Substance Abuse is a Growing Problem in the United States
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Substance Abuse Programs

Substance abuse in America shatters millions of lives. Surprisingly, the drugs causing so much destruction are often perfectly legal; painkillers and alcohol have led families to the life-saving substance abuse help from American Addiction Centers. Call us today at 800-890-1956.


The prescription drug epidemic is growing.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, prescription drug addiction is responsible for an exceptionally large number of those who seek substance abuse treatment. Today, more and more Americans are dying from prescription drugs than car accidents.

For many prescription abusers, a legitimate injury or ailment results in a doctor-prescribed medication to help manage the pain. Pain meds, such as Vicodin, OxyContin or Percocet can be effective in easing pain relief, but are highly addicting. Self-medicating for fear the pain will return, or using them for extended periods of time or in large doses have extremely dangerous abuse potential.

But prescription addiction also impacts those who may seek out prescription drugs to help manage emotional issues – the mother who relies on prescription drugs to deal with the stresses of everyday life; the elder who uses mood stabilizers to help deal with loneliness; the teen who buys illicit drugs at school.

Substance abuse vs. drug/alcohol abuse.

Substance abuse includes alcohol abuse and all kinds of drug abuse — an umbrella term that serves to remind us that all addictions have much in common. The pain of an alcoholic is almost identical to that of a heroin user. Sometimes, addicts try to separate themselves from “those people” who have a problem typically assumed as less serious.

“I only drink, I’ve never smoked a joint in my life,” an alcoholic might say, justifying substance use. Another addict might say something like, “I don’t have a drug problem, and I’ve never used a syringe.”

Don’t make excuses… make a better life.

If you or a loved one needs help for drug or alcohol abuse, contact us today to speak with one of our caring and experienced Treatment Consultants. We can answer any questions regarding the information on this site, and work with you to develop individualized plans for treatment provided by American Addiction Centers.

American Addiction Centers owns and operates exceptional nationwide facilities. While each facility is unique, all strongly focus on family care. Upon admission, clients are assigned a treatment team, and individualized treatment plans emphasize the rebuilding of family strength and support.

Addiction often impacts those who feel an emotional or spiritual emptiness inside. True happiness and successful sobriety comes from conquering these issues through effective, expert counseling and treatment. Call American Addiction Centers today at 800-890-1956.

No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find substance abuse programs. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury drug rehab.