|Addiction is a term most people are familiar with because of the immense difficulties and emotional heartache associated with going through addiction concerns or knowing an individual who is suffering from the reliance on substances. By gaining knowledge and understanding of the causes, impacts and supports or treatments available, we can all help reduce the occurrence and suffering of those impacted by addiction.
|So far in this series focusing on addiction, we have explored the definition and the impacts of addiction. In this article, we will explore ways of coping with the impacts of addiction including a section on how individuals who are caring or concerned about a loved one with addiction can cope.
|In the second article of this 4-part series focusing on addiction, we will explore the many impacts that an addiction can have, not only the individual with a diagnoses of addiction, but also the toll on those connected to this individual and society in general.
|According to the World Health Organization, at least 15.3 million people in the US have drug use disorders and an estimated 76.3 million people in the world have an alcohol use disorder. For many people, even if you have not experienced an addiction yourself, you may know someone in your immediate or extended family or social circle who has struggled with the impacts of an addiction.
|Addiction can impact an individual in many different ways, not just in a physical sense, but in a holistic sense and these impacts can include emotional, relational and spiritually or internally. Therefore, in order to treat all areas that addiction can negatively influence, it's important to consider a holistic treatment model.