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A quick search of such keywords as drug treatment centers, alcohol rehab or addiction treatment, among can often reveal some astonishing statistics on drug and alcohol addiction. These statistics can provide accurate information as well as insight into drug and alcohol addiction, especially among veterans and young people, although anyone is capable of becoming addicted.

Some of the statistics especially those concerning young people, are surprisingly positive. In 2009, for instance, there was actually a decrease in the number of young people in grades, 8, 10, and 12 who participated in binge drinking, as well as those who were considered as lifetime, past-year, and past-month drinkers.

Unfortunately, other statistics were not as promising. The prevalence of marijuana use, for example, has remained steady for the past five years, with no increase but no decline, either. Prescription drug abuse, however, is showing an increase among the young people surveyed, with Vicodin and Oxycontin being two of the more prevalent prescription drugs being abused.

Another disturbing aspect of prescription drug abuse among young people is the way in which they are getting the prescription drugs being abused. When asked, over 50% of 12th-graders stated that they were able to obtain the drugs from a relative or friend. A smaller number, 30%, admitted to obtaining a legal prescription for the drugs; others stated they were able to buy the drugs over the Internet.

Parents can accompany young people to doctor appointments. While they may be asked or wish to sit outside during the initial examination, they can ask to speak to the doctor afterward, and request that if at all possible, only non-narcotic medications be prescribed.

Among veterans, statistics are, unfortunately, grim. In 2000 and 2001, 6% of those who were counted as veterans admitted to illicit or illegal drug use. Approximately 256,000 veterans needed rehabilitation services; however, only 20% had taken advantage of rehab programs.

It is a sad fact that drug and alcohol addiction will not go away. That does not mean, however, that there is no hope. The alcohol treatment centers are there, as well as facilities offering substance abuse treatment; it is only a matter of getting those who need the services-young or old, veteran or civilian, to take advantage of them.

Those who have young people who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction should seek help as soon as possible. The longer that drugs or alcohol is taken into a young person's body, the more damage they can do. Fortunately, if a young person stops taking drugs or drinking alcohol, much of the damage is reversible.

Veterans can have problems with drug and alcohol addiction . Rehab programs are designed to help all those needing help especially those who have experience Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Families and loved ones can help in this by encouraging them to get help and supporting them when they do.

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