It’s become common in today’s society—everything seems better with a drink, right? Whether it’s a celebration, a way to unwind or a way to de-stress, so many people today believe that having a drink of alcohol is as typical as having a drink of sweet tea, and alcohol abuse is rampant. And because there is such a focus on the opioid crisis in America, often alcohol abuse and misuse take a backseat when it comes to looking into treatment options. That said, alcohol rehab Arizona programs continue to work with those who struggle in active addiction to alcohol because they know that the commonality of a drug’s use doesn’t make it any less dangerous in society. The softening of the adverse impact of alcohol abuse only makes these treatment options and programs more necessary than ever.
It’s Just A Drink, What’s The Big Deal?
It’s just a drink …what’s the big deal? That seems to be a communal feeling toward using alcohol these days. It may be meeting for drinks to talk about work, getting through a first date or a long day of mothering. It’s not uncommon to consider using alcohol daily, with the thinking that ‘just a drink,’ isn’t a big deal.
But the big deal is that alcohol is a drug, and alcohol abuse and misuse are often based on just that idea—’It’s just a drink.’. ‘Just a drink,’ consumed consistently can lead to alcohol abuse and addiction.
To look at social media or many marketing campaigns, though, you’d never know there was anything to worry about when it comes to alcohol, except for running out of alcohol. A French ad campaign created an Instagram account for a fake ‘influencer,’ living what to many would look like her best life. The only pattern of each picture displayed for her thousands of followers was that she was drinking or had an alcoholic drink in every image. The campaign pointed out that no one even noticed that she consumed alcohol regularly; her followers just accepted that readily as part of her fabulous life.
A 2016 study found that on average, American children are exposed to three advertisements for alcohol a day. A day. The study also found that those numbers were even higher in minority groups, revealing the dirty truth that there may be more aggressive marketing for alcohol in more vulnerable populations who may be more prone to addiction.
In pictures, alcohol has become such a necessary part of ‘having a good time,’ or ‘really living,’ no one even notices how effortless it is to fall into a pattern of alcohol abuse.
Until it’s too late, and people find themselves in active alcohol addictions.
Mom-Life And The Wine Culture: Communal Desensitization
Take a look at just about any television show, movie, advertisement or social media meme and you’re bound to see evidence of the ‘wine culture’ that has permeated many aspects of life–including mothering. From stainless water bottles that say, “This may or may not be water,” to gigantic wine glasses labeled, “Mommy Juice,” drinking one’s way through motherhood is an accepted practice.
What that exposure does is slowly desensitize you from the very real dangers of alcohol. It’s estimated that nearly 90,000 people a year die from alcohol-related causes. And, according to the CDC, more than half the 4.2 million people who misuse prescription opioids are also binge drinkers. Alcohol abuse is so prevalent that it’s a leading preventable cause of death in the United States. While you may be more exposed to the dangers of drug overdoses and death as we battle opioid addiction, somehow society seems to have forgotten that alcohol is still a powerful and destructive drug.
The normalization of alcohol consumption has made too many people let their guards down when it comes to the danger of alcohol abuse, though, and lawmakers are taking notice. Joining the ranks of cities such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco, New York recently banned the advertising of alcohol on most city-owned properties. Mayor Bill de Blasio recognized the struggles many with alcohol misuse issues have and believes the move away from normalizing alcohol consumption as part of everyday life may save lives.
Alcohol Rehab Arizona Focuses On Normalizing No Alcohol Consumption
The Arizona Department of Health services deems the state of Arizona as one of the top consumers of alcohol. Arizona also has one of the highest rates of death due to alcohol abuse. The staff at Springboard Recovery knows this is in large part due to the normalization of alcohol consumption in today’s culture. The caring, holistically focused wants to help walk beside you if the normalization of alcohol has led you to a life of alcohol misuse and abuse.
If you’ve been struggling with alcohol, don’t let alcohol take one more day away from you. Contact Springboard Recovery to find out how their intensive and holistic care for patients will give you your life back, and show you how to claim the long-lasting sobriety that is waiting for you.
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