In honor of National Recovery Month, American Addiction Centers Chairman & Co-Founder Michael Cartwright, hosted an event in Memphis, TN called Believable Hope: an Evening with Michael Cartwright. Attendees included the Memphis Police Department as well as AAC alumni. During the event Michael shared his recovery story, nearing 25 years sober.
Tobacco smoking is a grave problem in the United States. The death rate involving Americans who smoke is three times more than those who have never smoked. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, people are addicted not only to tobacco, but many other substances.
The data concerning older Americans with substance abuse problems further illustrates the prevalence of drug and alcohol addiction among those ages 50 and up (who are more likely to have children over the age of 18). A publication by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) puts the reality in stark terms: “Substance abuse, particularly of alcohol and prescription drugs, among adults 60 and older is one of the fastest growing health problems facing the country.
Both those at greater risk of developing a substance use disorder and those in recovery from substance abuse can benefit from knowing what professions are most susceptible to drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. A majority of Americans spend the bulk of their time at work, after all. There, high levels of stress, a culture of heavy drinking and other environmental factors can pose major risks for someone with a genetic predisposition to addiction or for someone trying to maintain sobriety.
To overcome opioid epidemic in the United States is now a cumulative effort of the local, state and federal governments, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, doctors and the concerned citizens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 78 Americans succumb each day to opioid overdose.