Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States; 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. Due to the social acceptance and widespread availability, it is also one of the most overlooked.

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How We Can Help

  • Develop the skills needed to stop or reduce drinking
  • Help to build a strong social support system
  • Set reachable goals
  • Coping with or avoiding triggers that might cause relapse
  • Resources to assist with housing, employment, and skill building.
Signs & Symptoms
  • Difficulty controlling how much or when one drinks
  • A need for more alcohol to get the same buzz as before
  • Headaches, anxiety, insomnia or nausea when alcohol consumption stops
  • Temporary blackouts or memory loss
  • Recurrent arguments or fights with those closest to them
  • Irritability, depression or mood swings
  • Drinking alone, in the mornings, or in secret.
  • Risky behaviors that threaten legal, financial and/ or health consequences
Dangers of Abuse & Dependence
  • Dementia, stroke and neuropathy
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Depression, anxiety and suicide
  • Social problems; unemployment, lost productivity, family issues, violence, and homicide
  • Unintentional injuries; car crashes, falls, burns, and broken bones
  • Increased risk for cancers
  • Liver disease
  • Death
Myths & Facts

Myth 1: Addiction is a disease, there’s nothing that can be done about it.
Fact: Most experts agree, addiction is a disease that affects the brain; however, that does not mean that anyone is helpless. The brain changes associated with addiction can be treated and reversed through the use of therapy, medication, exercise or other treatments.

Myth 2: Without hitting rock bottom, you can’t get better.
Fact: Treatment and recovery can begin at any point in the addiction process – the earlier the better. Don’t wait to intervene until you or your loved one has lost everything.

Myth 3: Treatment did not help before, there is no point in going again.
Fact: Drug addiction recovery is a process, one that often involves setbacks. If you did not find treatment successful before it does not mean that sobriety is a lost cause. Relapse can be used as a signal to get back on track. Many individuals find success by going back to treatment and adjusting the treatment approach.

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