I spent several years running. I bounced from job to job. I lost most of my friends. Fear controlled everything, and all I could do to handle things was drink or get high. I ran to Florida, hoping for a fresh start, but all of my problems came with me.
I finally broke down. I had been homeless for months and chased away all of those closest to me. I felt there was nowhere to turn. Then a community of Christian brothers, Timothy Initiative, showed me a new life was possible. I wasn’t alone. They were willing to walk alongside me in recovery.
If you or someone you know is battling addiction, in whatever form it takes, reach out and seek help. You are not alone.
Joe Surack, Sober Truth Project
Addiction impacts not only those who struggle with its negative and repetitive behaviors, but also those around them. It is not
limited to drugs or alcohol, but can also include gambling, overeating, pornography, sexual addiction, smoking, etc.
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." Also, 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.
With proper treatment and pursuit of a lifestyle of recovery, there is hope for anyone. Treatment can be found in a support group or a long term treatment program. If you or a loved one are faced with the disease of addiction, don’t be silenced by shame or guilt. See the below resources for help.
Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-aa-resources
International Website: https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-aa-resources/world/1
AA offers meetings around the country and the world. The above AA websites list meetings in your area.
Narcotics Anonymous: https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/
Narcotics Anonymous offers meetings around the country and the world.
Celebrate Recovery: https://locator.crgroups.info
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step program.
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA): https://slaafws.org/meetings
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous is a 12-step program. Click the above link to find groups and meetings.
Alcohol Rehab Guide: https://www.AlcoholRehabGuide.org/
A website providing valuable information that can help on your rehab journey.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: https://www.samhsa.gov
SAMHSA also offers resources for families of those in addiction.
Al-Anon is a support program for those affected by others’ drinking.
Nar-Anon is a support program for those affected by family or friends’ narcotics addiction. Click the link above to find a meeting near you.
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry: https://www.aaap.org/patients/helpful-links/
The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) offers plenty of information on addiction, and links to SAMHSA and other resources.