Alcoholism And Drug Addiction On The Rise, Dr. Mel Glass Developing New Programs

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In an interview with Dr. Glass, he states "We have become so used to accepting that more and more kids are experimenting with drugs at an earlier age that we seem to have become immune to that shocking fact. We cannot accept that as the norm. We need to increase efforts towards education, treatment, coping skills, problem solving, creating purpose and achievement of goals." Dr. Glass further cites the increasing use of heroin amongst high school and college age young adults.

Addiction to prescription pain medication amongst adults is also on the rise. People underestimate the addictive qualities of prescription medication such as benzodiazepines and opiates. Dr. Glass goes on to say that "Most people lack the understanding that alcoholism and drug addiction is a disease of the brain. People initially drink or use drugs to feel better, escape feelings, reduce stress, fit in with peers groups, have fun, etc. They do not plan on becoming addicted."

Dr. Glass also believes that as the fallout of the economy worsens, more people will turn to alcohol and drugs as a means of attempting to cope.

Dr. Mel Glass announced that effective June 29, 2009, he is no longer working for or affiliated with Hope by the Sea. Dr. Glass served as Clinical Director at Hope by the Sea for 2 and ¾ years. Dr. Glass is now free to pursue the development and management of Awakenings USA, Inc. Awakenings USA is designed for women who are serious about their recovery. Dr. Glass hopes to expand Awakenings USA to include alcohol and drug residential treatment and transitional living. 30, 60 and 90 day treatment programs are available as well as extended care programs. Unlike many other alcohol and drug treatment programs that have groups containing up to 30 people, Awakenings USA limits their groups to only 6 women, therefore offering a tremendous amount of individualized and personal attention in the treatment of alcoholism and drug dependence. Consequently, clients at Awakenings USA get the attention that they need and deserve. Dr. Glass is also developing programs to help men recover from their addictions.

Dr. Glass is involved in the establishment of a non-profit 501c3 public benefit corporation that would provide alcohol and drug education and treatment to both adolescents and adults. Dr. Glass states that "Unfortunately, many people are turned away from traditional alcohol and drug treatment programs as they lack financial means." Dr. Glass has a passion for offering recovery services to people based on need rather than money.

Women suffering from alcoholism and/or drug dependency are encouraged to go to or call directly at (877) 888-9858. Dr. Glass also welcomes involvement from individuals or corporations willing to assist in the creation of a non-profit corporation for the treatment of alcoholism and drug dependence.


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