The Hard Reality of Drug Addiction

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The Hard Reality of Drug Addiction

12 January, 2022Articles, News

In today’s world, the prevalence of substance abuse and drug addiction is reaching alarming levels. Recent studies conducted by the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) have unveiled staggering statistics, shedding light on the gravity of the situation. It is estimated that a staggering 240 million people worldwide, constituting approximately 4.9% of the adult population, grapple with alcohol use disorder. Additionally, a harrowing 15 million individuals find themselves ensnared by addiction to various drugs, including heroin, pethidine, and methamphetamine. The spectre of substance abuse casts a long shadow, and its consequences are profoundly felt across the globe.

It is imperative to acknowledge that drug addiction is a formidable adversary, as highlighted by the renowned author Lorelie Rozzano. Shockingly, addiction-related fatalities now surpass the combined death toll of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. This unsettling reality knows no age limits, as the SA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA) has raised a red flag concerning the surging numbers of individuals under the age of 21 seeking treatment. A study involving 57,000 school respondents has further deepened concerns, revealing that 34% of teenagers had used drugs and alcohol in the last six months, with 27% continuing to use substances within the past week. Most alarming is the revelation that individuals under 17 years old constituted a significant 22% of those seeking treatment.

The global repercussions of substance abuse have been documented in the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report of 2017. This comprehensive report grimly noted over 190,000 drug-related deaths in that year alone. This heart-wrenching statistic encompasses a wide spectrum of substances, ranging from opioids to prescription medications and heroin. Even more disconcerting is the far-reaching impact of substance abuse, with an estimated 1.6 million people living with HIV, 6.1 million living with hepatitis, and 3.1 million coping with both conditions—a direct result of needle use.

The harsh reality is that drug and alcohol abuse exact a substantial toll on individuals and society at large. They erode our families, strain our relationships, undermine our physical and mental well-being, and significantly diminish our overall quality of life. The repercussions reverberate through disability, deteriorating health, and the emergence of co-occurring disorders, including depression and related psychiatric conditions—often culminating tragically in premature death.

Amid this bleak landscape, there shines a beacon of hope—Crossroads Recovery Centre. We stand ready to offer professional help and guidance to those in dire need. The path to recovery may be challenging, but with the right support, it leads to a life of sobriety and renewed health. We beseech you not to let your loved ones become mere statistics in this battle. Reach out today and discover that help is readily available. Whether you or someone dear to you is grappling with drug addiction, battling alcohol abuse, or seeking help for various challenges like gambling, sex, or food addiction, our dedicated team is here, providing a free assessment and extending a compassionate hand towards a brighter, addiction-free future.

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