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March 26, 2019

Could Adolescent Drinking Lead to Emotional Problems Later?

The health risks of excessive drinking are well known. Now scientists are beginning to explore the impact of both consumption and binge drinking on brain development in adolescents. And what they’re finding is troubling. Researchers from the University of Chicago have just released the results of a study that shows…


February 01, 2019

Aware Recovery Care Awarded Dual Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Aware Recovery Care has just earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for both Home Care and Behavioral Health Care by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards (https://www.qualitycheck.org/quality-report/?bsnId=623503).  Receiving dual accreditation is a rare feat in this field.  The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that…


December 10, 2018

Alcohol and Pregnancy – the Tragic Costs

It’s an established fact that no amount of alcohol consumed by an expectant mom during pregnancy is good for the infant. For expectant moms who suffer from alcoholism or alcohol dependency – the impact on the child is often very grave, producing children with a condition called fetal alcohol spectrum…


October 16, 2018

Liver Disease Is on the Rise.  Why?

A few years ago, physicians, like Elliot Tapper at the University of Michigan Medical School, began noticing an alarming increase in the number of young adults seeking help for liver disease. Their observation led them on a quest to understand why. The medical journal BMJ has just published the results…


September 06, 2018

New Evidence Points to A Leading Cause of Addiction

Why is it that some succumb to drug or alcohol addiction and others do not? Well, we’ve known for a while that there’s a genetic link.  But could something else be a significant contributor? According to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and confirmed by Kaiser Permanente…


June 08, 2018

Could Family Therapy Be the Missing Key to Recovery Success?

Anyone struggling with addiction knows there are literally thousands of treatment options available in the U.S. And if you’re battling addiction – the chances are also very good that you’ve tried a number of these options without achieving long-term abstinence. Aware Recovery Care is the brainchild of addiction specialists at…


April 27, 2018

How Technology Innovation Can Help Alcoholics

Innovation… Since Aware Recovery Care first opened its doors, we’ve focused on finding and deploying innovative new tools capable of improving the odds of recovery for folks addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.  We believe this approach is one reason our clients achieve long-term sobriety at such high rates. One of…


March 02, 2018

The Drug Crisis Deadlier Than the Opioid Epidemic

In 2016, this drug was associated with more deaths than auto and gun deaths combined. Can you guess the drug? Not opioids. Alcohol. According to Center for Disease Controls data, 88,000 people died as a result of alcohol consumption in 2016.  Sixty-four thousand died from overdosing on other drugs that…


June 01, 2017

Why “Family” Matters in Addiction Recovery

Working with addiction specialists at Yale and other universities, Aware Recovery Care has developed a novel and demonstratively effective home based drug and alcohol addiction treatment program. The program is novel for several reasons – including its home-based approach, its reliance on a team of addiction specialists assigned to each…


May 18, 2017

Alcoholism and the Elderly.  Does Age Matter?

Alcohol dependency can develop at any age – but researchers recently sought to understand if those over 60 might be at a higher risk for developing a problem. To conduct their study, researchers looked at gender and age-specific trends in a population of older Americans from 1997 through 2014. Their…


March 30, 2017

Alcohol During Pregnancy and the Harm it Can Do

Many young women realize that drinking during pregnancy is not a good idea, but they often fail to understand all of the ramifications. Did you know that alcohol can actually harm a baby at every stage of a pregnancy and that alcohol can cause something called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders…


December 22, 2016

Babies Born with Drug Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms Soaring…

New research just published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) shows that the number of babies born with drug withdrawal symptoms from opioids (called neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS) has increased substantially and that the increases are occurring more dramatically in rural areas than in cities. The study’s…


November 17, 2016

Can a Certified Recovery Advisor Help You with Your Addiction?

At Aware Recovery Care, we create a multi-disciplinary drug and/or alcohol addiction rehabilitation team for each and every client. Each team is led by an Addiction Psychiatrist and supported by an Addiction Nurse, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an Individual Therapist, and a Certified Recovery Advisor (CRA) - most…


October 13, 2016

Addressing the Families’ Role in Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Connecticut

No family of a drug or alcohol addict goes unaffected by the tragedy and the turmoil of addiction. Ever. Parents, spouses, children and often extended family are all impacted. Given this fact, addiction researchers and clinicians have long had an interest in the family dynamics of addicts in the hope…


October 06, 2016

Do Certain Childhood Characteristics Help Predict Issues with Addiction?

Many of us who’ve sent children through public schools in Connecticut are familiar with the drug and alcohol prevention program called D.A.R.E. D.A.R.E. was designed to help children understand the risks of drugs and alcohol while also teaching them critical avoidance tactics in the hope that a generation of children…


September 29, 2016

The Warning Signs of a Serious Alcohol Problem

Do you worry about the drinking habits of a partner or good friend? Are you growing concerned they may be becoming addicted to alcohol? Over 17.6 million people in the U.S. are and the signs of a problem are fairly easy to spot. That’s one in every twelve adults… Here…


June 22, 2016

Baby Boomers Increasingly Struggle with Drug Addiction…

If you were born between the years 1946 and 1964 – you’re a member of the baby boom generation. Until recently, Boomers were the largest generation in the history of the planet… now surpassed in size by the generation they gave birth to – the Millennials. As they age –…


June 16, 2016

Is An Elderly Member of Your Family Addicted to Drugs?  Could be Hard to Tell.

As people age, the incidence of arthritis tends to rise, leading to an increase in aches and pains. Levels of general anxiety can also rise with the years. What do many of the elderly do in the face of these problems? They seek medical advice and treatment that often includes…


May 25, 2016

Our Aging Parents – and Drug Addition

At present count – there are over 35 million Americans aged 65 or older. Did you know that fully 17% of them are addicted to either drugs and/or alcohol? And that rate is expected to double by the year 2020. Double… What in the world is causing this sharp rise…


March 16, 2016

Life for Children of Drug and Alcohol Addicts

Helen grew up in rural Connecticut with parents who were addicted to drugs and alcohol. While from the outside, her childhood looked like many others, truth is – Helen lived a life filled with sadness, shame – and fear. A nurturing, safe and love filled world was denied her from…


February 18, 2016

What the Super Bowl 50 Broadcast Tells Us about Drug Use in America

The TV audience for Super Bowl 50 witnessed a somewhat mediocre game and what may have been Peyton Manning’s last game in the NFL. And as usual – there was the annual parade of high priced and often humorous TV commercials to watch and enjoy. There was one ad, however…


October 08, 2015

Are Women At Greater Risk of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Than Men?

Until the 1990s, most of the research on drug and alcohol addiction focused on men. That changed when the U.S. government began insisting that those receiving federal research dollars enroll more women in their studies. What have we learned? It appears that men are more likely than women to become…


June 25, 2015

Do the Families of Addicts Need Attention Too?

It’s not uncommon for a family to place its sole focus on helping the family member with addiction. But addiction is often linked to dynamics within a family… and, of course, addiction results in emotional and sometimes physical pain for everyone involved. New research now suggests that for addiction treatment…