Some people love the camaraderie that AA offers and believe that their long-term sobriety depends on going to AA meetings for the rest of their life. Other people find AA meetings depressing or monotonous, and the thought of having to go to meetings forever is horrifying.
A new study out of the University of Chicago Medicine suggests that young adults who experience the highest sensitivity to alcohol’s pleasurable effects are the most likely to develop an alcohol use disorder over time.
The causes of alcoholism—or, alcohol use disorder (AUD), as it is now more commonly known—are complicated. Numerous risk factors have been identified as potential causes, but none of them work on a one-size-fits-all category applicable to each distinctive case of AUD.
Addiction treatment specialists and researchers are concerned that the global COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns will lead to a surge in alcoholism and drug addiction. Early indications suggest that such concerns may not be unfounded, but at least one population cohort appears to be reducing the risk of alcohol use disorder (AUD).
Alcoholism affects various age populations differently, in part, because they have different behaviors. For example, college students experience different consequences than older citizens, especially those at retirement age or beyond.
Resolutions Don’t Work on Alcohol Addiction. This idea of a “clean slate” has appealed to us for thousands of years, but even though it can work for some situations, it takes a lot more than a New Year’s resolution to break an alcohol addiction.
The number of Americans dying from drug overdoses rose sharply in the first quarter of the year, putting the country on track for setting a new record for annual overdose deaths. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people in general and addiction services more specifically is also playing a role.
Addiction treatment has come a long way since the 12 Step program was developed in the 1930s and today there are dozens upon dozens of treatment programs and therapies that address substance use disorder and addictions.
Family get-togethers, anticipated to bring joy and celebration, are often brought to a screeching halt when you or a family member does something foolish or inappropriate while under the influence of alcohol or another substance.
Non-12-step rehab shares a few common characteristics with its AA predecessor. To begin, both ideas promote abstinence from the abused substances. It should also be noted that, like traditional twelve-step programs, there is no unified non-12 step approach. Some versions feature elements of spirituality, while others do not.