Sobriety can be a difficult thing to manage for people with a diagnosable alcohol use disorder. It is like having to re-learn how to live from basic self-care to holding down a job and being a member of a family. It gets even more complicated when the cravings and relapse triggers begin to hit.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “problem drinking that becomes severe is given the medical diagnosis of ‘alcohol use disorder’ or AUD. AUD is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.” The NIAAA reports that approximately 16 million American adults have Alcohol Use Disorder.
We are in the midst of Mental Health Awareness Month, a month dedicated to promoting education, understanding, and compassion for the many ways mental illness affects us, our loved ones, and our communities. One goal of this month is to help people understand that they don’t have to suffer silently or suffer consequences in their lives due to their symptoms, and that there are multiple ways to receive help.
There are many misconceptions when it comes to facts about alcoholism. Learn more about the truth of alcoholism from these 10 facts. Alcoholism is common. In fact, there’s never been a moment when alcohol wasn’t the most highly abused drug in the United States. According to a 2015 NIH study, over 16 million individuals in America have an alcohol use disorder — that’s 6.2% of the population. If you are struggling, you are certainly not alone.
Maintaining a sober life is never easy but fostering personal accountability can be the key to helping people make wise decisions. No program can be successful if the person isn’t on board, so engaging personal accountability is key to ongoing recovery. What is personal accountability? Accountability isn’t just about sticking to the plan; it’s about understanding the rules of the plan and realizing how each life-decision helps or hurts the people involved in the plan.