Addiction Facts & Trends
40,000 Individuals Affected
Recently updated statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reveal that over 40,000 individuals age 12 and older in Greenville County have a diagnosable substance use disorder; but less than 10% of these individuals are receiving any type of help at any given time.
Loved Ones Affected by Addiction
It is conservatively estimated that an addicted person’s illness negatively affects at least five other people: parents, spouses, children, co-workers, employers, and friends. At this moment in Greenville County, more than 240,000 people are directly affected by their own or a loved one’s addiction, which is 52% of the population in Greenville County.
Health Issues due to Addiction
Families affected by addiction develop unhealthy ways of coping and adapt to the problematic behavior of their addicted loved one. They experience a variety of health issues: anxiety, depression, lack of sleep, worry, conflict, and stress, which in turn contribute to heart disease, asthma, diabetes, obesity, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer’s disease, accelerated aging, high blood pressure, and stroke. In addition, how effective can a person be on the job if they are preoccupied with an addicted loved one’s self-destructive behavior?
Call for Help
Currently it takes 8 to 10 years after the onset of addiction for the person to find help. What other illness do we wait for it to get worse before we take action? Call FAVOR today at 864-385-7757.