These days almost everyone knows someone that is affected by this devastating disease. The American Society for Addiction Medicine has defined addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.”
The facts and statistics behind addiction are startling. Let’s take a closer look:
Addiction Statistics and Facts in America
The stigma of addiction has changed drastically in the last ten years. In the past, many view addicts as demoralized people who have no sense of self-control, and mainly were seen as being part of the lower class of American society. That has changed, it is now clear that the disease of addiction does not discriminate. The average middle-class families, the upper class, it doesn’t seem to matter what status you hold, addiction can happen to anyone.
The bigger picture here is that in 2012, 23.9 million Americans were classified as a substance abuse dependent. As the infographic shows, 4 out of every 10 deaths is related to drug abuse. Addiction is killing our friends and family members at a rapid pace. It was estimated in 2009 that over 750,000 Americans were addicted to Heroin, and as indicated by the map above most of the heroin use is coming from the Northeast region of the United States. Massachusetts, for example, reported that opioid-related deaths have increased from 363 in 2000 to 642 deaths in 2011. In New Jersey, the heroin epidemic is no better, with drug-related deaths rising at a rate of 53% from 2010 to 2012. In 2010 the New Jersey state medical examiner report 843 deaths in 2010 which increased to 1,027 in 2011 and 1,118 drug-related deaths in 2012.
The reality is addiction is a progressive, chronic, fatal disease if the addicted does not receive treatment. The good news is The Palm Beach Institute is leading the way for recovery from addiction. Like any disease, relapse is a possibility, which is why relapse prevention is at the core of PBI’s drug addiction treatment program. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction call The Palm Beach Institute at 1-855-534-3574 now and save yourself from becoming a statistic.
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