Being an alcoholic is a stigma in society and it has an adverse impact on one’s social circle. It affects health in a serious way, causing major diseases to occur. It has devastating implications on the addict and his family. Some alcoholics keep the addiction secret from their friends and family, others openly drink without hesitation. Those with a secret addiction are called functioning alcoholics. In today’s stressful lifestyle the wide availability of alcoholic beverages is giving rise to pervasive addiction. In some communities alcohol drinking is a status symbol. They proudly drink with their friends and enjoy the taste without even realizing it’s serious health effects. If someone is able to function properly being an alcoholic doesn’t mean there is no risk involved. Alcoholism is a terrible disease with a deadly end. If someone you know is showing any of these signs they may be a functioning alcoholic.
Another lethal drug that is being used recreationally and in connection with the commission of certain crimes is a substance called scopolamine. While it is an approved prescriptive medication, it is now being used as a party and date-rape drug.
According to statisticsbrain.com, 45% of Americans (about 144 million) regularly make new year resolutions. However, only about 8% of these regularly succeed.
That may not sound like a lot, and yet that’s 11.5 million Americans who claim to make good on their resolutions.
Not feeling that Christmas spirit?
As the holiday season draws near, addicts—those who are still active in addiction as well as those who are in recovery—experience a range of feelings and emotions. There’s the anxiety of dealing with our dysfunctional families, the memories of former holiday-induced relapses and the pressure of endless preparations. Perhaps we still wobble between addiction and recovery, wavering back and forth between sobriety and slipping. Some of us have lost our jobs and families while others are experiencing poverty, sickness or a general sense that as we come to the end of another year, there isn’t much worth celebrating.
While the idea of spending Christmas in rehab for alcoholism or drug addiction may feel depressing and far from “merry,” circumstances leading up to being admitted to rehab could be a matter of life and death. Christmas is often spent having festive meals, unwrapping gifts, watching holiday movies, and visiting family. This is how many feel it is “supposed” to be, but due to unfortunate circumstances, holidays at home with the family may not be in everyone’s best interest, especially for an alcoholic or addict with their life in ruin.