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How Alcohol Impacts Sleep

Sleep is essential to good health and well-being, but getting the rest you need can be difficult. If you’re struggling with insomnia, alcohol might seem like a quick fix. It has a long history of use as a sleep aid. However, studies have shown that alcohol may help you fall asleep faster but disrupts the quality of your sleep later on in the night. So how does alcohol impact sleep? Let’s take a look at some common questions about this

Alcohol-related Deaths

A study by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) covering alcohol-related deaths from 2015-2019 shows it’s the cause of one in five deaths among adults ages 20-49. In addition, the study’s findings show that one in eight deaths among adults 20-64 years old were linked to excessive alcohol use. Frequent binge drinking is one sign of an alcohol use disorder. The CDC estimates that one out of every six adults binge drinks, with a total of four drinks

If Walls Could Talk – Feelings of Growing Up…

By Fionn D.  Sometimes I think adults conveniently forget what it was like to be a child. When it comes to problems at home, they assume that children don’t have the mental, emotional or social intelligence to know what’s happening. I say this because I often hear phrases like “we don’t fight in front of them” or “they’re too young to understand.” I disagree. They do know what’s going on, they hear the fighting, and they definitely feel the tension.

Signs You’re Enabling Your Loved One

If you have a loved one with a substance use disorder, it can be difficult to know when you are enabling them. Many people enable their loved ones without even realizing it. Enabling is anything that allows your loved one to continue using drugs or alcohol. It can be challenging to break the cycle of enabling, but it is important to do so if you want your loved one to get help. In this blog post, we will discuss the

What is a Residential Treatment Center? 5 Things to…

When researching how to manage a substance use disorder (SUD) you’ve probably wondered, “What is a residential treatment center?” at some point. Without knowing what inpatient treatment means, you might miss considering it as a potential option for your alcohol or drug use. To help you make a more informed decision, let’s look at what’s offered at a residential treatment center and five things you should know before going to one. A residential treatment center is designed to have a

Pregnancy and Addiction

Becoming pregnant while living with a substance use disorder creates a different kind of urgency for treatment. Expectant mothers and their unborn babies both face numerous risks when drug or alcohol use continues. Let’s look at some of the most significant risks and identify the unique needs of pregnant women with SUDs. Drinking or drug use during pregnancy can lead to serious health risks for both expectant mother and child. The risks can even include such serious harm to brain

What Does Recovery Mean? Definition and Journey

We use the term “recovery” regularly. It’s even in our name. But, not everyone may understand what recovery means and what it involves. Today, we’ll help you understand how we define recovery from addiction and share some insight on the journey of addiction recovery from the Origins perspective. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Commission known as SAMHSA defines recovery as “a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to

Dangers of Mixing Alcohol with Prescription Drugs

If you have ever mixed drinking with prescription medication use, you have likely experienced some unpleasant side effects. But, this kind of combination actually can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Before you suffer any serious health consequences from this combination, let’s look at the risks associated with alcohol and prescription or over-the-counter drug use. The dangers of mixing prescription medications with alcohol can have a range of negative effects on a person. It can be as minor as

Expert Advice on How to Help Someone with Addiction

Knowing how to help someone with addiction doesn’t come easily. There’s no one path to recovery. But, you can find ways to begin a conversation about the harm caused by doing drugs or drinking. Today, let’s discuss a helpful approach to the subject—along with some important things to avoid. Talking to someone with a substance addiction can feel challenging. Learning how to help someone with a drug addiction can begin with the kind of research you’re doing right now. Part

Current Addiction Trends

When the pandemic began in early 2020, its potential impact on substance use disorders was already on the minds of many people. Now halfway through 2021, the trends emerging in SUDs is giving us a clearer picture of how the Covid era is creating a greater need for treatment. Today, let’s look at some current addiction trends and what to look for in family and friends who may have developed an addiction since you last saw them. Current addiction trends

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