Dry or Damp?

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   What is Dry/Damp January? Over the last decade, “Dry January” has become a popular way to begin the year for many. Dry January is when an individual commits to not drink any alcohol for the 31 days in the month.¹  More recently, “Damp January”…

Women and Wine Culture

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   Q.) What are excessive alcohol risks? Excessive alcohol use poses both health and safety risks to females, as their physical health is adversely impacted by heavy drinking, including risks for hypertension, cancer, stroke, liver disease, and alcohol-impaired accidents. There has been a troubling increase…

DRUNKOREXIA – A Dangerous Trend

Q.) What is drunkorexia? Drunkorexia is the recognized term that refers to modifying eating behaviors for the planned caloric intake of alcohol or to increase the effects of consuming alcohol. Some researchers have used the term more broadly to include not only food restriction, but also excessive exercise before or after drinking.   Q.) How…

individuals attend an AA meeting and support each other in recovery

What Is an AA Meeting?

Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, has become a beacon of hope and support for many struggling with alcohol addiction. An AA meeting is a gathering of individuals committed to staying sober and supporting one another through the process. The setting is usually modest and unassuming—a church basement, community center, or any place that provides a calm,…

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Is Alcoholism Genetic or Hereditary?

Alcohol use is deeply ingrained in various cultures across the globe. Social drinking, such as enjoying a glass of wine with dinner or sharing beers after work, is often seen as a normal part of life. However, the transition from casual drinking to alcohol dependency can be a subtle and insidious process. Alcohol use disorder…

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How Alcohol Can Impact Depression

Alcohol and depression are closely linked, and each can compound the symptoms of the other. Treatment that addresses multiple mental health concerns, such as depression and alcohol use disorder, is called dual diagnosis treatment. Santé Center for Healing offers dual diagnosis treatment in Texas. Call 866.238.3154 for more information, to verify insurance, or to get…

Man suffering the effects of binge drinking

Dangers of Binge Drinking

If you’re someone who likes to party and drink frequently, you may have heard the term “binge drinking” thrown around a lot. But what is binge drinking, exactly? And is it all that dangerous? Let’s take a closer look at the differences between alcohol abuse and binge drinking, the consequences of binge drinking, and the…

woman sits up in bed with her hand to her face struggling with the process of detoxing from alcohol

Before and After Process of Alcohol Detoxing

When people have been misusing alcohol for a long time, they can develop a dependence or addiction. This generally means that alcohol has altered their brain chemistry, making it necessary for them to drink to function normally. That’s when an alcohol detox program becomes essential. It’s understandable how addiction can begin as a pursuit of…