Alcohol and Alcoholism

Alcohol Awareness Month:

Summer Sky is a proud supporter of Alcohol Awareness Month and is a leading alcohol use disorder treatment program in the State of Texas. Summer Sky began helping men and women who suffer from alcoholism in 1985 and has continued to help individuals, and families experience recovery. Summer Sky is focused on providing evidence-based alcohol treatment services. Nothing is more rewarding than being a part of the solution. If you are struggling with an alcohol problem, give Summer Sky a call and let us help guide you away from the problem.

Alcohol Awareness Facts:

Did you know that in the United States alcohol is the most used substance? More people consume alcohol than all other addictive substances combined. While most people drink alcoholic beverages responsibly 1 out of 12 people experience alcohol misuse issues or alcoholism. To put this in perspective, that means an estimated 17.6 million people are struggling with alcohol problems. There is also another three million or more people that participate in hazardous, drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.

Family History of Alcoholism:

It is estimated that more than half of all adults have a history of alcoholism in their family. Many that don’t have a history have reported that at least problem drinking was present in their family at some point in the past. The conservative estimate is that on average 7 million children live in a home where a parent is actively experiencing a problem with alcoholism or has misused alcohol. On a positive note when a person who has problems with alcohol attends an alcohol treatment program their family life dramatically improves after completing an alcohol treatment center.

Alcohol Misuse:

Alcohol misuse is a problem in Texas and the United States as a whole. Alcohol misuse affects all aspects of a person’s life. In many cases, people start out misusing alcohol later to find themselves developing alcoholism or an alcohol-related disorder. People that consume alcohol for long periods of time greatly increase the likelihood that they will experience serious health complications. The emotional damage and lack of stability caused by long-term alcohol usage is another problem. In some cases, the financial toll of alcohol use creates other problems in peoples lives. The employment or career issues that are impacted due to missed work, sickness from trying to recover from the effects of alcohol consumption are problems that people experience. The strained relations with employers and work-related problems increase stress for the individual and dissatisfaction for most employers. The increased tension at work and in a person’s family life along with relationship issues with friends causes other social problems behind excessive alcohol usage. The good news is we see all the above areas improve once a person stops drinking alcohol and attends a treatment program.

Other Alcohol Facts:

  • In any given year approximately 88,000 deaths occur or can be attributed to excessive alcohol consumption. This is of great concern to citizens in Texas and across the United States because we all know that a lot of the deaths can be prevented if more people seek help from alcohol use disorder treatment programs. This is one reason that Alcohol Awareness Month was created to increase the awareness that alcohol treatment is available for those needing assistance with alcohol-related problems.
  • Alcoholism is the nation’s third leading lifestyle-related cause of death and people that attend an alcohol treatment program decrease their chances of dying from alcoholism.
  • It is estimated that up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption. People may not be aware that they can leave a hospital and transfer into an alcohol use disorder treatment program to deal with their alcohol problems. All they must do is contact an alcohol use disorder treatment program prior to discharge or after the discharge from the hospital to arrange admission into an alcohol treatment program.

The main thing is to seek help once you identify that alcohol is causing you problems. It’s never too early or too late to ask for help. However, seeking help will greatly increase the likelihood that you can avoid alcohol-related consequences.

Alcohol Detoxification:

People that have become addicted to alcohol will often need medical attention to become free from alcohol addiction. It is recommended that if you have been using alcohol for a long period of time that you contact an alcohol use disorder treatment program like Summer Sky to discuss becoming free from alcohol. Alcohol detox programs are designed to help people safely remove alcohol from a person’s body. It can be dangerous for many people to stop using alcohol without medical detoxification.

What is Alcoholism or Alcohol Use Disorders?

Alcoholism is a term that has been used over time to describe a person that has developed an addiction to alcohol. The term has been around a long time and is now referred to as an alcohol use disorder. Alcohol Use Disorder is a medical condition that doctors diagnose when a patient is drinking alcohol that causes distress or harm. It ranges from mild to severe and is characterized by clinically significant impairments in health functioning. It is usually diagnosed by medical doctors at an alcohol use disorder treatment program.

Do you have an alcohol problem? If so, contact Summer Sky Treatment Center to discuss your alcohol problem with our compassionate and understanding admissions department. We can help you with alcohol treatment questions and help you decide what alcohol treatment option is best for your specific situation. Our alcohol detoxification program is open 24-hours a day 7-days a week to accept admissions into our alcohol use disorder treatment programs. You can contact us at 1-888-857-8857.

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