Drugs can be either legal or illegal, depending on the substance, but the one thing that unites them is that they all have the potential to be addictive and harmful if consumed in excess.
In 2013, around 24 million Americans said they had used an illegal drug in the past month, and the majority had begun taking illegal drugs in their teenage years, according to a study by the National Institute of Drug Abuse. 6.5 million had used a prescription drug that had addictive properties, and more than 50% had begun experimenting with drugs by smoking marijuana.
Alcohol, though perfectly legal, can be just as deadly as illegal drugs. In the same survey, it was discovered that driving under the influence and underage drinking had declined since 2002, but binge drinking and heavy drinking is now more common amongst both American men and women. 30% of men and 16% of women reported binge drinking in the last month.
This survey, though it highlights some interesting statistics, relies on the honesty of its participants. Because of many people’s hesitation to discuss drug use, it’s possible that the problem is far more widespread than statistics actually show.
Below is our comprehensive FAQ about various substances and addictions, as well as the treatments available for those suffering from addiction. There are a variety of therapies available, both inpatient and outpatient, and we endeavor to fulfill all the treatment needs of everyone we welcome into our doors.