Thursday, October 04, 2012

According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1 out of every 8 Americans has a significant problem with alcohol or drugs. Dr. Edward Hill discusses addiction in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Many people do not understand how or why someone could become addicted to drugs or alcohol, but about 27 million Americans either use illicit drugs regularly or are heavy drinkers.

According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug addiction is a complex disease and quitting takes more than good intentions.

Addiction often follows a pattern of first trying something to see what it is like. Then using the substance to get a high or avoid facing a problem. One continues to use, denying negative consequences, and finally loses control over the substance.

In recent years, scientific studies have allowed us to see ways in which drugs affect the brain, leading mental health professionals to a greater understanding of successful treatments that help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or a drug problem, get expert help. Addiction is a treatable disease. The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.