Alcoholism and Addiction in our Communities: Part 3 Help Resources


Over the last couple of days we've shared the story of former Marine Trevor Stryker and the trials and tribulations he endured due to his alcoholism.

He is an example that addiction doesn't have to mean the end of the road.

"If life were as easy as stopping drinking or stopping using we wouldn't have a problem. Addiction is very complex and a lot of times takes a lot of resources to get people help," said Connie Holmes, executive director at the Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addiction.

Connie has been helping addicts and families of addicts seek out resources for sobriety.

"People just don't know what to do, and a lot of times they think they've tried everything they know how to try to get them to stop drinking or to get them to stop using and it's just not working," she said.

The surrounding communities have many options for treatment, as well as aftercare treatment, which is crucial since the first year of recovery is important.

Jolene Stalker with the St. Francis Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center said, "If they actually do what they're supposed to do in this next year that's recommended by our staff, their chances are pretty high that they can actually maintain their recovery and keep going without a relapse."

Support groups are also available for loved ones of an addict to better understand what the addict is going through. It's also a way to process their feeling and emotions.

"I've talked to many people who didn't choose this path. Yes, they started drinking or using early on but had no idea how easily addiction happens," said Holmes.

Support groups are also available for children.

It's estimated that one in four in a classroom are affected in some way by addiction.

"When those kids find out that they're not to blame is huge for them. And we just need to help everybody that's involved," Stalker said.

The program also addresses the disease in an effort to combat the cycle of addiction.

Holmes said, "If they know they have a family background a family history of addiction then maybe they would make some different choices along the way to help prevent it from happening to them."

Lindsay Stryker, a mother and wife of recovering alcoholic Trevor Stryker says they make it their goal to and break the cycle within their family.

"I guess I'd like to keep them sheltered and in a bubble but I know I can't so I just hope when the day comes and they have questions they can come to me and Trevor and not be scared," said Stryker.

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