Addiction on the Rise
In the past two decades, addiction has become number one public health issue in the United States. Addiction rates, across all demographics, have continuously climbed to levels that are dangerous and unsustainable. There are a variety of reasons for this, including the prescription drug issue that has led to an opioid epidemic.
Regardless of the reason, though, it is of the utmost importance to address this issue before it worsens. We are at a boiling point where America can no longer turn away from the challenges that addiction lays at its feet.
Addiction as a disease
The one good thing that these spiraling addiction rates have done, though, is created a dialogue around addiction and how it works. In the past, addiction was overwhelmingly thought of as a moral issue. This is a backwards way to think about addiction. Instead, addiction is a behavioral mental disease.
For many substances, the effects of substance abuse literally alter the chemistry of our brains to create a dependency. This increased understanding has led to further research into addiction recovery methods, which leads to more advanced and successful treatment.
Learn more about specific substances, below
To learn more about a specific substance and how abusing these drugs affects the body and mind, check out our growing list of addiction resources, below:
If you or someone you know struggles with addiction, don’t hesitate to call and get them help, today!