Few physicians know how to recognize addiction or address it, even though they may see addicted patients on a regular basis and even treat the conditions their addictions cause. A recent Columbia University report found that most doctors do not know how to diagnose substance abuse or treat it. Of the 22 million Americans with a substance abuse problem, only 10 percent received treatment.
According to a new report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University – and reported by our friends at The Partnership at Drugfree.org – only about 10% of those afflicted with addiction are receiving the help they need.
ABC News recently reported on the disturbing new trend of “supermoms” who are addicted to Adderall. The women are abusing the drug, meant to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), to get the energy they need to juggle work and family life.
A new statement from doctors warns physicians to use caution when prescribing mood-altering medications to kids. Prescriptions for ADHD have risen in the last twenty years, partly due to misuse of the drug.
Pain killer addiction has become an epidemic in the United States. Along with the increase in prescription drug abuse has come an increase in deaths from prescription drug abuse. Don't become part of the statistics. Seek prescription drug abuse treatment.