Understanding Addiction

Joe Surack

Addictions don’t always look the same.

They can be chemical or behavioral, chosen or thrust upon you. Alcohol, drugs, sex, food, codependency, gambling, gaming, social media, shopping, offense, exercise, politics, the list of things one can become addicted to goes on and on.

While struggling with sugar cravings might not seem as destructive as heroin or porn, the neurological premise is the same.

And the good news is, there is help—and you can heal.

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Addiction Statistics & Information

Addiction impacts not only those who struggle with its negative and repetitive behaviors, but also the people trying to love and lead them.

  • Between 2006 and 2010, roughly 88,000 people died per year as a result of alcoholism.
  • In 2018, 14.4 million people suffered from Alcohol Use Disorder, commonly referred to as "alcoholism."
  • In 2018, 67,637 people died from drug overdose, and opiates made up nearly 70% of that total. 
  • In 2016, almost 9 million Americans struggled with some form of gambling addiction.

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  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 
    National Helpline: [Please enable javascript.] (4357) SAMHSA also offers resources for families of those in addiction.
  • Al-Anon 
    Al-Anon is a support program for those affected by others’ drinking. 
  • Nar-Anon
    Nar-Anon is a support program for those affected by family or friends’ narcotics addiction. 
  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
    The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) offers plenty of information on addiction, and links to SAMHSA and other resources.