Alcoholism, Drug Abuse- Challenges Facing Family, Friends and the Addict in Britain
What are some of the challenges facing Britains who are tackling problems of alcohol abuse and drug addiction in their lives. In the UK, the difficulties facing addicts, alcoholics and their families are similar to others all over the world, but each culture has its own set of unique challenges. Learn to spot these in your home environment and get closer to the truth of the problem and how to recover from it. We look at things everyday but do we actually see how they are influencing our lives.
How Do You Recover From Drug Addiction and Alcoholism?
Deciding something must be done about the problem
Not waiting for the fabled "Rock Bottom"
Finding your courage to not give up
Giving the addict or alcoholic hope to get better
Educating yourself on drug addicted behaviour and alcoholism
Educating yourself on drug and alcohol rehab program alternatives and success rates
Intervention, what to do, who can help
Spotting social pressures, family and friends- Truth vs Marketing Lies
Alcohol and Marketing- The Truth vs. The Lie
It seems that alcohol is everywhere. In my local upscale fitness club in Central London, I am bombarded with wine adverts from the moment I walk in. At my local foodstore, it is 25% off wine bottles if I buy the alcohol in bulk. The pubs are always busy and almost always open. The coffee houses close early. Anytime is the right time for a drink, or so it seems. For those trying to enjoy a drug free and alcohol free life, this is a huge challenge in the fight to stay clean and sober.
Recently, one of the trendy London based radio stations just renamed themselves after a very well known brand of Vodka. Funny thing, when I think of that radio station, I also think of alcohol. Coincidence? Maybe...
Marketing Tells Us Alcohol Will Improve Your Life- See How?
Many primetime TV shows are sponsored by alcohol companies. Many programs make sure they show drinking alcohol and sex; drinking and having fun; drinking alcohol and sports. Drinking alcohol is promoted as going hand in hand with anything worthwhile in life. The alcohol producers seem to be winning as many consumers, are buying into that marketing strategy.
Honestly has alcohol bettered your life? Does it make you happier, stronger, more confident, healthy? Alcohol does not equal happiness and prosperity. It is a lie. We know this by all the pain and destroyed lives, that surround us. We know this by the 1.2 million violent crimes committed annually in England associated with alcohol.
Binging is socially accepted as a norm. If you live in the UK, I'm sure that this is familiar and so much so that most think nothing of it. Britain has a reputation as being a nation of binge drinkers. A sad truth that many would hope to dispel.
In the Borough of Camden London alone, there are an estimated 45,000 "hazardous drinkers" and then there are the estimated 11,000 "harmful and dependent drinkers". I think that the biggest challenge facing alcoholics is the Social Pressures to Drink Alcohol and Use Drugs. Take a moment to notice the way in which we get bombarded with alcohol publicity and that is one step closer to beating the problem.
What Is The Truth About Help And Recovery?
Honest help does make a relationship better, sex better, health better, work better. Being told that these things can be achieved in life through alcohol and drug use is not an honest effort to help but to harm. Look around your environment and see these social pressures for what they are. With that clarity, find the strength to follow the other steps to recovery and a drug and alcohol free life
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Paula Dewar is a mother and professional rehab consultant who has saved a dozen drug abusers and their families. She lives in the UK with her family. Paula speaks English and Portuguese.