Stigma surrounds drug addiction due to misunderstandings. Most people believe addiction is a choice, but drug addiction is a chronic brain disease.
Approximately 19.7 million people live with a substance use disorder, according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health (NSDUH). Nearly 74 percent of those people with a substance use disorder are living with an alcohol use disorder and 38 percent have an illicit drug disorder. Some people have both an illicit drug disorder and alcohol use disorder. Other people with an addiction may also have a mental health disorder. The NSDUH found that 8.5 million people have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
Addiction can be a complex and misunderstood disease if you have questions about drug addiction, these frequently asked questions may the answers you seek.