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December 2014

Teen Drug Abuse and its Effects on the Brain - The Bergand Group

Teen Drug Abuse and its Effects on the Brain

It is common for teens and adolescents to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Whether it is due to social pressure or curiosity, about one in every four high school teens will drink and about one in every sixteen high school teens will use marijuana. Due to their “it won’t happen to me” attitudes, many teens […]

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4 Tips for Surviving New Year's Eve Sober - The Bergand Group

4 Tips For Surviving New Year’s Eve Sober

New Year’s Eve is a time to start fresh, look back on all of the things you learned, and, for many people, a time to drink more than ever. Being newly sober on New Year’s Eve can be intimidating and confusing. Most parties involve drinking, drugs and the people you used to use with. Don’t

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Steps to Take After a DUI - The Bergand Group

Steps to Take After a DUI

The fact is, no one plans on getting a DUI. During the holidays many people are getting pulled over in routine sobriety checks and, in turn, getting arrested for DUIs. While you should always plan for a sober driver, if you do end up getting a DUI this holiday season what steps should you take?

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Maintaining Sobriety During the Holidays- The Bergand Group

Maintaining Sobriety During the Holidays

As the holidays approach many people are indulging in more than just great food. What goes hand-in-hand with holiday parties? Alcohol. In fact, many people who don’t tend to drink much throughout the year use alcohol during the holidays as a chance to unwind. Alcohol acts like a relaxant, and most people think ‘what better

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Women and Drinking - The Bergand Group

Women and Drinking

Drinking alcohol has become such a social norm that, chances are, most people reading this article participate in the consumption of alcohol. In fact, “In 2012, 87.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime; 71 percent reported that they drank in the past year;

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TEDx Video: Drinking and How it Changed My Life

Recovering alcoholic and author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Drinking, Ann Dowsett Johnston, shares her journey with viewers in this poignant TEDx video. With the publication of her book Johnston “outed” herself as an alcoholic, but in doing so she created a dialogue about the alcohol industry and its marketing efforts towards

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How to Identify an Addiction - The Bergand Group

How to Identify an Addiction

The act of being addicted is defined as, “To devote or surrender to something habitually or obsessively.” Addiction does not always have to involve drugs and alcohol, in fact, many times parents tell their children that they are “addicted to” candy, television, etc. While this may be true, addictions can rear their heads at an

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Understanding Addiction

Understanding addiction is usually done by looking at its negative aspects. Why does the addict participate in these behaviors? Why does the addict do harm to themselves and others? While these are all good questions, Gabor Maté, a Canadian physician who has specialized in terminal illness, chemical dependents, and HIV positive patients, discusses looking at addiction

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Managing and Becoming Familiar With Addiction Triggers

Many addictions start out as casual habits. What begins as drinking on the weekends as a way to “wind down” or smoking marijuana because your classmates are doing it slowly become crutches to get through stressful times. While receiving ongoing care for an addiction, it is important to understand what your addiction triggers are and

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The Bergand Group - Detox Programs

Detox Programs: A Dire Necessity for Alcohol, Benzos and Opiates

While many of us have not seen withdrawal first-hand, I’d bet that several of us have seen it in movies or television. A person hunched over on the floor, sweating and clenching their stomachs. Shaking hands. Paranoia. Relapse. Efforts at detoxifying the body from drugs and alcohol are oftentimes met with relapse because, without a

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