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  • The Impact of Stigma

    The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) recently released survey results which show that 63% of Americans view alcoholism as a "moral weakness.". 74% of Americans feel affected by someone's alcoholism and about 40% have encouraged loved ones to seek help for alcoholism. The study also looked at the public's receptiveness to pharmaceutical treatment for alcoholism, and about 89%…

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  • Perceived Need for Treatment vs Actual Need

    A SAMHSA study showed that of the estimated 21.1 million individuals who need treatment for drugs or alcohol use in 2004 did not receive treatment (Department of Health and Human Services, 2005). 94.2% of these individuals felt that they did not need treatment. This is an interesting phenomenon. Is this demonstrative of the power of denial involved with addiction? It seems important to ask how much…

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  • Drug Rehab Cost

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction and The Cost To Society A recent study has shown that an investment in sobriety pays a return of 766%. Researchers recently released the results of a study that shows that drug rehab costs are more than made up for by a reduction in crime and an increase in earnings by former addicts. The study stated that for every $1.00 spent on drug treatment, society gained $7.66 in monetary…

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  • What Is Alcoholism?

    Merriam-Webster describes alcoholism like this: Continued excessive or compulsive use of alcoholic drinks a. Poisoning by alcohol. b. A chronic disorder marked by excessive and usually compulsive drinking of alcohol leading to psychological and physical dependence or addiction Alcoholism is usually characterized by the following traits: Craving - The overwhelming need or compulsion to drink. Loss of…

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  • The Stages of Intoxication

    When an individual ingests alcohol, there are definite, visible changes in his or her performance and behavior. An increase in a person's blood alcohol content (BAC) can be tracked in five stages: 1. Euphoria (BAC = .10) The person becomes more confident and daring. They have trouble paying attention. They have more color in their face. They lack good judgement, acting on impulse. They find tasks requiring…

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  • Sober Living - Extended Care Environments

    Studies show that the longer an individual is in a treatment environment, the greater their chances of maintaining long-term sobriety. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "it is critical that individuals remain in treatment for an adequate period of time." For many people, an extended care environment provides an important bridge from in-patient treatment to the mainstream world. Extended…

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