What is Blackout Drinking?

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Have you ever had a hard time remembering what happened after a night of drinking? Do you remember bits and pieces, or can you not recall anything at all? If this sounds familiar, you have experienced alcohol-induced amnesia. Also known as blackout drinking, it is mainly associated with excessive or rapid alcohol consumption. However, it’s …

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Addiction and the Elderly in the UK

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When you picture an alcoholic or drug addict, you probably don’t picture your grandmother. Yes, the sweet old lady who bakes cookies and makes you feel like a kid again. Sure, she likes a glass of wine or two, and sure, she takes a lot of prescription pills, but who doesn’t? Most people think similarly. …

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5 Tips for Self-Forgiveness in Recovery

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Whether or not you celebrate Easter or another Spring holiday, spring is a time for renewal and change. It is a time for healing, moving on, and fresh starts. We often associate “Spring cleaning” with tidying up our homes, but this is also a perfect time to focus on self-care and spruce up our well-being. …

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Living with an Alcoholic

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Many people recognise that being an alcoholic or having another addiction is a huge challenge. However, others suffer as well. Living with or being around an alcoholic or addict can be just as difficult. Whether you’re a friend, family member or a partner of an alcoholic, life is likely not easy for you. It gets …

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How Do I Find the Right Support Group in Recovery?

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If you have been in recovery for any length of time, you will know – addiction is a lifelong disease. Aftercare is a crucial aspect in recovery, and support groups play a key role in it. However, finding the best one for you can be a challenge. Every person has different needs and comforts. Every …

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Is There a Quick Treatment for Addiction?

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You’re on a boat in the middle of the ocean, and have only begun your journey across the world. Then, you find a crack in the hull, through which water is slowly seeping. In a jiffy, you reach for some duct tape and tape over it. Problem solved? Sure, in the moment, it seems like …

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Is Starting a Relationship in Early Recovery a Bad Idea?

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Relationships, no matter how compatible two people are, require a lot of work in order to succeed. Many professionals recommend that anyone who is in early recovery should not form a new relationship for at least a year after treatment. And for a good reason. People starting a sober lifestyle are literally starting a new …

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The Reality of Being an Alcoholic Woman

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When imagining what an ‘alcoholic’ looks like, public perception is often far from reality. Just how many people would conjure up an image of a woman being an alcoholic? The reality is that the rate of women with alcoholism has been rising for decades now. The reality is that women are more prone to physical, …

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