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).
Daily reports have posted ever-increasing numbers of cases of Covid-19, as well as the constantly rising number of deaths. Attention to the pandemic has overshadowed the steadily rising death toll from addiction.
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.
Many non-12 step inpatient rehabs are a safe, secular, science-based treatment option that are most effective in the privacy of a relaxing recovery center. In these optimal settings, specially trained medical professionals can apply a powerful combination of techniques and counseling.
In a long-term treatment program, safety concerns are greatly reduced when all residents and staff have been tested for COVID-19 and individuals are tested and must be negative before they are admitted into the program.
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.