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The Guide to Alcohol Addiction in Massachusetts

Alcohol Addiction is a problem that is growing in the United States.

The most recent statistics show that alcohol addiction has increased by more than 20% from 2002 to 2013. 

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in the United States in 2019

  • People Ages 12 and Older: According to the 2019 NSDUH, 14.5 million (nearly 15 million) people ages 12 and older (5.3 percent of this age group) had AUD or Alcohol Use Disorder. This number includes 9.0 million men (6.8 percent of men in this age group) and 5.5 million women (3.9 percent of women in this age group)
  • Youth Ages 12 to 17: According to the 2019 NSDUH, an estimated 414,000 adolescents ages 12 to 17 (1.7 percent of this age group8) had AUD. This number includes 163,000 males (1.3 percent of males in this age group8) and 251,000 females (2.1 percent of females in this age group8).

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Alcohol addiction can affect anyone, and it’s essential to be informed on how the disease progresses and what you can do as an individual or as a family member of someone with alcoholism in Massachusetts.

Drinking too much alcohol can lead to various issues, including memory loss and confusion. In addition, it may make you sick with other long-term illnesses such as pneumonia or liver disease if not treated properly. 

Review the Situations You Place Yourself In 

Are these environments beneficial to your alcohol use? 

Do they cause you to drink to excess?

 If you think you or a loved one may have a problem with alcohol, then you should also ask yourself these questions:

-Do you or a loved one need to have a drink to attend social functions?

-Do you or a loved one drink alone?

-Do you or a loved one need to have a drink to “hang” out with certain people?

-Are you or a loved one embarrassed after a situation that involved drinking?

Alcohol is a social beverage meant to be shared with loved ones or on social occasions, but sometimes it takes over your life and becomes all you care about. You might find yourself getting angrier at the minor things when sober because now there’s no beer, wine, or liquor in hand- instead of calming down after an argument with friends who want nothing more than some peace & quiet time together -you’re ready for another drink.

Drinking to Mask the Pain

Have you ever felt like your best friend is alcohol, and it is always there to help take away the pain? 

If so, it might be time for a reality check. 

There are many reasons why people drink too much, and one of them could very well be because they were looking for an escape from their problems. Unfortunately, using drinking as a way out is not the answer. It may provide some short-term relief in some cases but only leads to more trouble down the road. This is common for those who also suffer from depression and anxiety. Having a mental health issue and using alcohol as the self-medication to cope with these issues is temporary and will lead to more destructive behaviors. A scary statistic is that 33% of suicides involve alcohol. Past trauma is another reason people drink to excess. Reliving traumatic situations repeatedly in their minds can lead individuals to use alcohol to quiet the thoughts or stop the images.

Paramount Recovery Centers in Southborough, MA, offers outpatient substance use disorder treatment for people struggling with addiction and mental health issues in Massachusetts. We provide medication-assisted treatment in our picturesque Massachusetts drug and alcohol treatment facility along with an array of substance abuse treatment modalities. In addition, our new luxury substance use disorder treatment center in Southborough, MA, allows people to be comfortable during their recovery from substance abuse.

RESPECTFUL, COMPASSIONATE, SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT IN MA

If the substances you use to manage mental health issues seem to be causing more harm than good, Paramount Recovery Centers can help. We are committed to treating every patient who walks through our door with the utmost respect and dignity. Chemical dependency is a medical condition and should be treated as such. We offer the following treatment modalities to people working to overcome substance use disorders and mental health obstacles:

If you feel like you have been standing in your own way in the recovery process, you are not alone. Even if you have attempted sobriety in the past, recovery is still within your reach. We take great pride in helping people up from their lowest point. So if you are ready to live a life you can be proud of but need some help getting there, we can assist you on your journey.

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Alcohol Facts and Statistics

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

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