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What is a Functioning Alcoholic?

By |October 9th, 2013|

Functioning alcoholics are people who drink alcoholically, but are able to maintain successful lives. For functioning alcoholics, their alcoholism is essentially hidden from view because it does not stop them from achieving a “normal” or accomplished lifestyle.

Rebuilding Trust in Recovery

By |September 17th, 2013|

For the recovering addict, building trust is a two-fold process: trust not only needs to be earned with others, but we also need to begin to trust ourselves. The road to rebuilding trust starts with making sound decisions, becoming accountable and accepting responsibility for our actions.

Thinking of the Future Can Limit Impulsive Behavior

By |September 9th, 2013|

There are several components to addictive behavior. For many people, impulsive behavior and the desire for instant gratification are stronger than patience, self-discipline, and will power - people that exhibit these traits are commonly described as having addictive personalities.

The First Step: Powerlessness in Addiction

By |September 4th, 2013|

For a person to admit they are powerless over drugs and alcohol is a huge step. For some, the concept of powerlessness can be troublesome. The trouble may lie in the fact that we seem to be hardwired to think we have control over people, places, and things. Powerlessness may indicate weakness and helplessness; some may think it fosters a victim mentality.

Does Drinking and Smoking Contribute to Early Brain Aging?

By |August 28th, 2013|

New research, however, is looking at the combined effects of excessive alcohol use and chronic smoking, suggesting that individuals who both smoke and drink heavily experience early brain aging.

Do Hangovers Increase the Risk of Strokes?

By |August 13th, 2013|

When it comes to drinking alcohol there are so many definitions to explain the different types of drinkers that it is difficult to keep track of them all, let alone understand the subtle variations and differences.

Study Shows Higher Rates of College Binge Drinking in Women

By |August 2nd, 2013|

College kids binge drink. For some of them it is just a phase or rite of passage, a weekend activity that falls by the wayside once they graduate and enter the workforce, when responsibilities take over and frat parties and games of beer bong seem like distant memories.

Prescription Drug Addiction: A Prescribed Menace

By |September 14th, 2012|

It happens to all of us: a broken bone, a torn ligament, a pulled muscle, or a really nasty bout with the flu that produces a cough to end all coughs. We’ve all felt like the world is closing in on us, like the pain we’re feeling is the worst pain ever felt.

Addiction in Sports: A Famous Baseball Sentiment

By |September 5th, 2012|

Yogi Berra – Hall of Fame catcher and longtime New York Yankee – known for his backwards, aloof, and endearing logic, famously once said, “Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.

Behind the Scenes with Doreen Hunziker

By |August 31st, 2012|

Interview with Doreen Hunziker who has been with Alternatives in Treatment for 22 years. She has a lot of experience watching clients grow and take the journey towards recovery.