The societal cost of alcohol misuse is $249 billion, and for illicit drug use it is $193 billion. What we cannot quantify is the human toll on individuals, families, and communities affected not only by addiction, but also by alcohol and drug-related crime, violence, abuse, and child neglect.

Though this challenge is daunting, there is much reason to be hopeful. That's because we know how to solve the problem. We know that prevention works, treatment is effective, and recovery is possible for everyone. We know that we cannot incarcerate our way out of this situation; instead, we need to apply an evidence-based public health approach that brings together all sectors of our society to end this crisis. And we know that addiction is not a moral failing. It is a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency, and compassion."

The bottom line- "Together, we can prevent addiction and create hope for millions of people in treatment and recovery. When we stop judging, we can start helping." 

Click here to go to the Library section on Government Reports listing of Facing Addiction in America: Surgeon General's Report

Click here to visit the Library section on Toolkits listing of Everyone Has a Role to Play: Toolkit for Promoting the Surgeon General’s Report


Keep promoting recovery out there,  

Jimmy Cioe, LADAC, CSAC, CPSS -

Program Coordinator-Recovery Initiatives

Governor's Institute on Substance Abuse
1121 Situs Court - Suite 320
Raleigh, NC 27606

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