The CDC Concludes that Most ‘Alcoholics’ Do Not Suffer from Substance Use Disorders

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Harbor Village comments on the CDC’s declaration of substance use disorders, and the widely misrepresented treatment plans of supposed alcoholics.

When you’re assessing a patient’s dependence you have to take into consideration their unique level of addiction.

Among the U.S. it’s a common occurrence for someone who consumes an excess of alcohol on a daily or weekly basis to be labeled as an alcoholic by his peers and the community around him- but recently the CDC has stated that our previous conceptions of “alcoholism” are entirely skewed. On Jan. 5th Pro Talk published an article by Frederick Rotgers, who is a licensed psychologist and clinical alcohol and drug counselor, refuting the standardized blanket treatment of supposed alcoholism. Harbor Village Detox is an inpatient medical detox facility that helps substance abusers reclaim their lives from addiction. Harbor Village Detox has long been a proponent for individualized treatment of substance abuse conditions, and asserts that blanket treating patients who may, or may not be, suffering from substance use disorders can adversely be affected by treatment that is intended for patients with legitimate cases of severe substance abuse.

According to Pro Talk, the study conducted by the CDC (2014) surveyed 138,000 people over a three year period, and sought to illuminate the prevalence of various substance uses. Beyond this, the study seeks to conclude if substance use and diagnosable disorders walk hand-in-hand. What they found is unsurprising. 90% of those who self diagnosed themselves as “alcoholics” did not satisfy the medical requirements of heralding a substance use disorder. What does this mean? Excessive drinking cannot be the only indicative indicator of defining the self- or others- as dependent upon alcohol. It is possible for individuals to exhibit the adverse effects of consuming excessive amounts of alcohol consistently, and still not meet the medical eligibility of exhibiting a substance use disorder.

The term alcoholism is considered a “lay term,” according to Pro Talk. The CDC has declared “substance use disorder” as the politically correct term to identify our previous perception of alcoholism. In light of this new information published by the CDC, rehabilitation and detoxification professionals are confronted with the reality that some of the patients enrolled in extensive programs, like residential rehabilitation treatment are egregiously misplaced.

A medical professional of Harbor Village Detox commented on the declaration of the new term for those dependent on alcohol, “I think this distinction is a necessary step forward to promote the wellness of our patients going forward. The popular concept of alcoholism is obscure at best, conflicting with what we believe [alcoholism] is, and what it actually is. It’s our responsibility to disseminate the correct information to the general public, allowing them to have a better understanding of the environment they live in.”

An addiction specialist of Harbor Village Detox asserts that treatment can be a slippery slope to navigate, “When you’re assessing a patient’s dependence you have to take into consideration their unique level of addiction. If a medical professional concludes that their particular penchant for alcohol, or other substances, don’t fall neatly onto paper it’s really our job to explore their individual conditions as individuals. There is a lot of blanket treatment going on out there, and it is costly, but more importantly, [it] doesn't serve the highest good of admitting patients into the correct programs.”

Harbor Village Detox is committed to providing people with substance use disorders with inpatient medical detox treatment, which is the first step in recovery to sobriety. Conversely, they are firm in the belief that those without the need of inpatient medical detox treatment should not attend intensive treatment regimens. The facility works with honored associates to connect those requiring less intensive treatment with sober living communities, and outpatient rehabilitation.

Cultivating an environment of continued healing, and eastern holistic philosophies, Harbor Village Detox provides its clients with a lush, sublime environment, furnished with gourmet meals, private bedrooms, and full access to spa and salon services to recover from substance use disorders. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Harbor Village Detox is able to offer the apex of inpatient medical detox treatment for those suffering nationwide.

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