More than 64,000 people lost their lives last year to a drug overdose and more than 88,000 died from alcohol-related causes (including drunk driving accidents), according to the National Institutes of Health. That’s not counting the number of drug-related deaths involving crime, violence, suicide and psychosis.
If we don’t do something to help our loved ones now, when?
Learn About Addiction for Your Loved One
Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious disease, carrying the risk of legal problems and jail time, destroying relationships and lives, and causing damaging physical and mental health problems that can lead to early death.
We know that if you are a parent or a good friend of someone struggling with addiction, you are probably worried sick right now. If you are considering professional drug and alcohol intervention services, we can help.
We want you to find the right rehab center, addiction treatment help, and online support for your entire family. We care…and we can help.
Why It’s More Urgent than You Might Think
Here are four of the many reasons why you should devote greater attention to your loved one’s drug or alcohol problem and finding a solution:
- At the onset of addiction, there is a life expectancy of only another 15 to 20 years, if left untreated.
- Permanent serious illnesses can result from continued substance abuse:
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Organ damage
- Legal problems like bankruptcy and imprisonment are real issues.
- EVERY day your son, daughter, close friend or sibling uses drugs or abuses alcohol could be THE day he or she dies of an overdose or a related cause.
It’s a misconception that an individual must hit “rock bottom” before seeking treatment. If you’re waiting for your loved one to bottom out, hoping they’ll want help one day, they may never get the opportunity to see that day.
Alcoholism and drug abuse are progressive illnesses, worsening over time. The victim is typically unable to see he or she has a problem. And the longer family members wait to do a professional intervention and find a rehab program, the greater the risk of permanent, life-altering consequences.