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Alcohol Abuse Still Enormous Threat

Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol-Related Deaths - The Bergand Group

Though the big talking point lately has been opioid abuse, overdoses from prescription medicines are not the number one substance-related killer in the United States. In fact, that grim title still can be attribute to alcohol-related deaths, as the NIAAA states that alcohol abuse is the “fourth leading preventable cause of death.”

The Continued Dangers of Alcohol Abuse

The way that people look at alcohol and its consumption is highly variable. While casual and social drinking are both thought of as “normal” pieces of the lives of many adults, the stigmas with problem drinking in all its levels and forms can actually prevent people from getting the help that they need. If a person has an issue managing their alcohol consumption, friends may be too nervous or embarrassed to address it, and therefore that individual may never be aided toward receiving help. In the worst case scenario, their habits may escalate and contribute to the statistics of alcohol-related deaths or accidents in the same way that “nearly 88,000 people” do every year.

Though it’s difficult to “multi-task” when it comes to attacking issues of drug and alcohol abuse head-on across the nation, lawmakers and professionals (and anyone else) can’t ignore major issues just because they aren’t currently in the spotlight. While opioid abuse still rages on, alcohol-related deaths are still higher in their victim count. The way to begin to alleviate this problem is to try and seek out help if you suspect you have an issue, small or large, or if you notice some problematic and potentially-dangerous habits in a friend or family member.

One of the most crucial pieces to keep in mind as anyone begins this process is that one of the early stages, detoxification, can be life-threatening if not done properly. A person who has any level of addiction should not simply “go cold turkey” as it is likely to pose danger to that person. Instead, he or she should speak with a doctor or medical professional who has experience in these matters to get a recommendation for how to best approach their treatment safely. If it is an issue at work with yourself or a coworker, the human resources rep would be the best place to go to make sure no one involved is hurt in any way. If you aren’t comfortable reporting them, try and speak to the other employee one on one first and then go to HR as a last resort.

If the issue of abuse is your own, a “test” to determine your problem level is to try out a self-imposed limit. Don’t have more than a certain number of drinks per night, or per week, and see if you can stick to it. If you can easily, or with only mild discomfort, let go of your old habits, then you likely don’t have an intense level of this issue. If you become distressed, overwhelmed, panicked, or anything like that before too long and revert, then it’s probably time for external help.

The people and environment that surround you are bigger influences on you than many people think. If you are engaged in outpatient treatment for alcohol abuse, but you then return to a group of friends that have unaddressed issues with the same thing, it will be much more difficult for you to go through recovery. If you surround yourself with supportive people who are going to be a help to your recovery rather than a hindrance, you will obviously be more able to avoid relapse and the potential for alcohol-related deaths.

When you are ready to seek out help for yourself or others to recover from alcohol addiction, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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