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Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers Support Alcohol Awareness Month in April

March 2016
Chicago, IL

Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers Support Alcohol Awareness this April and throughout the year.

Did you know 76 percent of U.S. adults drink alcohol and nearly 17 million have a serious problem with alcohol abuse? However, only 3 million of those who have a problem ever seek out any kind of help.

Effects of Alcohol Abuse

People drink alcohol for many reasons such as to cope with depression and stress, but the most common reason is for pleasurable sensation. No matter the reason, its effects on a person's brain, both short- and long-term, are profound.

Alcohol passes to the brain very quickly and can cause acute damage to living cells. Daily intake may impact the ability of adults to produce and retain new cells, reducing new brain cell production by nearly 40 percent. Studies also show that heavy consumption has been associated with brain damage.

Alcohol is neurotoxic, with direct effects on nerve cells. However, there is some evidence that continued abstinence from alcohol may bring some improvement in brain function. The brain is pretty resilient and is able to form new cells through neurogenesis which is stimulated by alcohol avoidance, exercise, good dietary habits and by simply using the brain. However once a long-time drinker becomes sober, it may be years before those changes reverse themselves, if at all.

Seeking Alcohol Abuse Treatment

As much as you may want someone with an alcohol addiction to get help, you can't force an individual to get help, begging or threatening won't work either. You can only encourage someone to consider alcoholism treatment as an option. Recovery will come, only if and when the substance abuser truly decides to seek a healthier lifestyle.

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers proudly supports Alcohol Awareness Month in April and throughout the year. To learn more about the effects of alcohol and alcohol abuse treatment view Gateway's Alcohol Awareness month video series at

About Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: to help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness, that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the country that specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, providing treatment for men, women, adolescents, and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders.

Gateway's Community Division has treatment centers located throughout Illinois, including Carbondale, Chicago, Lake County, Fox Valley, Springfield, and the St. Louis Metro East area. These centers offer residential and outpatient treatment services for adults, teens, and adolescents accessed through insurance, state funding, and self-pay.

Gateway's professional clinicians help thousands of individuals successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan that treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Learn more about insurance coverage, treatment options, or Gateway's confidential consultation at or call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

Reporters and Editors, for more information, please call Jason Stutz at 312-663-1130.