The month of April each year is National Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and is recognized each April throughout America as an effort to bring public awareness and education surrounding alcoholism and the potential dangers of alcohol, as well as aid in ending the stigma surrounding alcoholism, alcohol addiction, and alcohol use disorder.

Alcohol addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed, and fatal if left untreated. By creating a platform for education and prevention, Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity for government organizations, public health organizations, community organizations, and treatment organizations to educate the public on alcohol, potential dangers of alcohol and alcoholism, warning signs, and treatment and support resources. Alcohol Awareness Month, originally created in 1987 to reach college-aged students that might be realizing problems with alcohol once reaching a college campus, offers an excellent platform to reach underage drinkers that may be in the early stages of an alcohol use disorder as well as individuals and families that may have been impacted by alcoholism for many years.

Alcohol Awareness Month is also a time that many organizations launch campaigns through traditional media and social media platforms to attention to potential dangers and warning signs if someone may be experiencing problems with alcohol, causes, signs, and effects of alcoholism, and potential help if anyone is in need of reaching out because they believe they have an issue with alcohol. This effort to educate and provide necessary resources helps further break down barriers of recovery and lessens the traditional stigma associated with alcoholism and alcohol addiction.

If you or someone you know needs help for addiction or co-occurring disorder issues, please give us a call. Maryland Addiction Recovery Center offers the most comprehensive dual diagnosis addiction treatment in the Mid-Atlantic area. If we aren’t the best fit for you or your loved one, we will take the necessary time to work with you to find a treatment center or provider that better fits your needs. Please give us a call at (410) 773-0500 or email our team at info@marylandaddictionrecovery.com. For more information on all of our drug addiction, alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorder services and recovery resources, please visit our web site at www.marylandaddictionrecovery.com.

Zach Snitzer is the Director of Business Development at Maryland Addiction Recovery Center and is responsible for the business development, marketing, branding, public relations, communications, and social media strategies of the organization.