Rocketing Substance Abuse Statistics Indicate Urgency of Reclaiming American Lives
Released on: January 14, 2008, 2:32 pm
Press Release Author: Michael Bertrand
Industry: Human Resources
Press Release Summary: Nationally, rapidly increasing substance abuse statistics mean that millions of American lives are being damaged or lost to illicit drug abuse, prescription drug abuse, alcohol abuse or addiction, overdoses and substance abuse-related accidents.
Press Release Body: In 1995, national surveys calculated that 22,662,000 Americans had abused illicit or prescription drugs in the past year. By 2005, this figure had rocketed to 35,041,000 - an increase of more than 12 million individuals. To place that increase in some kind of context, imagine the entire populations of New York City and Los Angeles being initiated into illicit or prescription drug abuse. That's how many more people were using prescription or illicit drugs in 2005.
In 2005, drug and alcohol abuse sent nearly a million and a half people to emergency rooms. Now imagine the entire population of Philadelphia, every man, woman and child, lined up at the door of an emergency room, all suffering from urgent problems related to their drug or alcohol abuse.
Nationally, poisoning deaths, nearly all of which are attributed to drugs, are now second only to motor-vehicle crashes as the cause of unintentional injuries. Between 1999 and 2004, national figures for drug poisoning deaths had increased more than 68 percent. Adding to the misery is the price tag of this damage and death. Government estimates place the cost of drug abuse and addiction at half a trillion dollars per year, or about $1,650 per American.
"Reclaiming American lives happens one person, one substance abuser, one addict or alcoholic at a time," stated Ryan Thorpe, Director of Admissions at Narconon Arrowhead. Narconon Arrowhead is one of the nation's leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, located in Canadian, Oklahoma. "More than half of those admitted to treatment for substance abuse have been through one or more rehab programs before.
"Therefore, we concentrate on dissolving the barriers they encountered that caused them to fail in these earlier treatment programs," added Mr. Thorpe. "Cravings, depression and guilt are the barriers to successful recovery. Whether a person has been through other rehab programs or not, if these barriers are not successfully eliminated without using substitute medications, failure in recovery is imminent. We work with our clients for a period lasting three to four months, on average. Seven out of ten of our graduates go on to enjoy living life free from substance abuse."
To save someone from substance abuse, call Narconon Arrowhead today at 1-800-468-6933 or go to www.stopaddiction.com. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program was founded in 1966 by William Benitez in Arizona State Prison, and is based on the humanitarian works of L. Ron Hubbard. In more than 120 centers around the world, Narconon programs replace the loss and pain of alcohol or drug addiction with productive, enjoyable lives.
Web Site: http://www.stopaddiction.com
Contact Details: Narconon Arrowhead HC 67 Box 5 Canadian, OK 74425 1-800-468-6933 email@example.com