Might You Have an Alcohol, Drug or Behavioral Addiction?
A. ALCOHOL PROBLEM?
From a public health perspective, alcohol is arguably the most negatively impactful drug on the planet. The personal health consequences of excessive drinking are astronomical; about 88,000 deaths year, lives shortened on average by 30 years, and responsibility for one in 10 (10%) deaths in among working–age adults. The national economic costs of excessive alcohol use approaches $2.5 billion a year, and the loss and damage to families are is unfathomable. Do you or someone you know have an alcohol problem?
B. OPIOD PROBLEM?
Functionally, any use or misuse of pain relievers (e.g., Percocet), heroin, or other opioids is a problem and extremely dangerous. It has high potential for addiction, ultimate overdose and/or death. And now Fentenyl (and its derivatives) makes any heroin use a potential overdose and immediate death. It is responsible for much of current rise in overdose rates. Do you or someone you know have an opiate problem?
C. Marijuana/Cannabis Problem?
Nearly 10% of adults use marijuana each year. Their use can be casual/recreational, problematic, or addictive. Usage rates will likely rise, as will cannabis addiction rates, with the increasing legalization and wide availability of cannabis products in Massachusetts and other states. About 30% of users are psychologically addicted to the cannabis they use. Do you or someone you know have a cannabis problem?
D. Drug Problem?
Other drug use (e.g., cocaine, crack, amphetamines, downers, hallucinogens, other mind-altering drugs) on its own is not inherently a problem or an addiction. Indeed, it is the usage patterns and consequences of such use that determines whether the use if problematic or addictive. Do you or someone you know have a drug problem?
E. Behavioral Addiction?
A behavioral addiction (sometimes called a “process addiction”), similar to addiction to alcohol or drugs, is best understood as having a compulsive, uncontrollable, and unhealthy relationship with a specified behavior (e.g., sex addiction, gambling addiction, shopping addiction). Such behavioral addictions generally create the same kind of personal and societal problems as alcohol and other drug addictions. They can be broadly understood as a person’s “degree of psychological dependence” on a certain “unhealthy” behavior. Do you or someone you know have a behavioral addiction?
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Addiction has devastating effects on the health and quality of one’s life, and tremendous impacts on societal health. It is absolutely treatable, so do not let any outdated stigma about addiction issues, mental health issues, or treatment issues get in your way. Treatment works, so don’t delay in obtaining substance abuse counselor services. Begin to build your path to your healthiest self today!
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