Addiction can take on many forms. People can be addicted to a wide range of things, but most commonly it is a substance like drugs or alcohol. It used to be that people thought of addiction as a moral shortcoming, but through research and study, this opinion is starting to change. Although society is moving in the right direction, we still have a long way to go in explaining addiction and undoing the stigma associated with it.
Today we know that drug and alcohol abuse changes a person’s brain. A person who uses drugs or alcohol definitely makes a choice to use substances, but certain people are more susceptible to becoming addicted based on their brain chemistry, genetics, and background. It takes rehabilitation, therapy, and a complete change in thought processes and retraining the brain to overcome addiction. At C.H.A.T. you will feel comfortable and treated with dignity. We will teach you how to overcome these stigmas to live the life you have been hoping for.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2013:
Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to the United States, exacting more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and health care.
19.8 million people regularly used marijuana—about 7.5 percent of people aged 12 or older.
6.5 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 2.5 percent) used prescription drugs nonmedically in the past month.
The number of current cocaine users aged 12 or older was 1.5 million. 595,000 people abused methamphetamine.
There were just over 2.8 million new users of illicit drugs, or about 7,800 new users per day. Over half (54.1 percent) were under 18 years of age.
30.2 percent of men and 16.0 percent of women 12 and older reported binge drinking in the past month.
17.3 million Americans (6.6 percent of the population) were dependent on alcohol or had problems related to their alcohol use (abuse).
Past year non-medical use of the stimulants Adderall (ADHD medication) was 6.8 percent for high school seniors.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine: 1.9 million Americans live with prescription opioid abuse or dependence.
517,000 Americans live with heroin addiction.
Opioid addiction disease occurs in every American State, County, socio-economic and ethnic group.
23% of heroin users develop chronic opioid addiction disease.
Over 100 Americans died from overdose deaths each day in 2013.
Drugs and alcohol have serious effects on the body. They can damage organs like the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver, and can leave lasting impacts on the brain. Someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol will face serious physical and mental health risks, including: