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Trillium promotes Alcohol Awareness Month in April

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) have designated April as Alcohol Awareness Month. During this month, Trillium Health Resources joins these organizations to promote awareness of the signs for alcohol use disorder (AUD).

AUD is one of the most significant public health issues in the United States.  According to the NIAAA, an estimated 16.6 million Americans have AUD and the NCADD found that last year only about 8% of that number sought treatment. Alcohol Awareness Month provides an important platform to share resources,  educate our communities and reduce the shame associated with AUD.

Signs that someone may have AUD include:

– Problems drinking more than intended

– Preoccupation with alcohol

– Continued use of alcohol even when it causes problems

– Consumption of a larger amount of drinks in order to achieve a previous effect

– Withdrawal symptoms from a rapid decrease in or abstinence from drinking

– Reduction in social and work activities and loss of interest in hobbies

– Failure to fulfill major obligations at work, school, or home due to repeated alcohol use

– Unsuccessful attempts at cutting back drinking even when trying

If you or someone you love is exhibiting one or more of these symptoms, it is important to seek help. On Thursday, April 5, Trillium will support National Alcohol Screening Day to highlight their Access Point program. Access Point provides anonymous, evidence-based, self-conducted screenings for a number of mental health issues including AUD. Members of the community can access these screenings through strategically-placed community kiosks or through Trillium’s online portal, which is available 24-hours daily. Additionally, Trillium works with many providers who specialize in assistance with all substance use disorders. Anyone can visit the website to view their provider directory or call the 24-hour Access to Care Line at 1-877-685-2415 in order to get more information on how to get help.