Drug Abuse: A National Issue

Illegal drug use remains a massive problem in the U.S. In 2010 alone, more than 1.6 million Americans were arrested on drug-related charges – Americans like the ones featured above. Countless more people use drugs like cocaine, heroin, and meth while avoiding arrest. In fact, a 2012 survey found that hundreds of thousands of people had used illegal drugs just in the previous month:

  • Meth: 300,000 Americans
  • Hallucinogens: 1.1 million Americans
  • Cocaine: 1.6 million Americans

Use of these dangerous drugs can easily lead to addiction. In the same year, about 4.5 million Americans were classified as abusing or being dependent on illicit drugs. If you, a friend, or family member has a problem with drug use, please get help by calling our toll-free helpline at 1-888-341-7785 to find a reputable methamphetamine rehab program. Don't wait – every minute counts and can help you or a loved one find relief faster.

Identifying Addiction

WebMD classifies drug addiction as "a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the drug addict and those around them." This is why help is necessary as soon as possible – addiction is actually a disease that hurts both the user and their loved ones.

But it's also important to help those who haven't yet developed a dependence, as drug abuse often leads to addiction. The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Inc. offers a list of signs to help identify whether someone is using illegal drugs, as well as indicators that someone is already dependent. These include:

  • The inability to stop using
  • Needing more and more drugs to feel the same effects
  • Spending less time on activities they used to find important
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop using

If you're still wondering whether you may be addicted, you can take these self-assessment quizzes to better inform yourself. If you are using or dependent on drugs, or you suspect someone you know is, it's important to get help.

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Seeking Treatment

All of the different types of drug addictions can be treated, but it's vital that you find the right rehabilitation center to provide appropriate treatment for your particular dependence. Treatment often involves both a therapy program and detox, which can help you safely stop taking drugs and get on the road to recovery.

Recovery is a life-long process, but it's one that can be achieved with the proper help. If you're interested in rehabilitation services but are unsure about how to get started, check out our Rehab FAQ, browse our directory, or call us toll-free at 1-888-341-7785 to find the best treatment facilities in your area.

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