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Is Alcoholism Hereditary or Genetic?

Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain, affecting the reward and motivation centers. “Is alcoholism genetic or hereditary?’ is a question that has turned to science for answers. Indeed, scientists have argued about the genetic and hereditary influences on addiction for decades. To truly understand the influence of genetics and heredity, we must understand…

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How Does a Sober Living Home Work?

How Does a Sober Living House Work? Sober living homes (SLHs) were created to provide a safe, supportive, and affordable housing option to those in recovery. Typically, people choose a sober living community as the next step after rehab or detox. They serve as a stable residential environment while residents continue their treatment for addiction.…

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Men’s Sober Living

Men’s Sober Living When considering options for sober living housing, the choice between co-ed or gender-specific sober living is a common consideration. The choice is very important. Men’s sober living is, as the name implies, open only to men. There of course are female-only options and co-ed options. There are pros and cons to both considerations,…

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What Are the Health Benefits of Sobriety?

Examining the Health Benefits of Sobriety The health benefits of sobriety include improved focus, energy, memory and sleep. It can also reduce your risk for heart problems, liver problems and several types of cancer. It’s a well-established fact that alcohol abuse causes long-term damage to the body. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse…

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The Long Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Understanding Alcohol Abuse To some people, enjoying alcohol in moderation is o.k. The problem is, everyone’s definition of “in moderation: is different. When people use alcohol as an escape route for social, personal or career pressures, alcoholism can result. Long term, the effects of alcohol can cause to liver damage and other debilitating conditions. Most…

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How to Build Confidence in Recovery

How to Build Confidence in Recovery Self-esteem is the “feeling of having respect for yourself and your abilities; a confidence and satisfaction in oneself.” Although subjective, self-esteem is a value that only the individual can define from within themselves. People with high self-esteem hold themselves in high value; people with low self-esteem often feel inferior…

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The Sober Living Environment

What are Sober Living Environments Really Like? A sober living environment is designed to accommodate those who want to maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs.  Addicts in recovery who might otherwise experience serious difficulty in maintaining abstinence find that being in a stable, drug-free environment following treatment is better for them. Sober living environments were…

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Long Term Effects of Prescription Pill Abuse

Long-Term Effects of Prescription Pill Abuse Prescription pill addiction affects individuals of all ethnicities and genders—here are the long-term effects of prescription pill abuse. Many studies have been done on the long-term effects of prescription pill abuse. When prescribed for you by a doctor, these medications can indeed be helpful or even life-saving. It’s when…