Santa Ana – Addiction Treatment Center
Substance Abuse and Drug Addiction
Substance abuse addiction is a major public health crisis in America today, and deaths from overdose are now greater than those from automobile accidents. Addiction is considered to be a disease, but a complex one characterized by an array of behavioral, cognitive, and physiological symptoms. These behavioral patterns and the symptoms of the disease typically develop over time upon repeated use, and become more severe over time as well.
Symptoms of Substance Abuse and Drug Addiction
- A craving for the drug of choice
- Hiding addictive behaviors and maintaining secrets about use
- Experiencing difficulties in control over use
- Prioritizing use of the drug over any or all other activities and obligations. These include work, spending time with family, religious activity, and virtually anything else
- Becoming increasingly intolerant of others, especially if they question the use
- Continued use of the substance despite increasingly harmful consequences
- Physical withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, shakiness, anxiety, and sweating
According to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 9.3 percent of individuals aged 12 or older “needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009.” That amounts to a huge number – 23.5 million people. Of those recorded and admitted into publicly funded substance abuse treatment programs in 2008, 23.1 percent of abusers partook only of alcohol, while 18.3 percent used alcohol along with some other drug.
Marijuana was the primary drug of choice for 17 percent, while 14.1 percent abused heroin, 8.1 percent smoked crack cocaine, 6.5 percent abused stimulants, and 5.9 percent used opiates or opioid drugs other than heroin.
It’s important to remember that addiction is a treatable disease. If you think you may have a problem, there is no shame in admitting that you may need help. It may be a family member or friend of yours is suffering, in which case you are doing the right thing by looking for answers to his or her problem. If you or your loved one is currently experiencing a problem with addiction, or if you are concerned and not sure, please Call now: (800) 387-6907