A person suffering from substance abuse can overcome his or her problem through appropriate support and treatment. With the emergence of many new and novel treatment approaches to overcome substance abuse, it is now possible for people to overcome the problem more easily than before. By understanding and learning the science behind addiction, a person can help his or her family member, friend, etc. overcoming dependence on drugs and alcohol. Read more
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Substance use disorders (SUD) have been on the rise in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 20.1 million people aged 12 or older were diagnosed with an SUD in 2015. The number included 15.1 million people who had an alcohol use disorder and 7.4 million people who had an illicit drug use disorder.
What is worsening the condition is the rising number of individuals with mental illness. The SAMHSA had estimated that approximately 44.7 million adults were affected by some or the other form of mental illness in 2015. This, in turn, has affected the overall growth, performance and wellness chart of Americans. Read more
Addiction is a brain disorder that can occur to anyone, especially those who are not careful about their choices and decisions in their lives. There is no criteria that defines the type or category of individuals who are at a risk of developing addiction. However, there are factors that can trigger its development, be it environmental, genetics, early use, drug of choice, method of use, stress, fear or any form of mental illness. Read more
If you or a loved one has an issue with addiction, your problem may extend further than substance abuse. Please call us for help on this matter and we will give you guidance on how to treat this problem.
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