Addiction is like playing with matches and starting a forest fire. What starts as a drag of marijuana, a few pills, or a sip of the bottle suddenly flares up into a life-controlling obsession.
claiming teenagers as their #1 victim.
in order to get high or change their mood.
from drug overdose in the United States
Addiction to drugs and alcohol is a life-controlling issue. It consumes the mind and steals the heart. The insatiable urge for the next fix takes first place above health, work, and family. Jobs are lost. Relationships suffer. Home is traded for a life on the streets.
The worst part is, no matter how bad life gets, the cravings never end.
The addiction epidemic is not over there in that city, or on that street with all the crime. It’s at home with your neighbors. It haunts your most beloved friends and family members. Over 40 million Americans aged 12 and over are struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. That’s nearly 1 in 10 Americans.
Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It wages war in the lives of the rich and poor, whites and blacks, men and women, young and old. Of those affected, 9 out of 10 are not seeking treatment, or they are not finding it. For 100 people each day, their addiction poisons them to death.
Drug addiction begins with the one-time use of a chemical substance and progresses to full dependency. The substances abused range from marijuana, meth, and heroin, to prescription drugs and painkillers. 90% of people struggling with addiction started using drugs before the age of 18. While cocaine use has declined over the past 10 years, marijuana and prescription drug abuse is steadily on the rise.
Alcoholism is one of the most common addictions in America, affecting 16 million people. It claims more lives than any other drug – both users and innocent bystanders – due to alcohol poisoning, drinking and driving, careless accidents, and alcohol-related homicides. It’s the 4th leading preventable cause of death in America, yet 95% of alcoholics do not feel they need treatment.
Addiction is a serious and overwhelming issue, but it is not hopeless. A person struggling with drugs and alcohol can be made 100% whole, 100% free, and 100% alive. Alabama Teen Challenge is on a mission to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive. We employ a Christ-centered model to lead people on the path to recovery and enable a hope-filled, purposeful life.
Thank you for making the difference in the life of someone struggling with drugs or alcohol.