Americans increasingly recognize that alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases with consequences that affect both physical and behavioral health. Treatment enables a great many people to find recovery and rebuild productive lives.
Treatment for addiction is as effective as treatments for other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Research shows conclusively that successful prevention and treatment leads to reductions in traffic fatalities, crime, unwanted pregnancy, child abuse, HIV/AIDS, cancer and heart disease. Treatment reduces drug use, improves physical and mental health, improves job performance, reduces involvement with the criminal justice system and welfare dependency, reduces family dysfunction, sustains stable housing and improves an individual's overall quality of life.
Evidence demonstrates that treatment not only saves lives, it also saves dollars that would otherwise be spent in other areas of medical care and social services. Every dollar invested in treatment yields a $7 savings related to crime alone. When health care costs are factored into the equation, the savings approach $12 for every $1 invested in treatment.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy: 'Drug Abuse In America' one year after treatment:
- Illegal drug use decreased by 50%,
- Illegal activity decreased by 60%,
- Arrests decreased by more than 60%,
- Homelessness dropped by 43%,
- Receipt of welfare reduced by 11%, and
- Employment increased by 20%.
Additionally, a California Study found significant decreased health care costs from before to after treatment in:
- Hospitalizations for physical health problems (-36%),
- Drug overdose hospitalizations (-58%),
- Mental health hospitalizations (-44%),
- The number of emergency room visits (-36%), and
- The total number of hospital days (-25%).
National Institute on Drug Abuse. Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide. October 1999.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. Principles of drug addiction treatment: A research-based guide (NIH Publication No. 99-4180). Washington DC. 1999
Gerstein, et al, "Evaluating Recovery Services: the California Drug and Alcohol Assessment," Sacramento, 1994.
HOPE HEALTH HEALING
It is BIOGENETIC
It is a PRIMARY Illness
- You don't choose to acquire it.
- A family history of drug/alcohol problems puts you at greater risk.
It is a CHRONIC Illness
- If you have chemical dependency, it's not a symptom of some other problem.
- If you have chemical dependency and other problems, your chemical dependency will interfere with treatment for other problems unless the chemical dependency is also treated.
It is a PROGRESSIVE Illness
- It won't go away because you ignore it, don't like it or don't want to believe you have it.
- It's not "just a phase".
If left Untreated, Addiction can be FATAL
- Without treatment it will eventually get worse.
- It usually gets worse more quickly for women and young people.
- Drinking and driving
- Overdose/alcohol poisoning
- Organ Failure