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Texans armed with new interactive tool to find substance use prevention groups
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People in Texas now have an interesting way to deal with their alcohol and drug addiction problems. The Texas Standing Tall (TST), a group formed to spread awareness about substance use problems, recently launched an interactive map that would help people find a better way of accessing alcohol and drug use prevention coalition groups across the state.

The ingenious concept of developing an interactive tool stemmed from the idea of utilizing the amount received as a traffic safety grant to make communities safer and healthier against rising drug and alcohol dependence habits. Elucidating the same, TST Chief Executive Officer Nicole Holt said, “Texas is leading the way in helping coalitions explore and collaborate on the work their colleagues are doing across the state. Our goal is to help communities and coalitions leverage scarce resources for addressing problems in their communities that stem from underage alcohol and other substance abuse.”

The tool includes details about nearly 50 coalitions across Texas, allowing users increased ability to search help groups based on categories such as community size and the nature of substance abused. The groups listed in Austin included Crossroads Coalition, LifeSteps Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention Program.

According to a report titled “Drug Facts among Texas Youth 2016” published online by the Texas Department of State Health Services, alcohol is the most preferred and the most widely abused substance among the Texas youth. It highlighted that the use of illegal drugs had remained constant in Texas between 2014 and 2016. Students of Texas showed more inclination to use marijuana, while non-medicinal use of prescription medications, especially Xanax and Valium, went up from 2014 to 2016.

Texas is the foremost among all American states in number of drunk driving crashes, with nearly a third of them involving people aged 25 years and younger. Getting enrolled in coalition groups help in bringing down the number of car crashes involving drunk drivers.

Seeking treatment for alcoholism

Drinking problems are not new in America. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), in 2015, approximately 27 percent of American adults reported to have been binge drinking during the previous month, while 7 percent engaged in heavy alcohol use. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reveals that more than 15 million American adults aged 18 years and above had exhibited symptoms of alcohol use disorder (AUD). The numbers includes approximately 10 million men and 5.3 million women. In addition, nearly 37,000 adolescents had been under treatment to seek relief from their alcohol problems in 2015 alone.

The rising number of individuals with alcoholism can be curtailed by raising awareness among people and educating them about the disastrous effects of excessive drinking. There is an imperative need to reach out to more and more individuals with updated details available about alcohol abuse and pervasiveness of AUD across all age groups and encourage them to seek timely treatment in case of dependence.

It takes a lot of courage and determination to say “no” to alcohol. The problem with most people suffering from alcoholism is that they do not realize they are hooked on the effects of alcohol and hence need treatment. Saying “yes” to treatment aimed at recovery is the first step against the alcohol abuse. Sovereign Health of Texas understands the plight of someone suffering from addiction to any kind of harmful substances, including alcohol. Experts at our alcohol rehab centers provide evidence-based treatment to patients in accordance with their needs. You may contact our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives to learn more about our alcohol treatment centers in Texas.

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