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April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month – an opportunity to raise awareness of alcohol abuse, prevent underage drinking, and encourage all people to make healthy, safe choices. As such, The Salvation Army is praying for the full recovery of those who suffer from alcohol dependency: please join us!

Founding this month of awareness, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has provided a plethora of statistics and helpful links about the nation’s third leading lifestyle cause of death.

Excessive alcoholism accounts for approximately 79,000 deaths each year with one in 12 adults suffering from abuse or dependence. Unaccounted for are the millions of family members and children of the addicted family member suffering with physical and emotional abuse as well as financial burdens.

Adult dependency surveys reveal that almost half of people treated for alcohol dependency were in high school when they used alcohol for the first time. This is not surprising considering a reported 10 million American youths drink alcohol habitually, making it the #1 drug problem for young people.

So what do can we do to prevent youth from drinking? Research shows that kids who hear from their parents about the risks of alcohol, are up to 50% less likely to drink. For a list of statistics and helpful pointers for educating children, click here.

In support of this month, we hope you’ll help us pass on the word about The Salvation Army’s intensive Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC). In St. Louis, we also offer Harbor Light, a facility that helps homeless alcohol men turn their lives around with a shorter duration treatment program.

The Salvation Army views alcohol and other substance dependence as a condition of both the heart and the mind, and that you can’t have full healing of the body without spiritual recovery. So for over 100 years, The Salvation Army has been helping adults burdened by the physical and spiritual afflictions of alcoholism through treatment programs involving counseling, good food, work therapy, life skills classes, leisure time, group bonding, and spiritual direction.

Each year, approximately 350,000 individuals are successfully treated through these centers nationwide!

If you know of someone who would benefit from treatment at these centers, please contact us by visiting www.satruck.org.

Want to take part in recognizing the 26th Alcohol Awareness Month? Local, state and national level partners with the NCADD will host a variety of activities to educate people about treatment and prevention of alcoholism. Click here to learn more.

Feeling the Pain: One addict learns to experience life, good and bad

By: Danni Eickenhorst, MidlandDivision, Content Specialist

Phil George turned 18 in the Illinois Juvenile Correction System. He entered adulthood battling mental illness, addiction and ghosts from his early days. At 16, he was kicked out of his childhood home. Suffering from parental rejection and abuse, he turned to borderline behaviors and had been jailed for burning down a house in an insurance scheme.

Phil works to fill food orders at the Alton Salvation Army food pantry.

Upon exiting the system, George found himself homeless and turned to using drugs. He entered into The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light facility in downtown St. Louis, where he stayed nearly four months. “I wasn’t ready to get help yet, but they showed me a lot of love,” he recalls.

Each time he would get sober, tragedy would strike, sending him into a tailspin that would jeopardize his sobriety. He suffered the loss of a best friend, and two girlfriends, and became haunted by the losses.  “Old Phil would show up. I would relapse, try to commit suicide, stop going to meetings and volunteering,” he said.

Today, Phil is sober and has been for almost five years. “I stay clean for my grandmother,” he says, choking up, “I stole from her when I was in my addiction, and I feel that staying clean is the only way I can make it up to her, now that she has passed away.” Phil attends 12-step meetings several times weekly and finds comfort in daily routines, such as volunteering three to four days each week at The Salvation Army’s food pantry inAlton. “Here I am surrounded by positive people. It’s been good for me. I have a support system,” says George, “I have learned to feel the pain, both good and bad, and to get through it, and having that support has made all the difference.”

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