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Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is the third largest city in the state with a total population of 124,775 according to the 2010 United States Census, it is also the seventh largest city in New England. The city is located on the Connecticut River. The city has a great economic and cultural impact on its surrounding cities. Hartford’s economy has long been fueled by the insurance industry, earning the city the nickname the “Insurance Capital of the World”. Along with Springfield, Hartford is nicknamed the Knowledge Corridor because between the two cities there are 32 universities and colleges, with approximately 160,000 students. Hartford is a “rich city” with a strongly growing economy.
The large number of University in Hartford are putting the city on the map for alcohol abuse
Alcohol abuse is not just a problem for University students but for all young adult and teenagers throughout the Connecticut area. According to the Annual Averages Based on 2002 and 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in Connecticut it was estimated that the total number of individuals with an alcohol addiction or alcohol abuse problem over a one year period was 197,000. An estimated 16,000 of the197,000 individuals were between the ages of 12-17 years old and 61,000 of the individuals were between the ages of 18-25 years old. The total number of binge alcohol users over a one month period was 659,000, of which 33,000 were between the ages of 12-17 years old and 156,000 were between the ages of 18-25 years old. These statistics are jaw dropping, the mothers and fathers of these young adults and teenagers never thought that their child would be suffering from an alcohol abuse or addiction problem when they left for school or even doing this under their own roof.
What is alcohol abuse?
Alcohol abuse is the chronic use of alcoholic beverages regardless to the negative consequences. Binge drinking is the most common form of alcohol abuse. Binge Drinking is having four or more alcoholic drinks in one night. Those who abuse alcohol are still in control of the substance, they can quit at any time but choose not to. Some who regularly abuse alcohol may have trouble with interpersonal relationships, problems at work or school, and legal problems. Their bodies do begin to develop a tolerance, requiring them to drink more alcohol to receive the same desired effects. If they are not careful they might develop an dependency and addiction to alcohol, alcoholism.
What is alcoholism?
Alcoholism is classified as a treatable disease, it is an addiction to or dependency on drinking large amounts of alcoholic beverages. The alcoholic is compulsive and unable to control their “need” to consume alcohol. They will ignore the consequences of their drinking, such as deteriorating health, problems with personal relationships, legal problems and financial problems due to loss of employment. Long term alcohol abuse produces physiological changes in the brain. Their bodies develop a tolerance and physical dependence. The alcoholic’s brain chemistry changes add to the compulsive inability to stop drinking. The may experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking alcohol.
Its time to quit…
The first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. If you are ready contact a rehab program in Hartford, Connecticut today. You will be assessed to determine which course of treatment will best help you. Then you will go through the detoxification process to cleanse your body of any toxins and chemicals. During this process you will be offered non-addictive prescription medications to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal, making you more comfortable and relaxed. You will then go into individual and group therapy to help you get to the root cause of your addiction as well as teaching you the key tools to remain sober after leaving the program. You will be strongly encouraged to join a support group such as “AA” to maintain the proper support to continue on the road to recovery. Contact a Hartford, Connecticut rehab program today to begin your journey to sobriety.