Just Because Alcoholism is in the Family Doesn’t Make it Your Destiny

It’s long been recognized alcoholism runs in families. Initially, environmental factors were thought to be the cause: living with an alcoholic parent “taught” children to deal with problems by abusing alcohol. Over the last few decades, however, research has suggested genetics influence the probability of alcohol abuse more than environment. Some suggest genetic factors increase…

Drug Court Programs: Rehab over Imprisonment

Drug addiction and substance abuse often bring people into conflict with the law, leading to possible incarceration. During incarceration one may receive some measure of drug rehab, but all too often he is released with his addiction intact. Criminal judges see the same addicts over and over again in a continuing cycle of abuse, crime,…

A Healthy Diet for a Successful Recovery

  Addiction takes a terrible toll on your loved one’s health. Often food and nutrition take a backseat to finding and consuming drugs and alcohol. As a result, many people enter drug rehab clinics with serious nutritional deficiencies that may not become apparent until after detox. Nutritional deficiencies can adversely affect addiction recovery. The body…

Are You a “Secret” Alcoholic?

When people think of alcoholism, they typically think of the physical signs of drinking: unsteady gait, loss of coordination, loss of consciousness, and vomiting. They may also picture someone who misses work due to drinking, becomes violent when he drinks, or lies about how alcohol consumption. All of these may indeed be signs of alcoholism,…

Aspects of Addiction are Hereditary

Genetics and heredity provide possible explanations for why addictive behavior seems to run in families and why some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. However, actually identifying “addiction” genes has proven difficult, and most experts believe a combination of genetic factors, coupled with environmental influences, determines a person’s risk of addiction. A recent…