The Importance of Alcohol Awareness Month
By Sonya Schweitzer
The Importance of Alcohol Awareness Month
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a campaign dedicated to increasing public understanding of the dangers of alcohol abuse. The month shines a spotlight on the impact alcohol addiction can have on individuals, families, and communities.
The importance of alcohol awareness month is also that it brings attention to the resources available for prevention and treatment.
In this blog post, we will explore the importance of recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month and how it can contribute to a healthier, safer, and more informed society.
Shedding Light on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
Alcohol abuse is a serious issue that affects millions of people worldwide. Here are some current United States statistics available through National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics:
- 140, 557 Americans die from the effects of alcohol in an average year
- 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 12 have Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
- Over half of Americans increased their alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Recognizing the importance of Alcohol Awareness Month helps bring these issues to the forefront. Recognition raises awareness about the dangers of alcohol abuse and addiction and the signs and symptoms of AUD.
Dispelling Myths and Stigma
Despite the prevalence of alcohol abuse and addiction, many misconceptions and stigmas surround this issue. Alcohol Awareness Month aims to dispel these myths by providing accurate information. At Samaritan Inns, we aim to educate the public about the realities of alcohol abuse. Reaching that goal helps to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help.
Samaritan Inns works with the community to provide a safe and effective solution to combat alcohol addiction. We know that recovery is possible and hope Alcohol Awareness Month provides the footing for awareness in Washington, DC.
Supporting Families and Loved Ones
The impact of alcohol abuse and addiction extends far beyond the individual. Families, friends, and loved ones are often significantly affected by the actions of those struggling with AUD. At Samaritan Inns, we understand the impact. Our three-phase program addresses the impact and provides support.
At Samaritan Inns, The Women with Children Treatment Program creates a safe home where mothers recovering from substance abuse can receive treatment and family services while establishing a foundation for long-term independent living.
Addicted mothers, along with their dependent children, are one of the most significant under-served populations in Washington DC; of the many homeless families in DC, addicted mothers head half, and many more are at risk of being homeless because of substance abuse.
Alcohol Awareness Month aims to provide support and resources to family and friends, helping them better understand the nature of addiction, cope with the challenges of having a loved one with AUD, and find effective ways to help.
Promoting Treatment and Recovery: The Importance of Alcohol Awareness Month
Alcohol Awareness Month also emphasizes the importance of treatment and recovery for those affected by alcohol abuse and addiction. By highlighting the various treatment options available in Washington, DC, and sharing stories of recovery, Samaritan Inns’ campaign encourages those struggling with AUD to seek help.
Additionally, the increased awareness generated by Alcohol Awareness Month can lead to increased funding and support for addiction treatment programs and research, further expanding the availability and effectiveness of treatment options.
How can you help Samaritan Inns promote treatment and recovery this month? (Or any month). Share our social media content and blogs with family, friends, and business contacts. Sharing our content is simple and makes an impact on the community. Sharing also shows the importance of Alcohol Awareness Month.
Think Before You Drink: Creating a Culture of Responsibility
By raising awareness about the risks and consequences of alcohol abuse, Alcohol Awareness Month contributes to a culture of responsibility.
For “Think Before You Drink”, we asked Thaddeus McRae, Samaritan Inns’ Senior Certified Peer Support Counselor for his thoughts. We know that his response will make you more aware of the role of alcohol in your life:
“Some people are social drinkers. Some people can handle alcohol and it doesn’t affect them as far as taking one drink and that’s it. Other people when they start drinking they can’t stop. Alcoholism is a very deadly disease. Alcohol is a drug. It’s caused many many problems. Serorsis of the liver, cognitive problems with excessive drinking, and obviously behavioral problems. So those can be some of those challenges as far as drinking is concerned. People in recovery face that challenge every day staying sober because there’s so many temptations; advertisements, social media, liquor stores on every corner, okay? So those are some of the challenges of people in recovery.”—Thaddeus McRae, Samaritan Inns’ Senior Certified Peer Support Counselor
Awareness includes promoting responsible drinking habits, such as knowing one’s limits, having a designated driver, and avoiding binge drinking. When individuals are better informed about the dangers of alcohol abuse and the importance of responsible drinking, they are more likely to make safe choices regarding their alcohol consumption.
Alcohol Awareness Month helps to create a supportive and understanding Washington DC community. Through events, discussions, and sharing personal stories, Samaritan Inns’ campaigns encourage empathy, understanding, and compassion for those struggling with AUD.
This sense of community can be a powerful motivator for individuals to seek help and pursue recovery, knowing they are not alone in their journey.
The Importance of Alcohol Awareness Month to Samaritan Inns
Recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month is essential for fostering a more informed and compassionate community. By dedicating an entire month to this cause, our team can collectively work towards raising awareness, promoting early intervention, dispelling myths, and providing resources.
Samaritan Inns launched the first Washington DC Battle of the Mocktails this year. The event aims to show attendees, and the community, that a sober event can be fun—and mocktails taste great! The event is not only a fundraiser but showcases skilled mixologists and their creative mocktails.
This is the first in a two- part blog series, Think Before You Drink. In part two, the Samaritan Inns staff continues to provide their thoughts and feedback.
Remember, every conversation, every shared resource, and every act of support can make a difference in someone’s life. Get involved with the mission of Samaritan Inns by browsing our website.
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