The Growing Need for Alcohol Rehab

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November 22, 2010

The Growing Need for Alcohol Rehab


For many alcoholics and alcohol abusers, enrollment in an alcohol rehab is the beginning of life.  For some reason, family, friends, coworkers and schoolmates may not understand alcohol treatment, but the truth is that alcohol abuse does not cure itself and will not go away unless treatment is received.  With 46% of American family members declaring alcoholism is present in their family, shouldn’t we stop fooling ourselves?

Alcoholism exists on every level of American society.  Alcohol contributes to more than 16,000 vehicular fatalities each year.  47% of industrial accidents are attributed to alcohol abuse.  American students spend $5.5 billion on alcohol every year.  That is far more than they spend on books or soft drinks.  More than 15 million Americans endure alcohol abuse and less than 1.5 million enroll in treatment for alcoholism. These are scary numbers.

While the detoxification and withdrawal stages of alcohol are powerful, it is a small toll to pay for a productive life of abstinence.  Back that up with other steps from the 12-step program developed by Alcoholics Anonymous and you can achieve a new, healthy lifestyle.

It will not be easy, but you will benefit from professionally managed individual and group therapies, learn how to recognize and deal with the always dangerous trigger points and learn how to avoid the craving sensations that cause consumption.  Think about getting your financial feet on the ground, rebuilding your friendships or building new relationships and think about the freedom from legal encounters.  Life just does not need to be as complicated as addiction makes it.

There are more than 11,000 drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs in the U.S.  More than 22 million Americans need treatment but less than 10% actually enroll in drug and alcohol rehabilitation each year. Isn’t it time to get serious about alcohol rehab?

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