The Basics of Addiction
Drug addiction has a major impact on the health and well-being of millions of people every year. According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data, 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older needed treatment for a substance use disorder. Only about 2.5 million people received the treatment they needed.
Drug addiction is a serious disease. Unless the addiction is treated, the addict’s condition will only get worse with time. Drug addiction is characterized by compulsive, uncontrollable, drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences.