Facts About Alcoholism

Facts About Alcoholism


It is common to feel alone throughout your journey towards sobriety. The truth is, there are many people out there facing the same obstacles as you and you're not on this journey alone.

What you should know about alcohol addiction:

  • One in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse.
  • 88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use.
  • Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation
  • Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption.

Don't feel discouraged or embarrassed by your addiction, instead focus on what you can start doing today- little by little- to overcome it.



Music Therapy as Rehabilitation Aid

Music Therapy as Rehabilitation Aid

I grew up in a home full of music. We played in bands and orchestras and witnessed a countless number of exciting stories about how participating in arts and music helped turned around the life of a young person falling into the grasp of addiction. For many, it was a new meaning, new friends and a new way of thinking. They were busy with another thing and another crowd. The music was also uplifting and inspiring.

But music can have an even more profound effect and become a powerful aid in the painful process of addiction recovery. This is the power of Music Therapy. According to the Music Therapy Association of Ontario, Music Therapy can be defined as "the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health."

Music therapy can work wonders for people in the process to overcome an addiction. The person struggling with sobriety may experience a rollercoaster of emotions. Participating in the process of creating music can be of help by balancing the emotions and helping the person cope with the stress while boosting the mood. It could also prevent or alleviate the sense of loneliness that many experiences during this process. Performing in a band, an orchestra or ensemble can give you a sense of belonging and purpose. Music can also improve concentration and memory and may help alleviate the mental fuzziness that patients in recovery frequently describe as part of the rehabilitation process.


1. Music Therapy Definition. The Music Therapy Association of Ontario.

2. Music Therapy in Addiction Recovery.

3. Stephanie Torres, The Palm Beach Institute. How Music Can Help Your Recovery.

The Role of Education in Addiction Rehabilitation

The Role of Education in Addiction Rehabilitation


In order to recover we must first ask ourselves, Who is the person I want to become? Once you have an idea to this question, reflect on who you are today and set goals on how to get there. These small conversations with ourselves hold us accountable for our actions and help trigger a new beginning within us.


The Relationship Between Mental Health and Addiction

The Relationship Between Mental Health and Addiction



The Relationship Between Mental Health and Addiction

During my college years, I’d see students use alcohol or other drugs to keep up with the stress and anxiety of college life. It was the go-to medicine for frustration, disappointment, broken hearts and anger management. These observations soon became a close-to-home reality of mine when a classmate told me he didn’t feel comfortable having a meaningful conversation with anyone without drinking whiskey.

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) reports that there is a “definite connection between mental illness and the use of addictive substances” and that mental health disorder patients are responsible for the consumption of:

-38 percent of alcohol
-44 percent of cocaine
-40 percent of cigarettes

While there are multiple variables that play into why a person becomes susceptible to drugs and alcohol, mental illness is one of the main reasons behind addicts. While some people temporarily pick up these habits, others continue to self medicate without realizing the potential harm this continuous cycle could bring into their lives over time.

According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) (PDF | 3.4 MB), approximately 7.9 million adults had co-occurring disorders in 2014.

According to, some examples/ indicators of self medicating include:

-An individual from social anxiety who drinks to feel more comfortable in social situations
-An individual who struggles with panic attacks and takes benzodiazepines like Xanax or Valium to calm the symptoms or stop the attacks before they start
-An individual with low energy and lack of motivation who takes Adderall, cocaine or crystal meth to increase their drive to get things done

Like my college friend, people tend to look for a practical way to cope with life and use alcohol or other addictive substances to deal with a variety of mental health problems. Oftentimes, these people end up suffering from depression in the end because their mental illness continues to go untreated through these temporary, but dangerous fixes.

During this time, my friend didn't know he had ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). He knew that drinking helped him "feel normal" and interact with other people but what he didn't realize was how having to drink to be and feel "normal" would lead to alcoholism.

Addressing mental health problems early on can undoubtedly prevent addiction and alcoholism for many people. When addiction is present, taking care of the underlying psychological or psychiatric problems that control your loved one could potentially save their life. If we don't eliminate the underlying issues of addiction, individuals will continue to self-medicate and the road to recovery will become more difficult to reach.

By, Mari & Reighan

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