Addiction Recovery Blog

Euphoric Recall

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in For Family Members

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One of the challenges for friends, family members, and loved ones of those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is Euphoric Recall. 

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Want to Reduce Your Cancer Risk? Reduce Your Alcohol Consumption

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, treatment program

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Cancer is terrifying. It’s indiscriminate and will present itself in the young and old, rich and poor, all skin colors, and all religions. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot act to reduce your risks of cancer.

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Your Intervention Didn't Work, Now What?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 01, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in For Family Members, treatment program

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Everyone involved had hoped that your loved one would agree to get help and begin the healing process, but they weren't ready. Tempers flared and feelings were hurt. Either they refused to get any treatment, agreed to get treatment and then changed their mind, or left treatment early. Whatever the outcome was, the bottom line is that your plan didn't work.

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A Look at Addiction Recovery Rates

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 09, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Positive Recovery

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Research into addiction rates is mixed, and long-term success rates vary greatly according to several factors. Availability of treatment programs, matching therapy type to individual needs, addressing mental health in addition to the addiction, and length of time can all play a critical role in in achieving positive outcomes in recovery. 

Based on current studies, here are some addiction recovery facts:

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If You're Defensive About Your Drinking, You Might Have a Problem

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, treatment program

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Has anyone ever accused you have having an drinking problem? Perhaps it was a well-intentioned friend or colleague who made a “joke” that felt like it was directed at you, or a family member who outright called you an alcoholic?

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Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment Program

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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Addiction treatment programs in the United States follow many of the same foundations and principals, but because there are not mandatory certifications, accreditations, or training you can’t expect that you’ll receive the same level of service or professionalism regardless of where you go for treatment.

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The Long-Term Mental Effects of Alcohol

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 03, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, treatment program, Northern Virginia

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Liver disease. Impaired coordination. Damage to the stomach lining. There are many effects of alcohol on the body that we know about and have perhaps felt ourselves at times. In addition to these physical effects, prolonged alcohol consumption wreaks havoc on our bodies including many serious short and long-term effects on your brain and mental functions.

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Is Drug Addiction the Same as Alcohol Addiction?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 22, 2019 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, About Aquila, Drugs, treatment program

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There is a common misperception that some addictions are more “serious” than others, that alcohol addiction isn't as serious as an addiction to heroin, crack, or methamphetamine. 

Common stereotypes paint images of alcoholics getting drunk at home and heroin addicts as engaged in criminal behavior, unemployed, homeless, or giving up on life. After all, alcohol is a legal and socially acceptable substance here in the U.S. Thus, it is perceived as less serious.

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The Relationship Between Alcohol and Stress

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 08, 2019 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, About Aquila

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After a long day, there is nothing more relaxing than having a few drinks to help you unwind, right? But did you know that drinking can make you feel more stressed? 

Many people talk about having a drink to take the edge off when they are feeling stressed, but studies have shown that alcohol has the opposite effect. Alcohol increases the stress response by stimulating the production of the same hormones produced by the body when under stress. 

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The Problem With Using Alcohol To Unwind

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2019 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, About Aquila

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Do you know what this day needs? Wine! 

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