Recent statistics from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) indicate that drug and alcohol abuse in America is only getting worse. Prescription medications are a major problem according to current trends, with 90.8% of those drugs obtained with intent for recreational use from family, friends or doctors. According to the NIDA, alcohol abuse is also a continuing problem in the US. Such abuse is currently costing taxpayers $224 billion per year. The National Prevention Strategy, says the Surgeon General of the United States, is an effort of reversing these current trends of drug and alcohol abuse. As part of this strategy, the Surgeon General calls upon all facets of society to work together to cure the disease of addiction.
According to the National Prevention Strategy, prevention of drug abuse and excessive alcohol consumption provides a multitude of benefits, including:
For its part, the government pledges to participate in active reduction of the prevalence of substance abuse. The government promises to:
For civilians and entities outside of federal government, the Surgeon General's office asks for committed participation in the National Prevention Strategy. For each group, specific guidelines are presented to enable a cohesive and logical pathway to reversing current trends of substance abuse in America. Specific groups presented with directives by the National Prevention Strategy include:
Individuals stuck in the cycle of drug and alcohol abuse often feel shameful and isolated by their addiction. However, the Surgeon General's multi-level approach to reversing current trends in drug and alcohol abuse nationwide proves that all of society is supportive of gaining freedom from addiction. Because that freedom is gained one person at a time and requires the support of government, health care providers, community organizations and others, those suffering from abuse should know that taking the first step through treatment is not a step taken alone. Freedom From Addiction can help you in your quest towards addiction recovery. Call us for more information.
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