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Recovery…The New Me

For many, addiction quickly becomes a part of your identity. You often associate with others that are doing drugs or abusing alcohol and are making many of the same life choices that you are at that time. The places you go, the things you do, and even your appearance all become inexplicably linked to yourRead More

Raising a Child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Parenting is challenging. Parenting a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a challenge all its own. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a spectrum disorder and affects children differently. Parenting a child with FAS is best described as a journey. There are ups and downs along this journey and parts of the journey may feel unbearable.Read More

Does Alcohol Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer?

For many years, research was inconclusive, leaving experts perplexed as to a potential link between alcohol use and breast cancer. Recently, many researchers have made this a primary focus of studies and experiments. The results are disturbing. As little as one glass of beer or wine per day does increase the risk of breast cancerRead More

The Link Between Heavy Drinking and Dementia

For decades, researchers speculated that heavy drinking had some relationship with the onset of dementia, but there was no concrete evidence to support this theory. However, recent studies prove that people that drink more than five beers in one sitting or consume an entire bottle of wine are there times more likely to develop dementiaRead More

Alcoholism in the Military

The expectations of those in the Military can be extremely high, especially for women. With these high expectations come extreme levels of stress and in many cases anxiety. Given the sometimes-rigid schedules and demanding requirements, the Military has experienced a significant increase in the number of substance abuse problems seen on an annual basis. WhileRead More

Sober Parenting

Addiction can be detrimental to a family. This is even more worrisome when the person dealing directly with the addiction is a parent. Addiction can cause the children to feel higher than healthy levels of anxiety and stress. Things like homework, school functions, and even daily interaction can seem daunting to a child whose parentRead More

How Much Alcohol is Healthy?

Now, this is a loaded question! There are many opinions on this, and a variety of research has been done with varying results. However, there are a few commonalities. In the United States, moderate drinking for a woman is considered to be one drink per day. A drink can be defined as a 12-ounce beer,Read More

The Alarming Rise in Women’s Drinking

A recent study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research Researchers looked at millions of emergency room visits nationally between 2006 and 2014. They showed that ER alcohol related visits were increasing significantly by women. For women alone, the total number of alcohol-related ER visits increased from 947,173 in 2006 to 1,609,320 in 2014.Read More

Alcoholism Doesn’t Discriminate Based on a Woman’s Age

As many as two million women, aged 60 and older could be diagnosed as having an addiction to alcohol or having a problem with it. Problematically, older women aren’t readily diagnosed. That’s because out of all the demographic groups, these women seek help way less frequently. Five percent will never see an addiction specialist orRead More