The term ‘alcoholic’ has long been used both clinically and in the mainstream, often with negative connotation. In recent years it began to be viewed as an unhelpful label. The term has been replaced and is now referred to as ‘Alcohol Use Disorder” (AUD) by mental and behavioral health professionals. Labels aside, AUD is a condition that cares as little about terminology as it does about age, race, sex, religion, educational background, socio-economic standing or how many Instagram followers you have. If alcohol abuse afflicts one life, it affects many and is sure to have a ripple effect that impacts the lives of families, colleagues, friends, and loved ones. In fact, the cost to the U.S economy from excessive alcohol use is estimated at $249 billion each year. Whether you are the alcohol-stricken, the witnesses to or victim of someone who is in need of intervention and/or treatment, the ramifications of AUD have roots that reach far and run deep. The forest of this issue and its long branches of social acceptance is filled with many trees. However, the numbers don’t lie.
According to a 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than “15 million Americans over the age of 18 are living with an alcohol use disorder.” The same study found that about 623,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 18 were struggling as well.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 3.3 million people die annually as a result of harmful alcohol use. Of those, 88,000 are Americans. That’s 241 people per day. Alcohol use is the third most preventable cause of death in the United States.
Think about it. Millions of people in the United States are struggling with a disorder that if diagnosed and treated properly, could, should and can be eliminated. For more sobering facts and statistics about alcoholism, visit the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
How do we approach AUD and other addictions? At Living Sober LA we have nearly two decades of success and experience behind us. The key to our success rate is based on 1-on-1, individualized programs and the profound understanding that customized care is the most effective approach to treatment. Your personalized program is built and based upon your individual needs so you can focus on your recovery. You pick a program, and then you choose the services that fit your goals. Our commitment is to carefully listen to you and help you build a successful future by starting with these important foundations. Learn more about our programs and treatment options here.
We have heard many stories of addiction at Living Sober LA and like the people who tell them, no two stories are alike. For that reason, we treat each person, each story and each path to recovery on an individual basis. An individualized philosophy is an essential component of successful treatment for addiction, dual diagnosis, and mental health issues. A comprehensive clinical view helps you get started and continue moving forward. You cannot rewrite your past or change your history but you can start a fresh page, another chapter and write your way into a brighter future that includes sobriety. Let us help you write yours.
You are not alone. Reaching for the bottle might seem like an easy, temporary fix to a single problem or a multitude of them, but seeking professional help from a professional, qualified mental health treatment program and getting the proper treatment is the first courageous step to a solution that can lead you in the direction of a positive, life-changing course. Take that brave step and reach out to us now.