woman wondering is alcohol a depressant

Is Alcohol a Depressant?

At Recovery Ranch in Tennessee, clients sometimes ask, “Is alcohol a depressant?” Alcohol meets the definition of depressant because it suppresses the central nervous system. Slurred speech, disturbed perceptions, unsteady movements, and the inability to think clearly all indicate impairment of the central nervous system. Fortunately, our drug and alcohol detox center can help you…

family staying sober during coronavirus

Staying Sober During Coronavirus

Staying sober during coronavirus is likely a challenge for many people. Several media sources report that alcohol sales have recently skyrocketed, and several sources are reporting an uptick in substance abuse. If you are having difficulty staying sober during coronavirus, The Recovery Ranch continues to welcome clients, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The caring, professional staff…

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Quarantined with an Alcoholic Spouse

Living with an alcoholic spouse is likely a challenge on any day. The quarantine during the coronavirus possibly leads to new challenges when you are quarantined with an alcoholic spouse. The Recovery Ranch staff members recognize that alcohol addiction already has a major impact on the family members of individuals with an alcohol use disorder. Receiving treatment is crucial,…

Injection Drug Users Who Also Abuse Stimulants at High Suicide Risk

People who inject drugs have a particularly high risk of suicide when they also use stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines, a team of Canadian researchers says. Injection drug users have relatively strong chances of developing diagnosable problems with substance abuse/addiction. They also have elevated chances of making suicide attempts and actually committing suicide. In…

Small DNA Variations Play Big Role in Risk for Substance Problems

Researchers have conclusively determined that much of any given person’s chances of developing problems with substance abuse or substance addiction are genetically based. However, no one fully understands all of the genetic factors that increase or decrease the odds of experiencing these problems. In a study published in late 2014 in the journal Addiction, a…

Gambling Disorder, Alcoholism Feature Similar Impulsive Behaviors

Alcoholism and gambling disorder are well-defined examples of two recognized forms of addiction: substance addiction and non-substance-based behavioral addiction. Impulsive behavior is typically viewed as a core characteristic of both forms of addiction, although the specific types of impulsivity present may vary. In a study published in June 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a…