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Study Shows Rise in Diagnoses for Substance Abuse Problems

1-800-315-2391  |  November 26th

Study Shows Rise in Diagnoses for Substance Abuse Problems

We know that substance abuse and addiction is increasing in the United States because the amount of people diagnosed and being treated have drastically increased. According to an article on MedlinePlus from Reuters, between 2001 and 2009 the diagnosis of drug and alcohol problems in the United States increased 70%.

The abuse of prescription drugs such as painkillers possibly has a lot to do with the increase. Nationally there are almost twenty three million people dependent on drugs or alcohol.

Information taken from "two national surveys of doctors' visits" were used in a study and the results show that doctor visits that involved the abuse of alcohol or drugs or addiction had "increased from 10.6 million between" the years 2001 and 2003 " to 18 million between 2007 and 2009".

The lead author of the study is Dr. Joseph W. Frank from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. According to Dr. Joseph W. Frank, "increases in prescription drug use are a big part of what's going on nationally" and the availability of treatment is a big part of it as well and likely drawing people into care". Talk therapy and medications like methadone are some of the effective treatments available today for individuals receiving treatment for substance abuse.

Talk Therapy also known as Psychotherapy, helps people to understand their use of drugs or alcohol and also provides them with strategies and tools to deal with their unhealthy thoughts and behaviors and learn how to cope with stress in a healthier way. There are many different types of Talk Therapy available because every individual is different and so are their personal problems and substance abuse issues.


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