The Facts Should Be Sobering
- 13% of U.S. adults will be dependent on alcohol at some point in their life
- 25-40% of all patients in U.S. general hospital beds (excluding maternity and intensive care) are bring treated for complications from alcohol abuse.
- Each year, untreated alcohol addiction causes more than 100,000 deaths and millions of years of potential life lost
- Alcohol abuse presents as, or is a contributing factor to many disease states including: anxiety, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, chronic depression, cirrhosis, diabetes, dyspepsia, gall bladder disease, gastritis, gastrointestinal disorders, hypertension, hypoglycemia, insomnia, liver disease, pancreatitis, several cancers, and stroke.
- Primary Care Physicians, General Practitioners and Internists participate in an average of 2 days of continuing education in alcohol addiction over the course of their careers.
- Success rates of traditional institutional alcohol rehab programs average between 5-14%
The Stigma Factor
Even though questions regarding alcohol use and abuse are near the top of every physician’s patient history and intake form, surveys indicate that patients that suffer from alcohol addiction are almost never forthcoming regarding their actual use of alcohol. Societal stigmas and the long standing causation debate of “disease versus choice” make alcohol addiction a silent and deadly killer. Ask yourself the question: What about the process of addiction treatment is appealing to your patients? The answer until now is simple: Nothing. The prospect of entering into an insitutional drug and alchohol rehab program to be treated for alcoholism is intimidating to most people.
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