Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programs In the United States
Alcohol has from time immemorial been one of the most common worldwide addictions. Alcohol has destroyed the lives of many who are affected by it, and as well as families and friends around the alcoholic. Anyone with an alcohol addiction will most certainly become dependent physically and psychologically.
If you are suffering from an alcohol addiction, and are watching your life slip away; don't wait until it is too late. It is never too late. With such an emotionally charged situation taking place, it is hard to think clearly, especially when it is a person very close to us. We can feel helpless and most families do not know what to do, and they often make the wrong decision. Give us a call, we can help.
It has been discovered that as early as the Stone Age, there were some fermented beverages being produced and consumed. There was also the discovery of beer pictographs from ancient Egypt. Greece, India, Babylon, and China all have traces of alcoholic beverages showing in their history. Liquor has been distilled for thousands of years in the U.K. and other parts of Europe, and historically alcohol has also played a big role (not always a positive role to be sure) in the new colonization.
Puritans who became settlers of the "new world" borrowed a practical use for alcohol from their cultural context and background. You may be interested to know that drinking wine and beer at that time was safer than drinking water, which was normally taken from sources used to dispose of sewage and garbage. The experience proved that it was safer to drink alcohol than the usually polluted water in Europe. Alcohol was also an effective analgesic, providing the necessary energy for hard work, and generally enhanced the quality of life. These cultural practices were brought to the new world and unfortunately took root there as well.
- Twenty-five to forty percent of all patients in the USA general hospital beds (not in maternity or intensive care) are being treated for complications of alcohol-related problems.
- Alcohol-related traffic related traffic collisions are the number-one killer of teens. Alcohol use is also associated with homicides, suicides, and drowning deaths; the next three leading causes of death among youth.
- More than 100,000 deaths in the USA are caused by excessive alcohol consumption each year. Direct and indirect causes of death include drunken driving, cirrhosis of the liver, cancer, and stroke.
- Nearly 14 million Americans meet the diagnostic criteria for alcohol abuse disorders.
- More than 18% of Americans experience alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence at some time in their lives.
- Alcohol kills 6½ times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined.
When we look at these statistics, it is obvious that the main problem with alcohol is the fact that it is socially accepted. This is why there are so many people addicted to alcohol.
Alcohol is far dangerous than heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to detox from (when the substance is stopped). If an individual is physically dependent on alcohol, the withdrawal process MUST be medically supervised to prevent sudden death.