According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse National Survey on Drug Use and Health, chronic alcohol use affects the lives of 50 percent of the population in the U.S. In noting some of the alcohol recovery statistics out there, there are nearly 22.5 million people in the U.S. who are in need of treatment or alternatives to alcohol treatment and sadly only 3.8 million people will actually get the help they need.
The NIDA also reports that approximately 41.4 percent of admissions to recovery treatment programs are for alcohol use. Of the people admitted to alcohol programs, 60 percent were while, 21 percent were African-American and 13.7 percent were of Hispanic origin. The age grouping of individuals who were admitted to alcohol recovery programs most often were 20 to 29 year olds.
Further, more than 500 million workdays are lost because of excessive alcohol use. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that recovery relapse rates were between 50 and 90 percent and sited that cravings were listed as the main culprit in the reason for relapse; however they also reported that the using the excuse of cravings is a hotly contested debate
SAMHSA also reported that women were less likely to relapse than men due largely to the fact that women more often attend group therapy and participate in the discussions. Approximately 20 percent of alcohol users admitted to binge drinking at least once. Three million individuals age 60 and over have excessive and chronic alcohol use. Each year nearly 25,000 individuals have alcohol related deaths.
Alcohol use destroys families, ends careers, results in financial ruin and can lead to debilitating health conditions and be fatal. If you are in need of alcohol recovery, there are many programs available to help you including residential and non residential, medical and non medical. However not all programs are created equal when it comes down to philosophies and methods.
Non residential programs are a self reporting program in which the individual attends therapy, meetings or treatment and can still maintain their daily routines such as their job, school and take care of their families. This method is especially helpful if you cannot take the time away from your life to attend a 28 day or longer residential program.
Residential programs allow the individual to escape the stress of everyday life and to go to a facility and take a time out to take care of their self. Residential programs usually consist of classes, group meetings, individual therapy or physical activity. There are both treatment and non-treatment residential programs and holistic residential programs.
Freedom Model Retreats is an alternative to all of these. The Freedom Model program is a six week, cognitive behavioral education program that uses self change and self assessment to teach guests to make decisions and choices that are more enhancing and productive to their life. Guests learn to develop enriching and positive behaviors and habits that add purpose and they are empowered. The Freedom Model program will help people realize they are not bond to their alcohol use and can move beyond these habits. The program is truly life-changing.