Addiction Treatment - The Definitive Resource For Information On Addictions And Drug Treatment
Addiction – whether to substances or behaviors – is a progressive illness that produces numerous negative consequences for the addict, his or her loved ones, and society as a whole. Fortunately, evidence-based treatments for addiction have made recovery an achievable reality for millions of Americans. AddictionTreatment.org has been created by doctors who specialize in addiction treatment and research as a comprehensive and objective source of information on addictions and their treatment. Whether you are suffering from an addiction yourself or are close to someone who is, this website is intended to be a resource for you.
How prevalent is substance use in America?
Data from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicate that about 21.8 million Americans over the age of 12 (roughly 8.7% of the U.S. population) had used an illegal substance (including crack, cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, inhalants, marijuana, meth, and prescription drugs when used for non-medical purposes) during the previous month. The NSDUH also found that 23.7% of Americans in the same age group had engaged in binge drinking (5 or more alcoholic drinks at the same time) at least once during the previous month, and 6.8% were heavy drinkers who participated in binge drinking on 5 or more days in a month period. Nearly 70 million Americans (or 27.7% of the population) had used tobacco products. Although these figures do not necessarily reflect the number of people who are also addicted to these substances, given their addictive potential, the results of the NSDUH suggest a serious public health issue.
Behavioral addictions including eating disorders, gambling addiction, sex addiction, and screen addictions are no less complicated – and no less troubling for everyone involved. Although not all behavioral addictions have diagnostic criteria in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, it is clear that many compulsive behaviors can cause problems for the person who is engaging in the behavior as well as for his or her loved ones. Government estimates suggest that 8 million Americans – both males and females – suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Roughly two million adults in the United States would meet the criteria for pathological gambling; as many as 6 million more would not meet all criteria but at least one and have experienced negative life consequences as a result of their gambling (National Council on Problem Gambling). Similarly, the Mayo Clinic estimates that 3% to 6% of American adults are addicted to sex, which occurs when any sex-related behavior gets out of control. Addiction to screens – including computers, smart phones, television, and video games – can also lead to detrimental consequences for addicts and families.
AddictionTreatment.org is structured to help you recognize addiction, understand addiction (including the biological aspects, the psychological aspects, and its causes and consequences), and take active steps to treat addiction. We also provide you with strategies to prevent addiction and relapse, what to expect during recovery, and additional resources for addicts as well as for people in various types of relationships with addicts.