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Alcohol Addiction Treatment
When an individual suffering from drug addiction and/or alcoholism reaches out for help, it is critical that help be readily available. Time is often a luxury – and the window that exists to get someone the treatment that they require is often small. All too often, throughout this country, this situation plays out and the individual, or the families that are involved, sadly discover that help is too expensive and/or insurance is unwilling to provide coverage.
Most of you know what alcohol looks like, how it is packaged, and how it makes you feel. Perhaps something you didn't know is that alcohol is a drug. Its scientific name is ethyl alcohol and it is classified as a depressant, the same drug class as a barbiturate or tranquilizer. Alcohol is unique because it is legal for adults to buy and drink and is widely accepted in our culture. In fact, alcohol is the most popular drug among youth and adults in our country.