Do I Have a Problem?

“The misuse of alcohol and other psychoactive substances including prescription medications affects the health and well-being of millions of Americans each year. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 19.3 million adults in the United States struggled with a substance use disorder in the past year.

Substance misuse is at an all-time high. In 2020, alcohol-related deaths rose 26%, claiming approximately 150,000 lives in the United States — almost 400 deaths per day — which is the highest rate recorded in at least 40 years. In 2020, drug overdose deaths in the U.S. topped 100,000 for the first year ever, according to the CDC, and they increased another 15 percent in 2021.

Addiction can happen to anyone, and there is no single driving factor that leads to it. While some people turn to alcohol and other drugs to help cope with boredom or stress, others may use psychoactive substances to deal with a mental health condition. Some may even develop opioid use disorder after misusing prescribed opioids.”

Read further from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA, 2022)

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