It is a well-known rule of thumb in business: 80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients. It applies to hardware stores, new car sales and designer clothing sales. It also applies to the subject of drug abuse, excessive drinking and addiction.
It may seem unbelievable at first, but the title is no exaggeration. America’s addiction epidemic has become so widespread that the United States now loses the population equivalent of an entire city each year to fatal drug overdoses.
While the rational part of my brain knew I was drinking too much, the side of my mind consumed by my addiction only wanted more. Alcohol made me selfish, yet it also made me give away all of myself until I had nothing left to give.
The office of the Surgeon General is responsible for assessing and addressing the serious health problems that the American people face every year. With that in mind, it is no surprise that the Surgeon General has released several reports on the state of addiction in America.
If you’ve never struggled with drug and alcohol addiction before, you may be at a loss for how to help an addicted loved one. What words should you use to help a loved one see that they need to get help? What words should you avoid?
Loss of life skills is part and parcel of being addicted. So it stands to reason that regaining those skills is an essential part of recovery. The more thoroughly these skills are rebuilt (or built for the first time), the more likely it is that sobriety will last.
It may seem unrealistic to consider a world where addiction to drugs and alcohol does not exist. Is it even possible? Or is addiction too much an intrinsic part of human nature?
People who are addicted to drugs lie for a number of reasons. Some want to hide the truth from their loved ones to protect them, others hide in shame.
While there is no question that genetics and hereditary factors play a role in how long someone will live, HOW one lives is also critical. As one can imagine, healthy living tends to produce longer life, whereas unhealthy living tends to shorten life. And of all the unhealthy habits one could take on, the one that might shorten life expectancy the most is drug and alcohol abuse.
It is estimated that about 18 million people misuse prescription drugs in the U.S. each year. About 5,480 people abuse such medications for the first time every day . Not all of those who misuse prescription drugs “just once” will become addicted to them. But many of them will.