Equine-assisted therapy can help a person in ways more than one

Equine-assisted therapy can help a person in ways more than one

Equine therapy, also known as equestrian therapy or horse therapy, is a type of experiential treatment for substance addiction and mental problems that involves the interaction between patients and horses. This interaction often involves activities, such as grooming and feeding a horse, and is done under the supervision of a mental health expert supported by a horse professional.

Equine therapy aims at helping individuals develop a number of skills such as accountability, responsibility,  problem-solving skills and self-control. It allows one to find an optimum solution for a range of emotional and behavioral challenges. Some of the common conditions treated using this therapy include autism, social disorders and addictions. Apart from these, there are a number of Read more

Will HB 456 finally rip the ‘Zion curtain’?

Will HB 456 finally rip the ‘Zion curtain’?

Freddy and his fellow employees smashed the glass partition in their restaurant. It was not an act of violence but of celebration. They broke the glass partition separating the bar from the rest of the restaurant. This bizarre celebration came after Utah, already popular for its quirky laws, decided to do away with the so called “Zion curtain” – a physical barrier separating the bar of the restaurant from their dining rooms. The intended purpose of putting up these curtains was to prevent restaurant-goers, especially children, teens and young adults, from seeing alcohol being poured in a bid to discourage drinking. Zion curtains were mandated by law in 2017. Read more

‘Alcohol marketing changing women’s attitude towards alcohol’

‘Alcohol marketing changing women’s attitude towards alcohol’

A recovering alcoholic herself, it has been more a decade since the award-winning journalist-author Ann Dowsett Johnston, realized that she had a drinking problem. Even after the realization set in, it took “two family members and a sweetheart” to confront her and get her to join rehab.

According to Ann, “Alcoholism is marked by denial and progression.” She says that while her dependency progressed quickly, she denied it until she couldn’t. In her 50s at the time, Johnston fell into deep depression and used alcohol to self-medicate and became the “poster girl for the modern alcoholic” owing to her high-functioning professional status. Read more

New understanding of alcoholism expands horizon of recovery treatment

New understanding of alcoholism expands horizon of recovery treatment

Increasingly, medical practitioners tend to divide alcoholism into several stages like dependence, tolerance and addiction to determine the accurate course of treatment for recovery. Based on the severity of these stages, they now diagnose alcohol use disorder (AUD). The above step was formulated to overcome the loopholes of the earlier classification that divided the problem into just two stages—abuse and addiction. Apparently, many cases of alcoholism used to get lost earlier in between the stages of abuse and addiction. The removal of the earlier classification has further widened the scope of maintaining a track of earlier interventions. Read more

Wake Forest Baptist receives $8 million grant for innovative alcohol addiction research center

Wake Forest Baptist receives $8 million grant for innovative alcohol addiction research center

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has taken another important step against the rapidly growing issue of alcohol addiction. In its latest endeavor, the organization has awarded approximately $8 million for five years to the nationally recognized American medical center Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The grant has been issued to establish a new research center for alcohol addiction to be named as the Wake Forest Translational Alcohol Research Center (WF-TARC). Read more

Dry January: 5 benefits of giving up alcohol for entire month

Dry January: 5 benefits of giving up alcohol for entire month

For millions across the globe, the month of January not just signifies the beginning of a brand new year, but also a monthlong break from alcohol consumption. The practice of ‘Dry January,’ an annual tradition that involves abstaining from alcohol for the entire month of January, brings along with it many benefits. While the reasons may vary, most people participating in the event to leverage numerous benefits, like fewer drinking bouts, proper sleep, improvement in skin and huge savings. Read more

SantaCon brings alcohol ban on LIRR trains during weekends

SantaCon brings alcohol ban on LIRR trains during weekends

Christmas is around the corner and people are busy preparing to make the festival joyous. In the run-up to the Christmas, many enjoy SantaCon — the annual pub-crawl thronged by thousands of Santa Claus lookalikes who come together ahead of the festival. Thousands of ‘Santas’ have been parading across the cities since the event started on December 9.

To ensure the safety of the participants and to maintain orderly travel, the U.S. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) imposed a temporary alcohol ban on all Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) trains during the event over the weekends. The 24-hour ban prohibited any Santa traveling to Manhattan for the event from consuming or carrying alcohol during their transit. Read more

NCAA hopes to reduce alcohol abuse by educating student athletes about its consequences

NCAA hopes to reduce alcohol abuse by educating student athletes about its consequences

Drinking on the campus has become a ritual among college students. In fact, it is widely considered as a rite of passage into adulthood. The college students jump into this ritual without a second thought to the dangerous consequences. Many students already come with prior experience in drinking and the college environment only serves to exacerbate the problem. Read more

Combination of moderate drinking and sleep restriction leads to greater drowsiness

Combination of moderate drinking and sleep restriction leads to greater drowsiness

The indulgence in alcohol and lack of sleep are the main causes of motor vehicle accidents that result in grave injuries or fatalities to both the person on the steering wheel and people on the road. Since driving involves complex behaviors, such as motor control, cognitive processing and visual attention, even moderate alcohol consumption (within the legal limits of driving) can prove disastrous when combined with moderate sleep restriction that triggers drowsiness. Read more

Foods that help reduce alcohol cravings

Foods that help reduce alcohol cravings

Hitting a bar after long hours of work seems tempting to most of the people but for someone trying to quit alcohol, this might be very challenging. Accompanying friends to the bar when one is trying to stay sober may result in acute withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Controlling the urge necessitates not only a strong will-power but also adopting life practices that are beneficial in the long run.

Keeping oneself engaged in meaningful pursuits, indulging in a hobby or joining a support group, practicing group therapies etc. are some of the ways by which one can improve during the recovery period. Along with these, food also plays a major role in helping a person keep his or her cravings under check and continue on the path to sobriety. Read more