Twelve-step programs sometimes get a bad rap. Although they’ve probably saved millions of lives over the years – their programs have been operating since 1935 – some experts say AA has a low success rate. However, many alcohol rehab programs use the twelve-step program, while adding what’s needed to improve success. Here’s what needed to make it work for you.
A lot of people who go to their doctor for regular care also have alcohol or drug problems. They drink far too much – to the point of being an alcoholic – or they’ve been taking sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and even painkillers, for months or years. And their doctor knows it. He might say in the course of a patient visit “Joe, you need to cut down on the drinking,” or “Barbara you’ve been taking these pills for a long time now,” or he might say nothing and just write another prescription. But when was the last time that doctor had a real sit-down talk to Joe or Barb about the fact that they’re addicted and need help, and either help them himself or get them into rehab?
According to a new study, getting married may help get your drinking habit under control. This is especially true for men – in fact, other studies have shown women drink more after they’re married – and even more true for men who were heavy drinkers before they tied the knot. Why is that?
Some researchers say that the reason men drink less after they’re married is that they now have responsibilities and they’re taking life more seriously.
However, the researchers who did the study showing that men drink more and women drink less concluded that women are pretty good at getting their husband’s bad habits under control, but men are not able to exercise the same control over their wives.
This morning I’ve been reading about problems with alcohol and drugs with college students. One story after another about kids dying from binge drinking, kids dead or on medical leave because of overdoses, accidents, injuries, even rapes It just goes on and on. Some schools have gone from being No. 1 party schools to strict rules about drugs and drinking.Even dry schools have the problem. If parents aren’t going to make sure their kids do an alcohol or drug addiction rehab program before sending them to college, what can the schools do to change the situation? I have some suggestions.
Even though the holidays are supposed to be a happy time, they can be very difficult for a recovering alcoholic. No one wants to waste all the work done in an alcohol rehabilitation program by relapsing. Here’s how friends and family can help a former alcoholic stay on the right track.
It’s hard for women to get help with drugs and alcohol. They have special problems that guys don’t necessarily have – like how to get through a drug addiction rehabilitation while also taking care of their kids.
Former teen heartthrob David Cassidy had already admitted himself to a Florida alcohol rehab clinic when a judge in California sentenced him to three months in rehab and five years of probation. The sentencing was for an arrest last January for driving under the influence, or “DUI” as it’s popularly known – his third DUI in as many years.
Elizabeth Vargas, 20/20 anchor for nearly ten years, has entered alcohol rehab. This mother of two young children is grateful for the opportunity.
“Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction,” she said in a recent statement. “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming. I am in treatment and am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News. Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time.”
She also said “If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I’m grateful.”
Perhaps one of the most gracious entries into an alcohol rehab program. And I also hope that her courage inspires others to do the same.
More and more women are becoming alcoholics and drug addicts. Many women are coping with being career women, wives and mothers – a lot for one person to do effectively.
But even stay-at-home moms, a job that can be hard enough in itself, are turning to alcohol.
Part of this can be attributed to the alcohol industry – working hard to capture the female market after decades of men being their primary customers. The industry has make alcohol more popular, more acceptable and even more feminine through their advertising – both actual commercials and the inclusion of alcohol in so many TV shows aimed at women – and their names of drinks.
Of course, when drinking is so acceptable, many women don’t seek help because – after all – there’s nothing wrong. Right?
Wrong. As Elizabeth Vargas is now facing up to.
Anyone involved in drinking too much alcohol (how much is too much is another question – but let’s say more than a couple of social drinks every week or so) needs help. They’re risking their health, not to mention their jobs and the well-being of their family.
Whether you have a daughter, sister, mother or friend who needs help, we can help you find the kind of help that’s most suitable for your situation. There are literally hundreds of different alcohol addiction treatment facilities in every city – we’ve researched them all, and worked with many. We know which ones are best for what situation. We’ve helped thousands of people, we can help you too.
Call us at 855-895-2090.
More and more young people need alcohol rehab fast. Why? Liver disease. It used to be middle-aged drinker problem. Now it’s hitting the under ‘30s. And it’s mostly because of binge drinking, as are half the alcohol-related deaths in the country.
I recently read an article about a 35-year-old woman who liver has failed. From drinking. She retains so much fluid that she looks very pregnant, and has to have her abdomen drained every three weeks at the hospital. They usually drain about 12 liters of fluid, which takes about 8 hours. But they have drained as many as 23 liters.
When she was drinking, she drank 210 units of alcohol a week. That’s 30 a day, 15 times what is recommended for women in the UK.
She is far from the only younger person in trouble. A 20-year-old man named Scott was brought into the hospital after having drunk “only” 3 ½ bottles of wine and then being hit by a car. But he doesn’t remember a thing about the accident. Another was 30-year-old Kate – a mother who has already had her children taken from her because of the alcohol – who can’t feel her feet or walk properly because of the damage caused to her body by alcohol.
In the last year, there’s been an increase of 117 percent in 20 to 30 year old drinkers who wind up in the hospital with liver disease, and a 20 percent rise in deaths.
The problem is binge drinking – defined, for a man, as drinking 5 or more drinks in a sitting, for a woman it’s 4.
The story is from the UK, but it might as well be about the U.S. The alcohol culture is just as dangerous here as there.
Of course, we all think, and hope, that something like this would never happen to our kids or others who are important to us. But, it happened to the people in this article. And I’m sure their parents, other family members and friends thought the same thing.
Drinking is not fun – it’s dangerous. If someone you care about has a drinking problem, call us at 855-895-2090. We’ll help you find an alcohol rehab center than best suits your needs so you can stop worrying and both you and them can get on with your lives.
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