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Suicide Awareness Month: Looking at Veteran Suicides Per Day

September is National Suicide Awareness Month, a period in which individuals are reminded to reach out to those who are at risk of suicide. During this month, mental health professionals and advocates work to prevent suicide, one conversation at a time. This is important work, since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) reports...
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Ambien and Alcohol

Ambien and Alcohol: A Dangerous Combination

Ambien is the brand name of the medication known as zolpidem, which is used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Often referred to as a “downer,” Ambien assists a person’s brain into a state of relaxation, which helps them fall asleep. Many people who suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia find it difficult...
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Can Alcoholics Ever Drink Again?

Can Alcoholics Ever Drink Again?

Many veterans decide they want to quit drinking. For some, the reasons for quitting may be for their health, or they may simply not enjoy drinking alcohol. For others, however, quitting alcohol becomes a necessity. Specifically, people who find themselves suffering from an alcohol use disorder cannot control when and how much they drink. Left...
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signs of addiction

Signs of Addiction: Spotting Veteran Substance Use Disorders

There are various signs of addiction, but they can vary depending on the substance, lifestyle factors, and the mental health of the individual. For example, veterans may display different symptoms of addiction than civilians, even if they share the same addiction. For this reason, it’s important that veterans have their own resource for spotting the...
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GABA and alcohol

What Is the Connection Between PTSD, GABA, and Alcohol?

Experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in addition to an alcohol addiction is a common occurrence for veterans. What many people don’t know is that there are ways to prevent PTSD symptoms from getting worse.  If you are looking to heal from PTSD and addiction, the trick is to learn about the relationship between the an...
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alcohol vitamin deficiency

Alcohol Vitamin Deficiency in Veterans: Recovery in DeLand, Florida

It’s no secret that many people feel sick after drinking alcohol, but there might be more to that sick feeling after drinking. In cases where people drink large amounts over a long period of time, alcohol vitamin deficiency can appear. And that’s a problem, both because it creates a host of health issues, and because...
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drug and alcohol addiction

The 5 Most Common Causes of Addiction in Veterans

Drug and alcohol addiction continues to be a serious problem in the United States. In fact, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people have been struggling to find help for their substance use disorders and are left feeling lost. And for veterans who face unique challenges, finding help can be even...
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stages of alcoholism

Stages of Alcoholism for Veterans: How to Break Free

While alcohol addiction starts in a wide variety of ways, the progression of alcoholism actually follows somewhat uniform stages. These stages of alcoholism are not perfectly defined, but they can help individuals determine whether or not they are addicted to alcohol. And that’s important, since veterans are at an increased risk to use alcohol as...
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medications to stop drinking

Medications to Stop Drinking: Which Ones Work?

Every year, millions of veterans deal with an alcohol use disorder (AUD). And while many are able to recover with professional addiction treatment, some also try medications to stop drinking. It’s important to note, though, that medications to quit drinking are only of many evidence-based treatment options. What does that mean? In almost every instance,...
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Am I an alcoholic

Am I an Alcoholic? How to Tell If You Have a Problem

Drinking alcohol is a common social activity, especially among veterans. In fact, alcohol use can be a staple of bonding among military personnel. But while it’s true that not everyone who drinks has a drinking problem, alcoholism can affect anybody, and it’s important that veterans be especially wary due to their predisposition to certain mental...
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