Drug and Alcohol

Drug and Alcohol

Alcohol and drug addiction is everyone’s problem in America.  A stay at a treatment facility can cost an insurance company as much as $90,000 or more per person.  Most treatment centers have 30, 60 and 90 day programs.  Alcohol and drug addiction is expensive.

Insurance companies are not the only ones that are being affected.  Others that are affected are: the health care system, criminal justice system, places of employment, public safety and families.  Even animals often face neglect, physical abuse and emotional abuse.  Everyone is affected.

According to ncadd.org, 1 in every 12 adults has an alcohol addiction problem.  It is true that 50% of adults have a family history of alcoholism.  It is also estimated that 7 million children have a parent that is an alcoholic. It is clear that America has to do something about drug and alcohol addiction.

Most people think that a drug addict can just stop drinking or taking drugs. However, it is a lot more complex than that.  For starters, your body becomes physically addicted to the drug. On another note, there are many psychological patters that are familiar with drug and alcohol abuse.  When a person is addicted to a drug, they physically cannot stop.  They cannot get better and often find giving up drugs or alcohol is difficult.

Interestingly, there is a certain percentage of the population that will not use drugs or alcohol because their parents did.  It is know that alcohol and drug use is hereditary.  If your mother or father took drugs, you most likely will abuse it as well.  In many incidents, children do not grow up having a desire to take drugs.  Many people that turn to their faith say that their faith keeps them sober.

There are several books that I recommend for staying sober:

  • 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone: Choosing Emotional Sobriety through Self-Awareness by Allen Berger Ph.D.
  • Seven Days Sober: A Guide to Discovering What You Really Think About Your Drinking by Meredith Bell
  • Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety
  • Seven Weeks to Sobriety: The Proven Program to Fight Alcoholism Through Nutrition by Joan Mathews Larson
  • Sobriety Clock by Michael Tiffany
  • The Recovering Heart: Emotional Sobriety for Women by Beverly Conyers
  • Real Sobriety DVD
  • Menace to Sobriety by Ugly Kid Joe
  • Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore: Getting Through the First Year of Sobriety by Rachael Brownell

One of the best ways to staying away from drug and alcohol addiction is through education. It is best to read books on the topic and set up educational materials for people that suffer from addiction.  Addiction will often destroy your life if you don’t get a handle on it.  Talk to others that have been through a treatment program and got help. Often 30 day inpatient programs change your life and often keep people sober for life.


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