- One of every eight Americans has a significant problem with alcohol or drugs, with 40 percent of the group having a "dual diagnosis," or concurrent mental/nervous disorder;
- Approximately 27 million Americans either use illicit drugs regularly or are "heavy drinkers." Of these almost 16 million are estimated to need immediate treatment;
- By age eighteen, almost 12 percent of all young people are illicit drug users;
- An untreated alcoholic’s medical costs are approximately 300 percent higher than non-alcoholic’s medical costs;
- Approximately 70 percent of illegal drug users are employed and contribute significantly to workplace absenteeism, accidents and injuries, decreased productivity, increased insurance expenses, employee turnover costs and on-the-job violence;
- The estimated annual direct cost to our society resulting from substance abuse is more than 250 billion dollars;
- It is generally accepted that chemical dependency, along with associated mental health disorders, has become one of the most severe health and social problems facing the United States.
*Source: SAMHSA (U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Despite these statistics there is hope for alcoholics and addicts. All over the world today millions of recovering addicts and alcoholics are living happy productive lives free from drugs and alcohol. Where once a diagnosis of alcoholism or addiction was a certain condemnation to dereliction and inevitable institutionalization, today’s recovering addicts and alcoholics are powerful, happy and contributing members of society.
Addicts and alcoholics often think unconsciously, that alcohol and drugs will free them from pain and help them find happiness, but instead this only postponed the realization of happiness. Recovery is a call to discover the truth we have been seeking through alcohol, drugs, food, sex, or gambling.
Real recovery helps us to arrive at that place of spiritual peace, calm, and integration.