Drug Addiction

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction affects more Southwest Florida residents than we may know.  In 2012 NBC-2 reported, “Drug deaths surpass car accident fatalities.” According to their report, prescription drug abuse in 2012 was considered the number one cause of death among Florida residents. In Southwest Florida, the District 21 Medical Examiner’s office saw twice as many drug related deaths as motor vehicle fatalities in 2011.  Drug addiction is affecting the entire community – sometimes it’s difficult to recognize drug abuse in people we care about.

Definition of Drug Addiction

Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a dependence on a legal or illegal drug or medication. When you’re addicted, you’re not able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes (Mayo Clinic). A drug addiction can cause serious short-term and long-term consequences. When a person has a drug addiction, the disease can hurt the entire family.

Drug Addiction Risk Factors

According to the Mayo Clinic staff, anyone can become addicted to a drug – however there are certain risk factors that can affect the likelihood and speed of developing an addiction:

  • Family history of addiction
  • Having another mental health disorder
  • Peer pressure
  • Lack of family involvement
  • Anxiety, depression and loneliness
  • Taking a highly addictive drug

Seek Treatment for your Drug Addiction in Naples, Florida

Crossroads in Naples, Florida addresses your physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. You can find a full continuum of substance use services for adults suffering from a drug addiction.  The services include inpatient detoxification, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient treatment and aftercare services provided by the David Lawrence Centers . Our treatment programs are designed to help you and your family understand the disease of addiction, and our treatment services will empower you to make profound and lasting changes in your life. To get help today simply call (239) 354-1428 or send us a message.

Jan 29, 2015 | Blog

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