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Is Alcoholism Hereditary?

Is Alcoholism Hereditary? It is said: «of alcoholic parents, alcoholic children». But this is not entirely true. The alcoholic behavior of your dad, your mom or your uncle, will not necessarily cause you or your children alcoholism. There is much talk about the genetic factor (and this factor only explains about 50% of the phenomenon), […]

Strategies for Nurses Encountering Patients at Risk for Addiction or Substance Use Disorder

by Deborah A. Thomas, M.Ed., LPC, CADC, Chief Executive Officer The Walker Center, Gooding, Idaho Email: Addiction is a chronic, progressive, primary disease that if left untreated will lead to an early death. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine [ASAM] (2011, Definition of Addiction, para 1), addiction “is characterized by an inability […]

First Year Sober: What to Expect in Sobriety

The first year sober can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. For some, just the thought of not having to use or drink is liberating, and for others it’s a prison sentence. The good news is that no matter how you feel you a. don’t have to pick and b. you too can […]