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

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

Manipulation of pathways and changes in communication signals reinforce alcohol consumption

Manipulation of pathways and changes in communication signals reinforce alcohol consumption

Since ages scientists have been trying to decipher the profound effects of alcohol on a person’s thought, mood and behavior, as well as the changes that take place in the brain that leads to dependence and addiction in certain people. The advancements in the field of neuroscience have enabled scientists and researchers to decipher these changes due to alcohol that leads to intoxication, dependence and eventually an addiction. Read more

Prophylactic approaches to manage alcohol and teenage pregnancies

Prophylactic approaches to manage alcohol and teenage pregnancies

Kylie, a 15-year-old chubby teen had a perfect life – caring parents, comfortable lifestyle, steady relationship and excellent grades. Kylie shared an intimate equation with her boyfriend and her joy knew no bounds when she discovered that she was three-months pregnant. Unfortunately, the news of her pregnancy was not well received by her partner and he insisted that they discard this pregnancy for it was too early to think about having a baby. After much pestering, he convinced Kylie to gulp some tablets, which would help her get rid of the pregnancy smoothly. Read more

How to identify a high-functioning alcohol user?

How to identify a high-functioning alcohol user?

Can an addition to alcohol be camouflaged? For some, masquerading alcoholism is a piece of cake, as they show no signs of being addicted to the substance. Generally, people picture an alcohol user as an individual who is mostly drunk, disoriented, in debt, homeless and probably without a job. However, there exists another class of alcohol users who appear normal to the outside world, in spite of their addiction. Commonly known as “high-functioning alcoholics,” this class of individuals with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) believe they can control how much they drink, and hence, lead seemingly happy lives. Read more

Novel web-based interventions effective in preventing alcohol abuse

Novel web-based interventions effective in preventing alcohol abuse

With the increased acceptance of drinking during celebrations and social occasions, alcohol abuse has become a global issue that afflicts millions of people. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has highlighted that nearly 86.4 percent of people in the age group 18 and above admitted to drinking alcohol at some point in their lifetime. Read more

Elderly alcoholism: Overlapping of symptoms and neglect accelerate health risk

Elderly alcoholism: Overlapping of symptoms and neglect accelerate health risk

Alcoholism among elderly is an alarmingly growing phenomenon in the United States. Most of the times, elderly alcoholism is under recognized for various reasons due to the similarity and overlapping with the symptoms of aging. Considering the above situation, it is extremely necessary to keep an eye on one’s parents or elderly relatives to avoid total dependence on alcohol. Read more

Drinkers are more eager to offer help in presence of others

Drinkers are more eager to offer help in presence of others

Being of assistance or adopting a helpful disposition is rare in today’s society. In a world where people are connected with each other via social networking sites as opposed to forging relationships through tête-à-tête or face-to-face interaction, it is difficult to find someone willing to help. The fear of being drawn into the argument and being victimized prevents people from offering assistance in times of distress. Read more

Rise in binge drinking among women leading to their early deaths

Rise in binge drinking among women leading to their early deaths

The trend of binge drinking is growing at an alarming rate among women in the United States. But the biggest concern is that binge drinking is driving more women to emergency rooms and towards an early death. In men, binge drinking is defined as consumption of five or more drinks in a session and in women, binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks in a session.

As per a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of binge drinking has increased among the American states. Excessive drinking among both men and women is more prevalent among population with an income of $75,000 or more. According to the CDC report, there are 14 U.S. states where 19-25 percent population is considered binge drinkers. As of 2010, excessive alcohol consumption costs an average of $3.5 billion to American states and $249 billion to the nation. Read more

Telephone-based intervention helps soldiers fight alcohol abuse

Telephone-based intervention helps soldiers fight alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse in the U.S. armed forces has become a cause of concern, pushing many into the burrows of addiction. Military personnel frequently use alcohol to combat their stress, discomfort, boredom, loneliness, as well as to compensate for the lack of recreational activities. In reality, alcohol use has become so prevalent among military members that its availability within the military campus or otherwise has never been a challenge. Additionally, ritualized drinking opportunities, along with inconsistent policies, contribute to a work culture that further encourages heavy and binge drinking among the personnel. Read more