Counseling for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Ken Donaldson on drug addiction and alcoholism

Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

 

Drug Addiction
 
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, in 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 and older used an illicit drug (including misuse of prescription drugs) in the past month. This number is up from 8.3 percent in 2002.
 
Alcoholism
 
The National Institutes of Health reported that 16.3 million adults ages 18 and older (6.8 percent of the population) met the criteria for alcoholism in the U.S. in 2014. 24.7 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month. 6.7 percent reported that they engaged in heavy drinking in the past month.
 
We have a huge problem with alcohol abuse and alcoholism. It’s minimized by our cultural acceptance of alcohol use and most people don’t misunderstand addiction.
 
People with depression, trauma and anxiety disorders sometimes turn to alcohol and drugs to cope. Victims of abuse, especially, have a high likelihood of addictive behavior. This is an attempt to self-medicate from the pains of the past. Unfortunately, substance abuse only makes all these issues worse.
 
Visit the free resources page to download free information about drug abuse, addiction and alcoholism.
 
Treatment of drug addiction and alcoholism is most effective with a credentialed and experienced addiction specialist. I recommend working with someone who is also a mental health professional because of the high propensity of mental health issues.

If you think you or a loved one may be struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, I’d like to hear to your concerns. Call to help decide on the best course of action.

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