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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

As designated by the U.S. Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 1987, April is Alcohol Awareness Month and a great time to raise awareness about the issues and risks surrounding alcohol abuse. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence announces that this year’s theme is “Help for today. Hope for tomorrow.” which encourages those with an alcohol dependency to seek professional help now to improve their quality of life in the days, months and years to come. In conjunction with this theme, NCADD has organized an alcohol-free weekend from April 5-7, encouraging anyone who has difficulty making it through the three days without alcohol to contact an alcohol rehabilitation center or a group such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

Alcoholism has become a serious issue and is increasingly considered a family disease because of the genetic disposition of individuals related to their likelihood of alcohol dependency and the devastating effect that alcoholism has on family members. Research has overwhelmingly shown that alcohol awareness education in middle school and high school is effective in decreasing the likelihood of alcohol dependence later in life. Teens and young adults who engage in binge drinking and other dangerous behaviors are more likely to develop an alcohol dependency and may even transition to drug abuse. If parents talk about the risks of alcohol abuse with their child before they enter college, the child will be less likely to engage in excessive drinking.

As part of the Alcohol Awareness Month campaign the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a ten page Alcohol Awareness toolkit to guide community based organizations interested in participating in awareness efforts. You can do your part by urging anyone you know who may have an alcohol problem to contact Retreat at Lancaster County for professional support.

To begin your drug or alcohol addiction rehab treatment and recovery at Retreat now, please call us for more information or immediate travel arrangements to our Lancaster, PA location or from surrounding areas in DE, MD, DC, NJ, NY, and other parts of Pennsylvania including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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