Alcohol Awareness Month
Alcohol Awareness Month is highlighted each year in April. Started in 1987, by the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence to spread awareness and educate the public on issues related to alcohol.
It is important to note that alcohol issues not only affect an individual and one’s family but society as a whole. Over the past two years, during the height of COVID- 19, alcohol sales and consumption increased due to the stress of current events, anxiety concerning the future, job loss, and social isolation.
We look at the world today, and the use of alcohol is very much ingrained in society. Education, especially in our teens and young adults, is the first step in prevention. Having awareness and an understanding of what an alcohol issue is, helps eliminate the stigma surrounding it.
The Concho Valley is very lucky to have organizations such as the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of the Concho Valley addressing alcohol and substance use. They work to provide treatment facilities, outpatient care, and prevention and education.
We were able to talk with Ray Valadez from the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley about what Alcohol Awareness month means, trends in the Concho Valley, and the resources that ADACCV provides. If you would like to continue to learn more about substance use and prevention services, visit ADACCV’s website or reach out with the number below. Awareness and open conversations are the first steps to making an impact on our community.
Alcohol & Drug Council of the Concho Valley:
The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley (ADACCV) provides detox, residential and outpatient treatment for substance use disorders in males and females who are mostly indigent, at times homeless, and who cannot afford private-pay treatment facilities. Services provided include specialized female treatment services for pregnant women and women with children. Detox and residential treatment services are provided at the Journey Recovery Center. This facility opened in March 2020 and has 12 detox beds and 60 residential treatment beds. ADACCV provides services to clients from throughout the Concho Valley and also serves clients from across the state.
Stay Connected with Alcohol & Drug Council of the Concho Valley:
24-Hour Crisis Hotline 1-800-880-9641