The use of alcohol has been ruining lives for centuries. Still, there are millions of people who continue to fall prey to the devastating effects of this substance every day. If nothing else, alcohol rehab stories teach us that both addiction and recovery occurs in stages. They also clearly communicate that recovery is possible and it is also a step-by-step process. Even with the evolution of alcohol treatment programs precipitated by advancements in technology; the continuum of care necessary for recovery from an alcohol use disorder is best achieved when it occurs in strategic phases. Step by step was how James’s journey into an alcoholic lifestyle began. He took his first drink at the early age of nine years old.
Despite severe punishment, his drinking career, as he describes it in his alcohol rehab story, became progressively worse until he found himself homeless, institutionalized and facing death on various occasions. Before long James not only drank but also began abusing heroin. “I realized that I was incapable of putting a stop to my drinking and drug use on my own” he said. Treatment proved to be redemptive for James, who in his own words stated that he went from addiction and depression to sobriety and a life that is all about helping others.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are approximately 2.5 million years of life lost in the United States annually from alcohol abuse. Based on records from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the social and economic burden presented by these statistics is also a mind-boggling $223.5 billion and counting.
In addition, scientists have identified over 200 diseases caused by consumption of alcohol. NIAAA researchers also point out that in recent years, there has been a surge in underage drinking. In fact, studies show at least 10% of children in the United States today live with one or more parents with an alcohol use disorder. They attribute this environmental exposure as the reason for the prevalence of alcohol consumption among children. These study outcomes make it clear that doing whatever it takes to rescue more lives from alcohol use disorders has become not only necessary but critical. Treatment intervention for alcoholism typically occur in the following stages:
Treatment for alcoholism and binge drinking has gone beyond the 12-step program of the 1930’s. Today, there are more options available for recovery from the obsessive and compulsive use of alcohol. Scientists are also keenly aware that the effects of alcohol on women is markedly different than it is on men. As such, there are also gender specific programs that specialize in addressing the unique recovery needs as it relates to alcohol addiction in women, teens and men. The good news is treatment for alcohol addiction works. Even after long term habituated alcohol abuse the many treatment options available today, provide greater opportunity for people in addiction to restore balance and resume happy and productive lives.
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