Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a health disorder that affects people of all walks of life. People who experience heavy alcohol dependence and addiction often display symptoms such as increased quantity or frequency of use, drinking at inappropriate times such as in the morning or at work, and dependence on alcohol to function in everyday life. Alcohol addiction affects 14.4 million U.S. adults annually and has severe health and financial drawbacks.
Health complications associated with alcoholism:
Suppressed immune function
Increase risk of cancer
The causes of alcoholism vary among biological to environmental factors such as genetic features, brain chemical imbalances, environmental distresses, and psychological and social influences.
Support groups are safe spaces structured to allow participants to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies and information about symptoms and treatments. The discussions often are facilitated by an experienced leader or a medical professional.
Feeling isolated or lonely might be a vicious cycle that leads to worsening alcohol addiction. Support groups can allow us to make connections, providing a community one can turn to if there is a relapse.
Benefits of participating in support groups can include:
Reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and stigma associated with alcoholism
Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
Learning about health, economic or social resources
Benefits of online support groups can include:
Faster time to get help, skipping appointment wait time
More frequent or flexible participation
A cost effective way to see a licensed mental health professional
A degree of privacy or anonymity comparing to local community support groups
Opportunities for people in areas with no face-to-face support groups
You are not alone. Herd is ready to support you.