Alcoholism. Drug abuse. Prescription drug dependence. Addiction has lots of faces, but all types have one thing in common – overcoming it takes a lot of courage, dedication, and treatment and support.
Substance use is prevalent in our culture. While many people can experiment with drugs and alcohol with little repercussion, others have a biological pre-disposition to addiction. Addiction is complicated, and making the lifestyle changes that lead to recovery from substance abuse requires outside support for most.
Addiction does not discriminate. It can affect people of all ages. In fact, research has shown that adults who have substance use disorders often start using/abusing substances as early as 11 years of age.
Whether you are struggling with an addiction or substance abuse yourself, or you are watching a loved one battle addiction, you should be informed about substance use disorders as diseases – that need treatment just like any other illness.