VIDEO: How Alcohol Affects Your Body

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Alcohol has become a deep-rooted part of our culture and traditions. It’s part of many celebrations, so no wonder it’s normalized and even encouraged in some situations. Read More

Are You a Dry Drunk? Here’s What to Do

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If you have recently quit drinking or using drugs, then you probably are struggling. After all, being sober and leading a clean lifestyle after years of substance abuse isn’t a walk in the park.

However, if you’ve been sober or are in recovery but still feel like you’re barely holding on, then you could be a dry drunk. Your family might feel like they’re walking on thin ice around you and as for you, you’re always angry and irritable. Read More

Alcohol Poisoning: What You Need to Know

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What most people may not realize is that alcohol is, in fact, poison. A given amount of alcohol in your bloodstream can be toxic and can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Alcohol poisoning is real. In fact, many people all over the globe die from this. One moment they’re drinking and the next they’re unconscious. Before you know it, they’re gone.  Read More

Alcohol and Aggression: What’s the Connection?

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Alcohol and aggression are often intertwined. People who are intoxicated often lead to fights and arguments that can sometimes be very serious. This is because alcohol can make people become more confrontation and less inhibited, more confident and less level-headed. Read More

Sober is the New Sexy: Here’s Why

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These days, sexy can mean so many different things. For some, sexy means being confident in your own skin. For others, sexy is about the curves, the six-pack, the toned muscles, the skimpy bikinis, or even the smarts. However, social media has redefined what it is to be sexy as every photo posted could probably be photoshopped, filtered, and packaged to garner more likes. It can be easy to lose perspective on what it is to really be sexy.

What you may not realize, however, is that sober people have many qualities that make them sexy–without the photoshop and filters.  Read More

10 Steps to Stop Drinking Alcohol

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Do you want to stop drinking alcohol? Has anyone expressed their concern or suggested you stop drinking? Has alcohol come between you and your health, relationships, job, and other priorities? Or has it become your primary priority day in and day out? If your answer is “Yes” to one or more of the questions above, then you may have a drinking problem that needs to be addressed.

To help you out, here are 10 steps to stop drinking alcohol. Read More

Warning Signs You’re in a Toxic Romantic Relationship

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While no relationship is perfect, a good relationship should make you feel happy, cared for, and respected. Reality is, not all relationships are good or healthy. Maybe you at some point or another in your life have been in a toxic romantic relationship. Maybe you’re in one now.

Want to know for sure? Check out these warning signs to know if you’re in a toxic romantic relationship that you should get out of–pronto.

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Signs You’re in a Toxic Romantic Relationship

1. You keep giving and giving. Love should be a two-way street and there’s no room for selfishness or unreciprocated emotional investments.

2. Feeling drained. You don’t have no energy in the relationship or in your life in general. Instead of feeling inspired and energized, it’s like your energy is getting sucked out constantly.

3. No trust. Love can’t last for long without trust. It simply won’t go anywhere.

4. There’s hostility. If you feel like you have to have your walls up or be on fight or flight mode whenever you’re with your partner, then it’s best to pack your bags and go.

5. Constant criticism. If you feel like you’re treading on broken glass around your significant other, then then it’s something that is going to drive you up the wall sooner or later.

6. Full or judgment. If you can’t be yourself in the relationship or you have to always watch what you do or say because of feeling constantly judged, then it’s unhealthy for you.

7. Lack of respect. When one or both of you have ceased respecting the other, then there’s no reason to be in the relationship.

8. Never-ending drama. While problems are part of relationship and even help make the relationship stronger, the constant trouble and the self-inflicted woes are simply exhausting and won’t make your relationship grow.

9. Control issues. If your partner is overly protective, possessive, and jealous to the point that you can’t do the things you normally do, then it can be stifling. You can feel trapped.

10. Direction is uncertain. If the person doesn’t want to commit, doesn’t want to take things to the next level, or you simply can’t tell what role you play in their life, then the relationship is uncertain. It’s like it has no direction and you’re better off on your own.

11. Feeling undermined. If you feel like your worth is less than your partner or that you’re not part of their priorities, then it’s best to think of your other options.

12. Full of lies. Every lie in the relationship can chip away at whatever good it is you have until your relationship feels hollow and unreal. Beware, this is one of the hallmarks of a toxic romantic relationship.

13. It brings out the worst. If the relationship only brings out the worst in you or in both of you, without any growth or improvement on both your parts, then your relationship is not only stunted but dysfunctional.

14. People are concerned. If other people who care about you, like your friends and family, are concerned about your relationship, then you may have to take their word for it and reassess your relationship.

15. Physical and emotional abuse. If you’ve been assaulted or manipulated, or abused in any other way, then it’s clear the person doesn’t respect or even love you.

16. You’re simply unhappy. You owe it to yourself to let go.

These words may be harsh, but sometimes, a wake up call is just what you need to get out of a toxic romantic relationship.

If your loved one has been abusing you or is showing negative and erratic behavior due to drugs or alcohol addiction, then you can help them break the cycle that is also affecting you as a co-dependent. For help with addiction treatment in the Philippines, seek help. Call or text Bridges of Hope: 09175098826.


 

Delirium Tremens: What You Should Know If You’ve Been Heavily Drinking for Years

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If you’re a heavy drinker and has always been for years, then you’re at risk for delirium tremens (DTs). Delirium Tremens is an extreme form of alcohol withdrawal. Therefore, anyone undergoing alcohol withdrawal and are at high risk for this condition must have a medically supervised detox program. This is because anyone undergoing DTs are also at risk for death.

While not everyone who go through alcohol withdrawal experience DTs, anyone who does undergo this must be rushed to the emergency to prevent further complications. Read More

Why Improper Alcohol Detox Can Be Deadly

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Improper alcohol detox can come with many complications and dangers. This is why many alcohol addiction rehab facilities offer medically supervised and assisted alcohol detox to ensure the patient’s safety and comfort so you don’t have to do it on your own.

Alcohol addiction is a substance abuse disorder wherein a person is physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol. The physical aspect of addiction makes it impossible for them to quit as they experience symptoms of craving. Meanwhile, psychological addiction can cause the person to actively and compulsively seek out alcohol despite negative consequences. Read More

10 Subtle Clues Your Partner has Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder can be hard to identify. However, by looking at these subtle signs, you may be able to pinpoint if your partner, or someone close to you, is suffering from this mood disorder and needs help.

You may love your partner for their quirks, but as time goes by, you notice little things that make you start wondering. You see changes that get you concerned. You see patterns that seems off to you. Guess what–your partner may have bipolar disorder. Read More