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Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Alcohol and drug abuse has become a major problem in this country.  Thousands of citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year as well as alcohol abuse and dependence. It is obvious that citizens of this country are desperate for successful, proven and effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.

Help is available and you or your loved ones don’t have to suffer any longer.  There are solutions and answers to drug and alcohol addiction.

The overuse or abuse of alcohol (alcoholism) or other drugs is called substance abuse. It is common and costly. It can cause or worsen many medical problems and destroy families and lives.  Approximately one-half of all high school seniors in the United States admit to having used alcohol or an illegal drug. Substance abuse in this age group increases the risk of involvement in crime, high-risk sexual behavior, accidents, and injuries. Teens that use alcohol and drugs are more likely to have poor school performance and have higher dropout rates.  Alcohol and drug abuse in women increases the risk of developing other health problems, such as osteoporosis or depression. Alcohol and drug abuse may be an unconscious attempt at self-treatment for depression.                 Alcohol and drug abuse is also a problem for many minorities, including disabled adults, the homeless, and minority populations (where it is more difficult to get quality treatment and community support to get well.)

Alcohol abuse causes over 100,000 deaths in the United States each year. It is the most commonly abused drug by children ages 12 to 17. Alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in teenagers. People who drink alcohol are more likely to engage in high-risk sexual behavior, have poor grades or job performance, use tobacco products, and experiment with illegal drugs.

In the United States, approximately 40% of adults will use an illegal drug at some time during their lives. This does not include the use of alcohol or prescription medications. Many people abuse more than one illegal substance at a time.  Drug dependence or addiction occurs when you develop a physical or psychological "need" for a drug. You are unable to control your use of a drug despite the negative effects it may have on your life. You may not be aware that you have become dependent on a drug until you try to stop taking it. Drug withdrawal can cause uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous symptoms. The usual treatment is to gradually reduce the dose of the drug until it can be stopped completely.

You have a drug or alcohol problem if your use of drugs or alcohol interferes with your health or daily living. You develop alcoholism or a drug addiction if you become physically or psychologically dependent on alcohol or drugs.  If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol and drug abuse or addiction, please don’t hesitate to contact a rehabilitation center near you.