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Author Archives: Katie Lain

Is Red Wine Good for You? Questioning the Health Benefits of Wine

Wine health myths

Despite its massive wealth and technological innovations (we’ve got computers on our wrists now!), the United States still lags behind most of the developed world in terms of life expectancy. That’s made a lot of scientists wonder: Why is it that people in France, Italy, and Spain live longer than us? They’ve got bakeries on […]

Discussing “The Abstinence Myth” with Dr. Adi Jaffe

Adi Jaffe abstinence myth

How does someone go from a meth addict, to a Ph.D. in psychology, to a mental health professional intent on radically changing the way his peers treat addiction? To answer those questions and more, I spoke with Dr. Adi Jaffe, who recently published a book on bucking the “abstinence myth” in addiction treatment. You can […]

What Is a “Nalover”? We Surveyed Reddit and Facebook to Find Out

What is a nalover?

When you peruse the alcoholism medication-assisted treatment online communities (yes, they exist!), you’ll probably come across the term “nalover.” It’s a mash-up of “naltrexone”—an anti-craving medication used daily or, per the Sinclair Method, one hour before drinking—and “hangover.” Basically, it’s the hangover some people experience after drinking on naltrexone, and it’s a phenomenon that hasn’t […]

Side Effects of Naltrexone: Why Are They Too Much for Some People?

Side effects of naltrexone are too much for 10 percent of Ria Health patients, Dr. Mendelson explains

Naltrexone is an FDA-approved medication that has been repeatedly shown to significantly reduce drinking, and subscribers to the Sinclair Method swear by its effectiveness. But does it work for everyone? And when can the side effects of naltrexone, which are normally very mild, get to be too much for some people? I recently spoke with […]

How to Control Your Drinking Before “Rock Bottom”: Tips from Blogger Heather Serody

Heather Serody discusses taking naltrexone for her overdrinking

Maybe you don’t consider yourself an “alcoholic,” but you’d still like to reduce your drinking. That’s where Heather Serody, founder of the blog Thrive in Midlife, found herself not too long ago. A mother of two, she would use wine to cope with stress, to the point where she’d drink more than she wanted. But […]

“Why Do I Feel So Much Freer?”: Joseph’s Journey with Ria Health

Joseph reduced his drinking thanks to the Sinclair Method and Ria Health

I recently chatted with Joseph, a Ria Health member, about his relationship with alcohol and his success with Ria and the Sinclair Method. You can listen to our conversation below, or read a transcript of it, which has been edited for clarity and brevity. Katie: What is it that brought you to Ria Health? Joseph: […]

7 Tips to Avoid a Hangover this Holiday Season

Tips for avoiding a hangover during the holidays

Hangovers make everything hard—especially during the holiday season. For many, this time of year is jam-packed with activities. Our schedules are full of holiday party commitments, gifts to buy, food to cook, and family and friends to see. It can be hard to keep up, so sure, we may indulge in some alcohol to help […]

Gastric Bypass and Alcohol: The Risks of Drinking After Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery can makes patients more susceptible to alcohol's effects

In a recent post, we looked at how anxiety can put you at a higher risk of developing alcoholism, or alcohol use disorder (AUD). This time, we’re looking at the risk of alcohol abuse after gastric bypass surgery, a phenomenon that afflicts thousands of people every year. What is gastric bypass surgery? It’s a type […]

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