Understanding the Prevalence of Addiction and Mental Health Issues
In the United States, addiction affects approximately one in ten individuals over the age of 12, which equates to about 23 million people. However, only a small fraction of these individuals, around 11 percent, receive treatment. Furthermore, the recent pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues, with one-third of Americans showing signs of anxiety or depression. It's estimated that 7.9 million people in the U.S. are grappling with both addiction and a mental health disorder.
The Role of Parents in Addiction Recovery
If your child is battling addiction, they are likely looking to you for guidance. This can be a daunting responsibility, especially given the high stakes and complex context. However, scientific research offers evidence-based strategies to help you foster the habits and mindset necessary for lasting positive change.
Understanding Addiction from a Neuroscience Perspective
The first step is to understand that individuals struggling with addiction often perceive threats at a heightened level. This altered perception affects how they process information and react to their environment.
Five Neuroscience-Informed Strategies for Supporting Recovery
Here are five strategies, grounded in neuroscience, that can help you turn these challenges into opportunities for positive change:
While every family is unique, the principles of behavioral science remain constant. These principles can provide valuable insights and strategies for navigating the challenges of addiction.
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