Children of Alcoholics

While someone suffering from alcoholism in Pompano is the most visible and most affected by the addiction, there are other people affected such as their friends and family. One of the most obvious yet generally invisible victims of alcoholism are the children of alcoholics. It hasn’t been until recently that research into the effects of children of alcoholics, both adult and adolescent, has gained attention.

Children whose parents are alcoholics tend to take the role of ‘superchildren’, one in which the child becomes the caretaker of the family and sometimes even the parents, ensuring the household continues to function as they best as possible. The role can put them into a guilt over being unable to ‘save’ their parents, leaving long lasting emotional scars that last well into their adult years. Being forced into a position of responsibility combined with little guidance beyond simply picking up social cues from other functional families can lead them to grow up with codependency, which is essentially a maladaptive need for a relationship who has stopped functioning in a self-reliant way, generally due to substance abuse issues of their own.


Growing Up

As an adult, with a codependence tendency, they may find themselves unable to confront their mate or spouse about their problem while insisting on taking care of them, mirroring in many ways their relationship with their parents, where they don’t have the ‘power’ to tell their parent to face their addiction but still put in a position of caretaker. Many adults develop obsessive-compulsive disorder centered around the need to be ‘perfect’ and a frequent disposition of putting others in front of themselves beyond what an average person would consider necessary. If they find themselves in a relationship in which their partner is suffering from addiction, they may even feel the same guilt for not being able to ‘cure’ their illness. As an added complication, they may also inherit genetic traits which also put them into the risk of becoming alcoholic themselves.

Groups such as “National Association for Adult Children of Alcoholics” have been bringing attention to the issue and gaining members fairly rapidly, moving from about 20 members around 2010 and having more than 7,000 members by 2016. It’s estimated that just over forty percent of the adult population has been exposed in some way to some form of alcoholism. That’s approximately 78 million people. Of those, it’s estimated about 28 million of them had at least one parent who was an alcoholic.

While it may be too alarmist to consider these statistics an ‘epidemic’, there does exist a very urgent need to soberly look at this very real part of life for many people. To stop the cycle of addiction, it begins with knowing how it manifests and in this case how it can foster more addiction or even directly create it if the children grow up to be alcoholics themselves.

If you or someone you know is suffering from alcoholism or addiction to prescription or illegal drugs, the 1st Step Behavioral Health rehab center in South Florida can help with treatment and breaking the cycle. Call us at (866) 319-6126 to find out about treatment options.


Meth Devastates Small Towns Across The USA

Even though few people are talking about methamphetamines these days due to the overarching opioid epidemic, meth usage is at an all time high in the United States of America. But why is it ravaging the nation now? Experts say the reason meth is trending right now is because it is more available – it is cheaper and it is more potent than it ever used to be. According to a story done by National Public Radio, or NPR, about meth use in a small US town, the manufacturing of the drug has become more sophisticated of late and has started to be mass produced rather than put together in a shoddy diy lab.


NPR tells the story of a small town that has been devastated by rampant methamphetamine usage spanning three generations in some families.


Meth use dipped early this decade after lawmakers cut access to key ingredients — such as the over-the-counter decongestant pseudoephedrine. Siebert says it was about the same time that opioids took hold in the region.

“Now that they’re hammering down on the opiates,” Siebert says, “guess what’s happening? Now the meth is coming back in”


Underestimating Meth is Clearly a Mistake

Someone addicted to meth may show the following signs of abuse:

  • Meth comes with rapid and extreme weight loss, however it is rarely due to change in diet or modification in the addicts exercise tendencies. Rather, by a sudden loss of appetite. This can result in a person’s muscles atrophying, severe malnutrition, and harm to the neural function.
  • Meth users may experience tremors. Muscles rely on specific nutrients to function. Not only do the tremors happen because of musculoskeletal disrepair, but it is also the result of dysfunction of the nervous system.
  • The user may have a deterioration of their reflexes.
  • Insomnia, abnormal sleep habits, and dysfunctional fatigue can also be caused by persistent amphetamine usage.
  • Dehydration in amphetamine users is a common side effect which can result in split lips, skin irritation, low immune system functions and more. With dehydration brain functions can suffers dramatically.


Treatment For Sufferers of Meth Addiction at South Florida Rehab Centers

For those who suffer from an addiction to methamphetamines, there are excellent treatment options at drug detox in Broward County. Drug rehab programs through 1st Step Behavioral Health offer medically supervised detoxification that will make sure the patient is safe and medically stable while they experience the withdrawal that comes along with abstaining from an addictive substance. 1st Step also offers rehabilitation programs for after detox. Rehab teaches the life skills necessary to live a sober life. Call now to learn more.

The Proliferation of Alcohol Abuse in Florida and Throughout The United States of America

In the modern day, the United States has adopted drinking as the normative after work activity. It has also become the typical way to meet up with a friend. If it is someone’s birthday we might buy them a drink. Alcohol has become a completely mundane part of everyday life for those who live in the United States, and across the globe. Florida, like the rest of the country, offers copious culturally acceptable ways to get wasted on a regular basis. As if the everyday office brew or after hours happy hour wasn’t enough, when holidays come many families end up binge drinking together without even thinking about who may or may not be struggling with a drinking problem, because the practice has become so second nature in our society. At Christmas there’s mulled wine, hot buttered rum, eggnog and more, thanksgiving is much of the same. Sporting events are just as focused on intoxicating beverages. Many people believe that a ball game isn’t complete without a beer and hotdog in their hands.


Why Is Alcohol Our Go-to

When people go out to meet friends and chat, they often meet at a bar, or a restaurant where everyone can get a drink. After work drinks are meant to help co-workers get together and destress from a day’s work. Those holiday drinks with family help to smooth the way through the family get together so that less fights, less social, political, or economic tension runs through conversations. The reason we so often reach for intoxicants during social gathers is because it helps us tear down our walls. It allows us to feel looser, to be ourselves. It briefly removes the shame, the guilt and the anxiety that so many of us walk around with, allowing us to finally interact on an honest level with our co-workers, to enjoy a civil holiday meal with our loving family, and to calm our fears and anxieties. But, it only does those things so briefly. The big hidden consequence of drinking is that when it is abused, the substance causes more strife in families, creates more anxiety and fear in the user. It engenders a strong sense of guilt and a deep sort of shame that almost always accompanies the chronic disease of addiction.


South Florida Alcohol Treatment at 1st Step Behavioral Health

At 1st Step Behavioral Health we offer an alcohol abuse treatment program that considers each individual patient and their personal needs and unique challenges in the modeling of each personal treatment plan.

It is vital that the person behind the alcohol addiction be a present in the consideration of treatment so that the treatment can ultimately be effective at helping the patient deal with any sort of co-existing conditions the patient may suffer from, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, among others. 1st Step employs a dedicated staff of licensed medical professionals and qualified therapists at each of our facilities to support and keep safe the patients attending our programs. Call today to learn more about how 1st Step can help you or the person you love.

How to Undergird Your Sobriety through Solidarity After Addiction Treatment 

It can sometimes be difficult to remember that treatment for drug or alcohol addiction is a tiered process. Even when someone admits to having an addiction to prescription or illicit drugs, or alcohol and then goes further to seek out treatment and successfully completes a Broward County drug rehab program When someone who suffers from alcohol or drug substance use disorder gets home from going to seek treatment at one of the many rehabs in NJ, the most important thing for them to understand, and for their families and friends to keep in mind is that they will still have work to do. In fact, because addiction is a chronic disease, they will never be able to cease treatment for their symptoms. If they do not consistently maintain their therapy and treatment for their addiction their symptoms will come out of remission and they very well may suffer from experiencing a relapse.


One way to assure continued recovery therapy treatment after coming back home from treatment for substance use disorder is to take advantage of a 12 step program such as AA, Alcoholics Anonymous or NA, Narcotics Anonymous. When the person recovering from addiction goes to treatment it is likely that these 12 step programs will be either encouraged, or available to them through their treatment facility. If that is not the case they will still likely attend some form of group therapy which should prepare them for the type of meetings available through the 12 step program. These sorts of group meetings help people feel less alone as they approach active recovery at home, outside the safe bubble of their rehab treatment facility that they attended.  This is an effective way to build community and a safe support group for meetings of accountability and solidarity, two aspects of relationship that are absolutely vital in the world of addiction recovery.


Sharing and Listening Fuel Your Sobriety

It can be scary to share at a meeting when a person first starts attending a 12 step meeting. It is perfectly fine to start time at a program like that feeling shy and a little quiet. But in order to really take advantage of what a program like this has to offer a person struggling with addiction must spend time sharing as well. Hopefully it is helpful for the addict to remember that even though the fear of judgement may seem impossible to hurdle, everyone is in that room for the same reason. Everyone is an addict at 12 step meetings, and almost everyone begins the process shy. Even more than that, most people still feel nervous when sharing, especially if they are talking about a time when they slipped up, or didn’t control themselves in a tough moment.

When someone listens to another addict’s story it can feel like acceptance, like love in spite of struggle. These are feelings that recovering addicts so desperately need in order to stay the sober course. 12 step programs can offer this type of community. But it can also start at 1st Step Behavioral Health through our detox and rehab programs. Call today to learn more.


Addiction Is Often a Symptom of Another Problem, a Dual Diagnosis

As you go through the heroic act of getting help for your chemical dependency you’ll learn pretty quickly that not only is addiction a disease of complicated makeup but it is also, often, a symptom of another serious problem. It can be difficult to pull apart heroin addiction and mental health disorders. These two afflictions are sometimes diagnosed as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders: two diagnosis that exist and feed off of each other in real time. It’s sometimes not clear which affliction came first or which feeds the other more. As you go through detox in Broward County and the 1st Step Broward County drug rehab program you’ll begin to untangle those diagnosis through group and individual therapies. Dealing with both Heroin Drug Treatment and the realities of severe mental illness or trauma can be exhausting, but it’s one of the most important things you’ll ever do.

How Can You Root Out Addiction’s Co Conspirators?

There are many complications in life, that if unchecked, can increase the probability of substance abuse and drug or alcohol addiction: any kind of trauma such as living through natural disasters, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, abandonment or neglect, among others. When you start to hate yourself, or abuse yourself because of your addiction, what maybe feels like the biggest regret of your life, take that addiction for what it very well may be, a sign that you have some serious memories or emotions to untangle.


Don’t let yourself down by only treating the chemical dependence. If you have a dual diagnosis you have to treat both sides of it – the addiction and the mental health issues –  to successfully recover. Having the compassion for yourself to follow addiction’s gaze to your most complicated memories or mental health disorders and ailments, will not only help you heal but will also give you a good reason to start exploring ways to take care of your mental health and emotional wellbeing.


Does 1st Step Really Offer Treatment for Dual Diagnosis Patients?

Yes. At First Step Behavioral Health we believe that it is vital to treat both your chemical dependency and your mental health at the same time for optimal success in treatment. Our programs offer support to patients with dual diagnosis through every step of their recovery and treatment. If you’re ready to get started with treatment for a dual diagnosis of drug and alcohol addiction and mental health disorder you can be sure we are more than qualified and ready to support you as you get started on your treatment journey


How to Survive Sobriety In Spite of The Explosive News Cycle

You’re ready to build your new life with strategies to help you succeed at sober living now that you’re back from going to 1st Step’s South Florida detox. Broward county drug rehab with 1st Step Behavioral Health helped you learn that the first step to sobriety, after detox, is understanding your triggers. While the different triggers you can have as someone struggling with chemical dependence on an addictive substance are as complicated as the individuals dealing with them, the news today is almost guaranteed to have something to challenge anyone on trigger management.


No matter your political or social beliefs I don’t think anyone can deny that the news cycles these days are absolutely full of stories that can take a serious toll on anyone’s state of wellbeing.  When you are a recovering drug or alcohol addict, you can be sure, withstanding the overbearing news cycle can be that much harder. Given the fact that many addicts have a dual diagnosis of addiction and mental health disorder, constant attention to atrocities taking place throughout the world and in your own community can really threaten an addicts grip on their hard fought sobriety. So how do you preserve your sobriety in the face of a nation and world that often feels like it’s exploding around you? You have to take breaks.


Sobriety Must Come Before Citizenship

You want to be an informed citizen, but sometimes the state of the things in the wider world and in your community right in front of you are demoralizing, and sometimes terrifying. How can you justify taking a break from the constant controversy and contention through the world when sometimes everything seems to be hanging in the balance? You can justify it because it doesn’t do you or anyone else any good for you to be an informed citizen if you are also falling back into your addiction and mental grief. If you don’t take care of your mental wellbeing you can not take part in being an active member of society.


The News is Everywhere

So how do you get away from it all when the news is everywhere in social media, podcasts, television, comedy – indeed anywhere more than one person is taking up space there will likely be political or current events based conversations and it is not unlikely that those conversations could end up extreme emotions and verbal outbursts. Politics are more divided than ever and political discourse has turned personal.


Social Media makes it very difficult to stay away from the trending news. Everyone from your elementary school camp counselor to your 12 step program sponsor is sharing all manner of controversial news articles and opinion pieces on Facebook and Twitter. You go on to check what time your friend’s party is and you see a headline telling you about the latest death toll for today’s devastating tragedy. It can cause some serious emotional whiplash.

Podcasts are equally as threatening although you have more control over which you consume. Some of the most popular podcasts are those that give you weekly or daily news updates and interpretation. These have become something of a ritual for many people. You get on the bus and you press play to hear what happened yesterday, every morning, like clockwork. You listen to while you make dinner or workout.


TV News is less popular than it was a generation or two ago, but cable news has enjoyed a boon with the uptick of major news stories. Or perhaps you get your evening dose of current events from late night comedy shows. Either way watching news in the evenings can be devastating to your sleep cycle. It can be hard to let yourself rest when your mind is still spinning from that thing your representative said in the house, or the breaking news of the latest senseless act of violence whether by a human’s hands or that of a natural disaster.


Stepping Back Can Be Healthy

There’s no end to the ways you can consume the comings and goings of every celebrity, the rise and downfall of political figures, and the devastation and heartache of warring nations. Sometimes it may feel like it’s just something you have to deal with to be a “good” person, but it’s not. Even taking a few days off from following it all can give your brain and emotions time to rest and reset so that you can successfully stay sober through it all. Try these strategies to take a break from the news, or find a different strategy that works best in your life.


    1. Stop the notifications! Do you have a news application on your smartphone? Do you get notifications from twitter or facebook  or any other social media platform when someone updates? It can be really stressful to have constant, real time updates on the world wide problems haunting society. The more technology advances, the more information speeds up, the faster we get our news. Stopping these motivations can do great things for mental health recovery, especially as you try to take a few days off of the news all together. But some people find it to be such a relief they don’t reinstate the notivations after a break from them.
    2. Consume other entertainment or distract yourself with a passion project. Conceivably you have other interests besides what is being reported on the news. For the few days you are dedicating to taking a break from the news, busy yourself with painting, or writing that movie script you’ve always talked about. Maybe you want to remodel your bathroom or start taking a class at a community college or local neighborhood center. Use the time to be active in ways that bring you life and don’t throw triggers or cravings at you.
    3. So what are you going to do about it? Even if the only thing you can think about is the brokenness of the world and how you have no control over where it will all go next, you need to find a way to process the ongoing eruption of difficult news in a healthy way. How about starting your news vacation by finding a place to volunteer that supports one of the issues at stake in the news cycle right now that you feel passionate about? Helping to contribute to a solution to the problem will likely reduce anxiety, help you gain confidence, and perhaps even lessen the news’s grappling effects it can have on your psyche and your struggle with chemical dependency on drugs and alcohol.



There is of course a chance that it kind of feel good to follow the news that closely. That isn’t to say necessarily that it doesn’t trigger you as well. People are always afraid of what they don’t understand. To someone struggling with drug or alcohol substance abuse, not understanding what is going on around them can really trigger their lizard brain. Maybe you take in the news as a way to stifle a control trigger you have, but then the news pulls other triggers you didn’t even realize you were either not expecting when you opened that article to read or started listening to the podcast. Knowledge is power, it’s true, but you have to take in that information only as quickly as your biological and psychological functions will allow you to digest them. It is okay to take a break. And you should take as many as you need to stay sober and safe in your mental health.


How The Nature vs Nurture Debate Plays Out For Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Are you struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol and you’re looking at your life thinking, “how did I get here?” Maybe you’re just back from 1st Step Pompano Drug Rehab or Alcohol Rehab in Pompano and you’re asking this question in a kind of retrospective. You’re looking for answers so you can learn about your triggers and create a life set for successful and uninhibited sobriety. Or maybe you’re just finding the courage to admit to your family, perhaps even just to yourself that you have an alcohol or drug addiction, and you are desperate to understand how this happened, and how you can pull your life back from the clutching grip of your substance dependency.


Whether you’re looking back at a life before sobriety or looking forward to the difficult yet rewarding journey of getting health and living a sober life (one that starts with the courage to get help through a South Florida detox) the answers are comforting to have. Understanding the science of addiction can give an addict something more tangible to hold on to to than what society would have you believe is a problem with the addict in some inherent way. When it comes to why people develop a chemical dependency to drugs or alcohol, the debate of Nature Vs Nurture is very much alive. But it isn’t because science hasn’t spoken. In an Genes and Addictions, an article for American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, L. Bevilacqua and D. Goldman write that, “Both genetic and environmental variables contribute to the initiation of use of addictive agents and to the transition from use to addiction. Addictions are moderately to highly heritable. Family, adoption, and twin studies reveal that an individual’s risk tends to be proportional to the degree of genetic relationship to an addicted relative.” In other words, both nature and nurture decide a tendency for addiction to drugs or alcohol, and the closer in relation you are to the other members of your family who have struggled with chemical dependency, the more likely you are to not develop an addiction yourself, but your genes play a role in exactly how long it takes you to go from a casual user of addictive substances and a full fledge addict. So let’s look a bit closer at both the natural genetic reasons and environmental reasons someone may suffer from chemical addiction.



Have you ever heard someone say that addiction runs in their family? Well, as you read in the quote above from L. Bevilacqua and D. Goldman, it turns out that could literally be true. If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol you may be surprised to hear that family genetics could have something to do with your personal tendency toward a chemical dependency on drug and alcohol.


Society likes to talk about addiction like it is a failing of the person suffering, so we often don’t talk about what predisposes an addict toward the disease, but it is worth knowing that some of your addiction is spurred by biological elements within your body. If you have members of your family who have likewise struggled with abuse, it might help explain some of why you are also there now. Genetics can play a role in many factors of an addict’s journey from how quickly someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, to if someone is more likely to relapse, as well as the severity of the symptoms that come along with detox, and the way their body copes with the sometimes devastating side effects of withdrawal.


The studies that L. Bevilacqua and D. Goldman write about showed that the more immediate the relation with an addiction, the more likely a person is to also be at risk of being afflicted with a chemical dependency. Your genes do play a part here but it would be remiss of us to not point out that differentiating between nature versus nurture as the bigger contributor of predisposal to substance addiction, when the family member is a mother or father (assuming that the drug or alcohol addict in question was raised by their biological parents) would be very difficult.


Untangling the social versus gene impact on a person’s proclivity toward substance abuse might be easier when you take into consideration that as you age your genetics and your environmental inputs shift and so does which one contributes most to your likelihood to develop an addiction.  If it is indeed true (and it follows that it would be) that a mother or father with an addiction will predispose you more than an aunt or uncle would, genetically, it’s a much more chicken and egg question than we may be happy with if we are looking for hard and fast answers for why chemical abuse affects one person and not another.



L. Bevilacqua and D. Goldman go on in Genes and Addictions to explain that nature and nurture play off of each other to determine a person’s addiction tendency, “The Virginia Twin Study revealed that in early adolescence the initiation and use of nicotine, alcohol, and cannabis are more strongly determined by familial and social factors, but these gradually decline in importance during the progression to young and middle adulthood, when the effects of genetic factors become maximal, declining somewhat with aging” It may not surprise you to learn that as a person develops into adolescence the genetics of the their likelihood to try drugs or alcohol is more determined by a social factor.

We all know, even if only because of the public service announcements we were all subjected to as children, that peer pressure can be an overwhelming and almost unavoidable part of growing up. It’s hard for a lot of kids to push back against friends, and as a person reaches adolescence a sense of tribal community becomes almost a developmental imperative, or at least a vital right of passage. Therefore it becomes even more difficult for someone to “just say no” as an adolescent than it will be as the teenager grows into a young adult. A kid will  choose what seems like a bonding experience with a close friend over good judgement more often than not.


As kids become teenagers, social pressure, a natural curiosity, shifting hormones, and the fact that mental health disorders often pop up during puberty may all be reasons that a kid would try drugs or alcohol when they are in middle school or high school. However as they get older the social pressures become less of a factor than the genetics make up passed down from previous generations.

Another aspect of the “nurture” influence on predisposal to drug and alcohol dependency is how available an intoxicant is to someone. “The availability of addictive agents is determined by culture, social policy, religion, economic status, and narco-trafficking, and it changes across time and space.” Goldman and Bevilacqua tell us in their article.


Why is The Origin of a Person’s Addiction Important Anyway?

o why are we even talking about what makes a person likely to develop the tragic disease of chemical dependency addiction to drugs and alcohol? L. Bevilacqua and D. Goldman go on in Genes and Addictions to explain to us why these studies are important, “Genetic studies and other analyses clarifying the origins of addiction help destigmatize addiction, leading to more prompt treatment. Knowledge of genetic factors in etiology and treatment response may enable the individualization of prevention and treatment, as well as the identification of new therapeutic targets.”

The stigma surrounding drug and alcohol addiction in this society is an affliction all on it’s own. How can we expect to help people heal from this disease, and help to restore our culture’s health as a whole by reducing fatal overdose and drug addiction in general, all while verbally and emotionally abusing the whole people group afflicted with the disease? When shame and abuse are two of the main elements that feed addiction in a predisposed person, how can that person be judged for not seeking help, when our response to abuse is to deem that person as selfish, lazy, taking the easy way out, or even worse, criminal?  We are only reinforcing addiction’s foundation within the people who are predisposed and suffer from the disease of addiction. But the more we know, scientifically about the root of the disease, the more factual evidence we have to explain how someone becomes addicted to a substance, the more likely we will be able to fight this damaging social attitude and eventually create a culture of compassion surrounding this devastating and fatal scourge on society. But we have to start by accepting and publicly caring for the individuals that are already suffering.


What Kind of Treatments Are Available for Drug and Alcohol Dependency?

If you are suffering right now from undiagnosed or treated chemical dependency, there are treatment options for you. An addiction to drugs or alcohol can be a very scary and dangerous affliction. The first thing you need to do, and you should do it as soon as possible, is take a look at our South Florida detox program. You’ll want to detox with medically qualified professionals who can monitor your vital signs and overall wellbeing, to be sure you are safe while experiencing the sometimes intense side effects that come along with detox withdrawal. At 1st Step’s Pompano drug rehab, and our alcohol rehab in Pompano we offer all manner of treatment programs. If you call us at (866) 319-6126 we can help you walk through the programs we have and help you make a recovery plan that works individually for your needs.

Heroin is a Full-Time Job

Addictions to drugs, alcohol, or gambling all take a lot out of us. They take a toll on our physical and mental well-being, and they exhaust our time and money.


An Increasing Commitment

When many people begin to take heroin, it’s often to supplement their prescription opioid addiction or to manage other chronic pain. As a person’s body gets more and more addicted to a substance, it has less and less of an effect. Often the amount of time needed to get a fix before withdrawal symptoms set in gets shorter and more severe. At some point double lives and denial get too much to deal with, and the addiction goes from. Although many people find ways to manage addiction and drug abuse, many others find it difficult to maintain employment and support their addiction. This often results in crime and selling off personal belongings to pay the bills and/or feed the addiction.


An opioid addiction also pays a toll on a person’s relationships, ruining many. The attempt at maintaining familial, romantic, and platonic relationships while in a deepening addiction can be a major challenge and time commitment. Time spent on an addiction can be time lost with a family or leading life in a capacity you enjoy.


Recovery Takes Time Too

The longer it takes to get into recovery, the harder it can be. Finding ways to deal with the core issues that invoked your drug dependency don’t happen overnight. It can take a years of intense work with support groups and behavioral therapists to find successful coping strategies with chronic physical and mental pain. The time spent addicted has often added more complications to the mix.

There are some wonderful people out there who are in real pain. For whatever reason they got in over their heads with an addiction, life can get complicated real fast with an addiction, and the lie the addiction tells us is that it will make things better when it’s really making it worse. If you are addicted to heroin or other opioids, it can be a full time job, but we hope you spend that time working on improving your life instead. Call us today for information about heroin detox in Broward County at (866) 319-6126.


Decline in Teenage Alcohol Abuse

Every day the news burdens us with tragic stories of opioid abuse. We hear countless horror stories, but rarely does a glimmer of light shine through. So let’s talk about some good news!

A Dramatic Drop

Let’s take a moment to look away from the doom and gloom in the news and have a glance at some good news from Broward County, Florida. It is true that the county is dealing with significant challenges with drug abuse, but when it comes to teenage alcohol abuse, things are looking up! According to Drug Free Broward, between 2006 and 2016 there has been a major decline in teenage alcohol abuse. The same period has also seen a similar drop in binge drinking for the same age group.


Let’s look at a few numbers:

  • High school binge drinking: 7.9 percentage point decrease
  • Middle school binge drinking: 2.6 percentage point decrease
  • Students trying alcohol for the first time before age 13: 23.6 percentage point decrease
  • High school alcohol use: 9.6 percentage point decrease
  • Middle school alcohol use: 10.1 percentage point decrease

You Too Can Get Sober

While not all substance abuse trends in Broward are heading in a good direction, let’s not lose sight of the good. It is important to realize that these numbers represent real lives. Any change in the right direction improves the wellbeing of real people.


If you are a teenager abusing alcohol—or have one in your family—you don’t have to be an unfortunate statistic. You can join the mass of people of your age who are getting clean and sober. There are many options available for recovery. There are people available who are ready and willing to listen to your story in a nonjudgmental way and are eager to help you back on the right path. Contact us now and learn how to make that happen.

The Difference between Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Have you ever known someone who you thought had a serious alcohol problem which they denied? Or, have you ever been surprised by someone unexpectedly going into rehab? The line between problematic over-drinking and severe diagnosable alcoholism is one of severity.

What is Alcohol Abuse?

What qualifies as excessive drinking may vary depending on many different factors. Generally, it’s agreed upon that for an adult male it’s around fifteen or more glasses of alcohol a week. For an adult woman it’s about 8 glasses a week or any while pregnant. It’s important to note though that your mileage may vary, so please continue reading.

What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism, also called Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), is a severe medical problem. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “AUD is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.” In short: it is a state of reliance on alcohol.

If you or a loved one experiences any of the following, you should seek help:

  • Drinking is interfering with any aspect of life such as school, job, health, or relationships
  • Trouble concentrating on anything besides how much you wanted a drink
  • Continued drinking even if it made you feel depressed, lonely, or put you in unsafe situations
  • Difficulty in an attempt to cut down drinking
  • Your tolerance to alcohol has caused you to drink more for the same effect you once got for less

How Can I Get Help?

Alcoholism is a medical condition that warrants compassion rather than shame. As singer and songwriter Ken Hensley once said: “It is hard to understand addiction unless you have experienced it.” If someone tells you they think they might have a problem: take them seriously and ask how you can help. If you think you might have a problem: trust your instincts and get help. Talk to your doctor or call us now at (866) 319-6126.