Facts About Addiction
When most people think of addiction, they think of drug addiction and alcoholism. While these addictive behaviors are very prevalent, there are numerous other addictive behaviors that draw far less attention, but are equally, or even more, destructive. This includes addiction to sex, food, spending, the Internet and gambling, just to name a few.
When people contact me regarding a potential addiction with themselves or others, I set up an initial consultation appointment so I can gather as much information as possible to create the most effective treatment for the best possible results.
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. Furthermore, 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.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, in 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 and older—9.4 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug (including misuse of prescription drugs) in the past month. This number is up significantly from 8.3 percent in 2002.
Drug and alcohol abuse are also sometimes used in an attempt to cope with depression, trauma and anxiety disorders. Additionally, people who have been victims of abuse also have a high likelihood of addictive behavior as an attempt to escape from the pains of the past. Unfortunately, substance abuse only makes all these issues worse.
If you think you or a loved one may be struggling with any type of addictive behavior, please call me so we can set up a time to decide on the best course of action.