ACT for Substance Abuse and Dependence
Drug dependence and abuse have reached epidemic proportions. The 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimated that 22 million or 9.4% of Americans over age 12 meet diagnostic criterion for substance dependence or abuse. The individual and social costs of drug and alcohol addiction are staggering. The total indirect costs of alcohol and drug abuse paid by the government, persons using, and their families, is conservatively estimated to be $245.7 billion per year (National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 1992). These costs include addiction treatment, healthcare expenditures, lost work productivity and lost earnings due to work disability.
KeywordsSubstance Abuse Substance Abuser Behavioral Predisposition Experiential Avoidance Commit Action
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