Drug and alcohol abuse is a major problem in the United States today. As drug addiction rates continue to rise, more people are killed by drug overdoses than car accidents. The rates of drug overdose deaths have risen steadily since 1992, and between 1999 and 2010 they climbed a staggering 102%. Around 15,000 people die every year from prescription painkiller overdoses alone.
Statistics: Alcohol & Prescription Abuse
Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in America, and is the third-largest cause of death in the country, as well as the leading cause of death among people between the ages of 15 and 24. Also, because alcohol is legal and is considered by many to be fairly benign, it is often combined with other drugs, especially prescription drugs such as Xanax or prescription painkillers like Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. While either one on its own may not have a negative effect, combining any of the two can be deadly, and the consumption of alcohol is often related to overdoses of prescription drugs.
Drug and alcohol abuse has a range of consequences outside of the direct dangers of overdose or other health risks. Drug and alcohol use is involved in more than 60% of emergency room admissions, more than 50% of all traffic accidents, 40% of all industrial accidents, as well as half of all suicides and violent crimes.
Treatment Options For Drug & Alcohol Abuse
Drug and alcohol addiction is a disease that can be treated, but addiction remains the most untreated disease in the United States. It’s estimated that, of the over 22 million Americans who suffer from addiction, only about 11% ever receive treatment. The reasons for this vary, but studies suggest that some of the reasons include cost and lack of adequate insurance coverage, the fact that addiction treatment is often not integrated into standard health care services, and social stigmas surrounding drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called drug overdose deaths an “epidemic,” and as the number of Americans suffering from drug and alcohol addiction continues to grow, the need for drug and alcohol treatment centers becomes increasingly important. If you think that you might have a problem with drug or alcohol abuse, there’s no reason to feel guilty or ashamed. You’re not alone, and you don’t have to face your problems on your own. Non-12-step program treats you as a whole person, not just your addiction, and we can help you to get your life back on track.