab can just give you a good starting point if the effort and willingness is there.

Nov 02

How to tell your husband you’re going to rehab

How to tell your husband youre going to rehab

How to tell your husband you’re going to rehab

The truth of the matter is that if you have been in living with your husband and/or seeing him in any sort of regular basis during your addiction, he more than likely already knows you have a problem with addiction and need rehab. As addicts, we often think we are hiding our drug use and drinking from the people we care about the most but in reality, it’s actually quite obvious. Addiction is a disease that can only be hidden for so long, and then the signs become absolutely impossible to cover up. Anyone who knew you before addiction took control of your life already knows that something is terribly wrong, especially your husband.

When you begin to come up with what you want to say to your husband about going to rehab, it’s probably best to assume that your husband already knows you are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction. When you stop to think about it, it is likely he has even attempted to talk to you about your addiction in the past. Don’t insult his intelligence by denying how long you have been trying to cover your tracks. Be honest with him, and he will be more receptive to the conversation.

The most important part of telling your husband you’re going to rehab will be the part where you tell him what you are going to do to help yourself. You are going to want to tell him how sorry you are for any hurt you caused him and you can do, but you should also have some information to share with him about getting into a drug alcohol rehab.

You need to explain to him that you are ready and willing to acknowledge your addiction and that you are going to go to rehab. More importantly, you need to share with your husband that you are ready to get better and go to rehab. You may not have all the answers to give your husband about going to rehab about where or when you will enter into drug rehab center or maybe you will. But all you need to convey is that you are ready to do what needs to be done in order to get your life back and your relationship with him back. This is how you will tell your husband you’re going to rehab.

Your husband may be upset with some of the things you have done during your struggle with addiction, but he will always love you so the fact that you are getting help and going to rehab is probably going to be of comfort to him. The conversation you have with your husband about going to rehab and to admit you are an addict may be a difficult discussion, but it is one that you have to face and you will be glad you did.

Once your husband sees you are being honest and humble, he will most likely be more than willing to help you through going to rehab and provide you with a great support system during your drug alcohol rehab. Once you have this conversation with your husband about going to rehab, you will be surprised at his reaction and how much more prepared you are to finally change your life for the better.