Inside East Texas: “Drug and Alcohol Addiction and Recovery”


Alcohol contributes to 100,000 deaths annually, making it the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. More than seven percent of the population ages 18 years and older have problems with drinking, including 1.8 million people who are alcoholic.

Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for most teenagers. Most of them have easy access to alcohol in their homes, their friends' homes, and through the use of fake IDs. Parents can influence their children in ways that their friends, an institution, or society cannot. Experts say prevention is still the best defense against alcohol and drug abuse.

From 1985 to 1992, the economic costs of alcoholism and alcohol related problems rose 42 percent to 148 billion dollars. Based on inflation and population growth, the estimated costs today is more than double that amount. Alcohol is typically found in the offender, victim, or both in about half of all homicides and serious assaults, as well as in a high percentage of sex-related crimes, robberies, and incidents of domestic violence.

Two-thirds of the population drinks, but ten percent of all drinkers drink half of all alcohol consumed. The highest rates of illicit drug use are found among youth ages 18-20, with marijuana the most commonly used illicit drug. First use of alcohol typically begins around the age 13. First use of marijuana typically begins around the age 14. Use of alcohol or other drugs at an early age is an indication of future alcohol or drug problems.

Host Tina Alexander will explore those statistics with guests Janet Taylor, Director of the Chamber Coalition for a Better Community and Phyllis Grandgeorge, Director of the Deep East Texas Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council. They will also discuss the physical and emotional scars caused by drug abuse and addiction.

Brother Elton Musick with Grace Baptist Church is also a guest, and will discuss an alternative program to overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. It's called "The Most Excellent Way". "The Most Excellent Way" began in early 1986 as a small prayer group desiring to minister to alcoholics, drug addicts, and their families within the church. Today, regularly scheduled Support Meetings continue to spread across the United States, into Mexico, Australia, Poland, Russia, South America, and now, East Texas. "The Most Excellent Way" is a Christian based solution to chemical dependency.

It is an informational 30 minutes that could help provide some of the answers you need to avoiding or overcoming alcohol and drug addiction.






Tina Alexander




Janet Taylor,Angelina County Chamber for a Better Community

Phyllis Grandgeorge, Director, Deep East Texas Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council

Bro. Elton Musick, Grace Baptist Church, "The Most Excellent Way" program