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

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

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part 4

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part 4

The drinking culture prevalent in the United States cuts across gender and economic status. Any social occasion is incomplete without alcohol. However, in many cases, these occasional drinks may transform into binge drinking that can lead to various other health problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths each year in the U.S. during 2006-2010. The problem of alcoholism is also observed in the rich and the famous. Read more

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part 2

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part 2

Unlike most social problems that seem to emerge from, or affect, the most neglected part of society, alcohol dependence is common even among celebrities. Read more

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part I

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part I

Alcoholism is a disease that affects a person both physiologically and psychologically, just like any other disorder. Considering the popular drinking culture in the United States, alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a common problem cutting across economic and social backgrounds. Read more

Alcohol-based products triggering addiction – Part 4: Enjoying alcoholic milkshake

Alcohol-based products triggering addiction – Part 4: Enjoying alcoholic milkshake

When it comes to alcohol, Americans surely know how to enjoy it in different forms. Leave aside the cocktails; people are now going for the new fad – the boozy milkshakes. Read more

Alcohol-based products triggering addiction – Part 3: Jello shot users likely to drink more

Alcohol-based products triggering addiction – Part 3: Jello shot users likely to drink more

Teens and young adults seem to be attracted to these innocuous looking shots containing alcohol. One might wonder about the potential effects of these jello shots and whether they can cause addiction, if consumed frequently. The idea of creating jello shots stems from using gelatin in confectionary products. Jello shots are cups or cubes of alcoholic jelly made with flavored gelatin mix and a kind of hard liquor. The type of alcohol and its quantity decides the strength of the shots. Read more

Tips to help people addicted to alcohol

Tips to help people addicted to alcohol

If a loved one is an alcoholic, the first thought is usually how to help them. Many people who are addicted to alcohol have an underlying mental health condition such as depression or anxiety which contributes to their condition. It is important to have a discussion with the drinker to find out the real reason behind the addiction. Following are some steps to help a person addicted to alcohol: Read more

Alcohol-based products triggering addiction – Part 2: Americans drooling over boozy popsicles

Alcohol-based products triggering addiction – Part 2: Americans drooling over boozy popsicles

It seems Americans love to drink. One can assume so by looking at the data by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) which states that nearly 16.3 million adult Americans, aged 18 years and above, suffered from an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2014. Drinking is not limited only to adults in the U.S. An estimated 679,000 teenagers, aged between 12 and 17 years, was afflicted with the disorder during the same year. Read more

Does smoking impact alcohol abuse treatment?

Does smoking impact alcohol abuse treatment?

People who smoke are less likely to continue with alcohol treatment programs than non-smokers, according to findings by the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA). The findings of the RIA study, published in journal Substance Use and Misuse, showed that non-smokers gained better treatment outcomes than smokers who were also addicted to alcohol. Read more