April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Written by Jackie Calkins

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to recognize the profound impact that alcohol use can have on our lives. Sadly, the U.S. struggles with one of the highest rates of alcoholism in the world: according to recent statistics from The National Institutes on Health (NIH) an estimated 14 million Americans are struggling with an alcohol-use disorder — and this number continues to rise every year. Despite these harrowing facts, there is hope! 

Raising Awareness About Alcohol Use Disorders (AUDs)

Research has consistently shown that alcohol rehab or treatment programs can be very successful for those dealing with addiction; too often, though, individuals and families affected by alcoholism face barriers — such as shame and stigma — when seeking help for their health issues. 

During Alcohol Awareness Month, it’s important to remember how much courage it can take for someone to overcome these challenges in order to start on their recovery journey—and similarly how helpful we as a society can be by responding without judgment or bias whenever reached out for support regarding drinking problems among loved ones or members of our community.

Introducing Alcohol Awareness Month and What it Means

April is Alcohol Awareness Month! This is a time dedicated to spreading awareness and education about alcoholism and the harmful effects it can have on individuals, families, and communities. By raising awareness, we hope to reduce the stigma surrounding alcoholism and encourage those who may be struggling to seek help. 

It’s important to understand that alcoholism is a disease and should be treated with compassion, understanding, and support. This month, let’s come together and make a difference by promoting awareness and advocacy. Everyone can play a part in the effort. Whether it’s helping someone (even yourself!) with an alcohol problem, or even simply changing the conversation–it makes a difference and it matters. 

Some Ways You Can Help Raise Alcohol Awareness:

  • Become aware of the statistics for Alcohol Use Disorder in the U.S.
  • Fight the stigma and shame associated with alcohol addiction.
  • Encourage people to be open about their experiences and ask for help.
  • Be courageous and ask for help yourself, if you need it. 

Statistics on Alcohol Use Disorder in the U.S.

Alcohol abuse and addiction are serious problems in the United States, affecting millions of Americans every year. The statistics are startling: over 14 million adults have alcohol use disorder, and underage drinking is responsible for over 4,300 deaths every year. However, there is hope. 

By approaching this issue with kindness and understanding, we can help those struggling with these issues find the support they need. From community resources to therapy and rehab centers, there are many options available for those seeking help. With love and compassion, we can work together to address this issue and help those in need.

3 Facts About Alcohol Abuse in the U.S.

  1. 14.1 million Americans have an Alcohol Use Disorder
  2. Alcohol-related deaths are the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.
  3. At least 88,000 Americans die annually due to alcohol-related causes.

Benefits of Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatment

An alcohol use disorder can be a serious issue that affects not just the person struggling with it, but also their loved ones. That’s why drug and alcohol rehab programs, like JourneyPure at the River, are such an important part of the solution. Alcohol treatment centers provide a safe and supportive place for the alcohol-addicted person to get medically stabilized and receive counseling and therapy to help them manage a life in recovery.

Alcohol rehabs also help that person’s family, loved ones and friends. The impact of an alcohol use disorder is never just limited to the person who has it, after all. The truth is that with enough willingness, intent and consistency, anyone can achieve lasting recovery. That’s not to say it is easy–it isn’t. For many people it will be the hardest thing they ever do, but it’s also often the best thing they ever do for themselves. 

Overcoming the Stigma and Shame of Alcoholism

Alcoholism or alcohol use disorder, is a difficult and often isolating struggle for those who suffer from it. Sadly, the stigma and shame surrounding addiction can make seeking help feel like an insurmountable hurdle. It’s important to remember that addiction is a disease, not a personal failing. 

It is just as important to change the way we talk about addiction and alcoholism. Recognizing them as diseases and making people feel safe asking for help when they need it. Taking the first step towards recovery can be a truly transformative experience. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help. You are deserving of the love and care necessary to overcome this disease and live a fulfilling, healthy life.

Help for Alcohol Use Disorders is Here

We all go through challenges and we all need help sometimes. We all should work towards a world where people do not feel any more shame asking for help for a drug or drinking problem than they do asking for help for a thousand other medical issues. Asking for help when you need it isn’t a sign of weakness.

In fact, it takes bravery to ask for help. If you are struggling and need help, there is a lot JourneyPure at the River can do to make a difference in your life. We have helped thousands of people overcome alcoholism. We can help you or your loved one too. We’re only a phone call away at: (615) 410-9260