St Pete Clearwater Tampa Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counseling

Counseling for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Ken Donaldson on drug addiction and alcoholism

Drug Addiction and Alcoholism


Drug Addiction
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 8.3 percent in 2002, according to National Institute of Drug Abuse.
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 and drug abuse. 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 an 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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