According to a study conducted by NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), an estimated 21.6 million Americans (8.4 percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.3 million people (less than 1 percent) received proper care. The need for more widespread alcohol and drug education has never been greater.

A substance use disorder exists when a person begins to experience negative effects in important areas of their life due to their use. Areas that typically begin to deteriorate are related to physical health, relationships, employment, legal standing, finances, priorities, emotional stability and social/recreational activity. The difference between “use” and “substance abuse” is the combination and intensity of the consequences caused by the use of drugs and/or alcohol.

It is obvious that drug and alcohol abuse can have devastating effects on a person and their loved ones. And even though substance abuse has been correlated to many factors, no single significant cause has ever been identified. This is most likely due to the fact that, like many mental health issues, substance use disorder is caused by variables ranging through genetics, experiences, and environments.

Alcohol and Drug Education

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