National Alcohol Screening Day is observed every year on April 5 in an effort to educate communities on alcohol addiction and recovery. Every year presents a new opportunity to decrease the stigmas and misunderstandings about alcohol addiction in order to dismantle the barriers to proper treatment and recovery.
What is an Alcohol Screening?
A screening consists of a string of questions designed to tell whether there are apparent signs of a substance abuse disorder and if clinical help is needed. After finishing a screening, participants receive quick feedback and information for community resources that offer further evaluation and treatment. An effective first step in recognizing a substance abuse disorder utilizes online screenings. An online screening is a comfortable first step because it eliminates any sense of discomfort or stigma. Being proactive is key because similar to other illnesses, early intervention can dramatically boost recovery.
Alcohol Use Disorder & Mental Health
It's common for someone with a behavioral health disorder to also be living with another, such as people experiencing both depression and anxiety simultaneously. It's difficult to manage the symptoms of one of these disorders, let alone both at the same time.
The same is true of alcohol use disorder and other mental health disorders. Someone who is dependent on alcohol is up to six times more likely to develop a mental health disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder. Alcohol or drugs are often used as a coping method when someone is going through a rough patch or due to another mental health disorder. This is the real challenge because alcohol effects your body, hormones, and behavior and can worsen overall mental health symptoms.
Lasting Effects of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction is a chronic, progressive disease that can be fatal if left untreated. According to the CDC, alcohol abuse accounts for 88,000 deaths a year. Alcohol addiction doesn't stop at the individual with the illness, it also affects their family, friends, and community. Excessive alcohol abuse can cause anything from liver disease and various cancers to motor vehicle crashes and domestic violence. Seeking treatment prior to these dangers is imperative because all it takes is one night and a few too many drinks to negatively change your life or the lives of others.
Where to Seek Help
The stigmas and misunderstandings behind those with alcohol addiction causes individuals to avoid seeking help and try to correct their behavior themselves. Our Counseling Centers offer a mental health screening to get you started in the right direction to a happy and healthy life. Need more information, call our toll-free number at 833-444-NEST (6378) or use the button below to contact us.