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Author Archives: Ria Health Team

Alcohol and Mental Health: The Relationship, and What You Can Do

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The first half of 2020 has been severely challenging for many people. COVID-19 has prompted social isolation, unemployment, and financial hardship. People have been managing the fear and anxiety caused by a new disease, abrupt life changes, and an unpredictable future. Meanwhile, shelter in place has brought families into close quarters and left others on […]

Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Relationship With Alcohol

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Ever wondered if your relationship with alcohol is healthy? You’re not alone. In a culture where alcohol use is so widespread, it can be important to touch base with ourselves from time to time. Each of us may occasionally notice we’ve begun drinking more than we intend, or that we are using alcohol in ways […]

Can Ketamine Help You Drink Less Alcohol?

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More than 14 million Americans suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD)—and millions of others drink more than they’d like to. But with less than eight percent receiving treatment each year, and only a fraction of those individuals remaining abstinent long-term, it’s clear that more options are needed. New research suggests that the drug ketamine may […]

Dry January Benefits: Should You Participate?

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The transition from one year to another can mean more than just the flip of a calendar page. For many, it’s a chance for a fresh start—an opportunity to establish new habits, or begin a healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re experiencing that post-holiday drinking fatigue, or you’ve been meaning to cut back in general, Dry January […]

How to Navigate the Holidays Sober, With Humor

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No matter how long it’s been since you’ve had a drink, the holidays bring a special kind of pressure. Tipsy relatives asking you questions you don’t want to answer. Friends hosting booze-fueled New Year’s Eve events. Those same 10 Christmas tunes. It’s no wonder this is a season many newly sober people dread as much […]

17 Fun Holiday Activities That Don’t Involve Drinking

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If you’d like to stay sober, or drink less this holiday season, you’re not alone. Many of us feel that alcohol plays a bigger role in the festivities than we’d like. Often, we feel the consequences once the merriment subsides—maybe we’ve packed on a few pounds, or we feel foggy and have low energy when […]

25 Recovery Quotes to Keep You Moving Forward

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Recovering from alcohol addiction can feel intimidating. Sometimes, a boost of encouragement, or a reminder that you’re not alone, can make all the difference. Below, we’ve collected some of our favorite recovery quotes. First, you’ll find some inspirational wisdom for when the path seems steep. Second, you’ll see some testimony from celebrities who have battled […]

Alcohol Rehab From Your Phone: Is the Best Solution in Your Pocket?

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If you’re searching for “alcohol rehab near me,” you might be hoping to find an option near your town, or within a short commute. But the answer may be even closer than you think. New technology now allows you to access personalized, outpatient alcohol rehab from your phone, or other personal device. How can that […]

Sober October—Health Benefits, and Tips For Making it Through

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From the final week of Oktoberfest, through that spookiest of holidays, Halloween, October offers many opportunities to share drinks with friends. It might surprise you, then, to learn that many people have started taking this month off from drinking. Sober October has joined Dry January as a chance to take a break from alcohol. While […]

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