AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke of Dancing with the Stars fame open up about their alcohol addiction

AJ McLean recently celebrated a year of being sober. However, his life was not always like this. Addicted to drugs and alcohol, the 42-year-old experienced his share of overdoses and multiple stints at alcohol rehab programs, before he could claim sobriety. McLean talked about his journey with his podcast co-host Cheryl Burke and friend Rene Elizondo Jr., over the weekend. Read more

Are you not getting enough sleep? Drinking alcohol past bedtime could be the reason

Sleep and alcohol are not made for each other. Unfortunately, most of us think that a nightcap is what is required to get sound sleep. With the cold settling in, and the holiday season round the corner, a glass of red wine or sherry, or a glass of glorious scotch aged to perfection could seem like a good way to end the day. But is it? Read more

Effects of alcohol, HIV, and hepatitis C on immune system activation

It is a well-established fact that alcohol can exacerbate other diseases making them debilitating. It increases the recovery time, especially after burns, injury, or trauma. Additionally, it also dysregulates the anti-viral immune response, particularly in the liver, including response against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). According to a recent study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, excessive alcohol consumption by people with HIV or people living with HIV (PLWH) aggravates immune system activation and infection, especially amongst those who are also infected with HCV. Read more

Helping a friend who relapsed during rehab

An unfortunate and painful part of recovery is a situation in which someone from rehab relapses. Besides affecting the individual concerned, such an event can have an impact on the people around them, especially friends in recovery, who may start doubting their own chances of recovery. Friends may also feel disheartened that a co-recovering individual has lost the fight against sobriety. It may also be possible that the friend relapsing was an inspiration to others due to his/her determined approach during recovery. In addition to feelings of sadness and despair, relapse of a friend in rehab can lead to other emotional responses such as anger, concern and jealousy among mates. Read more

Fighting perils of alcohol withdrawal through detox

Getting rid of alcohol addiction is a complex process and requires enough perseverance and strong will from the individual who wants to embrace sobriety. Customized professional support and evidence-based treatment plans can help an individual get rid of his or her addictive habits. Read more

Exploring link between alcohol and pregnancy outcomes

Alcohol and pregnancy do not go hand in hand. Even the smallest amount of alcohol taken during pregnancy can have potential harmful effects on the baby. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no safe time, as well as no known safe amount, during pregnancy for consuming alcohol. Moreover, multiple evidence-based studies have reported that alcohol consumption during pregnancy can lead to a multitude of health risks such as, premature birth, miscarriage and stillbirth. Read more

Detoxification-eliminating toxins left by drugs and alcohol

According to the 2015 data released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2014, nearly 22.5 million Americans aged 12 years or older needed treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, however, only 4.1 million people received treatment for substance use disorder during the same period. Thus, there continues to be a large treatment gap in the country, despite a significantly high rate of substance use, abuse and dependence among Americans. Read more

Alcohol Detoxification-4: Alcohol detox treatment

Detox is a must for patients battling alcohol addiction. Treatment cannot begin until a person’s body has no remaining traces of drugs or alcohol. Read more

Alcohol Detoxification-3: Recommended diet plan

Undoubtedly, alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in the United States. The ready availability of the substance coupled with legalization by the government plays an important role in the spread of alcohol addiction. Eventually, abuse of alcohol leads to alcoholism and alcohol addiction. Read more

Alcohol Detoxification-2: Dealing with withdrawal symptoms

If alcohol addiction in unsafe and hazardous, so is its withdrawal. The consequences of alcohol addiction, which can also lead to death, are widely known. However, not much is known about the hardships faced during alcohol detox and withdrawal. These withdrawals occur when a heavy drinker, significantly reduces the amount of alcohol he/she consumes. Read more