Today, there are an estimated 270 million addicts worldwide. If drug and alcohol abuse were a country, it would be the third largest nation in the world! Over 3.6 million people die from drugs or alcohol each year. That’s approximately 10,000 deaths per day, 420 per hour, and 7 every minute.
The drugs abused are many and dangerous. They are depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogenic substances causing dependence, psychotic behaviors, serious illness, and severe withdrawal symptoms.
Most addicts around the world are without any real opportunity for a cure. Where there are addicts who want help, there is a lack of accessible rehabilitation programs. Where there are people who want to help, most don’t have the tools, training, and resources to do so.
Addiction is a plague to humankind. It afflicts every country of the world and does not discriminate between race, gender, age group, and economic class.
The financial and emotional cost to families, communities, and nations is staggering. Addicted teens are failing school, marriages are falling apart, and men and women are driven to the streets. Drug-related unrest creates at-risk communities and costs a nation hundreds of billions of dollars in healthcare, crime, and unemployment.
Drug dependency not only wounds the body, but also the mind and soul. An addict faces job loss, financial ruin, disconnection from family, and legal problems. As his life spirals out of control, hope fades and despair takes over.
For many, there remain only two paths to relief: continued drug use or death. Drug users are about six times more likely to take their own life than the general population. Without a reason to hope, a life free from addiction is not possible.