Category: Alcohol

Changing the Culture of Alcohol

Different cultures and groups of people have different belief systems and practices when it comes to alcohol. Those of us who have used substances, particularly alcohol, may have experienced a lot of familial, cultural, or social pressure to drink. That …

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Misconceptions of Drinking Alcohol in America

Misconceptions About Alcohol Use

Sometimes life can feel a bit lonely as a non-drinker, especially when it’s a new identity. It can feel like EVERYONE drinks, and you’re the only one on the planet who chooses not to. In some circles, this perception is …

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Women & Alcohol Abuse

Women and Alcohol

Women differ from men in many ways, and the way that they metabolize alcohol is no exception.  When we drink alcohol the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase breaks down alcohol in our bodies.  Alcohol is toxic to the body and it compromises …

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Underestimation

In working with residents at the AToN center I am often struck by how easy it is for a person to underestimate the strength of their addiction.  Many people can spend years in a cycle of dependence on their substances …

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Drinking Alcohol And Using Drugs

We humans are communal by nature. We depend on each other for our physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. Drinking alcohol and using drugs, however, separate us from our community. That separation fuels the addictive cycle and causes further negative …

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Meeting Of Support Group for Recovery

Community Meetings

Social support in early recovery has been proven to be a huge help in a transition from a life of addiction to a life of recovery. Bonds with other people in recovery can help bolster confidence and conviction that a …

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Alcohol and How it Effects Quality Sleep

Alcohol and How it Effects Quality Sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation, as many as 20% of adults use alcohol to go to sleep. Especially when suffering from insomnia, alcohol can seem to offer some very quick relief.  But research shows that alcohol can actually wreak …

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The Basics of Early Recovery and Self Care

The Basics of Early Recovery and Self Care

In conducting therapy with clients at the AToN Center I often see many highly functioning people with multiple responsibilities who are sustaining their complex lifestyles, often temporally, with drugs and alcohol. I often recommend that people get back to the …

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Community for Help with Addiction

People who come to receive treatment at AToN come from a myriad of different backgrounds and cultures.  Most share a common goal or bond, that is their desire to achieve freedom from the life damaging consequences of alcohol and drug use. …

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Stages of Recovery

The progression of alcoholism and addiction usually passes through several declining stages before an individual makes the decision to enter treatment. What might have started as a path to increase socialization and well-being often can lead to a solitary and …

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