Alcohol and Drug Facts

drug-and-alcoholKnowing the facts about drug and alcohol abuse means that you are armed with the knowledge you need to determine whether a loved one has developed a substance abuse problem. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), over 15 million Americans use some form of illicit drugs each year. This is clearly a serious problem in the U.S. that many families deal with. Unfortunately, only a small portion of that number of people get the addiction treatment help they need.

While anyone can become an addict, some individuals are more prone to addiction issues. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), certain people are genetically more likely to suffer from addiction. In fact, one’s ethnicity and gender can even affect their likelihood of developing an addiction. Those who suffer from mental health issues are also more prone to addiction.

One’s surroundings also play a key role in their potential development of an addiction. Those who live in households where others abuse alcohol and drugs are more likely to abuse them as well. Also, people who are exposed to alcohol and drug use at younger ages are more likely to become addicts later in life.

Stop Alcohol and Drug Abuse Before Addiction Develops

Generally, alcohol and drug abuse begins in a seemingly innocent manner. A person tries a drug at a social event with no intention of using it regularly. Unfortunately, some people who are prone to addiction are just unable to participate in casual drug use or drinking. These people may begin using the substance with more regularly, in an abusive manner. While they may not technically be addicted at this point, their use of the substance is not safe and is headed toward addiction.

Ideally, treatment should be sought at this point in the process, before addiction has taken a strong hold on the person. Many people turn to addiction treatment programs once these patterns of drug and alcohol abuse have become apparent in their lives. They can then learn effective coping mechanisms to alter their behavior before they experience the serious ill effects of abuse and addiction.

Help Your Loved One

Oftentimes, friends and family members are the first ones to notice drug and alcohol abuse in their loved one. The first step in dealing with potential substance abuse is to learn how to tell if someone is currently on drugs. Your first clue that a loved one is abusing drugs or alcohol may be finding pills or other illicit substances in their possession. If you suspect that a loved one is an addict, you need to take action – either by talking directly to the individual about the problem or by holding an intervention that illustrates just how serious this problem has become.

Assisting your loved one can be a daunting task; however, help is available to guide you through the process. Call us today if you have questions about:

A Sample of Treatment Programs Available:

  • Alcohol Rehab
  • Detox
  • Drug Rehab
  • Prescription Drug Detox
  • Prescription Rehab
  • Dual-Diagnosis Treatment
  • Eating Disorder Treatment
  • Group Therapy
  • Holistic Therapies
  • Individual Therapy
  • Inpatient Treatment
  • Intervention Support
  • Depression Treatment
  • Women’s Only Treatment

Learn About Addiction Treatment Options

Call us at 1-888-575-9531 Who Answers? to find out about the different treatment options available for people who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. We’ll ask you a few questions about the substance involved so we can recommend the right program for your loved one. The drug treatment centers we work with run the gamut from outpatient clinics to private treatment facilities offering long-term care. And if paying for drug rehab is a concern, you may have several options that can help you through this difficult time, so pick up the phone and call today.

The fact is that there is real help available for you or your loved one. You don’t have to suffer with the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse any longer. Help is available today.

Success Stories

I thought my addiction was going to destroy me. I was wrong because I found help. I cannot thank you enough."-David
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