Addiction deeply wounds those closest to the person with the disease. We’re working to better understand how parents, spouses, siblings and children of sufferers also get well -- and the best ways we can help them do that.
Addiction is an equal-opportunity disease. It affects people from every age, income and ethnic group. A prevalent misconception is that most people who suffer from addiction come from a low socioeconomic background.
October 30, 2015 | David Whitesock, Addiction Informatics Officer Featured
Our current data show that a majority of people seeking assistance with drug and alcohol addiction issues are men. This tracks with some national data on use, but we need better understanding of why more men and fewer women are getting help.
Starting today, we share our first data point, what it means for us, and some insight or context around it. This week's number tells us a lot about our clients and will help lead us to the best ways to get addiction sufferers well.