Author Archives: Bob Nix

Ways to Reduce Hangovers: Old, New, and Surprising

It’s that time of year again. Multiple holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve—conspire to keep alcohol on everyone’s mind. And when that happens, sometimes hangovers follow. Hangover remedies can be decades old. Who hasn’t considered the “hair of the dog” the next morning? But the problem with this method is that drinking more—of whatever […]

Why Aren’t More Doctors and Patients Aware of Naltrexone?

Naltrexone was initially approved to treat opioid addiction in 1984. Later, scientists tested naltrexone in rats and found that it decreased alcohol consumption. In 1991 this led to clinical trials at Yale University that showed additional positive effects. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provided research funding, and in 1995, the FDA […]

Same Drinks, Different Metabolisms: One Size Does NOT Fit All

Alcohol Is Broken Down Differently in Women’s and Men’s Bodies Men and women have the same opportunities to drink at holiday parties, tailgates, business dinners, weddings, and other occasions. However, men and women do not have the same ability to process alcohol. Women’s bodies experience physical consequences from excessive drinking much faster than men’s. Medical and […]

From the Perspective of a Ria Health Member, Part Two: Pamela’s Story

This is a specific account of one person’s real experience with Ria Health. Individual results may vary. Pamela is a mom in her mid-50s, and project manager for a tech firm. The following describes her personal account of what led her to Ria Health, and her experience with the program (All names have been changed […]

The Science of Alcohol and Depression

The Impact of Alcohol on Depression A glass of wine or beer after a stressful day can help you shift out of work mode, relax and recharge. Alcohol’s sedating, muscle-relaxing effects calm frazzled nerves, and its pleasant, mood-elevating benefits provide a welcome temporary respite from negative or critical thoughts. There is also a good amount […]

From the Perspective of a Ria Health Member: Part One of Two

Part One- Testimony from a Ria Health Member This is a specific account of one person’s real experience with Ria Health.  Individual results may vary. In Jan’s words: Why I worked with Ria Health for 2 months. Jan is a working mom in her 40s who is currently getting her master’s. She has generously provided […]

3 Things You Should Know About Alcohol and Blackouts

Memory loss and blackouts are a common symptom of heavy alcohol use. A blackout occurs when someone drinks enough to forget events that happened while drinking. In this post we discuss: How much drinking causes a blackout How common blackouts are The relationship between gender and blackouts Drinking large amounts of alcohol, especially when drinking […]

Perspective of a Medical Student

“I’m tired of feeling like a criminal.” During my first week as a 4th year medical student rotating through Ria Health, I heard powerful confessions and testimonials about alcohol consumption. I could hear the guilty intonation in their voices, and the even stronger voice of addiction consuming their lives. In my own clinical education, I […]

Naltrexone: Getting Rid of the Obsession

  “Patients themselves often comment after a couple of months of treatment that, to their surprise, they no longer are particularly interested in drinking. Previously, alcohol had been the focus of their lives, the main thing they were thinking about. Somehow the treatment had gotten rid of the obsession.” This is one of the most […]

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