Alcoholism &
effects of alcoholism on health & family

opiate faces photoThe consequences of alcohol abuse are serious and in many cases, life-threatening. Alcoholism greatly increases the likelihood of a death or injury, to the driver or anyone near them, from car crashes, other vehicle accidents, and on-the-job accidents. Not to mention the increased occurrence of domestic violence, homicide and suicide.

It is estimated that alcohol-related problems costs the American economy approximately $100 billion per year. In purely human terms, the suffering is incalculable.

Alcoholism has little to do with how long someone has been drinking or how much they drink. It to do with a person's uncontrollable need for alcohol. This definition of alcoholism helps us understand why most alcoholics can't just "use a little willpower" to stop drinking. He or she is frequently in the grip of a powerful craving for alcohol, a need that can feel as strong as the need for food or water. Most people abusing alcohol need counseling and support to recover from the disease. With treatment many individuals are able to quit drinking and rebuild their lives.

Treatment Starts Now

Call 866-323-5612 to talk to someone who can help you to find the treatment program that will best suit the needs of the individual struggling with addiction. By seeking treatment, you are helping yourself or a loved one to repair the damage caused by addiction and to establish a foundation for success and recovery.

If you're not yet sure that your family member or friend or yourself is addicted or needs treatment, call 866-323-5612 to speak with someone who can help, or get a free, confidential, online addiction assessmentnow »
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Drug Addiction & Substance Abuse
signs of drug abuse, effects, treatment

opiate faces photoAddiction or dependency on drugs such as methamphetamine, crack, cocaine, pot, ecstasy, ketamine and other stimulants and depressants, as well as pain killers such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Lortab, and other opioids is a major problem that can personally affect not only the lives of the men and women taking them, but their family, friends, and even coworkkers.

People who start using pain killers for good reason can become physically dependent on them. Drug addiction can become a chronic problem, which can damage one's most important relationships, and even one's own personal health. For people who have a dual diagnosis, meaning they have an underlying issue such as depression, treatment can be challenging.

While some people are aware of the damage that their drug abuse causes, they often need counseling services or an intensive drug rehab program to overcome their addiction. Most often, help in achieving recovery from substance abuse requires addiction treatment in a residential or outpatient drug rehab program, participation in a 12-step program, plus support from friends and family.

Regaining Health, Love, Friends, Life...

If you or a loved one is struggling with a drug problem, the best thing that you can do is encourage them to get help. By starting a treatment program people suffering from addiction are able to start rebuilding relationships with family and friends, regaining control over their lives, and achieving new levels of health and happiness.

Rehabs and residential treatment facilities are designed to teach people suffering from substance abuse and addiction the skills and the tools that will overcome their addiction and to maintain a life free from chemical dependency.

Call 866-323-5612 now to speak with a Treatment Center advisor.

by McKayla Arnold