Soberlink Blog

Discussing the sober truth of alcohol, recovery, and aftercare monitoring

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

When someone wakes up after a night of drinking and feels dehydrated, nauseous and achy, we label this a hangover – a side effect of drinking too much. When an alcoholic or dependent drinker wakes up after a night of drinking, he or she will have different symptoms, due to drinking what their brain perceives as too little.

How to Help An Alcoholic Friend Overcome Addiction

Misconceptions abound about what a person should do to help an alcoholic friend. Many feel they can make the person stop drinking by shaming them, disposing of their alcohol, hiding their money, or getting them arrested. Others think that if they simply love them enough, the person will stop on their own. None of these methods are particularly effective for truly helping an alcoholic. So what does work?

Stop Enabling Your Friend’s Alcohol Abuse

A lot of people feel it is compassionate to try and “save” their friends from the consequences of excessive drinking. For example, they make excuses to the boss when their friends are too hungover to go to work, give them money to purchase alcohol when they are broke, or bail them out of jail repeatedly when they get arrested for alcohol related crimes. These enabling behaviors are unhealthy for both parties. It helps the dependent person continue to function in his or her addiction, and it causes the enabler emotional distress.
The dependent person can ignore what the drinking is doing to his or her life if a fallback is always available. You also make yourself a target of blame as the “cause” of the drinking, even though you are trying to help. Changing your behavior in this aspect can be difficult, but it’s important the alcohol dependent person suffers the consequences of his or her actions. Attending a support group, such as Alanon, can help with detachment.

BAC: What It Means and Why It Matters

Blood alcohol content (BAC) is the measure of alcohol present in your blood at a given moment. Technically speaking, the measure tells how many milligrams of alcohol are contained in 100 milligrams of your blood. For most people, it’s easiest to understand as a raw percentage: a BAC of 0.08% would mean every 10,000 mg of your blood contains 8 mg of alcohol.

Learning the Language of Family Law

Venturing into a new community and learning the common language used there can be a daunting task. It’s no different for Family Law. But starting work on a Family Law or child custody arrangement can be a difficult and contentious time for parents; the last thing they should have to worry about is learning the lingo.

Supervised vs. Unsupervised Parenting

In most custody arrangements that aren’t equally or jointly divided, one parent is considered custodial and awarded sole custody of the children. The other parent is non-custodial, but is typically awarded parenting time, or the right to see and visit with their children on a set schedule. There are two major types of parenting time: supervised and unsupervised. The main difference between the two is essentially an additional adult chaperone.

Monitoring Leads to Successful Recovery

Recovery is ongoing; it isn’t achieved in a short, 30-day period. Addiction is classified as a chronic illness, and relapse is an unfortunate reality that the recovery community actively works to prevent through various methods. One such method of fending off relapse is monitoring programs. Monitoring typically consists of some form of testing (random or scheduled) and consistent communication with a clinician or case manager. Monitoring allows patients and clinicians to be aware of recovery progress and intervene if necessary to intervene to reduce and hopefully eliminate relapse episodes.