Georgia’s Alcohol Issues
Alcohol is the most common intoxicant in the country. Sometimes, it is difficult to tell from its ubiquity how destructive its effects on the country are. In 2012, almost 1 in 4 people admitted to engaging in binge drinking within the past month. As many as 17 million Americans suffer from some kind of disorder related to alcohol use.
These alarming numbers are no different at the state level. Despite having some success in reducing alcohol related traffic accidents, the numbers reported in Georgia are higher than in surrounding states, costing Georgia taxpayers an estimated $1.47 billion in a single year. In 2012, 32,355 people were arrested for a DUI in the state, even though the penalties are some of the toughest in the country.
What’s more, public health officials have called underage drinking a “serious problem” in Georgia. An average of 150 youths in the Georgia area die every year from alcohol related causes. To help reverse this trend, one public health board has even started running PSAs in theaters encouraging Georgia youth to take this problem more seriously. Time will tell what effect it has.
Alcohol Treatment Centers Throughout Georgia
The decision to get sober begins with the patient, but the path to sobriety is far easier to travel with professional support. Treatment for alcohol addiction is available throughout the state of Georgia in a number of diverse settings.
Women in the Savannah, Georgia, area can find assistance for alcoholism, substance abuse, and mental health issues at Recover Place, Inc. Since 1984, they have helped more than 25,000 women detoxify their bodies, heal their minds, and find strategies for living the rest of their lives sober. The facility offers a variety of treatment options ranging from individual therapy, to group therapy, to 12 step programs.
A wide variety of counseling services, including comprehensive treatment for alcoholism, are available at Warnecke Professional Counseling in Marietta, Georgia. Patients of Warnecke participate in the Georgia DUI Intervention Program that is required of all DUI offenders to have their license reinstated. Services for specialized populations like adolescents and pregnant/postpartum women are also provided.
Covenant Community in Atlanta offers what they call “Life-Stabilization Services” to homeless men who suffer from a drug or alcohol addiction. Typical treatment includes a residential detox program followed by a comprehensive counseling course that can last upwards of six months. The residential facility can support 14 men at a time.
Contact us today to learn more about facilities and treatment options for alcohol dependence available in the state of Georgia.