Alcohol and drug abuse in United States of America can be categorized as a national crisis with over 17.9 million people having alcohol dependence or abuse problems and it sums up to about 7% of the total U.S. population.
Role of alcohol and drug rehab treatment centers Alcohol and drug abuse in United States of America can be categorized as a national crisis with over 17.9 million people having alcohol dependence or abuse problems and it sums up to about 7% of the total U.S. population. In addition to alcohol dependence and abuse there is also an increase in the abuse of prescription drugs over the last ten years. The abuse of stimulant prescription drugs have seen an increase from 5 million to about 45 million while, opiate/opioid prescription grew from 30 million to 180 million. The increased availability of these drugs coupled with general erroneous notion regarding the safety of “doctor- prescribed” medications is leading to the exponential growth of drug users as well as drug abusers. Over 23.1 million people need treatment for substance abuse that comes around to about 9% of the total population. The demerits of drug abuse or addiction go beyond financial costs and takes shape in the form of loss of friends, family, employment and health. Therefore, the need of the hour is to get an immediate help for those addicted to alcohol and drugs to determine the right treatment solution in the form of admission to drug and rehab treatment centers as an outpatient treatment or attending to an inpatient facility as per the symptoms or nature of drug addiction. The drug abuse treatment plans usually followed at alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatment centers do not only helps addicts to detoxify in a safe environment but also assists them through all the stages of recovery process. The first step in the process of drug and alcohol rehab program involves diagnosing the patient or addict by using a series of both physical and behavioral diagnostic criterion to determine whether the concerned person is in fact addicted to alcohol or drug and these criteria include any one or all of the below mentioned factors: ---Inability to cease using drugs, ---Withdrawal symptoms occur when drug use is stopped, ---Physical tolerance to the effect of the drug, ---Compulsive use of drugs even when harmful effects are recognized, ---Inability to meet obligations at work or towards friends, family members are some of the factors considered while diagnosing the status of drug abuse or addiction. In case, the patient is suspected to have drug addiction or abuse then the usual methods of drug abuse treatment methods include inpatient drug abuse treatment, residential drug abuse treatment, outpatient drug abuse treatment, and other substance abuse services. All these types of alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs help the patient or addict in recovering fully from the clutches of alcohol and drug abuse.
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