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Addiction is a touchy subject in our society. Those suffering from the condition whether they are addicted to opiates or alcohol are treated as if their problem is primarily a personal flaw or a moral failing. The truth is that addiction is a disease of the brain that affects judgement, decision-making, and the very way that an addict perceives the world around them.

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Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is the most common form of addiction currently present in the United States. According to statistics from the NIH in 2013, 16.6 million adults 18 or older met the criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and nearly 697,000 young adults between the ages of twelve and seventeen met these same criteria. Nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year in the United States alone, making it the third leading cause of preventable death. Are you or a loved one suffering from alcohol abuse? Continue reading below to learn more about treatment for this condition.

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Opiate Addiction

Opiates are one of the most commonly abused substances in the United States. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, 46 Americans die every day from prescription opioid drug abuse – that’s 17,000 annually. They exist both as a narcotic and as a legitimate pain-relief drug prescribed by doctors for moderate to severe pain, typically following major surgery. Because everyone’s body is set up differently, the dosage that works for many people may be an overdose for some people.

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