Addictions - Reach Out and Ask for Help
We cannot effectively treat an addiction alone. We need to reach out for help. There are more steps that can be taken after we contact someone for help. If you are looking for more information, try these resources. We pray for you and your loved one(s).
It's OK and actually a sign of wisdom to seek help for our emotional pain that comes from another's addiction. Here are some contact aids.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (hotline): 920-922-7512
- Gratitude Club (295 Ruggles St.): 920-921-0143
- Al-anon (for family members of someone with a drinking problem): use numbers above
- Co-dependents Anonymous: 1-888-444-2359
- Narcotics Anonymous (for drug addictions): 1-800-240-0276
- Nar-anon (for family members of someone with a drug problem): 1-800-477-6291
- Gamblers Anonymous (for compulsive gamblers: 1-800-426-2535
- Sex Addicts Anonymous (for persons with sexual compulsions and their family members): 1-800-477-8191
For information on how to talk to your teen about their drug/alcohol abuse go to http://timetoact.drugfree.org for more information and pamphlets that can help. You are not alone in this struggle. There is help!
Binge Drinking: What is it?
The National Institute of Health defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that
the blood alcohol content (BAC) to levels to 0.08 g/dl. This typically occurs after four (4)
drinks for women and five (5) for men in about a two (2) hour period.
Drinking this way can pose serious health and safety risks including vehicles crashes, drunk
driving arrests, sexual assault, and other injuries. Over the long term frequent binge drinking
can damage the liver and other organs.
Understanding binge drinking requires knowledge of what constitutes one (1) drink.
A standard drink measurements = One 12 oz. beer, one 5 oz of wine, and 1 oz of liquor= one standard drink.
Consider the size of wine glasses used today is often larger than 5oz for one drink. A “Long
Island Ice Tea” actually contains five (5) different ounces of alcohol. One Long Island Ice Tea
contains the 5 drinks which is defined as binge drinking. So when someone says “I only had one
drink” ask about the size of the drink glass!