Addiction can wreak havoc on one’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual health. People who abuse or misuse alcohol or other drugs are not only hurting themselves, but negatively impacting those around them. Sadly, in some cases, people who abuse alcohol or drugs die from their addictions. The U.S. rate of substance abuse is increasing and affecting people of all ages including youth. In 2014, 21.5 million Americans age 12 and older had a substance use disorder, and of those, nearly 2 million involved prescription painkillers and 586,000 involved heroin.

Of course, addictions also manifest through other compulsive behaviors that can spiral out of control such as gambling, eating and sex. Many people “self-medicate” with alcohol or drugs as an escape from dealing with difficult mental issues like depression or anxiety. Lucida is at the forefront of providing integrated addiction and mental health treatment for co-occurring disorders.

We offer addiction resources for clients, family members and friends because we understand how challenging it is to overcome and cope with addictive behaviors. It can be extremely perplexing for anyone who has never abused drugs or alcohol to understand why people do this. Learning about substance abuse can help you determine whether somebody in your life needs professional help and may even save someone’s life. Lucida offers accurate addiction information on topics including healing after drug addiction recovery and the growing public health crisis associated with opioid addiction. Check back often because we regularly post new addiction articles.