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Drinking Problems and Why Alcoholism is more common than you think

Drinking Problems and Why Alcoholism is more common than you think

Nobody wants to admit that they have a drinking problem…

Society in fact makes drinking look appealing. Happy hours, Caribbean vacation with frozen cocktails, college parties, etc. About one out of every five movies, TV shows and songs have alcohol or drinking involved.

What does this promote to kids? That drinking is acceptable and “cool”. And it shows, as according to SAMHSA, 26.6% of Americans under the legal age for alcohol consumption are drinking. It may not seem like a high percentage, but it is a very serious matter. Pamela S. Hyde, an AMHSA Administrator, says, “Underage drinking should not be a normal part of growing up. It’s a serious and persistent public health problem that puts our young people and our communities in danger. And many of those underage drinkers will develop a drinking problem  Even though drinking is often glamorized, the truth is that underage drinking can lead to poor academic performance, sexual assault, injury, and even death.” In addition, it doesn’t cost a lot of money or effort to find alcohol. Many homes and places have bottles easily accessible and some beers cost as little as $1.00.

“What does this promote to kids? That drinking is acceptable and “cool”. And it shows, as according to SAMHSA, 26.6% of Americans under the legal age for alcohol consumption are drinking.”

Underage or not, alcoholism still poses a variety of risks. The World Health Organization says there are at least 140 million alcoholics in the world; unfortunately, the majority of them are not treated. A large reason for that is because many don’t think of themselves as having a drinking problem, but more so moderate or social drinkers. Friends commonly joke about partying and pranks pulled while someone is blacked out or having the “hair of the dog” (more drinks while hungover) the next day, but it’s not a joke at all…it’s a tell tale sign of alcoholism.

If you miss time from work, drink because of shyness, feel guilty or remorseful after a night out, crave alcohol at5pm after work or any other definite time, drink alone and/or even lie to yourself or others about how much you drink, chances are that you have some stage of alcoholism. And depending on how much you drink, which could lead to things like stress, depression, low self-esteem or if you already are dealing with those conditions, it could be a recipe for disaster. A drinking problem could ruin someone’s life.

Denial is the first and foremost thing to overcome when dealing with alcoholism. You have to be honest with yourself about whether or not you have a drinking problem. Are you able to do without it? When you try, do you find yourself feeling worse? Has it affected your relationships with others? (And seriously look at yourself before blaming others). Although you can have a well paying productive job/life and not be a homeless person drinking out of a paper bag, you could still be considered by most doctors as an alcoholic.

Denial is the first and foremost thing to overcome when dealing with alcoholism. You have to be honest with yourself about whether or not you have a drinking problem.

So what’s the potential risk in all of this? Just about everything. Even if you’re not a full blown alcoholic now doesn’t mean you won’t or can’t be down the road. It can and will potentially affect your job, relationships, finances and health if it continues to progress. Unfortunately most don’t realize this until it’s too late.

alcoholic man with a drinking problem

If you believe that you might have a drinking problem, congrats! You’ve already taken the first step to recovery. It takes strength and courage to face an addiction head on. Seeking out support is your next step, and that is where Footprints in Recovery comes into play.
At Footprints in Recovery we have daily group therapy, which is provided on nice days at the beach. We provide housing, nutritional meals, transportation to AA meetings, weekly individual therapy, 12 step groups, YMCA membership, special interest groups, and recreational activities.  We provide life skills and an exercise program that includes exercise, biking, walking, tennis, swimming pool, gym and basketball a minimum of three times a week, and attend a Non-Denominational Church on Sunday.

 

We provide life skills and an exercise program that includes exercise, biking, walking, tennis, swimming pool, gym and basketball a minimum of three times a week, and attend a Non-Denominational Church on Sunday.

At Footprints in Recovery, we believe in an approach that involves rebuilding the foundations of your life. We include individual coaching to help you remove the bonds of addiction. You will receive individual attention as you travel through the 12 Steps of Recovery. We offer Individual, Group and  Family Counseling with Certified and Educated Counseling Professionals. Family Counseling allows us to talk with not only you, but your family. Of course like the other treatments, family counseling is optional, but we believe it is one of the best ways to conquer your addiction. With the assistance and guidance of our certified counselors, you and your loved ones learn how to help each other in the recovery process.  Addiction affects everyone including their families and friends. Our our counselors will work with families in education about the disease of addiction, codependency, family dynamics and the healing process. Our family program helps everyone grow and recover.

 

If your loved one is suffering from alcoholism, this can certainly be stressful and sometimes even hostile to convince them that they require treatment, since as we mentioned, denial is the biggest struggle to overcome for an addict. We encourage you to visit a local Al-Anon group meeting to help learn more about how to deal with these kinds of situations, or feel free to contact us for additional support and resources.