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Recovering from Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous is by far the largest support group for alcoholics in the world and most people who need help to beat alcoholism do attend it at least for a while. AA and the 12 step world has a large number of devoted, evangelical followers that claim it will work for everyone. Unfortunately it does […]

The Science Behind PTSD Symptoms

By Michele Rosenthal After any type of trauma (from combat to car accidents, natural disasters to domestic violence, sexual assault to child abuse), the brain and body change. Every cell records memories and every embedded, trauma-related neuro pathway has the opportunity to repeatedly reactivate. Sometimes the alterations these imprints create are transitory, the small glitch of […]

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a pattern of physical and mental defects that can develop in a fetus in association with high levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. About the Effect of Alcohol on the Fetus Alcohol can disrupt fetal development at any stage during a pregnancy — including at the earliest stages and before […]

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, an 1887 painting by Victor Vasnetsov.

  The less people tolerated us, the more we withdrew from society, from life itself. As we became subjects of King Alcohol, shivering denizens of his mad realm, the chilling vapor that is loneliness settled down. It thickened, ever becoming blacker. Some of us sought out sordid places, hoping to find understanding companionship and approval. […]

MY MOM and ALCOHOL. – written by Sarah Christopher: I have a story to share about my mother losing the battle against alcohol, here’s how scary it can be… Alcohol makes you so alone.. so alone. My mother kicked us all out of her life, after a long battle against alcohol. She died on July 4, 2014, in her home. We didn’t find […]

Women Alcoholics

Women Alcoholics face greater risks to their health than their male counterparts. Alcohol increases a woman’s risk of developing serious illnesses and an increased risk of heart disease, liver disease, ulcers, reproductive problems, osteoporosis, pancreatic  memory loss, and other illnesses caused by substance and alcohol abuse. The effects of alcohol on the liver are more severe […]