For as long as people have been consuming alcohol, there have been some individuals who just seem more inclined to addiction than others. Currently, it is estimated that more than 3 million Americans live with some form of alcohol abuse symptoms.
Treating the Disease with Respect Aids Recovery
We’ve all seen depictions of alcoholics in their worst-case scenarios, and the effects upon those close to an alcoholic can be powerful. Over the past few decades, the options for recovery have expanded, as medical and psychological understanding of the addiction has evolved.
Gone are the days when addicts struggling to make their way to sobriety are shunned as derelicts and degenerates as a more sympathetic view has been placed upon the addict themselves. Changing our perceptions when treating recovering alcoholics has been statistically proven to have positive results.
Alcoholism is Indiscriminate of Race, Age, Religion, or Gender
Because alcoholism has no target victim pool, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what will lead one person down the path of addiction and pass over the next. Research has shown that both genetics and environment have strong influences on predisposition, but these are only two of a plethora of extenuating factors that can lead to alcohol abuse.
Stressful work, emotional upheaval, financial distress, as well as social acceptability of alcohol in general all contribute to the epidemic known as alcoholism or alcohol abuse. Science is beginning to prove that addiction is less of a moral failing and more of a chemical dependence, and this approach has been key to helping many abusers rehabilitate and live sober.
Rehabs, AA, and Outreach Programs Aid in Sobriety
Outreach programs, as well as long term residential rehabilitation centers have gained popularity in recent decades due to the rates of recovery, and statistics support data indicating that support programs keep alcoholics in recovery sober after the worst of the withdrawal symptoms have passed.
Withdrawals from alcohol abuse are often devastating on the body, mind and soul. This makes sobriety seem impossible to many addicts, and support groups and rehab programs are vital to sobriety success for many recovery alcoholics.
There are also personal life changes that must be affected before recovery can be truly embraced, and often the addict must distance themselves from negative influences while surrounding themselves with a support system. This change in social circles and daily routines has been shown to be an effective deterrent to relapse.
Everyone Deserves to Have Someone Who Believes
It’s important to remember when you are the support for someone in recovery, or are facing a need for rehabilitation yourself, that every human on this planet is struggling and facing challenges unique to themselves. Respecting the person behind the addiction can go a long way toward rehabilitation.
It’s often said that a kind word or gesture can be a defining moment for a soul in need, so reach out when you can, because your support might just be what they need most.