Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol-related problems—which result from drinking too much, too fast, or too often—are among the most significant public health issues in the United States.
Many people struggle with controlling their drinking at some time in their lives. More than 14 million adults ages 18 and older have alcohol use disorder (AUD), and 1 in 10 children live in a home with a parent who has a drinking problem.
Does Treatment Work?
The good news is that no matter how severe the problem may seem, most people with AUD can benefit from some form of treatment.
Research shows that about one-third of people who are treated for alcohol problems have no further symptoms 1 year later. Many others substantially reduce their drinking and report fewer alcohol-related problems.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step programs provide peer support for people quitting or cutting back on their drinking. Combined with treatment led by health professionals, mutual-support groups can offer a valuable added layer of support.
The following testimonials, recorded by Voices of Oklahoma, are meant to encourage you to seek help and to realize you are not alone. These testimonials are following this guideline:
What was it like? What happened? What is it like now?
Listen to these Oklahomans tell their personal stories.
Annie recounts her journey from early signs of alcoholism to decades of struggle, then finding recovery through AA, embracing spirituality, and advocating for sobriety, sharing her transformation from despair to purpose.Recovering Alcoholic
David came from a religious background and shares how he overcame his struggles, found hope through AA, rebuilt his life, and now helps others in recovery.Recovering Alcoholic
Barbara shares how she overcame her addiction, trauma, and tragedy to find sobriety, faith, and purpose, ultimately helping others in recovery.Recovering Alcoholic
Mike shares how he overcame denial, joined Alcoholics Anonymous, and found peace after battling AUD, proving recovery is possible.Recovering Alcoholic
Carissa's journey involved family challenges, perfectionism, and pain. Overcoming with love and AA, she now embraces a sober life, making amends, and striving for brighter days.Recovering Alcoholic
Anne shares her journey from normalcy to alcoholism, trying to control her drinking, failed attempts at sobriety, and finally finding recovery through AA. With the help of her spiritual awakening, supportive friends, and a resilient mindset, she navigates life's challenges, ultimately discovering lasting sobriety and gratitude.Recovering Alcoholic
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