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Alcohol Awareness Month: Actor Verne Troyer gets treatment for alcoholism

Posted on 04-19-2017 Posted in alcoholism - 0 Comments

Famous for his role as Mini-Me in two Austin Powers’ movies alongside Mike Myers, actor Verne Troyer has revealed that he is getting treated for alcoholism. Troyer, who has appeared in a number of TV shows including Celebrity Big Brother in the United Kingdom in 2009, has battled alcohol addiction in the past. Talking to his fans on social media, the 48-year-old actor assured them that he would do everything in his power to bounce back from his relapse. He also said that he felt optimistic about getting his life back on track.

Writing on his Facebook page, Troyer told his fans that he had struggled with alcohol addiction in the past. The actor confirmed that he was receiving treatment at a hospital after which he planned to join a rehab facility. For the recent alcohol stint, he received treatment in a San Fernando Valley hospital for nearly two weeks.

Troyer who had struggled with alcohol abuse for years almost died from alcohol poisoning in 2002 during the breakdown of his two-month marriage to Genevieve Gallen. The actor has been in rehab multiple times. On his Instagram account, Troyer told his fans that he had battled alcoholism in the past and that it had not always been easy. He also thanked them for their messages of support. The actor said that post his treatment at the hospital, he would soon voluntarily move to an alcohol rehab facility. One of his representatives confirmed his stay in a treatment center.

Alcoholism is a major public health issue across the world. The situation in the United States is no different. Easily available across the country, alcohol has a regular presence in the American society. In an effort to create awareness about alcohol addiction as a chronic disease, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has declared the month of April as the Alcohol Awareness Month (AAM). AAM is observed every year to raise public awareness about harmful effects of excessive alcohol consumption and to reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism.

Alcoholism is a reality in US

The NCADD says that alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the U.S., with 17.6 million Americans suffering from the effects of alcohol abuse. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol has become the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the country with about 88,000 people dying annually from alcohol-related causes. Also, more than 86 percent Americans aged 18 years or above reported drinking alcohol at some point in their lives in 2015.

While moderate alcohol consumption may have beneficial health effects, drinking too much can have devastating consequences on one’s life. Studies suggest those who drink excessively are at a greater risk of health hazards. Apart from depression, anxiety and eating disorders, they are vulnerable to high blood pressure, heart disease and liver damage, among other ailments.

Treatment for alcohol addiction depends on the severity of the illness. While some can cut back on their drinking post a counselor visit, others need a residential treatment at a rehab center. Alcoholism treatment at alcohol abuse treatment centers usually involves medically-assisted detoxification that is followed by counseling or therapy.

Recovery road map

A leading behavioral healthcare provider, Sovereign Health of Florida offers treatment for alcohol abuse. Alcohol addiction treatment at Sovereign Health consists of medical detox followed by therapy and counseling. While detox helps to flush out toxins from the body, therapy helps address the reasons behind alcohol abuse. In addition to traditional therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), we also provide alternative therapies including yoga, music and art therapy.

For more information about alcohol rehab or alcohol addiction treatment program offered at Sovereign Health, please contact our 24/7 helpline number 866-269-2493. You can also chat with our counselors who can guide you to the finest alcohol abuse treatment centers near you.

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