man wonders about the risk of prescription drug addiction

4 Common Risks of Prescription Drug Addiction

Taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s recommendation increases the risks for several adverse consequences, including addiction. Even after developing an addiction, additional problems often still result. There are many common risks of prescription drug addiction, and recognizing these risks may indicate the need for addiction treatment. The addiction treatment programs at Amatus Recovery Centers can…

a man struggles with alcohol addiction

How Does Alcohol Addiction Begin?

Drinking alcohol in moderation isn’t a problem for many people, so why do some develop an alcohol dependence? Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a medical problem that makes it hard to control alcohol consumption whether you drink once a day or once a year. At Amatus Recovery Centers, we have years of experience helping people…

a group drinks together on st patrick's day

How Dangerous Is Social Drinking on St. Patrick’s Day?

Certain holidays seem to be built around the idea of going out and having a few drinks in celebration. St. Patrick’s Day is perhaps the most well-known of these holidays. Every year, people worldwide celebrate the life of Ireland’s patron saint with all things green, including beer and cocktails. Many people associate alcohol abuse with…

men binge drink during march madness

Dangers of Binge Drinking During March Madness

Basketball fans worldwide look forward to March Madness, which is the single-elimination college basketball tournament every year. College basketball is a billion-dollar industry in the country, and the big March tournament is a moneymaker for both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and schools that participate. But more than that, it’s a lot of fun…

Match.com and O’Doul’s Partner for Sober Online Dating

Dating site Match.com and non-alcoholic beer O’Doul’s recently partnered to encourage sober virtual dates.[1] The Match app now includes an option to add your drinking preferences, such as “no drinks,” “anything in moderation,” and “let’s drink.” The two companies are also offering a chance to win a virtual dating kit; the kit includes limited-edition O’Doul’s…

Religion Works for Some in Recovery, Not for Others

As a not particularly religious person, I was initially turned off by recovery’s seemingly religious focus. In AA, there are a lot of references to God or a higher power. While that higher power doesn’t have to be God—it can be anything greater than yourself—recovery language seemed to lean religious. For some, this is a…