Substance Abuse Rehab – Finding Help & a Treatment Program

Substance Abuse Assessment

Drugs have been part of our culture since the middle of the last century. Popularized in the 1960s by music and mass media, they invade all aspects of society. A substance abuse assessment estimated 208 million people internationally consume illegal drugs. In the United States, results from the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 19.9 million Americans (or 8% of the population aged 12 or older) used illegal drugs in the month prior to the survey.

You probably know someone who has been affected by drugs, directly or indirectly.

The most commonly used—and abused—drug in the US is alcohol. Alcohol-related motor accidents are the second leading cause of teen death in the United States.

The most commonly used illegal drug is marijuana.  According to the United Nations 2008 World Drug Report, about 3.9% of the world’s population between the ages of 15 and 64 abuse marijuana.  It is the most commonly accepted drug in the world.

Young people today are exposed earlier than ever to drugs. Based on a survey by the Centers for Disease Control in 2007, 45% of high school students nationwide drank alcohol and 19.7% smoked pot during a one-month period.  Compared to 50 years ago this number is outrageous.  If this trend keeps up the number might be somewhere in the ballpark of 75% by 2050.   

In Europe, recent studies among 15- and 16-year-olds suggest that use of marijuana varies from under 10% to over 40%, with the highest rates reported by teens in the Czech Republic (44%), followed by Ireland (39%), the UK (38%) and France (38%). In Spain and the United Kingdom, cocaine use among 15- to 16-year-olds is 4% to 6%. Cocaine use among young people has risen in Denmark, Italy, Spain, UK, Norway and France.
People take drugs because they want to change something about their lives.  The drugs make a “quick fix” that doesn’t really accomplish anything productive at all.  Their problems become larger and more difficult to handle until the boat breaks in half.

Here are some of the reasons young people have given for taking drugs:
To fit in, To escape or relax, To relieve boredom, To seem grown up, To rebel, To experiment. They think drugs are a solution. But eventually, the drugs become the problem.

Difficult as it may be to face one’s problems, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the problem one is trying to solve with them.  Make a substance abuse assessment on yourself and your friends and get to the root of the problem.  The real answer is to get the facts and not to take drugs in the first place so you do not have to deal with addiction related issues.