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Let’s face it. We all know how difficult it is to overcome alcohol and/or drug abuse and stay on the wagon for the rest of your life. Even if it’s not an issue for you directly, most of us are familiar with at least one family member, friend, employee or acquaintance struggling with addiction. People tend to abuse these substances to deal with life situations that cause them stress or anxiety. When these feelings rear the ugly heads in daily life, it can be quite tempting to try to escape by having just “one” drink, especially if your body is already predisposed to crave this fulfillment.

This lack of control due to addiction touches all races, religions, ages and social statuses. This past weekend news came out that Ozzy Osbourne, a high profile celebrity and rock star is again facing this dark place. According to MTV news, Ozzy wrote “For the last year and half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an a*hole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.” Ozzy was forced to make this public statement when paparazzi realized that he and his wife Sharon were actually living separately and started to post misinformation about a pending divorce.

Recent research from the Indiana University School of Medicine shows that just the taste of a drink containing alcohol releases dopamine in the brain. Participants tasted Gatorade and Beer. Even though most liked the taste of Gatorade better, more of them had an increased craving for beer after tasting it. This research reinforces how important it is to completely abstain from alcohol once an individual is on the wagon like Ozzy.

Sobriety takes a great deal of support from those around you. Many people find that group meetings such as AA, one-on-therapy and/or alcohol education classes are also necessary. For those that don’t like the idea of going into a group environment to talk about their problems, or are high profile celebrities and can’t find any sort of anonymity in public, online alcohol and drug awareness classes are the way to go.

Online classes provide clients with complete privacy, as no one else needs to know you are taking the course (unless it’s for court requirements). Classes are designed to be simple to use so you don’t need much computer experience. Participants just enroll in the 8, 10, 12, 16, 20 or 24-hour alcohol awareness class and it immediately becomes available on the computer screen in front of them. Classes can be taken wherever Internet service is provided, so it’s easy to continue with them while traveling if necessary. Furthermore, online alcohol awareness classes are available to access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Previous clients have commented that this is a huge support in trying to stay sober because if they are craving a drink late a night, they can redirect the behavior by logging into the class. The facts and reality of alcohol and drug abuse as discussed in the program is enough to keep them from following through on pouring the alcoholic beverage.

Online alcohol awareness classes provide privacy and support during difficult times.