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Addiction

A person with an addiction uses a substance, or engages in a behavior, for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeat the activity, despite detrimental consequences.

Facts:

  • TWO TYPES OF ADDICTION: Addiction may involve the use of substances such as alcohol, inhalants, opioids, cocaine, and nicotine, or behaviors such as gambling. There is evidence that addictive behaviors share key neurobiological features: They intensely involve brain pathways of reward and reinforcement, which involve the neurotransmitter dopamine. 
  • OVERDOSE RATE:  More than 67,300 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2018, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. 
  • ALCOHOL RELATED DEATH:  An estimated 95,000 people (approximately 68,000 men and 27,000 women5) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The first is tobacco, and the second is poor diet and physical inactivity.
  • SUD PREVALENCE:  In 2018, 20.3 million people in the US age 12 or older had a substance abuse disorder:  14.8 million people with an alcohol use disorder. 8.1 million with an illegal drug disorder, the most commonly abused drug being marijuana with 4.4 million people having a marijuana use disorder.  2 million people had an opioid disorder (including prescription pain reliever and/or heroin abuse)
  • CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS: According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.2 million U.S. adults experienced both mental illness and a substance use disorder in 2018. Either disorder (substance use or mental illness) can develop first.

Currently, our Yoga for Recovery program is in partnership with SOS Recovery Community Centers and Triangle Club

Future/Open Call?

Further Reading & Resources

Fast Facts Citations

https://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/magazine/article/1102/the-addict-in-all-of-us

https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

https://drugabusestatistics.org

https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Common-with-Mental-Illness/Substance-Use-Disorders 

Further Reading

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