National Recovery Month

Posted on September 9, 2011

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September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month. We want encourage people with alcohol and drug addictions to seek help and applaud those who are en route to recovery. Recovery month also promotes the message that behavioral health is essential for overall health. We recognize that recovery is a difficult process, but it is also a rewarding decision. We want to make sure you have adequate information about alcohol and drugs so that you can make an informed to either continue, or seek treatment.  

Here are some facts about alcohol:

1-      Alcohol is a depressant

2-      Parents who consume alcohol excessively are much more likely to pass this behavioral trait onto their child.

3-      Alcohol consumed over a long period of time may likely cause damage to major organs, such as your liver and/or brain.

4-    There is no cure for alcoholism, but it is possible to manage the disease and live a healthy, productive life.

5-      Heavy drinking can increase blood pressure, and anxiety, and cause ulcers, memory loss, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea and vomiting.  

What is alcoholism?

Alcohol dependence syndrome aka alcoholism is characterized by cravings, a loss of control, physical dependence, and tolerance. Cravings are marked by a strong compulsion to drink, and a loss of control is signified by one’s inability to stop drinking once having started.  Physical dependence is characterized by withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, and anxiety when alcohol is stopped. People often return to alcohol to relieve these withdrawal symptoms. Lastly, tolerance is the need to drink more alcohol to get “high”.

Visit these links for more information on alcohol dependency & BPHC’s Prevention and Risk Reduction.

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