What is the Alcohol-free Weekend Challenge?


Addiction comes in many different forms and can affect anyone from a neighbor, a coworker or even a family member.  

“Ninety-eight percent of the people that come in my buildings are moms, dads, brothers, sisters, hardworking men and women that just have a problem fixing it on their own,” said Jennifer Rush, a therapist at Townsend Treatment Center in Baton Rouge. 

Rush said, here in Louisiana, the culture can play a role in some unhealthy habits.

“If you go over to someone’s house, and they’re cooking, they’re going to offer you a drink as well. That’s a wonderful culture, but then people forget about sometimes having that one beer a couple of times a week is okay, but then having that one beer every single day or night, in order to calm down, in order to go to sleep, or in order just to be able to feel normal, that’s the problem,” explained Rush.  

That is why this weekend, the Nation Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is encouraging everyone to take part in the Alcohol-Free Weekend Challenge. 

“If you can’t go three days without drinking alcohol or using a substance, you’re going to know really quick. You’re going to start to feel the physical withdrawals. The whole weekend is helping people be more aware of how serious alcohol and drug problems are,” said Rush. 

Rush continued to say it is also a way to break the stigma surrounding alcoholism and get those struggling with addiction the help they need. 

“Everybody,  from teachers to bank workers, to higher positions… Last time I checked, addiction did not care about ethnicity, work, how much money you make, what you cared about, and that is what people need to realize,” concluded Rush. 

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