WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- Forty percent of families in the United States have someone who is an alcoholic or a drug user.
Sunday, in honor of national alcohol and drug addiction recovery month, dozens of people gathered at Hugh McRae Park in Wilmington to celebrate recovery.
They are also there to support the difficult process alcoholics and drug users go through when they are in recovery.
For Christopher Williams, a recovering alcoholic, it means a lot.
"It's the community spirit. you get to see your not alone, said Williams. "There are plenty of other people from all walks of life who have had problems with alcohol and drugs."
Williams, who was an alcoholic for 20-years, has been sober now for almost 3 years.
His advice to others who are battling an addiction is to first admit your problem, then enroll into a program where you can get help.
He says breaking old habits is crucial.
"You should keep away from places and things you used to do," said Williams. "You have to stay away, as long as you do it will not be difficult."
According to Al J. Mooney, a doctor who's also written the book, "The Recovery Book," says there's one question you can ask to find out if someone is an alcoholic.
"If a man has 5 drinks or more in a day over a year, he is a risky drinker and there's a fifty percent chance he has the disease of alcoholism," said Mooney. "For a female, she is considered an alcoholic if she drinks four drinks a day for a year."
Mooney believes prescription drug use is on the rise, because authorities are focusing too much on other areas.
"As the boarders get tighter and people look at illegal drugs, an addict's brain doesn't know if it came from a drug store or the streets, so what happens is focusing on ending the war on drugs in one area, opens up another area," said Mooney.
If you would like to learn more ways to get help, call 1-866-875-1757.