Awareness and Steps for Alcohol Abuse Recovery

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Alcohol abuse is a serious medical condition that can lead to hospitalization, mental illnesses, and even death. There are many treatments available for alcohol abuse and there are options for different levels of alcohol addiction treatment. If you or someone you know may have an issue with alcohol and may have an alcohol abuse problem, always consider a treatment option.

Abuse Facts and Information

  • If you are a female, you have a 54% chance to die earlier in your life expectancy due to drug or alcohol abuse.
  • The age curve of higher mental illness or drug and alcohol abuse/addiction is between the ages of 15 to 24.
  • Those with an already established mental illness have a 15% higher chance of having an addiction problem than people that do not have a mental illness.
  • Though females have lower rates of addiction problems than males, they do have a higher rate of mood related disorders that can cause other dependency issues.

Treatment Options

In every city, and even in small towns, there are group meetings that are held regularly where you or the person you know with an alcohol abuse issue can go and talk with others that have the same problem or feel the same way. There are called Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and work well as a pre or post treatment facility option. If the alcohol abuse has gotten to a more severe level there are private rehab facilities, alcohol detox centers, public alcohol rehab places, and other treatment center options. At these places the person can get one-on-one care and the full support needed to help fight their addiction and abuse dependency issues.

Getting treatment for a person with alcohol abuse issues isn’t always easy, but when they decide to take that step and change their life, the best thing a friend or family member can do for them is support their recovery. After treatment it may be a difficult time of transition, that is why it is more important than ever to be aware of the environment and surroundings the person is in. If you are going to hang out with a person that just left rehab, avoid bars as hang out spots and (at first) try not to drink around them. Don’t drill them with questions regarding their recovery, let them talk to you at their own pace and just make them feel safe and comfortable. They are going to have to make a lot of changes in their life to maintain a sober lifestyle and stay on the road to recovery, this may mean you have to make some changes as well to help that person. If you are willing to do that though, it can make all the difference in their long-term recovery and sobriety.

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