The Journal of the American Medical Association defines alcoholism as a chronic disease that is influenced by genetic predisposition, issues of environment, and mental wellness. Over time and without treatment, alcoholism gets worse, creating fatal health consequences and psychological preoccupation with alcohol that distorts the thinking.
The World Health Organization estimates that about 140 million people throughout the world suffer from alcohol dependence. In the United States and Western Europe, 10 to 20 percent of men and 5 to 10 percent of women at some point in their lives will meet the criteria for alcoholism. That equates to approximately 12% of American adults having had or will have an alcohol dependence problem at some time in their life. Alcoholism takes the lives of more than 37,500 Americans each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Up until the 1970s, alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction were classified as criminal acts. According to a study published in American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1995 Nov;21(4):549-63, patients were often arrested for nothing more than being under the influence and held in the “drunk tanks” of county jails until they sobered up. Today suffers have a wealth of resources unheard of in earlier generations and a supportive and understanding treatment community. Treatment usually begins with the process of Alcohol Detoxification.
TREATMENT OPTIONS: I was recently contacted by Alexis Hernandez, Outreach coordinator for RehabInfo (http://www.rehabinfo.net). Their site is dedicated to the following mission:
The goal of these pages is to educate users on an important and potentially dangerous process: detoxifying the body from drugs and alcohol. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive information about the detox process, treatment options and the path to full recovery. These pages are new and I'm putting in a lot of hard work on a larger campaign to help promote responsible information on addiction recovery.
Their site is a treasure trove of information on rehabilitation, alcohol detoxification, drug addiction and all things treatment related. It is obvious that they are dedicated to saving lives and have created a great internet resource.
I have dedicated a large portion of my life supporting alcohol and drug addiction treatment. I believe in it and I have seen first hand the amazing life-changing work done by the dedicated employees of TCN-BHS, Greene County's Drug and Alcohol Addiction Services provider. Clients who choose to have me defend their DUI case also have a strong proponent of treatment. Please use the following to consider treatment options if you suffer from alcoholism. Call the offices of Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 879-9542 for immediate assistance locally, or check out the pages above for help outside of the Miami Valley.