According to the latest report on global alcohol and health conducted by the World Health Organization, the harmful use of alcohol results in approximately 2.5 million deaths each year, with a net loss of life of 2.25 million. Harmful drinking can also be very costly to communities and societies.
Moreover, the trend toward more under-age drinking worldwide was measured, and the results are disturbing.
The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines alcoholism this way:
- When alcohol consumption becomes so strong that the person has cravings, or a strong urge or need to drink;
- When they lose control, and are unable to impose discipline on their drinking;
- When there is a physical dependence and symptoms of withdrawal if the person quits consuming alcohol;
- Or when they develop a tolerance and thus need to drink greater amounts to get the same effect as lower amounts gave before.
The World Health Organization also adds that when the drinker tries to cut down on use, he or she is unable to, even when the habit is having a destructive effect on their life.
This alcohol dependence is very difficult to break and sometimes requires a medically supervised detox before a full alcohol and drug rehab program can be commenced.
Narconon alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers provide hope and help for alcohol and drug abusers. Narconon exists worldwide, and has been conducting effective comprehensive alcohol or drug addiction rehabilitation for 45 years. During this time they have saved thousands of lives and helped many thousands of people to learn more about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol, so that they may never use them in the first place.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the best treatment programs provide a combination of therapies and other services.
The Narconon program includes nine program components that help the recovering addict to rebuild his life including learning to trade his alcohol consumption for more enjoyable and productive activities.
At the start of the Narconon drug rehabilitation program, each participant will experience a gradual lessening of the cravings as they detoxify their bodies through nutritional supplementation, exercise and a dry-heat sauna. Very often the alcoholic is in bad physical shape, with mineral and vitamin depletion caused by years of alcohol abuse and lack of proper nutrition. As the nutritional status starts to improve, the body is restored to a better overall state. This enables the person to begin to perceive without looking through an alcohol haze. The next step includes more work with staff which allows the recovering alcoholic to gradually recover better perception of their present time environment through specific reorientation drills.
The remaining steps of the Narconon program include different components and courses which help each participant to recover her own moral compass, and discover what underlies the mechanisms of guilt and regret often associated with her drinking patterns. The person has an opportunity to learn and resolve the issues that led her to start drinking or using drugs in the first place.
The reasons the recovering alcoholic had difficulties with relationships with others are examined so that the hecan make up any damage he may have caused to a family member or friend. The program is only completed after the person has refocused on the future and has a plan for living a drug-free and alcohol-free life.
This process doesn't occur overnight. It may take from three to six months or sometimes longer for the recovery process and rehabilitation of the former addict or alcoholic. However, this is consistent with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which states that outpatient or residential treatment programs need to be longer than 90 days to be effective. Most people have been living with this problem for several years before they arrive at this point, where they need alcohol dependency treatment.
Contact a Narconon drug rehab center today and find out how you can help a loved one to recover their life, and decide to live drug and alcohol-free.
- Ref: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research Based Guide, NIDA, NIH- Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, World Health Organization, 2011.