As the opioid crisis continues to spread across America, alcoholism still ranks as the most prevalent of addictive substances. In fact, 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol dependence.
Countless research studies reveal the dangers of alcoholism and its consequences on society. According to a 2016 report, the U.S. Surgeon General classified alcoholism and other substance use disorders as “a chronic illness that we must approach with the same skill and compassion that we approach heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.” Still, most of those at risk or suffering from alcoholism do not receive appropriate treatment for their disease.
With effective treatment such as the services provided by Valley Hope, many Americans are able to stop drinking and reclaim their lives. Below are key statistics that establish alcoholism as a public health crisis in need of immediate understanding and action:
Despite the daunting statistics, recovery from alcoholism is not only possible, but also achievable. More than 25 million Americans with a previous substance use disorder (SUD) such as alcohol dependence are in remission and living healthy, productive lives. Stepping out of addiction and into quality treatment is necessary to begin your recovery journey. Chronic diseases like SUD, diabetes and cancer do not just disappear without treatment.
Valley Hope offers a continuum of care that helps you through every step of your recovery, including detox, residential and outpatient treatment services, family counseling and continuing care. Our approach utilizes proven treatments and is grounded in the 12-step philosophy that encourages you to take responsibility for your recovery and treatment. The Valley Hope experience is unique in its genuine compassionate care style, a method that has helped tens of thousands of people find successful recovery over the last 50 years.
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