Facts About Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
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.
Drugs and alcohol abuse are sometimes abused to cope with depression, trauma and anxiety disorders. Victims of abuse, especially, 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 alcoholism or drug addiction, I’d like to listen to your concerns. Call me to help you decide on the best course of action.