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Alcoholism

How to Start the Intervention Process

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By Patti Richards You see her sliding deeper and deeper into the abyss of her addiction. Each day brings some new disaster. Her job went first, and then money started disappearing. You’ve tried to cover her absence from family gatherings and the children’s events at school, but it’s getting harder and harder to make excuses. And just yesterday, the police called with the news that she was in the hospital after wrecking the car. You know that, if things don’t change, she won’t      survive. You’ve read about families holding interventions in cases like these but aren’t sure where to begin. […]

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Is There a Link Between Gastric Bypass Surgery and Alcohol Addiction?

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By Jenni Deming If you’re considered medically obese — or have been at some point in your life — you know firsthand how cruel such a small word can be. At times, it feels like you’re no longer a person at all. You’re a health condition. But obesity isn’t a medical classification to you. It’s a personal label you’ve had to contend with for years. You know what it’s like to go to the doctor for a sinus infection and suffer through a condescending lecture on diet and exercise. You’ve felt the stabbing pain of airplane armrests digging into your […]

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How Does Addiction Physically Change the Brain?

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By Martha McLaughlin The human brain is a marvelously complex organ with areas that specialize in different tasks. As brain science develops, researchers are beginning to more fully understand how substance abuse and addiction affect it. These changes can be observed in many regions of the brain, including the prefrontal cortex, the nucleus accumbens and the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). Let’s take a closer look at each of those areas below. Drugs and Dopamine The prefrontal cortex — involved with planning and carrying out activities — works together with the nucleus accumbens — a cluster of nerve cells located under […]

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From “Me Time” to Meme: When Is It Time to Cut Back on the Wine Mom Life?

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By Jenni Deming If motherhood had an instruction manual, we’re pretty sure it would take up the entire Library of Congress. We’re talking rows upon rows of parenting tips and tricks. And it still wouldn’t be enough. Let’s be honest: Nothing can prepare you for having kids. That’s because there are millions of combinations of kids and moms in the world. No two families are exactly alike. And bless all the well-meaning authors out there, but keeping your kids safe and healthy requires a lot of on-the-fly adjustments. This stuff can’t fit into a book — not even a ridiculously […]

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More Research Than Ever Shows That When You’re Drinking, So Is the Baby Inside You

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By David Heitz Very often, people decide once and for all to become sober not only for themselves but for their children. Some may see the pain in their child’s eyes as they watch their parent battle the bottle. Others may have lost rights to see their children. And yet others may suddenly find themselves pregnant. When that happens, alcohol use goes beyond endangering your own life. New research shows that even a small amount of drinking during pregnancy alters the shape of a baby’s head. Certain facial features of babies born to alcoholics long have been associated with fetal […]

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