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A survey of 50,326 Michigan residents who participated in a survey which required them to admit to drug abuse or alcoholism revealed some interesting facts. Drug abuse in and of itself (which for the purpose of this survey, included information on cocaine, both smoked and taken into the body through other ways, marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamines (meth)) was relative low compared to alcohol abuse.
The survey counted both those residents who admitted to alcohol use as well as using alcohol and any of the other drugs previously listed. The overall total of those using alcohol, either alone or with other drugs, was 26187. The number of those admitting to alcohol use only was 15,229; those admitting to alcohol and other drug use totaled 10,958.
One disturbing statistic concerning substance abuse overall (including both forms of alcohol use and the other drugs mentioned earlier) in Michigan is that of the 50,326 residents who participated in the survey, a few of them who sought treatment were between the ages of 0 and 11. That means that at one time in one of Michigan's treatment centers, some of the patients were not even 12 years old (the next age category listed. This is tragic. And, one of the areas in which treatment was sought by persons of such a young age was alcohol (only). The other was marijuana.
Alcohol abuse is more commonly known as alcoholism. What it is called is not important, however, because the problem is the same. A person suffering from alcohol abuse or alcoholism is addicted to alcohol. And, as previously mentioned, some are addicted to alcohol as well as another drug.
Perhaps one reason that alcoholism is so prevalent, not only in Michigan but in other states as well is because many people may not consider alcohol to even be a drug. After all, if a person is of legal drinking age, then he can walk into any store or eating or drinking establishment that sells or serves alcohol and purchase it.
The fact of the matter is that alcohol is just as much a drug as anything you get through a prescription or anything that can be bought on the street. And, just like any drug, it can be abused.
As mentioned earlier, one of the Michigan residents who were admitted for substance abuse treatment was a child. It is unknown what led to someone that young suffering from alcoholism, or for that matter how the child managed to get access to enough liquor or beer to drink enough to become addicted. However, it happened, but at least the child's parents or guardians were able to utilize the services of one of Michigan's treatment centers.
Treatment for alcoholism in persons of all ages is available in Michigan. Anyone who has a problem with alcoholism can enter a treatment center. If one is determined enough and really wants to become alcohol-free, this can be accomplished.
Treatment centers use a number of methods to treat alcoholism. These include individual and group therapy sessions, teaching stress control and anger management techniques that will allow a person to cope with life without feeling he must have a drink, and family counseling.
The latter can be very important, especially if family members were (either knowingly or unknowingly) acting as enablers. This is a common occurrence in both alcoholism and other forms of drug abuse, and happens when family members make excuses for a person's absences from work or shirking of other responsibilities, or even (sometimes deliberately) put them into situations where the propensity for the person to drink will be very likely.
In family counseling, family members can learn how to support the member that is suffering with alcoholism without making excuses or doing other things to make the problem worse. In addition, family members as well as the person undergoing treatment can be instructed in what signs to look for that may signal an impending relapse. By knowing this, they can take immediate steps to see that whatever is necessary can be done so that a relapse episode will not occur.
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