Category Archives: Illinois Treatment Center

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

...DBT vs CBT vs ACT: Learning the Key Differences

In recent years, addiction specialists have implemented different forms of psychotherapies to treat substance abuse disorders and various addictions. They help patients struggling with addiction address the underlying psychological, emotional, and environmental factors contributing to their substance abuse. While there are tens of effective, evidence-based psychotherapies (EBP) out there, today’s post will focus on comparing only three of them in...

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head injury

...Concussions and Alcohol

Sometimes, you just want to have a drink – maybe because you’re too stressed, or you just want to have some fun with your friends or family although you have a concussion, is it safe to do so?  Also, did you know that concussion is actually common in the U.S.? According to the University of Michigan Health’s study, concussions are...

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...Signs Your Liver is Healing from Alcohol

The liver is the body’s second largest organ. The liver eliminates toxins from the blood, maintains correct blood sugar levels, and performs many other vital functions to keep the body healthy. When someone consumes too much alcohol, scar tissue builds up on the organ. Eventually, proper liver function ceases and may lead to liver failure. Fortunately, a person’s liver is...

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...How Codependency enables Alcoholism

When someone is experiencing an alcohol use disorder, the people around him or her can begin to develop a codependent relationship. When someone is experiencing an alcohol use disorder, the people around him or her can begin to develop a codependent relationship. The codependent person may be a romantic partner, a friend, a parent or a child, but it is...

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...Ibuprofen & Alcohol

As general medical advice, mixing alcohol with medications is a practice that you should avoid even with over-the-counter painkillers such as brand names Advil, Motrin, and Midol – patients shouldn’t take them and drink alcohol at the same time to get away with increased risk of health conditions. Although these medications don’t require a prescription and contain the generally safe...

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Excuses to not drink

...Excuses to not drink

Saying no to alcohol and drugs is important when you’re in recovery or choosing to live a sober life. If you have another reason for why you can’t drink, just like with your loved one, such as trying to become pregnant or impregnate your partner, then it’s also necessary to turn down alcohol. Peer pressure is stressful, but you can...

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drink driving

...Which Is Worse: DUI or DWI?

Have you ever wondered which is worse, a DWI or a DUI? DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated, and DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. In most states, a DUI is considered the least serious of the two. However, they may be used interchangeably, and different states may weigh these charges differently. In Illinois, there’s no difference because DWIs...

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Smoking Xanax

...Can you smoke Xanax?

When used properly, Xanax can be an effective tool to combat panic attacks, insomnia and other conditions caused by generalized anxiety. However, it's not uncommon for people to consume it in ways that are not recommended by medical professionals. For instance, individuals who are looking for a quick high may choose to smoke Xanax, and there are a number of...

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Does Alcohol Affect the Thyroid?

...Does Alcohol Affect the Thyroid?

Drinking too much alcohol can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, digestive issues, stroke, and liver disease. Some studies also indicate that alcohol consumption can suppress thyroid function. Because of this, drinking alcohol may cause hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Within the human body, alcohol has a wide array of effects. Hypothyroidism occurs when you have an underactive thyroid, and this...

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hair loss

...Does Meth cause hair loss?

Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous drugs that an individual can take. It kills hundreds of people every year and can be deadly both in preparation and consumption. Users of Meth put their health at risk and are often violent and belligerent to their friends and family. One of the most visual markers of this debilitating addiction is What...

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