Recovering from an addiction is probably one of the most difficult tasks a person can do in their lifetime. There is a whole industry that specifically addresses helping people overcome an addiction, whether it be from a drug, alcohol, or now, even a behavior.

Drug and alcohol addiction remain a serious problem in this country, as well as many others. Surprisingly, nearly 75 percent of all adult illicit drug users are employed, as are most binge and heavy alcohol users, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In the United States, it’s estimated that companies and organizations lose up to $100 billion a year due to employee alcohol and drug abuse, according to the The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information. The destruction to a person’s private life, relationships, friends and family is often immeasurable.

Substance abuse and alcohol abuse treatments are effective and do work. Not only does it help the abuser, it also begins the recovery process to help them repair their relationships with others.

So learning more about how addictions work and what methods are used in their treatment seems like a good idea. That’s why I’m happy to welcome Dr. David Sack, a board-certified addiction psychiatrist and CEO of Elements Behavioral Health. He’ll be blogging here on the topic of addiction and addiction recovery. You can learn more about him here.

Please give a warm Psych Central welcome to Dr. Sack!