Almost 21 million Americans have at least one addiction. The financial impact on the US economy is staggering, but the human toll – the impact on lives and the lives of the person struggling with addiction – is immeasurable. Addiction threatens careers and destroys marriages. Even at its most basic level, any form of addiction harms a person’s health.
Yet most of us don’t treat addiction like other conditions that affect your health. Addiction is often stigmatized or hidden. This may be part of why so many of us know so little about what addiction actually is, and how it works.
Three topics are covered:
- Episode 1. Why do people do drugs?
- Episode 2. Alcohol addiction
- Episode 3. Helping someone get help with addiction