As promised, we want to pass on some information regarding April being National Alcohol Awareness Month. One of the reasons for this month being chosen is that many schools hold their proms in April, and the consequences of underage drinking need to be stressed to both parents and students.
Addiction to alcohol and drugs is not limited to young people, however. Drug and alcohol dependence are America’s #1 health problem. There are more deaths and disabilities each year in the United States from substance abuse than any other cause: more than eighteen million Americans have alcohol problems and between five and six million have drug problems.
Statistics from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence show that almost one-half of all traffic fatalities are alcohol-related. Costs of more than $276 billion per year in lost productivity, crime, traffic crashes, health care expenses and other conditions are attributed to these addictions. Untreated addiction is more expensive than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
Families and coworkers play an important in convincing persons with these types of problems to get help. Treatment improves health, job performance, and family cohesiveness. When persons work with or live with someone who abuses alcohol or drugs, their safety and well-being are at risk.
Documentation from the Comprehensive Assessment Treatment Outcomes Registry in Ohio shows the following drastic results in occupational problems after treatment:
- Tardiness decreased by 92%
- Problems with supervisor decreased by 56%
- Mistakes in work decreased by 70%
- Incomplete work decreased by 81%
- Absenteeism decreased by 89%
There are many places one can turn to for help. Call: Substance Abuse Treatment Locator, 1-800-662 HELP, or www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov. If you or someone you know needs to deal with this issue, this may be the best call you or they ever made.