April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Beginning in 1987, this month is focused on encouraging communities across the country to reach out to their citizens about alcohol, alcohol addiction, and recovery. The goal is to help reduce the stigma associated with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).
This year, alcohol awareness month takes on added significance this year because of the international COVID-19 pandemic. As stress levels grow, it is natural 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.
Alcohol addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, and can be fatal if untreated. Treatment and recovery from AUD during coronavirus is available and possible.
Assess Your Relationship With Alcohol
This year, alcohol awareness month is 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
- Attempts to cut down or stop drinking that are unsuccessful
- 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
If you or a loved one are struggling with your drinking we can help. Our offices remain open during this pandemic to detox you safely and help you begin your recovery. 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.