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Loving an Addict

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Webster's gives the following as definitions for the word ADDICTION

  • A strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble); an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something.
  • Compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly: persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful. 

To love and live with an addict in your home takes courage, resilience, patience, determination, and unwavering faith.

By Drug: Admissions to Publicly Funded Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, 2008

**23.1%--Alcohol only   ** 18.3%--Alcohol +another drug  **17.0%--Marijuana  **14%--Heroin  **8.1%--Smoked cocaine (crack)  **6.5-%-Stimulants  **5.9%--Opiates (not heroin)  **3.2%--Non-smoked cocaine (e.g. cocaine powder) **0.6-%-Tranquilizers **0.2%--PCP  **0.2%--Sedatives  **0.1%--Hallucinogens  **0.1%--Inhalants