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What We Know

Substance addiction is the uncontrolled use of a substance (drugs or alcohol) while knowing the negative impact of the use [1]. The pattern of addiction starts with a liking to the substance, which turns to wanting and craving, then ultimately turns to abuse and dependency [1]. Trying to end the addiction can lead to undesirable withdrawals. Addictions can be caused by “genetic, biological, psychological, social, and economic factors” [1]. Presently, there are 21 million Americans who struggle with substance addiction. Unfortunately, of that 21 million only 10% seek treatment [2].

How It Affects Our World

Depending on which substance is being used, an individual may be affected by anxiety during withdrawals and psychotic disorders during usage. In addition, depressive episodes can be observed as well as sleep or sexual disturbances [3]. Furthermore, the individual may experience a lack of taking responsibilities, relationship difficulties, or loss of interest in social or recreational activities [4]. 

What We Can Do About It

At Finding The Light Project we will always highly recommend professional medical and mental health providers as the foundation of treatment. Beyond that, we are here to provide you with knowledge, theological reasoning and encouragement. We invite you to subscribe and explore how you can find light in the darkness. It’s time to find hope and happiness once again!

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[1] Bhatia, S. C., Petty, F., & Gabel, T. (2017). Substance and nonsubstance related addiction disorder: Diagnosis and treatment. Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.

[2] Addiction Center (2020). Statistics on addiction in America. Retrieved from

[3] American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

[4] Addiction Center (2020). What is addiction? Retrieved from

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