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Recovery Center Raises Awareness for Alcohol Awareness Month | News

You may think that you are too strong or that you are immune to alcoholism. After all, “things like alcoholism happen to other people, it can’t happen to me.” But it is possible. Working in the addiction field, I have met hundreds of people who once believed that alcoholism could never happen to them, until it did.

“But I’m different, I’m a successful/professional person.” Alcoholism doesn’t care what you do for a living or how much money you have in the bank. He doesn’t care what race you are or how educated you are. If you have recent heavy drinking habits, you are at risk. Take these statistics for example:

Lawyers: One in five lawyers struggles with alcohol problems – twice the national rate.

Healthcare: About 4% of healthcare workers reported heavy drinking in the past month. A 2014 study found that 15.3% of physicians struggled with alcohol abuse or dependence.

Construction: 16.5% say they have drunk a lot in the past few weeks.

Hotels/Restaurants: 11.8% say they have drunk a lot in the past few weeks.

Management: About 9% of white-collar professionals in management positions reported heavy drinking in the past month.

Real estate: 5% report having drunk a lot in the past few weeks.

Finance/Insurance: 7.4% say they have drunk a lot in the past few weeks.

Education: 4.7% report having drunk a lot in the past few weeks.

Agriculture: Alcohol abuse among farmers reaches 32% (more than 3 out of 10).

I hope this illustrates the fact that alcoholism really does not discriminate.

Alcohol Awareness Month is a national public health awareness campaign sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) that takes place every April. It was developed to increase awareness and understanding of the causes and treatment of one of our country’s major public health problems: alcoholism.

If you or someone you love has problems with alcohol (or other substances), help is available. The sooner a person can get help, the better their chances of long-term recovery. Alcoholism is a disease, not a moral failure, a choice or a weakness. If you feel you need help or advice, contact your doctor or contact the recovery center at (712) 655-2300. Recovery is possible.

The MRHC Recovery Center is a 16-bed coeducational substance abuse facility located in Manning. Services include detoxification, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and consultations or assessments. For more information about the recovery center, visit www.manningrecoverycenter.com.