A Common Solution to An All Too Common Problem

Of all the substances that plague this country with addiction, alcohol is by far the most common. According to the National Council On Alcoholism And Drug Dependence (NCADD), More than 17 million people, or one in 12 adults suffer from symptoms of alcohol abuse and/or dependence. These statistics not only take into account those who are active alcoholics, but also those who exhibit deadly patterns closely related to alcoholism, such as binge drinking.  Furthermore, at least half of the American population have a family history of alcoholism. Despite being a more widely abused substance than narcotics, alcohol, in general, is used by more than roughly two billion people worldwide. This in itself presents the most common issue for those struggling with alcoholism; their drug of choice is socially acceptable, legal and readily available. However, alcohol addiction treatment may be their only chance at lasting recovery.

               We at Oregon Trail Recovery challenge ourselves on gathering information from statistics such as these to narrow the issues down to a more personal focus, which concerns itself with the alcoholic and their families. Knowing that alcoholism is a common blight on a lot of families does very little for us if we can’t offer a true scope and personal guidance to our clients when it comes to alcohol addiction treatment. For one, we know that alcohol effects more than the alcoholic, it effects everyone in the alcoholic’s immediate circle, which includes children, mothers, fathers, wives, and husbands. Alcoholism continues to effect these family dynamics unless we can properly address the root of the issues as they are concerned with our addiction recovery programs.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Education

               First and foremost, this begins with educating the alcoholic. This education comes in a variety of forms, such as informing them of the physiological effects. This, in turn, allows us to instill solution based practices of recovery. The most common form of alcohol addiction treatment at Oregon Trail Recovery is 12-step recovery and our intensive outpatient program. Our 12-step based recovery allows our clients to develop a sense of community and inspires experience, strength, and hope.

               Through education, we can treat both the user and their family. It’s proven that including the family dynamic in treatment is very effective. That is why Oregon Trail Recovery works very closely with the family in a variety of ways. This includes family sessions with the client’s primary therapist and other events. It proves to the alcoholic, and their family members, that they don’t have to tackle this disease alone. Moreover, Oregon Trail Recovery will be with them every step of the way.