1. Nearly 19 million people in the U.S. are dependent on alcohol. Relapse is the norm and only around 10% seek help.
  2. All addictive behaviors vary in degree of seriousness.
  3. Teenage girls are more likely to become first time users of drugs than teenage boys.
  4. Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world and can lead to tolerance, psychological and physical dependency as well as withdrawal.
  5. Sugar is addictive. It’s excessive use contributes to health related conditions like obesity and diabetes.
  6. One in 20 people in the U.S. are considered compulsive shoppers.
  7. Obesity has been labeled a disease because by classifying it as a medical condition there will be the incentives for prescribing a variety of new medications and shift the focus off of society’s role and responsibility to the problem.
  8. Binge eating is associated with depression, anxiety and stress.
  9. Close to 70 million people in the U.S. use tobacco products. More men than women. Young adults between the ages of 18-25 make up over 40% them.
  10. Over half the people in the U.S. that have an addictive tendency towards pornography and compulsive sexual behavior had some form of abuse when they were children.
  11. Addictive behaviors are normal. Yet, the word “addiction” is emotionally charged from years of social indoctrination. Most people immediately think of the worst case alcoholic or drug addict in spite of the fact that they are the exception not the norm.
  12. You don’t need to be an alcoholic to get a DUI or a drug addict to get arrested for possession. But, you will be labeled as one when you are entered into the system.
  13. Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs, yet the majority of people that smoked, quit on their own without treatment or a support group.
  14. There are an estimated 8 million problem gamblers in the U.S. and half are over 50 years old. Chances are one of them may be grandma. In fact, the biggest increase in gamblers are the elderly, especially women.
  15. Ritalin and Adderall have similar chemical effects as cocaine and methamphetamine.
  16. There is little long term research on the effects of giving kids stimulant and antidepressant drugs on their brains and personality development.
  17. Close to 3.6 million people in the U.S. are dependent on both legal and illegal drugs and less than 20% are seeking help.
  18. Everything you think, feel and do changes the brain.
  19. Nobody knows what’s going on inside your brain on a molecular level this very second.
  20. “Eighty to 90 percent of people who use crack and methamphetamine don’t get addicted.”
  21. If AA or a 12 Step program helped you remain abstinent from an addictive behavior, you just proved to yourself that you have the ability to make conscious behavioral choices and therefore are not powerless.
  22. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than all deaths from AIDS, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined.
  23. The most effective treatments for any addictive behavior are those that are self directed and where the individual becomes their own agent for change.
  24. Research shows that people that were told obesity was a “disease” actually ate more and made poorer food choices than people who were told they could control their weight in other ways.