Can We Do More to Tackle Addiction?

Moderate drinking is socially acceptable, but the problem for some is that moderate drinking soon becomes habitual drinking, which can then lead to excessive drinking. Many individuals who have begun by drinking one glass of wine with their dinner after a long day at work have found that one glass is no longer enough, so they will have another. And when two glasses are not enough, they are soon drinking a bottle of wine a night. This is often how alcohol addiction begins.

Alcohol is a stimulant and, as with other stimulants, the body will become tolerant to it after a while, meaning that more is required in order to feel the same buzz. What began as a pleasurable experience can often turn into an addiction. Long-term excessive alcohol consumption can be very dangerous as it can lead to a host of mental and physical problems and, in some cases, death.

Is Enough Being Done to Tackle Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a continuing problem in the UK, and it is placing a huge burden on the taxpayer. As well as the cost of treatment for alcohol-related injuries and illnesses, the taxpayer is also funding the cost of police time required to deal with alcohol-related incidences. In addition, there are court cases that need to be paid for, and sick days, which affect the economy.

A report by Stoke-on-Trent City Council has highlighted the fact that more help is required for the city’s alcoholics. There are almost 9,500 people in the city addicted to alcohol, which is higher than the national average. Local authorities know that more needs to be done to tackle the problem and are working with the NHS to bring that figure down by focusing on long-term care and improving current services.

New Contracts

The council is redesigning drug and alcohol services in Stoke-on-Trent and contracts worth an estimated £17.8 million are up for grabs. The idea is that these contracts will be awarded to organisations that focus on addiction recovery rather than addiction maintenance.

A £600,000 contract has been awarded to The Recovery House centre, at which up to ten addicts can take advantage of residential care in a bid to stay free from drugs and alcohol. The facility will be available to recovering addicts who have completed their treatment.

The alcohol liaison team at the Royal Stoke University Hospital are also improving their services by opening every day in order to provide help to more people.

Importance of Long Term Support for Recovering Addicts

Former alcoholic Paul Birks has spoken of the importance of long-term support for addicts, having struggled for twenty-five years with addiction. Paul says of his addiction, “Alcoholism is a disease that destroyed me. I needed it every day.”

After reaching rock bottom, Paul decided to get help and, after completing a programme of detoxification, he stayed in a recovery house similar to the one set to open in Stoke-on-Trent. Paul says the programme changed his life and admitted that without it, he would have relapsed.

Help is Available

It would seem as though some council chiefs are doing more to tackle the growing problem of addiction in their areas. Addiction is now widely recognised as an illness that requires treatment; thankfully, the public are also becoming more understanding of the struggles facing addicts on a daily basis.

If you are suffering from an addiction, Addiction Helper can provide information and advice on how to get help. We work with charities, local support groups, the NHS, and private clinics all over the UK, from which treatments are available for all types of addiction. For more information on how we can help, please contact our advisors today.

Source: The Stoke Sentinel 

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