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Life as an ACoA

Navigating life as an Adult Child of an Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Family (ACoA) is challenging, to say the least. Having been conditioned to comply in order to diffuse turbulent situations caused by the adults that were supposed to protect you has turned you into someone who neglects yourself while helping others and someone who is known to…

two women discussing treatment for alcoholism

Treatment for Alcoholism

An alcohol use disorder won’t go away by itself. The disease model of addiction states that you need help to overcome the condition’s causes. Treatment for alcoholism is available. For many, it’s a new beginning that completely changes their lives. Understanding the Condition Those who don’t suffer from an alcohol use disorder may have a…

Alcohol Use vs Alcohol Abuse

There’s a fine line between alcohol use and alcohol abuse. Often this line blurs in conversation. That said, there’s a way to determine if your use is getting out of hand. There are many warning signs that reveal a substance abuse problem. Differentiating Standard Use from Alcohol Abuse You might have a drink while preparing…

Man suffers from Insomnia and Addiction

Insomnia and Addiction

Addictive Tendencies Chronic insomnia and other sleep problems may be a pathway by which problematic substance use develops in individuals predisposed to addiction. Drugs of all kinds are abused by people with addictive tendencies—from NyQuil to benzodiazapines, to alcohol, to opiates. Those with insomnia and other sleep disturbances may use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate, but…