Cost of Addiction

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As the year draws to a close, there are two studies that have been published that highlight the cost of addiction.  Families who live with substance use are often well aware of the daily struggles, fears and feelings of helplessness that are a constant companion.

The first study by the Centers for Disease Control notes that deaths from overdoses of prescription drugs and heroin continue to be the leading cause of unintentional death.  Last year, 47,055 people died from drug overdoses — 1.5 times greater than the number killed in car crashes.  Those aren’t just numbers but numbers of people who likely were loved by family and friends.  Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson recently appeared on WXIN Fox 59 and offered his opinions of this study.

The second study highlighted the fact that about 1 in 10 Americans struggles with a drug use disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to JAMA Psychiatry.  This study not only highlights the extent of the problem but also points out the need for access to appropriate professional treatment.  Those who carry a substance use disorder diagnosis are often at greater risk for other dangers such as suicide, accident, certain medical and psychiatric problems.  “The numbers are troubling and signal a need to provide abstinence-based professional treatment to those who struggle with substance abuse.”, Watson says.  An article outlining the study can be read HERE.

If you have a loved-one who struggles with drugs or alcohol, don’t wait!  The cost associated with drug addiction will only get worse.  Call Heartland Intervention, LLC today at 877-752-8811.  We are the leading provider of intervention services and treatment facilitation in Indiana and beyond and are anxious to discuss a plan for your family member today.

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