Interesting new research conducted by the US National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that more than 92% of adults aged 21 to 64 in the U.S. with diagnosable alcohol problems do not see a need for treatment.
Family members or patients themselves know all too well the challenges of admitting or accepting that there is a problem and it’s time to get help. As a result, such statements are often heard more than once:
“I don’t need help, I can stop anytime I want to.”
“It’s not that bad, I don’t drink everyday and I have a job.”
“My husband will never admit he has a problem or seek help.”
“If you had a job like mine, you’d drink too!”
In the NSDUH survey, the following question was asked among many others: “During the past 12 months, did you need treatment or counseling for your use of alcohol?”
Survey results for Alcohol Abuse: NO: 98.8% YES: 1.2%
Survey results for Alcohol Dependence: NO: 92.2% YES: 7.8%
Since alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease, getting help NOW and not waiting is important. Like other chronic illnesses the sooner you seek help, the better the chances for recovery!
Regrettably individuals and family members either do not seek help or receive help from many who are not “specifically trained” and “successfully experienced” in treating this problem.