Addictive disorders generally refer to physically and psychologically intense desires that are directed towards substances like tobacco or alcohol or behaviors such as shopping or gambling.
These addictions are harmful to the addict socially, psychologically or physically. Additionally, an addiction is usually typified by its chronic and progressive nature.
The statistics surrounding addiction are alarming and suggest a growing problem:
- One in five Americans smoke and smokers die an average of about 14 years before non-smokers.
- 50% of Americans drink regularly and 1/3 of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol.
- According to 1988 statistics, 300,000 babies were born addicted to cocaine.
- 2005 statistics indicate that 10.4 million Americans who were 12 years or older had tried methamphetamines.
- People addicted to heroin spend $150-$200 a day to support their habit.
- Gambling problems are prevalent in about 2-3% of the population.
- 3-5% of the population suffer from disorders stemming from some form of sexual compulsion.
- About 5% of young women under 30 have an eating disorder.
- About 72% of alcoholic women under 30 have an eating disorder.
It seems that a large segment of our population deals with addiction issues on a daily basis. It is imperative to become informed about addiction disorders in order to help addicts find solutions and help society cope with this growing problem.