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Many Choices According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 4 million persons aged 12 or older received treatment for drug addiction or alcohol abuse in 2008. Many of these people got treatment at on-site or offsite centers that provided counseling, behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, medication, case management, and other services. The majority of addicts who got treatment attended no-cost facilitated self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, one of the best-known treatment programs for alcoholics.

I switched to a stronger brand, yet still smoked more and was in constant pain. A University doctor told me I had the lungs of a 40-year-old smoker and I wasn’t even 20. com, January 22, 2008. com. James became addicted to cigarettes at age 15 and was able to finally quit at age 21. * Editor’s Note: While the definition of a primary source can be narrowly or broadly defined, for the purposes of Compact Research, a primary source consists of: 1) results of original research presented by an organization or researcher; 2) eyewitness accounts of events, personal experience, or work experience; 3) first-person editorials offering pundits’ opinions; 4) government officials presenting political plans and/or policies; 5) representatives of organizations presenting testimony or policy.

It was like someone had hit me upside the head. I’d lost all of my friends, I’d lost the life I once had, all I had was my drugs. ” —Anonymous, “Another Day, Another Dose, Part 2,” Narconon, October 19, 2009. com. The author is a recovered OxyContin addict who went through the Narconon program. “ Many drug abusers end up in prison or jail. Sometimes they steal property to get money for drugs. Or, often they will commit crimes while ‘high’ on drugs. ” —National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Treating Drug Addiction: What Offenders and Families Need to Know,” May 5, 2009.

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