Addiction is a Chronic Disease with Deadly Consequences
Over 70,000 people die from overdose each year, more than in the entire Vietnam and Gulf Wars combined. Because addiction is often treated as an acute vs, a chronic disease, rehab programs don't stay connected to their clients after initial treatment helping to drive relapse rates as high as 85% in the first year following treatment.
Addiction is a chronic disease
Addiction is a brain disorder that must be managed over one’s lifetime. It cannot be “cured” with 30 days of rehab treatment.
Millions need treatment
The Opioid Crisis has helped fuel an addiction pandemic that has impacted millions of Americans who now need access to treatment.
Addiction is deadly
Overdose deaths kill 70,000 Americans annually. If the disease is not managed, then it will progress increasing the risk of disability or death.
Relapse rates are high
Relapse in the first year following rehab is as high as 85%, most often in the first months. Individuals need extended care to reduce relapse.
Adolescents are at risk
1 in 10 adolescents will develop addiction before they leave high school. The disease rewires their brain before it has time to fully develop making addiction harder to treat.
Addiction is costly
Addiction has a $1 trillion dollar economic impact annually in healthcare, law enforcement, lost productivity at work, and legal cost.