NCADD: Alcoholism Awareness
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NCADD, declared April Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol Awareness Month was founded and sponsored by NCADD since 1987. Their mission is to raise public alcoholism awareness about alcohol abuse and help break the stigma associated with alcoholism so that others may be encouraged to seek help for their disease. NCADD, as well as other associations, reach out to communities across the United States to bring information about alcoholism awareness and discuss how it is a chronic, progressive disease that can be fatal if untreated. Alcoholism is a disease and not a moral weakness, but people can recover.
Brief History of NCADD
Each year NCADD presents a theme in association with Alcohol Awareness Month. This year’s theme is, “Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow.” In 2012, NCADD’s theme was “Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities: Prevent Underage Drinking.” NCADD President and CEO, Robert J. Lindsey stated, “We chose a theme that will allow NCADD’s National Network of Affiliates and other NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month supporting organizations across the country to address this critically important public health issue through a broad range of media strategies, awareness campaigns, programs and events in their local communities.” Mr. Lindsey further explained, “Although the victims of alcohol-related problems number in the tens of millions, our ability to find solutions ultimately comes down to one thing and one thing only……One NCADD Affiliate, One organization, One person making a commitment to raising awareness of the problem and the solution in our family, our community, our church, our workplace through a focus on prevention, treatment and recovery!”
Alcohol Free Weekend
This weekend, April 5-7, is NCADD’s biggest campaign push during Alcohol Awareness Month, which is an *Alcohol-Free Weekend. The idea is to raise public alcoholism awareness about the use and abuse of alcohol and how it affects families, friends, and communities. During the Alcohol-Free Weekend, NCADD welcomes all those who feel they may have a problem with alcohol to engage in three full days free from drinking alcohol. If a person finds it difficult or unmanageable to do so, then they are urged to seek outside help for their possible drinking problem. Resources like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon Family Groups, and The Watershed will be able to provide more information about the disease of addiction and how to treat alcoholism. You can also help raise alcoholism awareness in your community by talking about the diease of alcoholism and how we do recover.
Alcoholism can affect anyone, anywhere, and at any age. It’s the only disease that tells the alcoholic they don’t have the disease of addiction. The stigma of alcoholism is slowly changing through bringing awareness to the public eye, but still more work needs to be done. NCADD, and other organizations like NCAAD, help break the stigma that alcoholism is a moral dilemma rather than a medical one. There is hope and people do recover from alcoholism if they are willing to get the help they deserve. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol related problems, it’s time to get help now.
*Warning: If when you try to stop drinking, you find yourself experiencing withdrawal symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention immediately. Abruptly stopping alcohol, depending on years and amounts consumed, may cause serious injury or even death. You should never try to detox from alcohol on your own.