Thousands of Illinois residents are struggling with drug and substance abuse every year. Heroin is one of the most dangerous abused drugs in Illinois. The central state location has made it a suitable hub for a lot of drug traffickers. Chicago is a heroin hotspot. 75% of heroin addicts in Illinois started by misusing prescription drugs.
The common prescription drugs include hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone. The misuse of these drugs later led to abuse and addiction to heroin. Approximately 2.5 percent of Illinois residents aged 12 years and above were dependent on illicit drugs in 2015.
Approximately 700,000 people over the age of 21 years are heavy drinkers in Illinois. Of the 700, 000, only 35,000 received medication in 2015. Heavy consumption of alcohol is defined as taking more than five drinks on one occasion for at least five days a month. 5% of all the deaths in Illinois are caused by drug abuse, either directly or indirectly.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous to the drunk driver and other road users. In 2017, about 27,046 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. More than 90% of them lost their driving privileges.
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There are a range of websites providing easily accessible information about substance use disorders.
Has free resources and publications, including pamphlets for families where addiction is present, information on family therapy, and what is involved in substance use disorder treatment and a treatment finder tool.
Has provided helpful, easy-to-read drug facts. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also contains information about alcohol and alcohol use disorder.
This crisis hotline can help with a lot of issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; victims of bullying; or anyone who is interested in mental health treatment referrals can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are connected with a professional who will talk with them about what they’re feeling or concerns for other family and friends.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) developed this website. Teens can get facts about drugs and drug effects, read advice from fellow teens, watch educational videos, download cool anti-drug stuff, and try their hand at brain games.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help other recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees, and AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution.
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of recovering addicts. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. Meetings are free.
Al-Anon is a free, nonprofit organization that supports and provides literature to family members and friends of alcoholics.
Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.
At Families Against Narcotics, we believe that compassion > stigma, and we assist individuals and families affected by substance use disorder with the respect, empathy, and compassion they deserve.