There is a high probability that you may know someone battling some form of addiction. Whether it’s a problem with opioids, alcohol, cocaine, or even using pain meds, an unchecked addiction can be fatal.
Addiction, or substance use disorder (SUD), can be a chronic mental health condition that demands urgent attention before it gets out of hand.
Take alcohol abuse, for example; the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that three million deaths yearly result from the harmful use of alcohol. This represents 5.3% of all deaths.
Overall, 5.1% of the global burden of disease and injury is attributable to alcohol, as measured in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs).
Looking at the overall drug abuse and addiction globally, around 275 million people used drugs worldwide in 2020, while over 36 million people suffered from drug use disorders, according to the 2021 World Drug Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Zooming into the U.S., the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics (NCDAS) estimates that nearly half of all people 12 and older in the U.S. have used an illicit substance at least once. Since 2000, almost one million people have died of a drug overdose.
These staggering statistics call for effective therapies and treatment centers to help curb the trend, especially as there are indications that the number of drug users worldwide is likely to climb up to 11% by 2030.