Often seen as the most common of substance addictions, the impact of alcoholism on an individual and their loved ones is well documented. Alcohol is easily the most common of addictive substances used in North America these days.
It is estimated that approximately 4 to 5 million Canadians alone engage in, what is medically termed as, high-risk drinking. According to Health Canada, this level of alcohol abuse is linked to increased numbers of motor vehicle accidents, multiple physical and mental health issues, along with family problems, crime and violence.
Alcoholics often find that alcoholism has very little to do with what kind of alcohol they actually drink, and it rarely matters how long they have been drinking, or even exactly how much alcohol they consume. It does, however, have a great deal to do with a person’s uncontrollable need to consume alcohol. Lots of alcoholics report that they can’t just “use a little willpower” to stop drinking, and they often require residential treatment to help deal with the addiction.
Alcoholics repeatedly find that they are overwhelmed with the powerful urge to consume alcohol, a desire which, to them, can feel as strong as the basic needs for food or water. For some people, it is possible to get recovery without the aid of professional help. However, the vast majority of alcoholics need some form of outside assistance to recover from, what some experts consider a disease.
At The Liberation Place, we can help you get a grip on the addiction through learning the tools of abstinence, or harm reduction based recovery models. By building on and increasing already established support networks, our programs will help you live the life you want to live based on your own personal needs.
For some people, alcohol intake can be managed, but for a large percentage of the population long-term alcohol treatment is needed to prevent relapse to old behaviours. We provide you with the links to medical support along with our concurrent mental health treatment, to help you stay on the path to recovery.
If this sounds familiar to you and your behaviours, or those of a loved one you are concerned about, and you would like to make some changes in your alcohol use behaviours, take a look at the information contained in our website and the external resources for alcohol addiction that we offer here The Liberation Place. If it's time to make a change and reach out for the support, recovery is a journey that starts with just one step, and only you alone can choose to take that step, but remember you are not destined to be alone when you choose to take that step with The Liberation Place!