Alcoholism was classified as a disease by the American Medical Association in 1956. There are people who die from alcoholism every day and medical professionals who specialize in treating those afflicted. Yet, many people still find labeling addiction as a “disease” a difficult concept.
The stigma and misunderstandings around this disease continues to keep people from getting the help they need. It is for this reason that Elizabeth feels strongly about speaking out and raising awareness.
Addiction has a tendency to run in families. It runs in Elizabeth family. She has lost several relatives and loved ones in this way. Elizabeth was given a great gift at a young age – the gift of sobriety and recovery and for this reason she is committed to reaching out to others.
It’s Elizabeth’s goal to let people know that first; they are not alone and second; it is not hopeless. People can, and do, recover every day. “We go on to find amazing, meaningful lives worth living.”
There is hope and there is help.