One of the difficulties people face when dealing with alcohol addiction is the threat of being shamed and socially ostracized. The stigma of alcohol addiction may keep people from looking for a treatment program that can help them fight addiction and make positive changes in their lives. That’s why an initiative like Alcohol Awareness Month is so important.
Banishing Stigma Through Greater Awareness
In April 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence launched the first Alcohol Awareness Month. Since then, it has become an excellent opportunity to offer people support and spread education about alcohol use and addiction. What’s the theme for this year? “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.”
The main purpose of raising awareness is to weaken the stigma that hurts people who are addicted and makes them feel ashamed for seeking help. When people struggle with alcohol misuse or addiction, they may mistakenly assume they’re alone in their struggle or come to the harmful and incorrect conclusion that there’s no way for them to get better.
The truth is that millions of adults and hundreds of thousands of underaged teenagers in the U.S. have alcohol use disorder. Alcohol-related problems can affect people regardless of how old they are, how much money they make, what religion they practice, where they live, the amount of formal education they’ve completed, or any other demographic factor.
Furthermore, alcohol use disorder doesn’t have to be severe to cause problems in people’s lives. It can increase their risk of accidents, weaken their mental and physical health, and negatively impact their relationships, performance at work, and academic success.
Alcohol Awareness Month Events
Throughout April, you’ll find a variety of events at schools, community centers, religious institutions, and other locations across the country. Some of the events will be geared towards teenagers, helping them and their parents better understand how the misuse of alcohol can affect the body and brain. Adults will also find information and support, making them more aware of alcohol-related issues and resources for treatment.
A critical event is Alcohol-Free Weekend, which is scheduled this year from April 5 through April 7. The main point of this weekend is for people to see if they can smoothly get through three days without drinking any alcohol. Is this something you would struggle with? Would it affect your mood or thoughts, change how you relate to others, or possibly lead to withdrawal symptoms? There’s a chance you may not have noticed or fully realized the extent to which alcohol impacts your life.
Alcohol-Free Weekend is also a chance for family members to pay attention to the effects of alcohol on the dynamics of the home and to seek support of their own. With greater awareness of the issues, people are in a better position to make compassionate and effective choices that will help themselves and their loved ones.
When society treats alcohol-related problems as a shameful secret, people are less likely to turn to professional help. Raising awareness can show the public that addiction isn’t rare or a sign of having a poor character. Communities all around the U.S. are home to people who are silently grappling with alcohol addiction or unsafe alcohol use.
Treatment and Support Are Critical for Fighting Alcohol Problems
Professional treatment for alcohol misuse and addiction can help make people healthier, prevent their premature death, and improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, many people who could experience these benefits don’t enter into a treatment program. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 6.7 percent of adults who met the criteria for alcohol use disorder in the previous year underwent treatment for it.
Don’t hesitate to care for yourself and seek treatment. Some of the qualities of a top treatment program are:
- The program employs reputable and caring professionals who specialize in addiction treatment and related issues. The individuals working for the program all have the appropriate licenses, accreditation, and level of experience for their jobs.
- Instead of focusing exclusively on the addiction, the program insightfully addresses the whole person. Do you live with social isolation, depression, or anxiety? Which factors in your life might contribute to the addiction, and which factors could promote your healing and growth? Understanding the individual is key to finding personalized strategies to treat alcohol problems and help people become more healthy and fulfilled.
- The program has a positive reputation built on successful outcomes and favorable reviews.
Contact Us for Treatment
When you reach out to Ocean Hills Recovery for treatment, you can expect dedicated care that’s responsive to your individual needs. Our comprehensive treatment approach addresses your physical health, mental well-being, and spiritual and emotional growth. We also help you develop habits and strategies to apply in day-to-day life to prevent relapse and maintain a healthy way of living. There should be no stigma attached to struggling with and healing from addiction or other alcohol-related problems.
Contact Ocean Hills Recovery today – regain control of your life.
About the author:
Greg opened his home and heart to alcoholics and addicts in 2003. He is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATCI). Starting in 2009 Greg has fostered the growth of Ocean Hills Recovery into one of the most respected and effective treatment centers in the area and has been working with people with addictions since March of 2001. Greg believes in a holistic approach to recovery. His focus is on drug alcohol addiction treatment with a combination of 12 Step work, therapy and counseling, and the rejuvenation of the body through healthful eating and exercise. He has designed his program to foster a family-like atmosphere and believes that people in recovery are just beginning their lives. He encourages the people he works with to learn to enjoy life in sobriety. Greg is married to Nicole; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.