“Over-consumption of alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions including cancer, depression and dementia and yet more than half of adults who drink do so at a level above the recommended guidance. Dry January has proved to be successful in helping people moderate their drinking and benefit from a healthier lifestyle, which is why Public Health England is supporting the initiative.”
~ Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of Health and Well-Being at Public Health England
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in 2014, nearly one-quarter of American adults engaged in binge-drinking – a problematic behavior that can lead to dependence, abuse, and addiction.
Over 16 MILLION Americans have an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), costing almost $250 BILLION annually.
For everyone, Dry January is a voluntary abstention from drinking for an entire month, in order to “reset” a person’s relationship with alcohol. For someone who has a dysfunctional relationship with alcohol – an established personal history of alcohol abuse or addiction – Dry January can be the perfect time to seek treatment.
Drinking in moderation is always a recommendation for anyone, but it is an impossibility for someone who is either genetically or behaviorally predisposed to addiction. It is not a matter of choice or willpower – an inability to control the frequency or the amount of alcohol consumed is a primary symptom of a substance abuse disorder.
Many people choose to seek treatment at the beginning of the year, in keeping with the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, these resolutions are often broken without the support that a structured program of recovery can provide.
If you have been unable to maintain sobriety on your own or even with a recovery support group, and are ready to break free from the prison of alcohol addiction, Lasting Recovery outpatient alcohol rehab in San Diego can give you the tools and support you need to achieve long-term sobriety.