Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (now Facing Addiction with NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcohol addiction. It has since become a national movement drawing attention to the causes and effects of alcoholism increasing awareness and helping communities deal with family members who have drinking problems.
Alcohol addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However, people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living their lives in recovery from alcohol use!
According to NCADD, “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 along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems. More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.” Warning signs of alcohol abuse include:
- Drinking to calm nerves, forget worries or boost a sad mood
- Guilt about drinking
- Unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop drinking
- Lying about or hiding drinking habits
- Causing harm to oneself or someone else as a result of drinking
- Needing to drink increasingly greater amounts in order to achieve desired effects
- Feeling irritable, resentful or unreasonable when not drinking
- Having medical, social, family or financial problems caused by drinking
Florida Center for Recovery efforts in promoting alcoholism prevention, as well as highlighting the importance of alcoholism treatment without stigma offers information about detox and treatment in the form of sharing alcohol fact sheets with the general public.
If you or a loved one is experiencing problems in your relationships at work or at home, or perhaps are dealing with financial or legal problems that are attributed to alcohol consumption, then these could be signs of “out of control drinking issue” and the time may be now to get help. For more information about alcoholism and recovery in Saint Lucie County, call Florida Center for Recovery at 800-851-3291. Help is available right now.
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Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.