The Beat


Five Truths about Alcohol Use

I was prompted to write this post from an article I read on CNN Health’s The Chart website, “Studies link alcohol to early death, memory loss” in January 2014. I thought it would be beneficial to pull a c...

The Dangers of Addiction and Pregnancy

When someone who is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction becomes pregnant, the dangers become not only prevalent to the mother, but her unborn child, too. While many people may know it is dangerous, it is...

Codependency

When referring to addiction and recovery, we often spend our time talking about the person that is using, but not much about those around them. I want to start by saying that I have been in this situation befor...

Rehabilitation at Home

When you suspect a loved one in your home is struggling from addiction to drugs and alcohol, many people have a natural instinct to solve it. They feel they are capable of helping that person overcome. In some ...

Eating Disorders

While many people typically think of drugs and alcohol as the main source of addiction, eating disorders are another form of addiction that requires treatment. Eating disorders are most rampant in young girls, ...

Leaving Rehabilitation Early

If you have not struggled with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is hard to understand the rehabilitation experience. For most people, it is a grueling time that is physically, mentally and emotionally painf...

Medical Detox

Withdrawal symptoms are extremely drastic and can include serious headaches, heart attacks, vomiting and death in some circumstances. Depending on how long and how much of the drug has been ingested, the body w...

It’s just college, right?

Alcohol and college are closely associated with each other in the minds of students and graduates with plenty of nights they don’t really remember. Many people say, “Its college, have fun!” Very rarely ar...

Molly: Not the girl next door

Molly. It sounds extremely harmless and reminiscent of a childhood friend or the girl next door. Unfortunately this couldn’t be further from the truth as “Molly” is sweeping through college campuses aroun...

Physical Side Effects of Addiction

Drug addiction is a very serious situation that often has severe physical side effects. After extensive drug use, a person can begin to look very different from their pre-addiction selves. Weight loss and weig...

Talking to Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

It is hard to avoid the prevalence of drug and alcohol addiction in our society. If you are not talking to kids about drugs and alcohol, who will? While this topic is not the easiest to approach with your kids,...

The Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Due to the nature of our society and the prominence of ‘social drinking,’ many times, alcoholism goes undetected. But, in all actuality, alcoholism is a dangerous condition that can be deadly if untreated. ...

How to Help

Do you have a friend or loved one you suspect is struggling with drug addiction? Have you seen physical and behavioral changes that make you think something is different? When faced with this situation, it can ...

Warning Signs of a Drug Overdose

When you suspect a friend or loved one has overdosed on drugs it can be a very scary experience. In such a tense situation, it is easy to panic and be slow to make split-second decisions that can potentially sa...

Goal Setting

Everyone, at some point in their life, has hopes and aspirations. Growing up, everyone wants to be a professional athlete, astronaut or maybe a fireman. Dreams and goals don’t have an expiration date. In orde...

Hereditary alcoholism, is it real?

As much as people think heredity is not a factor in alcohol abuse, hereditary alcoholism does exist in the sense that some people are genetically predisposed to abusing alcohol. It all starts in the brain. The ...

The Role of Stress

I do not want to suggest that it is OK to make excuses for addictions, but it is important to understand situations and triggers that can aggravate addiction or rehabilitation. In this case, let’s examine the...