VANCOUVER, B.C., April 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With April being Alcohol Awareness Month, studies show 83% of Canadians who drink excessively received no advice or encouragement from family and friends to cut down their drinking. Women with drinking problems were much less likely than men to receive advice with only 11.7% of them encouraged to seek help.
Using alcohol is socially acceptable and often even encouraged, despite the very real risks of substance abuse and health issues. According to Statistics Canada, 5.8 million Canadians (19%) are classified as heavy drinkers with 1 in 20 addicted to alcohol.
“Hearing from friends or family that they might need help with alcohol is one of the main factors in people seeking treatment. And the sooner they get help, the sooner they can go on with their lives with a healthier relationship with alcohol,” says Dr. Diane Rothon, Medical Director for alcohol recovery program, Alavida Health.
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“The key to helping Canadians with alcohol use disorder lies in having open and honest conversations about alcohol, helping people identify they have a problem, and finding them the right type of help to treat their addiction,” Dr. Rothon says.
Once someone has identified that they need help, finding the right kind of treatment is the next step. There are plenty of options, from traditional 12-step programs like AA to more revolutionary treatments such as Alavida Health, a science-based treatment program that promotes controlled drinking therapy instead of abstinence and touts a 75% success rate.
Alavida Health is a science-based treatment program that combines non-addictive medication, behavioral therapy and technology to help people decrease or stop their consumption of alcohol. Alavida clients work with their doctor and therapist for typically four to six months and can access their doctors in person or virtually, making the access barrier-free. Available in North America since 2016, Alavida currently has offices in Canada and the USA. The treatment model has a success rate of over 75 percent, in line with a clinical study and 20 years of ongoing practice conducted in Finland. More information about Alavida and how treatment works can be found at www.alavida.co.
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