Nearly 1 in 10 American adults and teens have a drug or alcohol abuse problem. That one person could be your neighbor, cousin, or teenager's best friend. The truth is - odds favor you know someone who is struggling with substance abuse.
Learn more about alcohol abuse so that you might be able to make a difference for someone. We encourage you to share what you learn with your friends and family.
Understand the warning signs of alcohol abuse, what it means to be a functioning alcoholic, or learn how you can help someone who may be struggling with alcohol abuse.
Addressing the Issue of Alcohol Abuse
When it comes to alcohol abuse, Gateway Treatment Centers want to make sure people understand that dependency on alcohol isn't a flaw in moral character or a choice–alcoholism is a chronic disease. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about 14 million American adults meet diagnostic criteria for alcohol abuse or alcohol dependency-that's more people than the entire population of Illinois! Another cause for concern is only 10% of individuals who need help will seek the treatment they need for alcohol-related problems.
Get the Answers You Need to Alcohol Abuse Questions
As the largest provider of drug and alcohol abuse treatment in Illinois, Gateway understands you have a lot of questions. We realize you are looking for answers and want to know the next step in getting your spouse, friend or family member the help they need.