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National Alcohol Screening Day: Get motivation from Leslie Jamison’s ‘recovery memoirs’
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American novelist, essayist and former columnist for The New York Times Book Review Leslie Jamison was a shy and quiet kid who grew up feeling ignored. The word “quiet” shadowed her every move. But she soon realized the two things that released her from shyness and gave her an identity that was not “entirely censored” or “gripped” by that feeling were drinking and running.

If running left her physically exhausted to think about her own limitations, drinking allowed her to be free from the crippling sense of who she was and left her at ease. When compared, running was difficult while drinking was easy but in their shared capacity both the activities became perfect solutions for her shyness. The desire to acquire a sense of release from herself kept growing. It all seemed wonderful initially but her drinking habit soon developed into an addiction. Jamison spent her nights kneeling in toilets and mornings trying to remember what happened. By the time she stopped drinking at the age of 27, she no longer derived a sense of freedom.

In an effort to raise awareness about the harmful effects of alcohol dependence and connect those at risk with health care services, the National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) is observed every year on Thursday of the first full week of April. The initiative was launched in 1999 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to educate people about the needs of those battling alcohol addiction and facilitate anonymous screenings for further evaluation and treatment.

Recovery memoir bridges gap

Post her stint with alcohol, the writer soon entered recovery that paved the way for her to author a book. It gave the readers a glimpse into the world of addiction and what happens afterward. Jamison wanted to write a story that could open the windows to the world of sobriety, its difficulties and the unexpected and surprising turns that life offered, a story that would be larger than her own life. The end result was “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath,” a book that turned out to be a reckoning for her. The book is a compilation of the writer’s own story, stories of famous writers who battled addiction, stories of ordinary people living in sobriety, history of addiction in America, and how gender, race and class have shaped the way people look at addiction.

According to Jamison, she always wanted to write a book that joined the ranks of “recovery memoirs” while “interrogating that tradition” by looking at what those stories could offer to their readers and if it was possible to have an “impossible kind of closure.” As per her, the book is not only meant for people whose lives have been touched by addiction but for all those who have ever felt crippled by desire.

Holistic care for alcohol addiction

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a common problem not just in the United States but the world over. What begins as a casual experience of fun and mirth with a drink or two soon turns into a habit and a coping mechanism to escape life stressors. It is important to be mindful of one’s drinking habits before it becomes too late for others to help.

Sovereign Health is a leading substance abuse treatment service provider in the U.S. offering personalized care for addiction to individuals who are ready to change their lives. Our world-class treatment facilities spread across the country treat patients in a compassionate and trigger-free environment. Our team of experienced clinicians and other supportive staff provide the necessary life skills to rebuild lives post treatment in addition to the traditional recovery programs. Depending on an individual’s medical history and symptoms of the illness, alcohol abuse treatment might begin with detox followed by medication and experiential therapies.

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