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Common Places Alcoholics May Conceal Their Alcohol

At Riverwalk Ranch, we recognize that individuals struggling with an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) often find ingenious ways to conceal their alcohol, driven by the need to hide their addiction from friends, family, and colleagues. Understanding these hiding spots is crucial for those seeking to provide support. Here, we discuss common places where individuals might hide alcohol, reflecting the lengths Read more...
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What is the difference between binge drinking and chronic drinking?

Different ways of abusing substances each pose different risks. When it comes to alcohol abuse, binge drinking and chronic drinking are both common among adults. Though neither one is particularly healthy, is there one that is more damaging? Binge Drinking vs. Chronic Drinking Binge drinking is marked by heavy episodic drinking with the aim of becoming intoxicated. It’s defined by Read more...
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We’re Still Providing Addiction Treatment During COVID-19

Addiction and overdose deaths have only increased during the Coronavirus pandemic. That’s why Riverwalk Ranch Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center remains open and committed to helping individuals at risk on the path to recovery. In order to protect those we serve, we are faithfully adhering to health and safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Read more...
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Common Triggers of Substance Abuse Relapse

Even after recovery, people can relapse for all kinds of reasons. Trigger avoidance is often a part of relapse prevention, but some triggers are difficult to avoid altogether. Sometimes it is something as simple as spending time with people with whom you used to use drugs. Major times of stress that are out of your control like job loss or Read more...
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Alcohol Abuse & Pancreatitis

What Is The Pancreas? Located behind the stomach and in the back of the abdomen is a large gland that is referred to as the pancreas. Many of the body’s critical organs like the liver and brain rely on the pancreas to maintain balance in the blood sugar levels, so they are able to function correctly. This organ is known Read more...
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Careers Of The Highly-Addicted

As per the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 9 % of American workers indulge in alcohol and drug abuse. Substance abuse is directly linked with disturbed productivity and increased rates of illness.  Studies show that a higher number of men get into misuse of drugs than women; younger adults indulge in drug abuse a lot more Read more...
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The Benefits of 12-Steps Programs In Addiction Recovery

What Is A 12-Step Program? Somewhere in the 1930s, there was a man by the name Bill W. He was seeking withdrawal help from his severe alcohol dependency problem. After he became a member of the fellowship, he was able to achieve sobriety. However, there was another alcohol addict by the name of Dr. Bob S., who was not able Read more...
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Social Isolation and Addiction

Throughout the United States, drug abuse and addiction are serious issues. In fact, they cost the American people over $740 billion each year in terms of crime, health care, and lost productivity. Do you have a loved one who’s struggling with addiction? If so, you may have noticed that they’ve become more isolated recently. There’s a strong link between social Read more...
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Does Alcohol Cause Fatty Liver Disease?

You may think you already know everything there is to know about alcohol and its effects on your body. But did you know alcohol is processed almost entirely in the liver? Or did you know that excessive alcohol is what causes fatty liver?  Alcohol is what causes fatty liver and alcoholic hepatitis. The official medical term for fatty liver is Read more...
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Overcoming Challenges in Early Recovery

It’s no secret that the earliest stages of recovery can sometimes be the toughest. Once you’ve decided to put the bottle down, you’re forced to face all the emotions and issues that you previously dealt with by “self-medicating” yourself with alcohol and drugs.  Struggling to face these issues head-on, many people end up relapsing in these early phases.  But not Read more...