Addiction is a chronic disease faced by thousands in Illinois. Because of the disruptive nature of its hard-to-break habits, which makes addiction an incredibly debilitating disorder, the only proven cure is going through substance rehab in an addiction treatment facility.
Addiction touches many lives. It not only ruins or costs the lives of addicts every day, but it affects the lives of the addicts' families and friends. The social cost of addiction is paid by homes and communities throughout the state. This includes families and communities that are often devastated due to addiction-related crimes and gang activity. Unsurprisingly, drug addiction and abuse also increases law enforcement costs in Illinois, stretching police forces, packing courtrooms, and bloating prisons. In fact, throughout its many forms it has affected almost everyone in the state in some way. While not everyone suffers from pervasive and well-known addictions, such as drug abuse and alcoholism, still others suffer from gambling or sex addiction, and many other behavioral addictions.
According to the National Substance Abuse Index, drug abuse is a severe problem in Illinois, in part because Chicago is considered a major distribution center for illicit drugs. The most common illicit drugs used by Illinois residents include heroin, cocaine (including crack cocaine), marijuana, and club drugs like ecstasy. Many of these drugs are addictive and are often linked to violent crimes. Marijuana is not only the most common drug, but it's also considered a gateway drug because of its "safe" and "cool" reputation. Its use often precedes trying more dangerous substances.
There is also a rising trend in abusing prescription drugs like Vicodin and Oxycontin. Ordinarily, these legal prescription narcotics are used to treat health problems and alleviate pain, but they have powerfully addictive side effects. Patients using them can easily become addicted and suffer the same fallout as those who are dependent on illicit drugs. Furthermore, easy access to these prescription narcotics has made them a cheap and popular replacement for hard drug users. Even states such as Illinois that have harder access to these drugs are heavily affected because they are trafficked from states with far less stringent laws, such as Florida. In many parts of the country overdoses and deaths from prescription narcotics are occurring with even greater frequency than from heroin or cocaine abuse.
Alcoholism is a widespread problem because alcohol is a legal, socially popular drug that is easier to access than illicit substances. It affects people from all walks of life no matter what situation. It is well known that alcohol use, as with other drugs, will impair judgment and the ability to act coherently. Domestic abuse is an extremely common but under-reported outcome of alcohol use. The Journal of the American Medical Association recently reported that 92% of domestic abusers they studied used drugs or alcohol on the day of the domestic incident. Driving under the influence is another more obvious example - however, according to the IL Department of Transportation the annual deaths from alcohol-induced accidents declined from 446 deaths in 2006 to 298 deaths in 2010. JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found that 92% of domestic abusers used drugs or alcohol on the day of the domestic incident.
The reason for this decline is not merely the public perception against drunk driving, but because of the availability of drug rehab programs for alcoholics. Our center has many programs offering different kinds of addiction treatments. They include a Twelve Step program, individual, group and family psychotherapy sessions, as well as holistic and alternative therapies. We are staffed by well-trained counselors who are ready to tackle an addict's problems. The efficiency of our addiction treatment can be tracked by our clients' success rate in recovery. Our kind staff stands ready to help an addict in making a successful transition into a drug-free way of life, with patience and perseverance. It isn't an easy process; but taking the first step and contacting our center is critical for an addict to experience a meaningful recovery. By working with the addict we will conquer any addiction together.
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