Millennials are sick of drinking? That’s the claim — verbatim, we might add — in an April 2019 article in The Atlantic. The proof they offer up includes interviews with individuals who’d reached their personal limit and no longer wanted to imbibe alcohol. “I was in this meeting feeling absolutely miserable, and I was like, you know, this is not what grown-ups do,” a 37-year-old Denver resident told the magazine.
The problem for those struggling with an alcohol addiction is that the “personal limit” simply might not exist. The individuals who’ve developed a dependency on drinks will continue to put their mental and physical health at risk due to their addiction. While there are certain thresholds used to define “binge” drinking, someone who is suffering may not be ready to hear such information. When they are at that point, however, addiction treatment centers designed to help people recover from their problems will be standing by with services that can help.
Millennials are an age group that runs the gamut: from 22 to 38 years old. This means that at the low end of the scale, there are people who’ve just recently reached the legal drinking age and then there are folks nearly 15 years older who are probably feeling the urge to move on. According to The Atlantic, “Public-health efforts have helped drive down adolescent drinking rates, and American beverage manufacturers are beginning to hedge their bets on alcohol’s future.”
While the magazine does offer up the fact that there’s no “great statistical evidence” – yet – to back up these claims, we can look at alcohol treatment centers for proof that people who once struggled with an alcohol addiction have indeed turned their lives around. Both inpatient and outpatient approaches can be used to help someone who is just setting off on their road to recovery. Initial meetings with the patient to better understand their goals, health and possible triggers can help point them toward a specific path. After entering an alcohol rehab center, patients will be able to meet with clinical professionals who’ll assist with ongoing treatment. In an outpatient setting, that treatment can include therapy sessions that can help bring underlying issues to the surface. In an inpatient or partial-hospitalization setting, immediate health concerns will likely be dealt with first as a long-term treatment plan takes shape.
The Atlantic does make one thing clear: the U.S. experiences approximately 90,000 deaths annually due to “alcohol-related causes.” The “it-can’t-happen-to-me” mindset can’t last forever and those who are ready to take the next step and improve their lives should find an alcohol rehab center that can help.