Finding Support During Alcohol Awareness Month
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the impact of alcohol on individuals, families, and communities. This observance was established in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) to raise awareness about the dangers of alcoholism and the importance of prevention and treatment.
Alcoholism is a chronic disease characterized by a physical and psychological dependence on alcohol. It can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. The consequences of alcoholism can be devastating, including health problems, relationship difficulties, financial hardship, and legal problems. In the worst cases, alcoholism can lead to premature death.
Despite alcohol being regulated, the availability of it and social nature of consuming it leads to the potential for abuse. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), alcohol is the most frequently used and misused substance in the United States. In fact, more than 65 million Americans report binge drinking or heavy drinking in a one-month period.
Some of the key messages of Alcohol Awareness Month include:
- Alcoholism is a disease, not a moral failing or a lack of willpower.
- Alcoholism can be treated, and recovery is possible.
- Prevention is the best way to avoid the negative consequences of alcohol use.
- Early intervention can make a big difference in the outcome of alcoholism treatment.
- Support from family, friends, and community is essential for recovery.
- Stigma and shame around alcoholism can prevent people from seeking help, so it is important to promote understanding and compassion.
By working together as a community, we can help to reduce the harm caused by alcohol and improve the lives of those affected by this disease. Treatment options are available for alcohol and starting down the road to recovery can improve your physical health, mental health, happiness, and personal relationships.
Many local resources are available if you are struggling with alcohol addiction. If you are looking for an AA Group, this website has a comprehensive list of options in our area.
Hudson Behavioral Health was formed in 1980 (as Hudson Health Services, Inc.) to bring the first residential recovery program to the Eastern Shore. Today, thousands of patients later, we remain the leader in recovery programs and resources, with our staff of 100 committed to serving each patient as an individual.