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April Is Alcohol Awareness Month! Go Alcohol-Free This Weekend
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, which is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and dedicated to educating and preventing alcohol abuse among the American masses. Now in its 28th year, this year’s theme is “Help for today. Hope for tomorrow” with a specific focus on youth drinking.
In New Jersey alone, more than 30 percent of total driving fatalities in 2011 involved individuals under the age of 21. Please take Alcohol Awareness Month as an opportunity to teach your kids about the dangers and risks involved with excessive alcohol consumption.
According to the NCADD:
- Ever year, more than 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related accidents and thousands more are injured.
- Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s young people, and is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined.
- Each day, 7,000 kids in the United States under the age of 16 take their first drink.
- Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.
- More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year as a result of alcohol-related injuries.
- 25 percent of U.S. children are exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family.
- Underage alcohol use costs the nation an estimated $62 billion annually.
Special Events & Activities
The month of April will be full of local, state and national events. Schools across the country use this month to teach students about the dangers of underage drinking while local chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor various events. Check with local municipalities for events in your area. Alcohol-Free Weekend, which takes place this weekend (April 4-6, 2014) is another important part of the Month. For the next 72 hours, all Americans are encouraged to go alcohol-free in honor of raising public awareness.
Alcohol Abuse Treatment at ATSI
We understand the disease of alcohol addiction, and the toll it can take on individuals and their loved ones. Alcohol is commonly known as an invisible disease, as it’s difficult for the naked eye to recognize many of its side effects, like liver damage or depression. At ATSI, our treatment professionals are here to help.
Components of our alcohol treatment programs include:
- One-on-one counseling from skilled behavioral professionals
- Alcohol education
- Stress management
- Relapse prevention
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Evidence-based treatment modalities (i.e. DBT, CBT)
- Spirituality component
- Comprehensive aftercare
During treatment, our licensed counselors and therapists apply various evidence-based therapy and dual diagnosis models to uncover the underlying roots of addiction. “Evidence-based” signifies modalities that are scientifically proven and time-tested by researchers and clinical professionals alike. “Dual diagnosis” means we focus on treating both substance addiction and behavioral health issues simultaneously, such as anxiety, depression or trauma disorders. Dual diagnosis treatment is imperative to long-term recovery.
After completing intensive outpatient treatment, patients are set up for ongoing success through aftercare and recovery maintenance. Our treatment teams work with each patients to develop customized plans, complete with appropriate appointments, contacts and resources in their areas. Learn more about our programs here.
If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse, please pick up the phone and call us today.