April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the substance abuse experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services are encouraging you to take the opportunity this month to learn about the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse and decrease the stigma associated with alcoholism. The unfortunate truth is that many people suffering from alcohol abuse or dependence are too ashamed or embarrassed to get help, or they simply don’t know it’s available. There is also such a thing as functioning alcoholism, which means the alcoholic may successfully hide his problem from the people around him. If you or someone you know is engaging in problematic drinking, or if you recognize the signs of alcohol abuse in a friend or family member, contact the addiction recovery experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services by calling our toll-free number.
What is Alcohol Awareness Month?
Alcohol Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to increase awareness and understanding about the prevalence of alcohol abuse and dependence, as well as the treatment and recovery options that are available to alcoholics, was established in 1987. Each April, communities across the country are encouraged to reach out to the public to help reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism, and break down the barriers to substance abuse treatment, thereby increasing the likelihood that individuals struggling with alcohol abuse or dependence will seek lasting recovery. For family members who have loved ones who are currently seeking treatment for alcoholism, Alcohol Awareness Month is also an excellent opportunity to learn how to provide a strong support system throughout the recovery process.
Providing a Supportive Environment During Recovery
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States. In fact, approximately 17.6 million people suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence, and several million more engage in binge drinking or another type of risky drinking that can lead to alcohol problems. Alcohol abuse or dependence can have an impact on all aspects of an individual’s life, adversely affecting his career, his physical and emotional well-being, and his personal and social relationships. It’s easy to feel helpless when someone you care about has an uncontrollable urge to drink alcohol, so much so that it’s taking over his life. If you are wondering how to provide the best kind of support to a loved one in recovery, or if you believe you are living with a high functioning alcoholic, the following are five concrete ways to help:
- Learn as much as you can about alcohol dependence and recovery, including the physical, emotional, and behavioral components of the healing process.
- Encourage your loved one to stick with the full treatment program, even if he begins to feel better halfway through, to prevent relapse.
- Foster a safe and supportive sober environment in which your loved one can recover.
- Acknowledge and accept the fact that your loved one may make certain life changes after treatment, ones with which you may or may not agree.
- Make sure to take care of yourself too, throughout the recovery process, rather than putting your needs and feelings aside to focus on your loved one. Support groups and family therapy are valuable resources you may find help a great deal.
Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for Help
Because alcoholism is characterized by an individual’s uncontrollable need for alcohol, it is tough for alcoholics to overcome their addiction problem without professional help. But with the right kind of support and treatment, many alcoholics can stop drinking and finally reclaim control of their lives. And once an alcoholic has completed treatment, the support of his loved ones can help reduce the risk of relapse. If you know someone who is struggling with heavy drinking or binge drinking, or you recognize functional alcoholic behavior in a friend or loved one, call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at our toll-free number to speak to a professional addiction recovery counselor.