Alcohol Awareness Month
Each passing month marks a new chance to start healthy habits and kick out harmful ones! For some people, the knowledge that their condition comes with a full month of comradery from peers, families, and friends makes all the difference!
What is Alcohol Awareness Month?
For the general public, it symbolizes a time to understand the signs and symptoms of alcoholism and safe ways to address the problem. It could also be a chance for the community to reach out and share information about alcohol, alcohol addiction, and the recovery process.
For recovering addicts and professionals in the field, it reminds those affected to keep working to stay on the road to recovery. Alcohol Awareness Month points out the stigma that surrounds alcoholism and substance abuse to better provide more effective treatments plans for all that need it.
What is Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)?
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), AUD is defined as “problem drinking that becomes severe; a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.”
Alcoholism, specifically, is a sub-categorization of AUD. It could also be defined as mental illness or compulsive behavior as a result of depending heavily on alcohol for some time.
When is Alcohol Awareness Month?
April 1st marks the beginning of Alcohol Awareness Month. Those affected use this month to empower each other for continued growth in a healthier lifestyle free from addictive substances.
Established in 1987 by the National Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NCADD), this month works to keep a healthy focus on alcohol being a problematic addictive substance for millions of people. With the growing focus on the Opioid epidemic, it’s important to keep community leaders updated on the impact of alcoholism on a person and their family.
How can I find help for myself or my loved one?
If you or someone you know needs help with an addiction, you are not alone. It’s important to know your options.
If a non-emergency, it may be best to schedule an appointment with your local primary care provider or preferred counselor to seek their professional advice.
To learn more about AUD or Alcohol Awareness Month, visit any of the following websites:
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- Alcohol Awareness
- National Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NCADD)
If an emergency occurs, (e.g., alcohol poisoning, severe falling injury due to excessive intoxication, threats to harm themselves or others, etc.), call 911 immediately.
Does Culbertson offer any services to treat Alcoholism or Alcohol Use Disorder?
Yes! Our expert counseling services provide treatment and care for addictions of all kinds.