Rehab can save lives

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that, in 2014, about 4.5 million Americans aged 12 and older had a dependency on or abused illicit drugs. Connections have been made between mental disorders and substance abuse, although one does not necessarily preclude the other. Still, in 2014, SAMHSA reported that 7.9 million adults had both a mental disorder and a problem with substance abuse.

In an effort to combat these disheartening statistics, organizations like SAMHSA has made efforts to allow Americans easy access to rehabilitation centers, mental health counselors, and other helpful resources. Help hotlines, directories for state and national rehabilitation and mental health centers, school prevention programs — all are aimed at addressing the emotional and mental distress that plays a role in the development of drug addiction. At home, friends and family are encouraged to show support to the individual with a dependency; often, people underestimate the power of an inclined ear or a shoulder to cry on.