In 1987, April was established as Alcohol Awareness Month to help reduce the stigma associated with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). The goal of Alcohol Awareness Month is to encourage communities across the country to reach out to their citizens about alcohol, alcohol addiction, and recovery.
Alcohol addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, and can be fatal if untreated.
Alcohol awareness month takes on added significance this year because of the international COVID-19 pandemic. As stress levels are heightened, it is normal to seek comfort in any way that we can. For those with alcohol and other addictions, turning to their substance of choice — although easy — will only make matters worse. Treatment and recovery from AUD during coronavirus is available and possible.
Assess Your Relationship With Alcohol
Given our current unique circumstances, April 2020 could be viewed as a time to recognize and place our attention on our own personal relationship with alcohol.
Warning signs of alcohol abuse include:
- Drinking to calm nerves and anxiety or boost a sad mood
- Guilt about how much and how often you are drinking
- Unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop drinking
- Lying about or hiding drinking habits
- Drinking that results in harm to oneself or someone else
- Needing to drink increasingly larger amounts in order to achieve desired effects
- Feeling irritable, resentful or unreasonable when not drinking
- Medical, social, family, or financial problems caused by drinking
Our offices remain open during this pandemic to detox you safely and help you begin your recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with your drinking we can help. Please call us at 877-773-3869 to see if The Coleman Method is right for you. There is no better time than now. Take April into your own hands.
Deborah Reich, M.D.