How Has Functional Alcoholism Touched Your Life?

Alcoholism can cause many personal, professional and health problems for the addict. For many addicts, the addiction affects whole communities, families and other organizations. Many alcoholics believe that they can stop drinking when they choose to; in their eyes, the drinking habits do not damage either themselves or others around them. However, their addiction can devastate whole communities.

How Alcoholism Affects Others

Alcoholics often believe that they are in control of their addictions, and they continue that thought process until their addictions harm their own personal life in a legal way or with worsening health issues. Included in the following are some of the ways the addict’s actions and addiction affects more than her own life:

  • Communities/organizations often pay for the addict’s consequences by repairing accidents.
  • If an alcoholic is driving while intoxicated an accident is likely to occur. Drunk drivers can either seriously injure or kill another vehicle’s passengers.
  • Addiction affects the family as a whole. Each family member feels the impact of the addiction whether from money loss, loss of property due to stealing or the constant stress of the addict’s lifestyle.

Addicts will continue to spiral out of control until they can either see or experience firsthand the damage or impact of their addiction. Alcoholics will continue to drink in excessive amounts, drive while intoxicated and rely on their family until the hit rock bottom. Addiction can be scary for everyone, and we are here to help.

How Alcoholism Escalates Crime

Addiction can cost a community a tremendous amount of money. The money used to clean up after an addict can be taken from programs to help addicts maintain sobriety, children’s programs and drug prevention programs. By removing the donations to these programs, there can be an increase in drug related crime. Alcoholism escalates crime in the following ways:

  • Many alcoholics will steal from strangers, families, stores or whoever they can to make some money. This can help support the addict’s needs for alcohol.
  • Many addicts resort to illegal behaviors to help score another drink or to receive money to go and buy more alcohol.
  • Addicts spend all their money and drain their resources to maintain their addiction. This can cause them to lose homes and businesses.

Alcoholism impacts everyone from the drinker to his whole community. This can drain community resources, making them unable to maintain security and buildings. In return, cities’ crime rates escalate, which makes it dangerous for both the addicts and others living in the city.

Alcohol Abuse Treatment

If you or a loved one suffers from alcohol abuse, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our phone counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have about your addiction and treatment options. Take the first step towards sobriety and call us today.

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