On, Thursday, April 9, Samaritan will participate in National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD), an educational program provided through the national nonprofit, Screening for Mental Health. The initiative raises awareness about alcohol use disorders and helps individuals with alcohol problems find opportunities for assessment and treatment.
Thousands of community-based organizations, colleges, and military installations provide the program to the public each year. To help direct members of the community to appropriate care, Samaritan provides online screenings. The screening is free and anonymous, and provides a comfortable and private way for individuals to assess their drinking habits. While the screening is not diagnostic, it will indicate existing symptoms and if further assessment by a clinician is advisable.
Alcohol abuse can often occur with other mental health issues and can exacerbate the symptoms of illnesses such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alcohol is often used to “medicate” these disorders cr generator online but, being a depressant itself, it can make the problem worse.
Drinking is a widely accepted part of our culture and it can be difficult for people to realize when alcohol is causing a problem in their lives. National Alcohol Screening Day is a chance for anyone to take a free and anonymous self-assessment in the privacy of their own home.