alcohol abuse

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Bouncing on a purple exercise ball, Alyssa talks to her new teacher about what classes she needs to graduate.  "There’s a Psychology 1 as an elective, I would take that, but I already took psychology and sociology... And I feel like Heartland in general is a psychology class," she says, laughing.

Stories Of Recovery And Hope: Nathan Boyer

Dec 13, 2018
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People in addiction recovery will sometimes talk about a "moment of clarity" that led to their sobriety. For 48-year-old Nathan Boyer, who has been sober a little over four years, that moment came after he fell off a ladder and his wife checked him into rehab. "The way I looked at it, my problem was unique. No one could possibly understand, let alone help. But, as it turns out, I was wrong. There are an awful lot of people who understand exactly what I was going through." 

New Sobering Center Under Construction Aimed At Lowering Costs

Oct 19, 2016
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A new sobering center opens next month at a homeless shelter in Providence. It’s a place where inebriated people who would typically be brought to the emergency room can safely sober up. It's meant to save money and guide those patients toward recovery.


Many Doctors Treating Alcohol Problems Overlook Successful Drugs

Oct 3, 2016
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As millions of Americans battle alcohol abuse problems each year, public health officials suggest that two often overlooked medications might offer relief to some.

Reframing The Language Of Addiction: Researcher Pushes To Strike The Term 'Abuse'

Jun 9, 2016

Last month, Dr. John Kelly gave a presentation at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Washington D.C. It's an important agency that funds more than a billion dollars in addiction and treatment research.

Kelly, an addiction researcher at Harvard and director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Recovery Research Institute, talked to the group of 30 or 40 top officials, he recalls, about how language can affect people's attitudes and behaviors about certain diseases and conditions. But at the end of his 90 minute talk, he says he just blurted this out. 

"I said, know 'I'm being bold here, but I think it's time that we do change the names of our institutes. If not now, when?'"

So, standing before a group of important people who run a major federal agency, which has carried the same name for four decades, Dr. Kelly basically asked them to get rid of their agency's name...because he says that word 'abuse' is outdated.

The Manlove family, Christmas, 2001.
Kim Manlove

Kim Manlove had been drinking since his teenage years. Two of his uncles were alcoholics. He overdid it at times, but for the most part he thought his habit was under control. He had a stable life, with a job in academia, a family and a house in the Indianapolis suburbs. But  when Kim’s 16 year-old son David lost his life to alcohol and drug addiction, it drove Kim into pattern of heavy drinking and prescription drug abuse.

Grief over David's death pushed him deeper into his disease but ultimately was the key to his recovery and would change the way he lived his life.

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When Kelli was growing up in the 1970s in suburban Johnson County, Kansas, southwest of Kansas City, it was a quiet, clean community boasting single-family homes and good schools. And with state laws prohibiting alcohol sales on Sundays, in grocery stores and by the glass, outsiders could have been forgiven if they found life there to be pretty straight-laced.

“You just never know what goes on behind closed doors,” says Kelli, who asked that her last name not be used.

Police Turn To Pricey Rehab Drug For Offenders

Nov 4, 2015
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Cameron Largent, 26,  lives with his mother in a big suburban house in Rock Springs, Wyoming. His favorite spot at home is the basement couch, where he’s set up to play the fantasy video game World of Warcraft. 

“I’m a priest,” he said. “So my job is to run around and heal people. [My character] is the highest level you can get: level 100.”

Largent has had a lot of time to level up recently: he has been sober for six months. It’s the longest he has gone without drinking for years.

Americans Are Drinking More Heavily, Especially Women

Apr 27, 2015

Whether quaffing artisanal cocktails at hipster bars or knocking back no-name beers on the couch, more Americans are drinking heavily – and engaging in episodes of binge-drinking, concludes a major study of alcohol use.

Heavy drinking among Americans rose 17.2 percent between 2005 and 2012, largely due to rising rates among women, according to the study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health.

People who try to reduce the stress of a long work day with a drink or two, or three, may be causing more health problems for themselves.

Around the world, people working long hours are more likely to drink too much, according to a study that analyzed data from 61 studies involving 333,693 people in 14 countries.

They found that people who worked more than 48 hours a week were 13 percent more likely to engage in risky drinking than people working 35 to 40 hours a week.