Written by Caroline Capriccio, Wellspring intern
Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (now Facing Addiction with NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of alcohol addiction, its causes, effective treatment, and recovery.
Established in 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month was developed to reduce the stigma associated with addiction. The goal is to encourage communities to reach out to the public and share information about alcoholism and recovery.
The 2019 theme, “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow,” is designed to draw attention to the pervasive impact that alcohol has on young people, their friends, families, and communities. This message highlights the reality that help is available and recovery is possible.
The month of April will be filled with local, state, and national events aimed at educating people about prevention and treatment of alcohol addiction. These events provide youth and their families a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives. In addition, during the first weekend of April, Facing Addiction with NCADD will extend an open invitation to all Americans to engage in three alcohol free days. This 72 hour experiment will help raise awareness about the use of alcohol and how it can affect individuals, families, businesses, and communities.
A new addition to Alcohol Awareness Month is the 2019 Social Media Kit. Facing Addiction with NCADD has provided suggested captions and pictures for people to post to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn all throughout the month of April. These posts contain facts and statistics that will help educate individuals about the dangers of alcohol. The 2019 Social Media Kit can be found on Facing Addiction with NCADD’s website or through this link: https://www.facingaddiction.org/wpcontent/uploads/2019/01/Alcohol_Awareness_Month_Social_Media_Kit.pdf
Facing Addiction with NCADD is often the first call people make when difficulties with alcoholism and drug dependence strike. It is estimated that one in every 12 adults, or 17.6 million people, suffer from alcohol use disorder or alcohol dependence. It is a chronic, progressive disease that is genetically predisposed and can be fatal if left untreated. However, individuals can and do recover-it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery from alcohol use.