In 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month was established by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) to help spread awareness and lessen the stigma that is often attached to alcohol addiction. From then on, every April has been dedicated to helping others understand alcohol addiction, including its causes and effective methods for treatment and sustainable sobriety. By decreasing the stigma that surrounds this terrible disease, we hope to make it easier for those struggling with alcoholism to seek the help they need to live a happier and healthier life.
How Alcohol Awareness Month Began
The NCADD was founded by Marty Mann in 1944. Mann was an alcoholic and knew of others who were enduring the same struggles she faced. However, at the time, alcoholism was not thought of as a disease. There was also a great deal of stigmatism that surrounded it, which often made others reluctant to seek help out of shame or fear.
The goal of Alcohol Awareness Month is to put an end to the fear and shame, so that anyone who is struggling to overcome this disease is able to do so without any fear.
Below are the main creeds of the NCADD:
- An alcoholic is a sick person who is suffering from a disease
- Alcoholics can and should be helped
- Alcoholism is the public’s responsibility because it is a public health problem
Alcohol Awareness Month’s Impact
You might be wondering what a single month out of an entire year can do to improve the lives of alcoholics across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of 10 adults between the ages of 20 and 64 die from excessive drinking, which means that about 88,000 lose their lives to this disease on an annual basis. Currently, there are about 20 million people living in recovery and working their way toward sobriety.
The more we all partake in spreading the word and helping those in need obtain the help they need to recover, the more individuals and families can recover from the effects of this terrible disease.
Here are a few ideas you can put into practice to get involved in Alcohol Awareness Month this April:
- Create newsletters or pamphlets to distribute in your neighborhood
- Host an event to educate others in your area about alcohol addiction
- Host a fundraiser and donate the money you raise to a non-profit treatment facility in your area
How Does New Jersey Measure Up?
Substance abuse and, more specifically, alcohol addiction are major problems and both a global and national level, but how bad is this problem on a more local level? According to the New Jersey Substance Abuse Monitoring System, 69,477 individuals were hospitalized for substance abuse treatment. Ocean, Monmouth, and Essex counties had some of the highest rates of admissions, the majority of which were male.
Additionally, despite the fact that New Jersey ranks at 38th in the nation in terms of overall substance abuse rates, it leads the nation in terms of teenage drinking and drug abuse. The state has also seen a substantial increase in binge drinking over the past several years. Between 2002 and 2012, binge drinking among women increased by 21%. Surprisingly, 15% of high school students in New Jersey claim to have had their first alcoholic beverage before entering their teen years.
According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Highway Safety, DUI arrests jumped from an average of 1,304 arrests per month to 1,522 per month between the years 2015 and 2016.
How Turning Point Can Help You
Everyone has different needs when it comes to recovering from alcohol addiction. As such, Turning Point offers a variety of programs to help those who seek treatment. Some of our rehabilitation programs include:
- Alcohol Detox: Our alcohol detox program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and has been proven effective for over four decades. Detoxing can be a difficult process, so it is crucial to have the assistance of trained professionals who will ensure your health is not compromised.
- Short-Term Residential Treatment: At Turning Point, our short-term residential programs can last anywhere from one to 45 days, depending on the individual.
- Outpatient Treatment: Not every client needs to live on our premises during treatment. Even as an outpatient, you will receive top-notch alcohol rehabilitation treatment that is tailored to your specific needs.
Additionally, we also offer halfway house and transitional living services to help our patients readjust to society.
Contact Turning Point Today and Reclaim Your Life!
If you are struggling with alcohol addiction, now is the time to truly consider obtaining the help you need to move forward and live a happier life of sobriety. At Turning Point in New Jersey, you can count on our facility to provide the help you need to get your life back on track.
Call our team today at (973) 380-0905 to learn more about our services and how we can help you.