Addiction is a complex issue that affects us all. There are many types of scientifically recognized addictions, both substance-related (e.g., alcohol, tobacco, opioids) and behavioral (e.g., gambling, food, social media). Addiction is not a formal diagnosis, but rather, reflects a state in which the brain’s normal function is altered such that a person continues to engage in a behavior despite harmful consequences. Below are some facts, figures, and resources to help you better understand addiction.
Sources: 1: 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, SAMSHA, 2: National Conference of State Legislatures, 3: Addiction Center, Recovery Worldwide, LLC, 4: NIH, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 5: Recovery Research Institute, 6: Deloitte Access Economics 2020