Drug addiction is now being treated more as a disease than a choice. It is in reality a very complicated disease. The drugs actually change the brain and cause compulsiveness. Modern science has enabled doctors and therapists to have a better understanding of drug addiction. Thus, they have improved treatment methods, which has enabled many addicts to beat drug addiction.
The following are some monetary drug addiction facts. The cost of substance abuse in the United States is in excess of $600 billion a year. This total includes healthcare, crime costs, and productivity. But the dollar amounts do not include the costs that have no monetary value, which include family break ups, job loss, school drop outs, and violence against spouses and children. The growing rate of substance abuse costs our society not only billions of dollars, but countless lives and emotional damages that many do not even see.