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Maintaining Sobriety in a Post-Covid World

[fa icon="calendar'] May 27, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, covid

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When the pandemic first hit, many turned to alcohol as a way of coping with the initial isolation, boredom, and financial stress. Zoom happy hours and “quarantinis” quickly became all the rage, and no one questioned it because everyone had a “good reason” to be drinking.

However, some individuals found that the pandemic and the stay-at-home orders helped them recognize that they had a drinking problem. As a result, many decided that this was the perfect time to try out sobriety.

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How Alcohol Affects Your Mental Health

[fa icon="calendar'] May 13, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, mental health

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, where we strive to break the stigma surrounding mental illness, so we want to share how alcohol affects your mental health. 

It’s probably no surprise that one-third of people with major depression also drink. Millions of people also struggle with mental health, and it’s killing about 3 million people per year according to the World Health Organization.

Mental health is about more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities though, it’s also about looking after ongoing wellness and happiness. Alcohol can make it even more difficult, and here’s why: 

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How to Remain Alcohol Aware All Year Long

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 28, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, Alcohol awareness

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Alcohol awareness is all about being aware of our own alcohol consumption and how alcohol can affect us. Drinking alcoholic beverages is so normalized in our culture, that many will dismiss any negative effects it may cause. However, it’s important to remember that alcohol contributes to 95,000 deaths in the US every year. The reality is, alcohol is a drug that has the potential to ruin lives if we aren’t careful. 

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The Mindful Mocktail: 3 Alcohol-Free Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 16, 2020 / by The Mindful Mocktail posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, Positive Recovery, Mocktails

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If you're looking for a special non-alcoholic drink these holidays, I have you covered!
These mocktail recipes are easy to make, healthy and taste delicious.

For more recipes and alcohol-free inspiration like this, visit The Mindful Mocktail.

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RawRecoveryTalk: Changing The Stigma Surrounding Addiction

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 26, 2020 / by RawRecoveryTalk posted in Alcohol, Drugs, Co-Occurring Disorders, Positive Recovery

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It is so common nowadays to ask someone “What they do for a living” as a means of small talk. For 6 years my answer to this question was “I’m an addiction counselor” and as a response I would receive some variation of “Bless you, that must be so hard to work with them”. It took me a long time to realize that people did not know how to respond because of the stigma attached to addiction and mental illness in general.

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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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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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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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