How Much Will A DUI Cost You?

March 21, 2018 by  
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144793If you take the risk of drinking and driving, you run the risk of getting arresting for driving under the influence (DUI). You also run the risk of getting into an accident and hurting yourself or others. Either way, DUI can cost you in major ways. For those who do not know, if your blood-alcohol content (BAC) is greater than .08, you are considered legally intoxicated and can be arrested.

Financially, a DUI charge can cost anywhere from $4,000 to about $24,000. This might seem like a huge amount of money for a conviction (and it is), but the authorities are serious about cracking down on drunk drivers. There are innocent people injured and killed all the time by intoxicated drivers, so the fines and penalties are steep and hopefully deter people from drinking and driving.

Other Problems and Jail Time May Occur

Apart from paying the fine, there is also a big chance for jail time, especially if the driver has had earlier DUI arrests or is in possession of drugs. The jail time will vary, but many people can get out within a couple of days and await their trial.

Getting arrested for DUI can affect various areas of your life. You may lose your license, which means you may not be able to keep your job. No job means no money and that poses a large problem. You may also suffer relationship, mental, and emotional problems. If people at work hear about your conviction, you may not be looked upon favorably by management and get passed up for promotions. The bottom line is that one DUI can radically change your life.

It Can Get Very Expensive

For the first offense, with no injury and no damage, it is still possible to pay a huge amount of money. Once arrested, the individual in question would have to pay an amount starting from about $4,000 up to $20,000 depending on what state they are in.

Court costs will cost you anywhere from around $250 up to $1,500. Then you will most likely want to hire a lawyer, which can range anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. Granted, you can opt to have no lawyer present, but it’s in your best interest to have a good lawyer beside you to increase the chances of a better outcome for the DUI charge.

Other Expenses

Other expenses that could be incurred will include license reinstatement, which can run into hundreds of dollars depending on the state you live in. Also, the judge can order you to obtain substance abuse counseling and rehabilitation classes, which can run you upwards of $500. Additionally, some repeat DUI offenders are commanded to install an Ignition Interlock System on their vehicles, which means they cannot start their car without breathing into a breathalyzer to be sure they are free from alcohol. This can cost them an additional hundreds of dollars and a rental fee of between $50 and $100 per month.

As you can see, one DUI can really set you back thousands and thousands of dollars and cost you a lot more than just money. The real harm could be to yourself or others physically. When you drive intoxicated, you tend to lose your sense of control and you can easily wreck your car, hit other cars or people, and end up injuring yourself and others. Approximately 16,000 people are killed each year in crashes related to intoxication. This number ought to be reason alone to not drink and drive, so if you or your friends are drinking, take a cab or rely on a designated driver. Think safety first!


Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica’s work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.

5 Unexpected Perks of Sobriety

November 30, 2017 by  
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Unique SelfI’m sure you’re well aware of the negative things that can happen in your life when you are addicted to alcohol. In fact, as a recovering alcoholic, you could probably list 10 reasons why people should not abuse alcohol.

But what about sobriety? Other than the common perks of sobriety, like freeing yourself from the compulsion to drink, what are some of the unexpected perks of sobriety? In what ways can your life benefit from staying sober? Today, let’s take a look at 5 unexpected perks of sobriety.

1. You get to “save face.”

What I mean by this is that when you’re sober, you get to skip embarrassing yourself or acting inappropriately due to excessive drinking. As you are well aware, getting drunk can cause you to say and do some interesting things and can even get you in some trouble. When drinking, your judgment goes right out the window and self-control is virtually gone. So, when you sober up, you’re less likely to walk up to that stranger (who is happily married) and plant a big kiss or decide to text your boss how idiotic he is, or plenty of other impulsive things that could get you into trouble.

2. Your chances of dying in the street decrease.

How many times did you cross the street drunk? Did you almost get hit by a car? Did you get mugged walking from bar to bar? Taken advantage of? Drinking and walking can be extremely dangerous to your health and can get you killed, so sobriety certainly lessens your chance of dying in the streets.

3. You have more money.

Getting sober might not mean you earn more money, but because you’re not purchasing alcohol all the time, you tend to have more money in your account. You also tend to do less impulse shopping or shop for another party outfit. Sobriety tends to help you clear your mind so that you’re not being unwise when it comes to your finances.

4. You just feel younger.

Health wise, alcohol does you no good. Sure, some people assert that a glass of red wine each evening may help with cardiovascular health, but many health experts dismiss this and instead encourage you to get out and exercise instead. Cutting out the alcohol will simply help you look and feel younger. You’ll feel some vitality, whereas old hangovers made you feel fatigued and worn out. Your skin may appear clear and fresh and feel more confident as well.

5. You’ll be safer on the road.

Even if your blood alcohol was just .5 when drinking, your chances of getting into an accident doubled, so now that you are sober, you’re less likely to be involved in an accident. Certainly drunk driving put you at risk of injury or death on the road, so living sober will keep you and others safer on the road. Chances are you’ll also get to your destination faster, you won’t get lost, or have to bypass the police station or police hangouts for fear of getting caught drinking and driving.

There are certainly expected and unexpected perks to sobriety, so keep these in mind when the temptation to pick up a drink comes. As you progress in sobriety, you’ll notice that life simply gets better and better. Your mind becomes clearer and you tend to be more optimistic. As the shackles of alcoholism drop, you feel freer and more peace. Yes, the sober life IS the good life.


Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica’s work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.

Uncovering the Secrets Behind Palcohol

December 1, 2016 by  
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You might think you’ve seen it all when it comes to the varieties of alcohol, but a new product may be hitting the shelves in the near future that has some people concerned: Palcohol.

Palcohol is a powdered alcohol that will make it very convenient for drinkers to have alcohol handy no matter where they are. Don’t want to carry a six pack in your backpack while hiking? No problem. Simply take some Palcohol packets and add them to your water. As a matter of fact, Mark Phillips, developer of the product, states that he created the product mainly to make it easier to enjoy some alcohol while camping, fishing, hiking, or enjoying other activities where you don’t want to lug heavy bottles or cans around.

Palcohol is set to be released sometime in the fall, as it is awaiting label approval by The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Parents of teenagers are not thrilled to hear of the product, fearing that their adolescents will jump at the opportunity to get their hands on the new product. In fact, many fear that they will be smuggling it into schools because it will be so easy to get in via purses and backpacks.

The Varieties

Thus far, Palcohol will come in a few varieties such as vodka, rum, and four different cocktails: the Cosmopolitan, Powderita, Mojito, and Lemon Drop. Drinkers will be thrilled with the product, but others are outraged. Health and substance abuse professionals are concerned that the product will be yet another bad influence on society and especially those that struggle with alcoholism. Parents are concerned that their teens will be able to easily get the powdered alcohol at school and on the streets. They are also concerned that their teens will pour the substance into their food in order to catch a buzz or get drunk. Their worries are legit.

Alcohol addiction

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence states that alcohol is the most abused substance in America, with over 17 million men, women, and teens dependent upon the drug. This being said, the majority of the health community does not believe that America needs another form of alcohol to hit the shelves. In fact, most believe that the only thing that is needed is more preventative care and outreach for those who are caught in the grips of alcoholism.

Palcohol snorting?

Not only are some alarmed at the powdered product hitting the shelves, but others are concerned that users will snort the drug in order to try to get an immediate effect from the alcohol. Regarding Palcohol snorting, the official Palcohol website has this to say:

“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room”¦.snorting Palcohol. Yes, you can snort it. And you’ll get drunk almost instantly because the alcohol will be absorbed so quickly in your nose. Good idea? No. It will mess you up. Use Palcohol responsibly.”

This comment has since been removed as many people complained about the way they handled the concern. Essentially, it gave those who didn’t think they could snort Palcohol the idea that they certainly could. After some consideration, Palcohol developers mentioned that they would consider making the formula in such a way that it would cause a great deal of pain to snort it, making it less attractive.

Palcohol is not yet for sale in the United States, but founder Mark Phillips believes that it will go on the shelves sometime in late fall 2014. We can only hope that if it does, users will use the product responsibly just as they would any type of alcohol.


Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica’s work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.

Guess the Drug: What’s That Smell?

August 4, 2016 by  
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Have you ever wondered what certain drugs smelled like? Perhaps you smell an odd odor coming from the neighbor or your child’s bedroom. Here are some clues to help you identify the smell of these five most notorious drugs.

1. Crystal Meth

Pure meth is odorless, but some impurities or adulterants give it some kind of smell. Most users who inhale it find its smell close to burning plastic or nail polish. They also report a sticky, sweet odor lingering in the air.

2. Marijuana

When smoked, marijuana has pungent odor – something like an oily herb. The smell tends to linger around the smoker for a long time. The first puff might feel crisp and sharp, but gradually the odor becomes more pungent and heavy.

3. Hashish

The smell of hashish when smoked is similar to the pungent odor of marijuana, but much stronger. In fact, this substance is collected from the sticky substance on the flowers of female cannabis plant, the same plant from which marijuana is made.

4. Heroin

The purest form of heroin is not known to have any smell. Some additives give it a strong, vinegar-like smell when inhaled. It is one of the most potent and addictive drugs around.

5. Ecstasy or MDMA


Like heroin, pure MDMA does not have any odor by itself, but has a bitter taste. Oftentimes though, safrole is added to it to give a smell of aniseed (licorice).


Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica’s work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.

Understanding Blood Alcohol Content: Zero Tolerance for Drunk Driving

May 12, 2016 by  
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73419Whether you drink or not, getting a better understanding of blood alcohol content (BAC) can be beneficial for you, as many people have never really given much thought to the topic. BAC is simply the concentration of alcohol that is in your blood. When you drink, that alcohol goes right into your bloodstream and ends up traveling to the brain, causing various cognitive and behavioral changes.

One very important reason people should get familiar with their BAC is because there are so many drunk driving accidents related to having a high BAC. In fact, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that one person dies every 45 minutes due to an automobile accident in which someone was intoxicated. It’s a statistic that law enforcement officials are working hard on decreasing by cracking down on drunk or buzzed drivers.

Your BAC level is measured as mass per volume. This means that if you have a BAC of 0.04%, you have 0.04 grams per 100 grams of your blood. It might sound a bit complicated, but there are some great charts and online BAC calculators that help you understand this better.

What is a typical drink?

A half ounce of alcohol equals one drink. So this means that for each shot, 5 oz. glass of wine, or 12 oz. beer one drinks, you are getting .54 ounces of alcohol.

What kinds of things affect a BAC?

There are various factors that can change your BAC, including how many drinks you have in one sitting, how fast you drink them, whether you are a male or female, your weight, tolerance, and whether you’ve eaten anything or not. It’s important to know the varying factors. For example, if you’re a female and weigh 120 pounds and you hardly ever drink, drinking 2 drinks in 2 hours may put your BAC above the legal limit for driving. On the other hand, if you’re a woman weighing 170 pounds and you drink frequently, 2 drinks in 2 hours will probably not put your BAC over the limit.

How do you know when you’re too buzzed or drunk to drive?

It’s not an easy call. You may feel like you’re fine to drive, yet your BAC could be over the legal driving limit. Alcohol certainly affects people’s judgment, so going with what you “feel” is not wise. If you’re BAC is between .08 and .10, you have more than 11 times greater chance of having an automobile accident if you’re a woman and if you’re a young man, 52 greater chance. That’s huge!

What BAC is considered illegal?

The states enforce a law that says if your BAC is .08 or higher, you’re driving impaired and can be arrested for driving under the influence. Police officers can also arrest you if you’re under .08 if you’re displaying characteristics that make you an unsafe driver. Some call it buzzed driving or perhaps people mix alcohol with pills or marijuana. Here is an online BAC calculator you can play around with to get an idea of what your blood alcohol would be in various drinking scenarios.

What should you do?

If you’re planning on drinking while you’re out, don’t plan on driving at all. You can have a designated driver, call a taxi or Uber, or stay overnight wherever it is you’re drinking.

Get a breathalyzer

There are some breathalyzers out there you can purchase to be sure that you are not over the legal drinking limit when you’re out and about. Here is one link for a breathalyzer that uses your smartphone screen to indicate its results. If you’re going to drink, drink responsibly.


 

Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica’s work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Alcohol and Your Body

April 7, 2016 by  
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131829Alcohol is one of the most common social drinks around and people drink it for a variety of reasons.Whether it’s used as a refreshment in social gathering, to instill a sense of social confidence, or promote relaxation, alcohol is reached for quite consistently. However, there are some things about alcohol you might not be aware of. Today, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about alcohol and your body. Let’s take a look at 8 today.

1. You get fewer hangovers as you age.

A study conducted in Denmark indicated that the older you are, the fewer the hangovers you get from alcohol. A research survey conducted on 50,000 men and women from 18 to 94 years indicated that older people (50 to 59 years) experienced fewer hangovers than middle age (30 to 49) and younger people (18 to 29). Older people had fewer symptoms associated with hangovers than middle aged persons and middle aged persons showed fewer symptoms than the younger population.

2. Having hangovers may be a result of your gene.

Your genetic composition may be the reason you experience more hangovers than acquaintances, even after taking in the same amount of alcohol. According to a study in a recent journal dubbed Addiction, gene variations can be attributed to the reason why some people feel more ill the next morning than their buddies, even after taking same amount of alcohol.

3. You drink more on the days you work out.

According to research done at Northwestern University, people tend to drink more if they engage in a physical workout- especially from Thursday to Sunday. The study author attributed this to tendency of people wanting to reward themselves after a hardcore workout session, as well as having more time on the weekend to consume alcohol.

The brain likes alcohol as much as sex, drugs and workouts.

According to researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine, a taste of beer can induce a release of the same pleasurable hormone that is released during exercise, sex, and after eating tasty food.

4. Stress can kill your buzz.

Alcohol can aid you in unwinding rough and tough moments, but excess stress will make you feel sleepy rather than feeling buzzed. A study in the University of Chicago on 25 men who were exposed to a stressful and non-stressful environment revealed that those in stressful conditions did not feel as intoxicated as those in relaxed state.It simply made them feel more tired, essentially killing their buzz.

5. You are conditioned to enjoy certain alcohols.

The same way some individuals have a preference for certain types of food, is the same way people will have different preference for drinks. This is as a result of your taste buds, as they influence whether you like a certain brand or type of alcohol.

6. How fast you drink may be a result of the shape of your glass.

A straight mug can reduce the pace of drinking compared to a flute glass, which can make you down your beer faster. Research from the University of Bristol showed that people using flute glasses downed their drinks faster than those drinking from curved glasses. It may be that those drinking from the flute glasses felt as if they had less beer, so they gulped it a bit faster.


Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica’s work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.

Alternative Rehab Centers Increase in Popularity

January 28, 2016 by  
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Alcohol and drug rehab treatment centers are invaluable, as they are centers that welcome struggling addicts and help them get free from addiction. Millions of men and women have attended rehab with the hopes of facing the disease of addiction and getting started on a new life of recovery. Yes, rehabs can truly be life savers.

One thing that’s great about rehabs is that not everyone is the same and in fact, there are some alternative rehabs out there that offer a more non-traditional approach to treatment. Today let’s take a look at a few of them.

Holistic Rehab Centers

A holistic rehab center will focus on the whole person, including mind, body, and spirit. They oftentimes use alternative therapies and methods when doing so and many do so without the use of any medications. At a holistic treatment center, you will be able to focus on your mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Just as traditional rehabs focus on treating addiction via counseling and education, so do holistic centers. In addition to these, you may find activities and techniques such as:

  • Visualization techniques
  • Deep breathing techniques
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Exercise programs
  • Reiki and other energy healing modules
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Nature therapy

At a holistic center, you will still get all of the great recovery treatments as the traditional centers offer, but you will also have the chance to try out some alternative therapies. Many people really like having the chance to sample such therapies to see what they like and what works for them.

Narconon Drug and Alcohol Rehab Program

At Narconon, you’ll find an alternative addiction program that has helped many addicts become free and happy. The first obvious difference between this center and the more traditional center is that at Narconon you will go through the withdrawal process receiving no medication. You will be given nutritional supplements and engage in gentle exercise that calms your mind and relaxes your body. You will also get to enjoy a sauna.

Along with this, you will be taught communication and life skills that will help you in your recovery. The center does not advocate the 12 Step program and fully believes that once you graduate, you will be able to navigate life sober and clean- although you are always free to attend 12 Step meetings at your leisure.

Alternative rehabs have been highly successful, as more and more people are turning to alternative health therapies for health and happiness. If you are seeking a treatment center, be sure to look into your options and be open to trying something different. Take your first step toward recovery and reach out for help today.


Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica’s work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.

The Rise of U.S. Inmates Overdosing on Heroin

December 10, 2015 by  
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iStock_000048880048_LargeYou’re sure to hear of heroin drug overdose on the streets, but many people don’t think there is much heroin use going on in the prisons. The truth is that plenty of inmates get their hands on heroin and unfortunately some of them overdose. Out on the streets, Naloxone is a drug that many paramedics, policemen, and hospitals use to reverse the overdose within seconds, but prisons aren’t banking on keeping scores of Naloxone on hand.

The Increase of Heroin Overdose Deaths

Over the last decade, heroin overdose deaths have been steadily increasing. The opiate is highly addictive, as more than 20% who try the drug will become addicted to it. This is millions of youth, men, and women in America hooked on a drug that can kill them in a matter of minutes. Perhaps it is not an epidemic, but it could be headed in that direction.

As the drug use continues to rise, Naloxone is becoming quite popular, as it simply saves lives. But according to the US Bureau of Prisons, there are many inmates who have substance abuse issues because they can and will smuggle drugs into the prisons. Whether it’s heroin, cocaine, or prescriptions pills, there are always inmates who can get their hands on such. With not many things to do, the temptation to get high is significant.

The Inmates Fess Up to the Use

Listen to what one inmate says about heroin use: “There’s nothing better than shooting up some brown tar or–better yet, China White–when you’re doing a bid. I always make sure heroin is available in whatever prison I’m at,” he says. “It takes the edge off and just makes the days go by.”

A key problem is that many prisons are not keeping Naloxone around and for this reason more prisoners are dying from overdose than necessary. If every prison kept adequate amounts of Naloxone on hand, the overdose deaths would decrease. Would this cause more inmates to try heroin? Perhaps, but still the chances of overdose even for them would be lower.

Cracking down on the smuggling of drugs into prisons is of utmost importance, of course, but somehow there are always those that can get around the system or find a loophole. With the temptation to continue using drugs high in prison, perhaps if the number of deaths continue to rise they will get more serious about Naloxone and have it handy in each section of the prison.


Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica’s work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.

Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln Commercial Tells Us of Recovery

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mcconaughey_lincoln_640If you haven’t seen Matthew McConaughey’s new Lincoln commercial, it’s a must see. Not so much for the Lincoln car he’s driving, (though it is nice) but for McConaughey’s contemplative message about life. Once you get past the fact the one of Hollywood’s sexiest guys is doing a commercial, you begin to really take in what he’s saying, or pondering. It’s quite existential. It’s inspiring. Here is the script Matthew so wonderfully speaks, taking a rather long pause after each sentence:

“Sometimes you got to go back,to actually move forward.

And I don’t mean going back to reminisce or chase ghosts.

I mean going back to see where you came from, where you’ve been, how you got here.

See where you’re goin’.

I know there are those that say you can’t go back.

Yes, you can.

You just have to look in the right place.”

Is there any significance in this commercial when it comes to folks in recovery? Can recovering addicts take Matthew’s words and apply them to their own lives in order to gain some mastery over their mental, emotional, and behavioral health?

Surprisingly, McConaughey’s words can actually be applied by people in the recovery sphere. We dissect his script and explain its application to recovery below:

“Sometimes you got to go back to actually move forward.”

This sentence packs a powerful punch. It’s true. Sometimes you really do have to go back in order to move on with your life with a shot at peace and happiness. Not in the sense that you have to go back and beat yourself up over mistakes, trouble you’ve been in, grief you’ve caused others, chase ghosts, etc. No. Chances are you’ve beat yourself up enough.

Rather, just as Matthew states:

“I mean goingbackto see where you came from, where you’ve been, how you got here. See where you’re goin’.”

You didn’t end up an alcoholic randomly. You haven’t been carrying that weight of grief, anger, sadness, shame, etc. for no good reason. You aren’t living with some internal emotional mayhem just because. Some “things” got you here. Family problems, a certain person, grief, anger, loss of a loved one, bullies, poverty, disappointment, ended relationships, etc. The list could go on and on.

Think about how you got here. Going back in recovery is essential for growth. In fact, it’s the 4thStep in the 12 Step programs that will take you through a life inventory to see just where you came from, where you’ve been, and how you got here. This step is oftentimes quite scary for the newcomer, as the thought of honestly taking a look at your past can be incredibly frightening. Not only do you have to take a look at the part others may have played in your life of addiction, but first and foremost you must take a good look at how you let your instincts run amuck and how you used alcohol as a pain reliever and celebratory for the good and bad times of your life. In addition, you will be forced to stare at your pain face to face.

“I know there are those that say you can’t go back. Yes, you can. You just have to look in the right place.”

When it comes to recovery, just where is “the right place” to look when it comes to going back in order to move forward? Well, there are several options here. You can attend counseling, which is a wonderful tool to visit your past and with the help of a trained therapist, dig deep to get to the alcoholism. What led you to start drinking? What kept you drinking? Why in the world is it or was it so difficult to quit?

When you can identify the root issues and address them with the help of someone who has keen insights and success tips, you can experience peace. You can process and let go of the negative emotions you’ve been drowning in. You can move forward.

Another great place to perform some much needed “life inventory” work is the 12 Step support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). There you will have the opportunity to get yourself a sponsor/mentor and you can work the 12 Steps one by one, discussing each one with your sponsor as you go along. In Step 4 you are given the opportunity to visit your past and answer many questions about such. In Step 5 you can go over Step 4 with your sponsor, as talking to another person about your past and character defects is helpful in getting through it and moving on.

“Yes, you can.”

I love how the commercial gives people permission to go back in order to tie up loose ends so that they can move forward with greater ease. After all, who wants to tote around heavy baggage from day to day? When it comes to recovery, everyone who begins to recover has some baggage from the past that holds them back. Great news is that you do not have to keep lugging that baggage around and there are tools you can use to shoot that baggage to the moon.

“See where you’re goin’.”

Go back. Dig deep. Unearth what’s been driving you to drink. Process it. Take a look at it and understand at a deeper level. Then, take a deep breath and let it go with a firm resolve to keep your eyes on the future. Scan the horizon. Where do you want to go? What are your desires? Keep in mind you are given a clean slate in recovery. A blank canvas.

Now it’s time to move forward. Go, allow the ebb and flow of life to push you forward and create a life you love.

Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica’s work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.

 

The Dangers of Mixing Energy Drinks with Alcohol

September 21, 2015 by  
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If you’ve ever had an energy drink, you know that the majority of them taste so good and can be so addictive. This may be why theenergy drink craze has drastically jumped in recent years. However, these drinks can wreak so much havoc one one’s health that some countries and states have passed legislation that aimed to curb their sale.

It’s one thing to have a highly caffeinated drink easily available, but it’s another to realize that many people are taking these energy drinks and are mixing them with alcohola very dangerous and possibly even lethal combination.Here are 7 dangerous outcomes when you mix alcohol and energy drinks:

1. Inability to assess your intoxication level.

Drinking alcohol and energy drinks could cause you to drink much longer in duration than you normally would. The energy drinks can mask the effects of the alcohol, which may make you underestimate your intoxication level. This essentially leads you to drink more alcohol than you would normally have without consuming energy drinks as you believe you are much more sober than you truly are.

Alcohol is a depressant that acts like a sedative; it slows down the brain functioning, resulting in slow speech and slowed reflexes. Energy drinks, on the other hand, are stimulants that lead to the production of adrenaline in the body, keeping you alert. Mixing the two substances can lead cause the energy boost to overpower the alcohol’s effect. This leads to an inability to assess the level of intoxication and an excess amount of alcohol can also lead to alcohol poisoning in the body, which is quite risky.

2. Psychological and physical side effects

Excess intake of alcohol and energy drinks affects the body’s normal functioning psychologically and physically. You are likely to experience agitation, stress, insomnia, and heart palpitations. This risk is especially higher to persons suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular disease.

3. Increased anxiety

The excessive caffeine or stimulants increase anxiety, which can lead to panic attacks. This can result in loss of concentration and focus during work. This may also increase anxiety when communicating with others.

4. Increase in weight gain

Continued use of energy drinks for a long period of time can make you add weight. The high level of sugar can also increase the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes.

5. Trouble with the law

The deceiving nature of the level of intoxication may lead to being caught on the wrong side of the law, leading to being charged with drunk driving.

6. Mixing alcohol and energy drinks can harm unborn babies.

Alcohol alone can harm an unborn baby, so mixing energy drinks and alcohol can seriously put the unborn baby at risk. The high sugar and caffeine in the energy drinks and the alcohol can present many risks to the fetus and the pregnant mother.

7. More susceptible to drinking problems

Mixing both energy drinks and alcohol can increase the chances of developing drinking problems. The body can become quite dependent on both the caffeine and the alcohol, causing you to crave both at a high rate.

Both energy drinks and alcohol can affect your health in a negative way. Yes, there are some vitamins in energy drinks, but there are also many ingredients that are not good for the body. Health professionals advise people to steer clear from both drinks and lean more on healthy drinks like water and fresh juice.

 

Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica’s work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.

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