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Alcohol Depression

Fear and Loathing After Drinking – Can Alcohol Cause Depression?

The connection between drinking alcohol and depression is real, although which comes first — alcohol or depression — is up for debate. Does alcohol cause or worsen depression? Or does depression lead to alcohol misuse and abuse? A group of researchers from Yale University in the United States sought to answer the following two questions: How common are alcohol programs among people who suffer from depression?  35 studies meeting criteria suggested that 16% of individuals diagnosed with depression presented with alcohol problems versus 7% among the general population. Hence, those with depression showed more than double the propensity to face alcohol problems….

Self Medicating with Alcohol

Self Medicating With Alcohol – Avoiding the Dangers

Self medication theory is the idea that people use substances or gratifying behaviours to treat underlying problems without the advice of and without following a prescription from a licensed healthcare professional. As Dr. Elizabeth Hartney describes in an article for Very Well Mind, self-medication theory can apply to substance abuse disorders as well as behavioral addictions such as gambling, compulsive shopping, and eating disorders. Self medication is one of the most common paths to addiction. Why Do People Self-Medicate? There are a number of reasons people self-medicate. Sometimes the user isn’t consciously aware that they are self-medicating. They turn to a substance…

Mocktails

Wintertime Holiday Mocktail Recipes

The winter holidays are rich in tradition, merriment, and cherishing our relationships. For those amidst their recovery it can also present new challenges to staying sober. Christmas parties, New Years, and family get-togethers can be fraught with triggers and temptations. For some people, replacing their former holiday cocktails with non-alcoholic holiday drinks helps in getting into the spirit of the season without inviting a relapse. We’re providing these recipes as alternatives to mixed drinks, beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages during the holidays to enjoy. However, with that said, be aware of the potential for “mocktails” to trigger your cravings…

Tips On Your Recovery During The Winter Holidays

Sober Holidays: Tips On Your Recovery During The Winter Holidays

Christmas in Recovery If you’re in recovery, the holiday season can be especially difficult and, let’s be honest, not so jolly. It doesn’t matter how far into recovery you are, whether it’s days or decades, the holidays come with their own set of challenges.  Holidays are great if you’re in the business of selling beer, wine and spirits, but they’re not so great if you’re an alcoholic. In one survey, found that around 47 percent of men and 40 percent of women stated they binge drink during the holidays, according to statista.com. We like to look at these challenges as…

Dry January 2020: Tips & Benefits for the Sober Curious

Dry January 2020: Tips & Benefits for the Sober Curious

What if we told you… Not drinking in January has health benefits for the rest of the year? Yes, it’s true! Granted, for some of us, avoiding alcohol on January 1st is easy since we are recovering from the previous night’s celebratory toasts… but if you continue that trend for another 30 days, you can see physiological and psychological benefits into February and beyond. On average those that participate in Dry January go on to drink less frequently and in smaller quantities throughout the course of the year.  Yes, a month of temperance really can help your health for the…