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Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Kevin Chadbourne Downs
LAC-S, LAC, LPC-S, LPC, MAC, SAP, CSAT, CAI
Drug addiction, similar to alcohol addiction, is characterized by unsuccessful attempts to control drug usage and an obsession to take more.
On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid related overdose.
In 2017, 47,000 Americans died from prescription pill/opioid overdoses.
New heroin users have decreased since 2016, while the number of new opioid users has increased significantly.
Alcohol addiction is a deadly, chronic disease characterized by out of control drinking, combined with a constant obsession for alcohol.
1 in 8 American adults, or 12.7% of U.S. population, meet the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder.
25% of adult men that drank in the last month - “Binge” drank - at least 5 times (8+ drinks).
Alcohol abusers are at extremely high risk for suicide, depression, incarceration, DUI’s, sexual crimes, and STD’s.
SEX AND PORN ADDICTIONS
Sex addiction is the behavior of "sexually acting out." This behavior may include prostitutes, escorts, multiple sex partners, and/or extramarital affairs.
Porn addiction, separate from sex addiction, is the compulsive/ impulsive, need to view pornography and engage in contemporaneous masturbation.
In 2019, the pornography website - "Pornhub" - reported receiving over 42 billion annual website visits, or an average of 115 million visits per day.
Sex and porn addictions are examples of "process addictions" - which are under consideration for inclusion - in the next iteration of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM).