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How to Talk to Your Family About Addiction for Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, an annual campaign organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence that strives to increase outreach and education regarding alcohol addiction and related issues. Though the campaign began in 1987 as a way to help college students control their drinking habits, it has since expanded to include outreach and information that can help all kinds of people, from adults to family members seeking to support their struggling loved ones.

This year, our team at Turning Point, Inc. is using this month to help those who want to have honest discussions with their family members about alcoholism. Whether you’re a struggling addict yourself or simply someone who wants to keep your loved ones informed, talking about the reality of alcoholism can help destigmatize addiction. Even if your loved ones don’t have drinking problems now, they may feel more compelled to address their issues and seek help down the line if they have a working knowledge of addiction.

Acknowledge that Addiction is a Disease

One of the most common misconceptions people have about alcoholism is that it’s a behavioral or moral issue that can easily be fixed with discipline and a better moral compass, but this isn’t true and only adds to the stigma by making affected people think they’re not trying hard enough to quit. In reality, addiction affects our brain chemistry over time, rewiring it so our bodies become dependent and we feel powerless without it. By reframing alcoholism as a disease, you can help your loved ones to understand addiction is an epidemic that requires professional care.

Explain Why Binge Drinking is Dangerous

Millions of Americans binge drink every year, including college students who are discovering alcohol for the first time and have it accessible to them on campus and in the dorms. Though many associate partying and binge drinking with wild nights to remember, binge drinking is a slippery slope that can lead to alcoholism. Additionally, large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time can provoke dangerous symptoms like dehydration and vomiting, as well as alcohol poisoning. Making sure your family members know the risks involved with binge drinking is a preventative measure you can take.

Ensure that Rehab Is a Sign of Strength

Millions of Americans struggle with alcoholism every year, yet only a small percentage ever seek professional help from a rehab center or facility. One reason for this is because many feel that to admit they need help is a sign of failure or shame, when getting help is actually a sign of strength. By investing in therapy or inpatient rehab, you’re investing in yourself and a better future so you can be the best person possible, and a better parent, spouse, and friend. If you have children, letting them know that getting professional help is a good thing can help them feel less guilty about seeking support in the future.

Detox with Us in New Jersey

If you or a family member are struggling with alcoholism, the best way you can set yourself up for success down the line is by getting professional help today by calling our team at Turning Point, Inc. With over 45 years of experience serving our community throughout New Jersey, we’ve helped thousands of individuals detox and gain the tools they need to stay sober and alcohol-free.

At our facilities, you won’t encounter any judgment. You can expect to be surrounded by professionals who care about you and peers who understand what you’re going through, and our unique treatments work to dismantle the stigma that accompanies addiction so you can understand there’s nothing to be ashamed about. Call us today to learn about how our licensed and credentialed staff can help you.

Contact Turning Point, Inc. online or by phone at (973) 380-0905 to begin your recovery at one of our locations in New Jersey. We’re pleased to offer a variety of addiction treatment programs, including a detox program so we can safely monitor your withdrawal symptoms.

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