Why Americans find effective and affordable rehab for alcohol abuse and addiction at The Cabin Chiang Mai
In the USA – home of tailgate parties, beer pong, and $2.00 pitcher nights – drinking is perceived as a normal part of American life. There are liquor shops and bars on every other street corner advertising sales and promotions – ensuring that any person, rich or poor, can afford to get drunk tonight.
However, in the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it was found that 77% of Americans actually abstain from or drink very little alcohol. What does that mean? It means that only 23% of the entire U.S. population is responsible for drinking 45% of the alcohol consumed in the U.S. It means that this small percentage of people drink many alcoholic beverages at one time – also known as binge drinking – which can have very harmful effects on the body, including but not limited to brain function deterioration and liver disease. But unfortunately, alcohol abuse does not affect only the user.
In 2010, 10,228 people died in alcohol-related car crashes across the U.S. That’s 31% of all deaths by traffic accidents that year. Of the 10,228 deaths, 211 were children under the age of 14, the majority of which were riding in the same car as the driver under the influence. On average, 27 people die each day in the U.S. due to drunk-driving accidents alone.
If that isn’t bad enough, another 34,833 people in the U.S. die every year from alcohol-related health issues such as liver disease, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol psychosis and more. While under the influence of alcohol, rates of homicide, domestic violence, suicide and other violent crimes escalate. In total, alcohol-related deaths account for approximately 75,000 deaths per year – or 205 deaths per day –and cost the US government approximately $185 billion per year including health care, police enforcement, incarceration and productivity loss.
And while these statistics are startling, the younger generation is still partaking in alcohol consumption at an alarming rate. In a study done by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), they found that 25.1% of eighth graders have been drunk before, and 15.1% had partaken in 1 or more binge drinking occasions. The scariest part about that, is that the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) states that those who consumed alcohol before the age of 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or addiction than those who began drinking after the age of 21.
Regardless, however, of when a person starts drinking, it is important to realize that alcohol dependence can affect anyone, at any age, when regular alcohol consumption becomes abusive. What starts out as a couple of drinks here and there can turn into a regular habit with dire consequences and for those people – finding treatment as early as possible is important for successful recovery from dependence.
The US does have many treatment centres, both out-patient and in-patient. Out-patient centres don’t work for a lot people, however, and in-patient treatment centres in the U.S. can be much too expensive for most – which is why many Americans are choosing to get treatment at The Cabin Chiang Mai.
Why The Cabin is the right choice for Americans
The Cabin is situated in the serene forested foothills just outside the beautiful city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Clients have the opportunity to get away from their daily lives and abusive tendencies, and relax in tropical gardens while receiving world-class addiction treatment. At a third of the cost of many in-patient centres in the U.S., The Cabin offers Western-trained and accredited counsellors and a completion rate of 97%.
Clients also have the opportunity to do some sight-seeing around Chiang Mai – one of the most travelled destinations in the world – including elephant trekking , zip-lining and Thai cooking classes. It’s no wonder more Americans are choosing treatment at The Cabin.
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