The new, multi-tiered criteria for diagnosing substance problems are valid in comparison to the old methods of diagnosing such problems, according to new findings from a team of federal researchers.
If you take antidepressants to treat your depression, you may notice a warning on the medication to avoid or limit alcohol consumption. It’s important that you take this warning seriously and stay away from alcohol. Even if your particular medication does not have a specific interaction with alcohol, drinking while being treated for depression is never a good idea.
When you have a child, it’s natural to want only the best for him or her. As you watch your child start to grow up, you imagine all the different paths that he or she might take. You may think about education, possible career choices, marriage and maybe even grandchildren.
Functioning alcoholics are sneaky. They drink enough and have the symptoms to be diagnosed as alcoholics, and yet they still manage to function every day. They are masters of denial and of hiding the truth. These are not the stereotypical alcoholics. They can get drunk and act sober. They can go to work with a hidden hangover and sneak drinks throughout the day. This type of alcoholic may be functioning, but he is hanging on by a thread. How can you recognize functional alcoholism in someone you care about? How can you help?
It might be a hoodie or a watch or a baseball cap, but the alcohol monitor of the future will not only be wearable, but hardly noticeable. Those are the specs for entrants in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) contest that will award $200,000 for the best-designed alcohol biosensor. The second place design wins $100,000.
Transdermal alcohol monitors can be useful tools to support the treatment goals of contingency management-based alcohol programs, new research suggests.
Addiction specialists sometimes use a therapeutic approach called contingency management to increase the odds that people in alcohol treatment programs will stick to those programs and improve over time. In a study published in December 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio explored the usefulness of devices called transdermal alcohol monitors in helping contingency management-based programs reach their goals. Transdermal alcohol monitors use skin-based measurements to help determine the blood-alcohol concentration of any given person and detect the presence of excessive alcohol intake.
When it comes to alcohol, drinking and addiction, the differences between men and women are stark. Women metabolize alcohol differently, become alcoholics at a different pace than men and are more susceptible to the dual diagnosis of addiction and mental illness. Women are even triggered to drink by different things than men. Women need to be aware of these differences, as much of the research conducted on addiction has focused on men. Understanding how alcoholism develops in women is crucial to making the right choices about drinking.
Charlotte Kasl, Ph.D., is a psychologist and author of Women, Sex and Addiction: A Search for Love and Power, and the creator of 16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment, a 12-step alternative for those seeking recovery from addiction and compulsion. In Kasl’s model, addiction and codependency often go hand in hand. A woman, for example, may be “sexually codependent within her relationship and become addicted to alcohol as a way to numb her pain and maintain her denial system.”