Facing Drug and Alcohol Addiction in America: Reasons for Hope
Earlier this year, the federal government released a report titled “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.” The surgeon general is the leading voice in our government on public health, and this was the first-ever report from that office dealing with matters of addiction in our country. It offers both a public acknowledgement of the addiction epidemic in America and the stance that we should be taking at the levels of family, community, and as a nation (as the title of the report suggests — face it rather than turn away from it).
“…substance use disorders represent one of the most pressing public health crises of of our time.” — Surgeon General’s Report, Executive Summary, p. V
This report couldn’t have come at a better time. As seen almost daily in new media reports (here, here, and here for example), the problems created by addiction, especially the opioid epidemic, show no signs of abating. Millions of Americans suffer from addiction and face their struggles alone, due to the guilt and shame often associated with substance use disorders. Moreover, families are torn apart as addicts and their loved one grow increasingly distant, and communities at large feel the effects through rising crime rates and and a criminal justice system that too often punishes addiction instead of treating it.
“The problem of alcohol and drug misuse in the United States is serious and pervasive. However, despite the challenges…this is also a time of great hope and opportunity.”
— Surgeon General’s Report, Executive Summary p. ES 3
But there is good news as well. The report states that there are approximately 25 million adults in this country who are in recovery. Recovery options are available and, with willingness and determination on the part of addicts and their families, these options are shown to have considerable rates of success. Effective treatment, as cited in the report, includes medications, behavioral therapies, and treatment options such as structured treatment facilities. In my opinion, this last option can prove to be the most effective because it combines all three (medicinal, therapeutic, and community-based treatment).
Wisdom Treatment centers offer medical supervision, group and individual therapy, and structured community living that lets our clients reclaim their lives by learning how to live free from the bonds of addiction with others who have similar experiences. Our team of professionals knows what it takes to beat drugs and alcohol—we’ve been there and lived through it. We are dedicated to helping our clients overcome their problems so that they and their families can see, as the Surgeon General’s report states, that there is hope and reason for optimism.
But this result can only be achieved if we face the problem head on by seeking immediate treatment for ourselves or our loved ones. Call us today so that you can start living life again as it should be lived: with a sense of peace, joy and hope.