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Functional Alcoholism: 20 Things To Know

The classic picture of an alcoholic as a person who always drinks too much and whose life is falling apart only pertains to a portion of people with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Many people appear outwardly fine or even successful, even though they abuse alcohol. Referred to as high-functioning alcoholics, these individuals may be successful…

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College Students and Substance Abuse

College Students and Substance Abuse: Deadly Combinations College is often a time of exploration and learning. However, for some, it’s also a time of binge drinking and substance abuse? Studies show that college students are more likely to partake in binge drinking, marijuana use, and prescription drug use, which often leads to substance abuse. College…

Exercise and Drug Addiction

Exercise and Drug Addiction

Food, Exercise and Drug Addiction: A Strange Combination Eating healthy, exercise and drug addiction may seem like an odd combination. However, recent studies show that exercise could decrease substance abuse and reinforce abstinence. At the same time, healthy eating may increase mood and long-term recovery. Exercising while using drugs is not recommended. The reason is…

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Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Abuse: What’s the Connection?

On their own, psychiatric conditions and alcohol abuse are difficult to treat. The effects are often even harder to manage and treat when someone struggles with both. Research shows that about 45 percent of people with bipolar disorder also meet the diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder. Left untreated, people with this combination suffer from…

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How Alcohol Addiction Can Impact Your Mental Health

People with mental illness often have symptoms that are difficult to manage without supportive mental health care. Many people turn to substances, including alcohol, to help them cope with the uncomfortable symptoms of their mental illness. This is called “self-medication.” Addiction to substances is common in people with mental health issues because so many people…