(PRWEB) July 25, 2013
Destination Hope, a nationally recognized substance abuse treatment facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is reaching out to educate the public about a much-buzzed about method of alcohol abuse that is on the rise. As reported by major media outlets NBC and Forbes, ‘smoking’ alcohol is gaining in popularity, especially among young adults and college students. This growing fad centers on inhaling alcohol vapors, an activity that can have extremely hazardous consequences.
"Although people have always been looking for a new way to get high, we’re seeing an increase in people abusing alcohol through new methods- ‘smoking’ it’s vapors,” said Ben Brafman, an expert in the behavioral health field. “Our Florida drug rehab counselors have seen the terrible side effects and we want to stop this trend before it becomes more prevalent. Our goal is to inform people of the myths and dangers of smoking alcohol."
When a person smokes alcohol, the vapors bypass the stomach and liver, heading straight from the lungs to the brain. As a result, the alcohol reaches the bloodstream very quickly, and its effect is almost immediate. The chance for overdose is elevated, because the body cannot prevent the ethanol from reaching the brain.
"The quick hit of inhaling vapors means that a person feels an immediate high," explained Brafman, CEO of Florida drug rehab programs Destination Hope and Destination Hope: The Women’s Program. "This increases the possibility of addiction and alcohol abuse, even though it is not being consumed in a conventional way. Internet tutorials are appearing that effectively teach people how to abuse alcohol through new methods. We want to stop that as soon as possible."
Destination Hope is doing just that. The Florida drug rehab facility has redoubled its efforts through modern technology, including leveraging social media to reach a greater audience. Destination Hope is publishing blog posts on new trends in alcohol abuse, focusing on the extreme health risks they carry. These posts are then widely shared on social media platforms like Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.
"We need to get the information where people will see it," said Brafman, the founder of Destination Hope. "The Internet can be a very useful tool for education, especially when targeting young people. We want people to know that smoking alcohol isn’t a novelty or an experiment. It’s very dangerous, and the side effects can be fatal. Distributing accurate information is our best preventative measure for combating these rising trends in alcohol abuse."
Destination Hope is a full service addiction, drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility for men suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. Drug rehab Florida treatment programs include: drug rehab, alcohol rehab, outpatient rehab, prescription drug rehab, dual diagnosis therapy to treat depression, anxiety and PTSD, family therapy programs, and aftercare. Destination Hope and its partner program, Destination Hope: The Women’s Program, provide gender specific therapy in an intimate treatment environment. For more information on the center or substance abuse and addiction treatment, please go to http://www.drugrehabfl.net.