- Parent Category: Rehab
- Category: Alcoholism
- Written by Stop Admin
Alcoholism information comes from a variety of sources. Sadly, not all of them offer competent or universal facts. The reason for this is that almost everyone has had an experience with someone who is an alcoholic, and so many people have suffered from alcohol abuse themselves. As a result, people share their personal reality and understanding of alcoholism, as facts, to the public. Too often, this information has aspects to it that can not be applied to every situation. This causes confusion for an individual seeking life saving solutions or alcohol addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one.
The first step in finding alcoholism information is to narrow your search. For example, if you want to find out if you are in fact an alcoholic, you may want to search under “types of alcoholics” or “identifying an alcoholic”.
The truth is, that there are binge drinkers that only drink on weekends that are still alcoholics. You may find information stating that an alcoholic is someone who drinks daily, and thus walk away believing you are not in trouble simply because you only drink in excess on the weekends. There are also “functional alcoholics” who drink daily and still maintain a job for years. Misinformation stating that an alcoholic is someone who cannot execute a viable life will make a functional alcoholic believe they are safe in their drinking. Therefore, narrow your searches so you can seek out the information you need to manage your specific situation and address your specific dangers or the dangers of your loved one. You may be looking for “death statistics associated with alcohol”, “alcohol related illnesses”, “living with an alcoholic”, etc. Decide on what alcoholism information you are looking for and specifically search for it.
The second step is to avoid putting too much attention on chat room or forum discussions. Surely you can find information this way, however, it is best to find authoritative sources. Take information primarily from scientific journals that have documented studies and include the statistics of those studies. Such documentation includes data from the study groups and control groups obtained in scientific discovery by authorities on the subject. Often, government agencies such as your state’s Department of Mental Health, any available government Substance Abuse Agencies, and Social Service Agencies can offer alcoholism information.
Aside from internet sources, a quick way to get some competent alcoholism information is to call your local HELP LINES that you can find in the phone book and on local contact searches. National help lines may also put you in direct communication with a counselor as well. Such help lines can also be found via your county’s Children and Youth organizations.
Finally, alcoholism information can be obtained from calling prominent drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. There are endless 12 step programs, non traditional Christian based programs, and holistic treatment programs that can offer valuable alcoholism information.