The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Trauma is a life experience that can be physical and mental abuse as well as neglect during the growing years. It is a topic of major public health concern in the United States. Early trauma exposure is known to increase the risk of mental disorders in adulthood, while many who suffered from childhood trauma are quite resilient.  Research has shown …

family drinking

How to Tell Your Family That You Don’t Drink

Alcohol reacts to your body the very moment you take your first sip. However, the effects on the body vary from one person to another. It’s easy for some people to control their drinking and draw their balance between being alcoholic and sober. While for others, it’s difficult to control their alcohol consumption. An occasional wine isn’t a concern, but …

coping with sobriety

How to Cope When You’re the Only Sober One at a Party

It is often the stuff of novelty for a person who drinks comes across someone sober. Quite often, they are one of those irritable drivers. Most of the time, they are the well-behaved ones in the group. And there are also times when someone is out there just having an easy time after a terrifying hangover experience. However, what is …

Vacation-affects

How Vacation Days Affect Your Mental Health and Productivity

Today, the routine of the everyday working man has become highly taxing and stressful. Long working hours, tight deadlines, and dull hours of commutation introduce chronic stress, anxiety, and depression to the workers and affect their overall health adversely. Research shows that 83% of workers in the US suffer from work-life induced stress. These numbers are highly alarming, and it …

Meditation Affects on Brain

How Meditation Biologically Affects Your Brain

Meditational exercises originate from Yoga, which is an ancient Indian institution that comprises physical, mental, and spiritual activities. Its origins can be traced back to the pre-Vedic era. These practices are designed based on intense and extensive study of the human body and mind focusing on their sole purpose. That is mental awareness. It was only during the mid-19th century …

History of Alcoholism

9,000 Years of Sipping: The History of Alcoholism

Addiction is a problem that surrounds our world today. When was the last time you watched the news and didn’t see them report a crime that was fueled by drugs or alcohol? While addiction takes many forms, without a doubt, alcohol addiction is one of the most prevalent types. What few people realize, though, is the extensive history of alcoholism …

Why Are Drinking Problems so Rampant in College Students?

Why Are Drinking Problems so Rampant in College Students?

We assume that college students party. The Princeton Review even has an annual list that ranks the top party schools based on things like drug and alcohol usage. Students who go to party schools no doubt feel some pride in those rankings. But expecting students to cut loose can have some unintended consequences. Drinking problems abound on college campuses. It’s …

The Sober Curious Movement: Trendy or Triumphant?

It’s a Friday night, you go out to a bar with your friends, and unless you’re the DD, you order a drink. It’s an assumed ritual, something none of us would ever think to question. Of course we’re going to order a drink, it’s Friday night and we’re out to a bar with our friends. But what if we told …

How to cope with alcohol in the workplace

How to Cope With Alcohol in the Workplace

They say that one of the best ways to kick a habit or addiction is to avoid temptation. Many struggling addicts are forced to change social circles, relocate, or even completely overhaul their lifestyle. But what if you’re a recovering alcoholic facing alcohol in the workplace? Do you work at a restaurant or bar where you’re surrounded by booze and …

How to Manage Chronic Pain in Recovery

How to Manage Chronic Pain in Recovery: 6 Helpful Tips

24.6 million people in the United States use an illicit substance at least once a month. An estimated 50 million people in the United States live with chronic pain, which can present a predicament for many in recovery who are also experiencing unrelenting pain. How can they manage their pain without taking opioids or other prescription painkillers? For many, prescription …