Substance abuse has become a national pandemic, with millions of individuals afflicted by it all around the globe. Substance abuse not only takes an immense toll on the individual, but it also takes a heavy toll on society, leading to social, economic, and psychological consequences. Despite these negative effects, substance abuse is on the rise – as are efforts to eradicate it.
The Rise of Substance Abuse
Substance abuse, or the abuse of alcohol and drugs, can take many forms. From experimental use, recreational use, or abuse in order to self-medicate, substance abuse continues to be a major problem in the United States and across the world. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report that results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older had abused drugs or alcohol in the past month.
Focusing on Substance Abuse Prevention
With so many individuals affected by substance abuse, it’s more important than ever to focus on prevention. Substance abuse prevention focuses on minimizing the impact that these substances have on individuals by addressing the underlying causes, such as mental health issues, stress, and trauma. Preventive efforts include education, early intervention, regulations on availability and access, and public awareness campaigns about the dangers of substance abuse.
Fighting for a Better Future
At the same time, individuals and organizations across the country are fighting for a better future and health by advocating for treatment and recovery services, as well as expanding access to these services. Organizations like the American Society of Addiction Medicine are leading the charge in educating people about substance abuse and advocating for safe, effective treatment. In addition, local organizations such as Substance Abuse Solutions in California are providing on-the-ground services to help individuals and families affected by substance abuse.
Substance abuse is one of the most serious public health issues of our time, yet it remains a major problem. With education, early intervention, and advocacy, we can create a better future for those affected by substance abuse. Together, we can fight for a healthier, more productive society.