Substance Abuse Affects The Person With The Addiction

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Substance abuse affects everyone it touches. Substance abuse does not only affect the person with the addiction, but the friends and family that love them. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “The estimated 27.0 million people aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users in 2014 represent 10.2 percent of the population aged 12 or older. Stated another way, 1 in 10 individuals aged 12 or older in the United States used illicit drugs in the past month” (2015, p. 5). Substance abuse does not discriminate who you are or where you come from. Addiction has the ability to reach through every race, gender and economic status there is. Substance abuse is on the rise and does not seem to be slowing down. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “22.5 million people aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in 2014. Only 4.2 million (18.5 percent of those who needed treatment) received any substance use treatment in the same year” (2015). Family is an instrumental part in an addict’s addiction and recovery process. Many families are left feeling hopeless, and frustrated on how to help a loved one dealing with a substance use disorder. Some families will give up on the loved one because of the frustration this disease brings upon a family, and the lack of understanding of what this disease is capable of doing. Other families are willing to do whatever it takes to help and get that

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