Is Alcoholism Still a Major Concern, Given the Opioid Epidemic?

Is Alcoholism Still a Major Concern, Given the Opioid Epidemic?

The opioid epidemic has certainly grabbed our attention over the past several years, as so many lives have been taken. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2016 and 2017, a total of 2.1 million people in the United States had an opioid use disorder (OUD). The opioid crisis took 17,087 lives from overdoses involving commonly prescribed opioids, and 42,249 lives taken from opioids as a whole. These numbers are devastating, so our policy workers, government agencies, community resource centers and more have been working diligently to find appropriate solutions to these problems. Although the opioid crisis is a serious concern, that doesn’t mean that other addictions are no longer as concerning.

Alcoholism continues to take lives all over the world, with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reporting 88,000 deaths due to alcohol-related causes annually in the United States. Some state that opioids have become more mainstream in the news because drinking is considered more acceptable that using drugs such as heroin. As emphasized on USA Today, many experts believe that alcohol is just as deadly – if not more – than other harmful substances, but it doesn’t get discussed as much because there is so much money that can be made for beverage companies and marketers in the industry.

Attorney Lisa Smith, a woman who has been in addiction recovery from alcohol and cocaine for over a decade, has stated, “It is poison, and we’re treating it like it’s something other than that because there’s big corporate money behind it.”

Alcoholism continues to impact our communities around the nation, with many major implications along the way. Workplace productivity declines, health becomes altered, families become disrupted, and personal fulfillment becomes vague when alcoholism enters the picture. If you’re currently contemplating on seeking the help you need, don’t wait any longer. Speak with someone today so that you can begin the path that could change your life – for better.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.