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Whether you are someone struggling with drugs and alcohol yourself, or a family member of someone struggling, you are not alone.

What Is Addiction?

Addiction is a problem affecting 23 million Americans, their families, friends, and co-workers – and nearly 200 million people worldwide. Substance Abuse costs the U.S. economy $346 billion every year, in direct medical costs, and in related legal, social, and lost productivity costs. Despite all this, only 11% of people who struggle with drugs and alcohol get the help they need.

But there is hope. 24 million Americans are currently in recovery, living their lives without dependence on drugs or alcohol after struggling with addiction. There are many paths to recovery – one size does not fit all – and recovery from substance use disorders happens every day.

You are not alone, even if it feels like it. Reach out for help, there are people waiting to support your recovery.


You are not alone, even if it feels like it. Reach out for help, there are people waiting to support your recovery.


Substance Use Disorder, as Drug Addiction is now called, is generally a chronic illness that can have one or more acute phases. While short term treatments, such as detox and residential care can be a good start – especially so when treating the more acute aspects of the disorder – clients who follow treatment with involvement in a sober community/mutual support group generally have more success building a life in recovery.

The brain disease caused by long term drug and alcohol abuse can take up to a year of sobriety to heal, and if co-occurring disorders are present, these must be addressed over time, often with both behavioral and medication-based treatments. So, while treatment itself may be relatively brief, success in recovery requires a long term commitment.


Used in combination, substance abuse treatment and mutual support groups/communities form the most reliable path to recovery. They support the needs of early recovery and those that arise over time. Treatment is an accelerator of recovery that helps a person struggling with addiction to understand what addiction is, from its biomedical aspects to its social aspects, and what is driving the addiction. Building this understanding and becoming equipped with a set of skills to cope with addiction, including potentially medication therapies, builds the resilience needed to make it through early recovery. Adding a long term relationship with a recovery community provides


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