There are people who point to circumstances such as a difficult job or tension at home as a way to explaining their tendency to abuse alcohol. However, there are no guarantees that changing life circumstances will alter a person’s alcohol consumption. According the the Mother Nature Network, research from the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health would seem to back those in certain occupations who point the jobs they hold as a the reason they drink more than they should.
The publication published findings that conclude that people who work in bars and restaurants are more at risk for alcoholism than other adults. And among restaurant workers who are more at risk for abusing alcohol, women aged 18 to 29 were most likely to overindulge, “with 82 percent of them drinking hazardous amounts, compared to 72 percent of men in the same age range.”
The authors of the study concluded that,
“Either the bar and restaurant industry attracts people who have a high alcohol intake from the outset, or that the stressful work environment and availability of alcohol are conducive to extensive alcohol consumption.”
While it may be as simple as this, it is possible that a person’s tendency to abuse alcohol could be more complex. It might not be an either/or kind of situation. It is important to get to the root causes of addictive behavior in order to facilitate lasting change.
Often controversial British comedian Russell Brand can be counted on the say things that get people talking. And whether you agree with him or not, his recent comments against using methadone to treat heroin at least put the issue of addiction recovery in the news. Although an extremely effective tool in removing heroin addiction and cravings, methadone use must be closely monitored by health professionals.
Brand has been public about his struggles with addiction and has recently been just as public in his advocacy for addiction recovery programs that are based on abstinence. He admits to being fired from jobs, losing friend and even stealing his grandmother’s pension while under the influence of drugs. And while he found a lot of success after his agent put him in a recovery program, he still admits to having cravings for heroin.
According the Observer, “[Brand] insists that addiction can be tackled only by addressing the root causes.” and feels that any other method allows you to numb pain and may take you away from substance abuse but you will still continue your addictive behaviors.
Brand is not only speaking to the media about what he thinks will help more people overcome addiction; he is also speaking to policy makers in Britain, where the Observer notes “The national average for post-rehab recovery is under 30% six years after treatment.”
Perhaps you’ve seen those public service announcements that describe parents as ‘the anti-drug’ and wondered just how true that statement is.There is definitely some truth to it. No matter how much teens scorn their parents, they still (secretly) want their approval. And while it is important to talk to your teens, it is even more important to talk with your children before they become teens. Building strong bonds can serve to prevent your teen from abusing alcohol.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA),
“Study after study shows that even during the teen years, parents have enormous influence on their children’s behavior…And parents’ disapproval of youthful alcohol use is the key reason children choose not to drink. So make no mistake: You can make a difference.”
Studies also show the younger a child starts drinking, the more likely they are to develop an alcohol addiction. On the other hand, the earlier your child hears from you on the subject to alcohol consumption, the more opportunities you have to influence them. You can talk about alcohol in an age-appropriate fashion with a grade-school child. And it doesn’t have to be lecture about what they must not do; ask your child what they know and what they think about alcohol consumption.
When you choose an addiction recovery program, it is important to look for one with a strong aftercare component. If you attend a stellar program but it offers little or no aftercare and expect patients to maintain long-term sobriety, this can lead to serious disappointment. While we certainly believe that it is possible to attend a drug rehab program and stay sober afterwards, we know that the possibility of relapse is real.
It can be devastating for an individual suffering from drug or alcohol addiction and their family if relapse prevention is not addressed thoroughly upon completion of a drug treatment program. All patients at Transitions Recovery drug treatment center have access to lifetime support in their continuing addiction recovery and relapse prevention.
Another benefit of aftercare and our alumni association is the opportunity to give back and serve as a mentor to others. Interacting with people who are at different phases in their addiction recovery journey can be beneficial. If you are doing well, you will benefit from being able to tell your story and serve as a role model. You will not only inspire patients, you will also serve to remind staff of the results that can a strong addiction recovery program achieves.
When a family member is dealing with addiction, there are a number of possible reactions. Some people prefer to ignore the issue, others may want to constantly monitor the patient, and many people fall in between those responses. It can be tempting to focus supportive energy (or resentment) towards the family member that is in addiction recovery and ignore your own needs.
Get informed: Learn not only about your family member’s addiction, but also about how addiction affects family relationships. It can be easy to think that the patient just needs to ‘get it together’ and not consider the role family dynamics play in addiction. Another possible pitfall that can trigger relapse or cause tension is being caught unaware by the needs for relationships to be altered once someone has embraced sobriety.
Get involved: If a family member seems to be ‘doing okay,’ after completing drug rehab, you may feel that it is okay for you to let them be. Your level of involvement will vary depending on your relationship with the person, but even if you are not directly involved you can find out if the patient’s basic needs (shelter, sober environment, transportation, childcare) are being met. Find a way to help yourself or ask someone else to step in.
Is there a higher risk of substance abuse for teenagers who visit social networking sites? In a recent report released by Columbia University’s CASA, there appears to be an association between social networking and substance abuse in teenagers. If the findings are to be believed, it can also be assumed that a good proportion of these social network savvy teenagers will need to undergo addiction recovery sooner, rather than later. read more »
Many addicts don’t realize how drug use has affected their lives. The continual yearning for the next fix and reduced brain activity make it hard for a serious addict to reason or think logically. Perhaps, you are using drugs now and you think that you have everything under control so it’s understandable that you don’t think too much about addiction recovery. If you don’t feel the urge to stop now, then it’s only likely that you will discover the long-term effects of drug use for yourself. read more »
We found a group called “Clean and Sober, Not Dead“, who tell us that being clean and sober is a way of life–a fun, exciting, purposeful life that is a result of working some simple steps. They are dedicated to carrying the message to other alcoholics and addicts while also sharing the multi-faceted adventure and daily journey of those in recovery who have found this way of life — being clean and sober while living life to the fullest. Because they may be clean and sober, but they’re not dead!
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A recent Miss Manners column tackled a question from a person who labels him or herself as a “nondrinker” that could have just as easily come from someone who had been through an alcohol abuse recovery program. Maintaining sobriety is not easy and when one is out trying to be social, it is not help to have people draw attention to the fact that you are not drinking.
The letter writer talks about people asking about that person’s choice to abstain from alcohol and feels that people ” are not aware that the question is inappropriate. I do not want to discuss my reasons with casual acquaintances, but I also do not want to make anyone feel embarrassed at having inadvertently asked an impolite question.” read more »
No parent wants to see their child struggle with addiction recovery, no matter what their age, but it can be very difficult for parents of teenagers to confront their child’s substance abuse, especially if they conclude that their child needs the assistance of a drug and alcohol rehab facility.
We have noted before that even though teens like to act as if the don’t care what their parents think, parental involvement goes a long way towards preventing teen substance abuse.
An article on PCWorld.com disputes the conclusions of a study from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia) on the connections between teen drug and alcohol abuse and social media, saying “Sorry, You Can’t Blame Social Networks for Teen’s Drinking and Drugging”. After gathering data from a survey CASA Columbia concluded “American teens who spend any time on social networking sites are more likely to drink, smoke, and take drugs.” Reality shows like Teen Mom, Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant, as well as cyber-bullying were also pinpointed as factors in teen substance abuse.
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