Educational Program: Breaking the Myths of Alcohol Addition

On Sunday, October 23, from 6:30-8:00pm, the Saint John Neumann parish is offering “Breaking the Myths of Alcohol Addiction”, a valuable educational program for young and old. Addiction experts from Caron Treatment Center have been invited to help us explore the myths, to help us become more aware of our own behaviors and risk factors, and to become better educated to many important aspects of this disease the CDC lists as the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

In the past decade, a tremendous amount has been learned regarding the disease of addiction. Yes, “disease” as defined by the American Medical Association. A disease is not a moral failing. Addiction is a condition with many different contributing factors and it is a treatable condition. However to encourage the addict to self-identify and reach out for treatment, we need to remove the aspects of shame and judgement around it. (And no, this is not a “get out of jail free” card). For example, are you aware of the biologic component to addiction, and that there is an alcoholic gene passed down through families generationally? Do you know that there is a predictable, progressive insidious nature with this disease called “tolerance” that leads to ever increasing consumption of alcohol in order to achieve the same results? Do you believe that there is a cure for addiction? Alcohol the “frenemy” needs to be well understood by both teens and adults because the lethal consequences are so high on one side of that veil, that it has the potential to completely destroy the addict and the entire family.

Whether you suspect alcohol may be a problem for you or a loved one, or you want to be of support to someone else, please join us for this important evening. All adults, especially parents of college, high school, or middle school kids and all teens are strongly urged to attend. For further information contact Susan Infeld, Parish Nurse at sinfeld@saintjn.org or Doug Johnson, Youth Minister at djohnson@saintjn.org.