Challenges Dedicated to Changing Misconceptions of Alcoholism

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Most people still believe that Alcoholism is a moral weakness however, recent studies show that it is, in fact, a physical addiction. It is this misconception that hinders those in need from seeking treatment and recovery services.

Americans do have misconceptions about the physical and psychological dependencies associated with alcohol addiction. Alcoholism is a treatable physical condition; however, the generally accepted theory is that it is simply a moral and character flaw.

According to the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America most Americans still perceive alcoholism as a moral weakness. However, recent studies have shown that alcohol addiction is, in fact, a physical addiction. The negative connotations of the disease in America prevent many addicts from seeking alcholism treatment. One in every ten Americans that consume alcohol suffers from alcoholism and of these 15 million, only about 150,000 seek treatment.

Challenges Relapse Treatment & Prevention Center is a JCAHO Accredited treatment facility specializing in Relapse Prevention and Relapse Treatment. It is the first treatment center in the United States to be certified as a “Center of Excellence” for Relapse Prevention. Challenges is located in the greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida area and treats substance abuse, chemical dependency, addictive disorders, compulsive behaviors, dual diagnosed and multi occurring psychiatric and mental health disorders.

Challenges’ Director of Clinical Outreach, Lori Fischer, believes that the stigmas attached to alcohol addiction are to blame for so few seeking treatment, “Americans do have misconceptions about the physical and psychological dependencies associated with alcohol addiction. Alcoholism is a treatable physical condition; however, the generally accepted theory is that it is simply a moral and character flaw.”

Fischer believes that it is this misconception that inhibits alcohol addicts from seeking treatment because of shame and guilt. “Alcohol addicts, that believe this misconception, are embarrassed that they cannot help themselves, even though they apparently have the means simply with a stronger will.”

Challenges, has been successfully treating alcohol addiction for over a decade. They are committed to rectifying this misconception and enabling those seeking it to find treatment. Challenges website has a section dedicated entirely to alcohol abuse and treatment. The website has valuable resources including, alcohol abuse statistics, treatment information, and medical problems associated with alcohol abuse.

If you or a loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction, Challenges has proven treatment programs to help you conquer your dependency and reclaim your life. Contact them today at(888)755-3334.

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