The Retreat Marks Alcohol Awareness Month

April 8, 2013 —
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD):

1 in 12 people qualify for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse or dependence;
100,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes: drinking and driving crashes, other accidents, falls, fires, alcohol-related homicides and suicides;
Alcohol is responsible for the deaths of more young people (ages 10-21) than all illegal drugs combined
Help for substance use problems is widely available and effective. At the Retreat, those working on substance use behaviors participate in the Retreat program as well as several additional groups and individual sessions designed to specifically help the resident attain and remain abstinent from substances of abuse.

Residents working on substance use problems attend:

Alcoholics Anonymous groups offered on our campus each day,
An individual assessment of their substance use by an expert in the chemical dependency field,
Two group programs specifically tailored for substance use concerns
The option of attending the Kolmac Intensive Outpatient Program on our campus in the evening 5 days per week. This option provides a total of over 15 hours of dedicated addictions treatment in addition to the full Retreat program
It can be difficult to approach a loved one or admit to oneself that substance use may be a problem. Some clear signs of immoderate alcohol use needing intervention are:

Using increasing amounts of alcohol to achieve the same effect (tolerance)
Unpleasant symptoms when not using alcohol (sweating, shaking, insomnia, vomiting, anxiety) (withdrawal)
Increased use of alcohol to avoid hangovers or withdrawal symptoms
Problems in daily functioning at school, work or home
Trying to reduce consumption without success
Risky behaviors, financial and legal problems that persist even though they are caused or exacerbated by alcohol
Spending a lot of time and effort obtaining alcohol
If you or a loved one are exhibiting any of these signs – seek help. Treatment for substance use disorders, including that offered at the Retreat and Ruxton House, is effective and life-changing.