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Why Mental Health Is Crucial, for Patients and Those Who Care for Them

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As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on, the death toll is not the only casualty. Healthcare workers who are dealing with the crisis on the front lines face unparalleled stress. Dr. Alex Lee, director of coaching at Ria Health, explains: “I do have more concern around the short-term impact of COVID-19 on mental health. Healthcare workers […]

Public Image and Private Reality: Celebrities and Alcohol

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Constantly in the spotlight, triumphs and foibles of celebrities are magnified to the umpteenth degree. And the rise of social media has only increased the scrutiny. Further, many famous people feel obligated to project an image that everything is fine, when sometimes in real life that is not the case. But that “public image vs. […]

How Telemedicine Is Changing Alcohol Treatment

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People who are ready to reduce or eliminate their alcohol intake are increasingly turning to telemedicine. But not everyone understands what telemedicine is or how convenient it is to use. The C Three Foundation has partnered with Ria Health to explain telemedicine, why it is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to see […]

“I No Longer Feel Addicted” to Alcohol: People Tell Us About Naltrexone

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Naltrexone is a safe, effective medication that has been shown to significantly reduce heavy drinking. But how does naltrexone change one’s relationship to alcohol, and to life? To answer these questions, we asked Reddit users to tell us about their experiences. Over a dozen people responded. Some had been taking the medication for as little […]

Women, Alcohol, Anxiety—and Why AA Might Not Work

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Women are drinking alcohol more than before. But the most common treatment option for addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), may not be of much help for women with anxiety. Last year, the medical community and news media alike learned about a recent, alarming development in women’s drinking habits. According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, […]

Medication Plus Counseling: Why Two Heads Are Better Than One

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A popular saying states that it “takes a village” to raise a child. After all, it would be tough for a single person—even a parent—to muster all the patience, energy, and resources required for the task. So what makes other Herculean efforts—such as reducing alcohol—any different? When it comes to building healthier drinking habits, some […]

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 […]

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