America has a drug problem – in fact, almost 20 million Americans struggle with some form of substance addiction every single year. Approximately 74 percent struggle with alcohol while another 38 percent are addicted to other illicit drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, instead. Another 20 percent of all people in active addiction experience cross-addiction, meaning they are addicted to more than one substance.

These statistics may be startling, but they aren’t new. In fact, addiction has existed for nearly as long as the human race. We are only now getting to the point where we can effectively treat it and help people get their lives back for good. If you are struggling with substances, please know there IS hope.

Few people are able to break an addiction on their own. The overwhelming majority of drug and alcohol users eventually need professional help in order to make a permanent and positive change. Most research shows that the most effective approach is to combine long-term inpatient rehabilitation with a well-thought-out community reintegration plan for staying sober upon returning home. This may involve moving into a sober living environment, engaging in group or individual therapy, taking maintenance medications, or even attending meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).