The Impact of Substance Abuse Disorders
Substance use disorders are primary, progressive, chronic, relapsing and treatable diseases. These conditions have a dramatic impact on the lives of individuals, their families and partners, and community as a whole. With over 20 million people having substance use disorders, we can no longer choose to turn a blind eye to the impact this is having.
Despite the fact that we have treatments we know are effective, only 10 percent of people who currently need treatment are actually receiving it. Treatment is only the beginning of a long-term recovery process of brain healing and restoration. By focusing on community-based recovery services, we can increase capacity by avoiding relapse.