'Little help' for alcohol abusers

By Rightnow289 · Aug 8, 2009 · ·
  1. Rightnow289
    Almost a third of Scottish men and a quarter of women drink at potentially harmful levels but very few are getting help, a study has suggested.

    The figures said some 1,172,200 people in Scotland were drinking at hazardous or harmful levels, with 206,000 people alcohol-dependent.
    But only about 17,000 Scots accessed treatment for alcohol problems.
    The research was commissioned by the Scottish Association of Alcohol and Drug Action Teams (Saadat).
    Scotland has a 48% higher level of access to specialist alcohol treatment than in England, the report said.
    But none of the Scottish areas achieved even a "medium" level of access to treatment as measured by North American standards, although Greater Glasgow and Clyde came closest.
    The Saadat report added not everyone with an alcohol problem required treatment services, with some people managing to overcome alcohol dependence through "natural recovery".
    The study, collated in 2006-07, was published by the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, London.
    Saadat chairwoman Dr Maggie Watts said the association had long been concerned about the gap between need and service availability.
    "Local alcohol and drug partnerships will be able to use these findings to inform the development of services provided for people with alcohol problems and continue to work to reduce the harms associated with alcohol use", she said.
    "The additional investment made by the Scottish Government will support this."

    'Seek help'
    Jack Law, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, said: "It is worrying only one in 12 Scots with alcohol problems currently access specialist treatment services.
    "That means thousands of people whose drinking is affecting their lives, and the lives of their families, are not getting the help they need.
    "We need to encourage people to seek help in overcoming their drink problems at an early stage before their health is seriously damaged, as well as ensuring alcohol services have the capacity to provide effective, evidence-based treatment as quickly as possible."
    The Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomed Scottish Government proposals to bring in minimum pricing for alcohol, but expressed concern at the shortage of alcohol treatment services in Scotland.
    Dr Michael Farrell, chairman of the Royal College's addictions faculty, said: "Alcohol misuse has been a neglected issue throughout the United Kingdom for many years.
    "Since the 1970s there have been rising rates of alcohol-related harm, but little investment in services.
    'Cultural change'
    "Over the past two years, however, Scotland has shown the way within the United Kingdom and in Europe with innovative, evidence-based approaches to prevention and treatment."
    The Scottish Government welcomed the report, which it said showed access to alcohol treatment services were considerably better in Scotland than elsewhere in the UK, but admitted there was "clearly more work to be done" in order to achieve a "long-term cultural change".
    A spokesman said: "That is why we are investing a record £120m over the period 2008 to 2011 to both prevent alcohol related problems occurring and develop specialist treatment and support services.
    "This is an increase in funding of 230% on the previous three year period."
    Labour's Cathy Jamieson said the Scottish Government must do more to ensure that those who struggle with alcohol addiction can access treatment quickly.

    Source - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8186088.stm

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  1. missparkles
    Sparkles remembers when she was in rehab that there were very few women there. Apparently the reason for this is that when a woman admits she has a problem with an addiction, if she has kids she's considered the primary care giver, and her kids are then picked up on Social Services radar. When men admit they have an addiction problem the fact that they have kids is incidental, and only comes up if they have issues around parenting.
    There were at least 20 (perhaps 30) rehabs within a 20 mile radius of swims and only a few of them provided facilities for kids to stay for overnight visits, even less provided places for single mums to receive treatment.
    She knows there were specific rehabs for just mums with kids but they had very few places and extremely long waiting lists to gain a place.
    Swim knows how addiction can rip apart families, but when treatment is required and desired it's so important (for the kids if not the parent) to have as smooth a transition as the parent gets clean, to reduce the risk of damaging the children even further. The rehab swim was in catered for all substance abuse addictions, from alcohol and cannabis to crack and heroin.
    Swim was in treatment (first stage and second) for over a year and a half, but she remembers only half a dozen women being there with her, most stayed only a few weeks. She remembers two women with kids who only stayed a short time as the rehab, whilst accepting kids, didn't really cater for them, structure wise. Swim went through most of her treatment as the only female among 15-20 men. So this even impacted swims treatment, as having more women would have been far more supportive, giving her levels of support that were important. But the blokes were great, and as supportive as they could be.
    Swim has (quite recently) looked at the group of rehabs (Cranstoun) she went to, as it did provide child care facilities for overnight visits and places for single mums, but she couldn't find any info that even mentions it now. So swim would have to assume that there are less places now.
    Perhaps this is something that needs urgent attention.
  2. Nature Boy
    People abuse alcohol because they don't understand drugs in general due to the terrible habit of government holding everyone's hand. "It's legal so it's safe" is the mentality. How retarded can you be. Rat poison is also legal. To curb alcohol abuse, alternatives need to be offered. No politician around will ever admit that humans crave mind-altering experiences but this is the simple truth. Imagine if half the pubs in Scotland were closed and replaced with cannabis coffeeshops. Imagine if you could pick up a pound of weed in your local supermarket for the same price as a keg of beer. Suddenly, alcohol wouldn't seem so appealing anymore. Personally, I have no problems with alcohol as a drug. There are better and there are worse. It's just a great shame that it's put in this position where it gets labelled as the scourge of humanity. Thanks public policy makers.
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