Alcoholism/Drug Abuse By: Cristian A. Gomez

Are alcoholism and drug addiction genetically inherited?

Does this dispute start after one families background?

While not everyone who is exposed to certain factors develops dependency on drugs and/or alcohol, there has been a correlation between certain environmental, individual or genetic and social factors and substance abuse and addiction.

Is drug addiction worth the cost?

Drug addiction treatment has been shown to reduce associated health and social costs by far more than the cost of the treatment itself.Substance abuse costs our Nation over $600 billion annually and treatment can help reduce these costs. Drug addiction treatment has been shown to reduce associated health and social costs by far more than the cost of the treatment itself. Treatment is also much less expensive than its alternatives, such as incarcerating addicted persons. For example, the average cost for 1 full year of methadone maintenance treatment is approximately $4,700 per patient, whereas 1 full year of imprisonment costs approximately $24,000 per person.

How long does drug-addiction treatment usually last?

90 day residential or outpatient drug programs are suggested as the minimum length of time. Methadone maintenance treatment should continue for at least 12 months, with some individuals continuing to benefit for over a year. Rehab programs last as long as they need to for quality treatment and recovery.Individuals progress through drug addiction treatment at various rates, so there is no predetermined length of treatment. However, research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length. Generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited effectiveness, and treatment lasting significantly longer is recommended for maintaining positive outcomes.

What is more addicting drugs or alcoholism?

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.Drug addiction is considered a disease that impacts brain circuitry and behavior, and it is classified by an inability to control drug use. Addictive drugs act on the pleasure center in the brain, causing a shortcut to reward that, when repeated, can change the way a person processes information. Drugs’ addictive qualities may be enhanced by how good they make a person feel when using them and how bad they may make users feel when they wear off. Chronic drug abuse can induce drug dependency, which leads to withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings without the drug’s presence. programs/most-addictive/

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