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Substance abuse rises as economy stays bleak



Times of crisis, like being unemployed or having your salary cut, can lead many people to turn to destructive behavior. The more frustrated people get with their financial situation, the more apt they are to lose control of their lives.

Substance abuse treatment centers like Coastal Horizons have seen more patients over the past year. Officials can not confirm that this influx is due to the economy, but it is proven that high stress situations can lead many to drink and use drugs. Feeling helpless and depressed are very common when times are tough.

Experts say some people turn to drugs or alcohol, because they feel it is something they can control. Coastal Horizon Program Director Pamela Morrison said, “In reality it makes the problem a lot worse. In addition to the financial stress and the unemployment, with everything else that is going on, people are burdened and faced with an addiction.”

Addiction to alcohol or drugs is considered a mental disorder. Treatment centers like Coastal Horizons can help folks identify where the problem started, and help them overcome their addiction.

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When the going gets tough, some turn to addictive behaviors. The bleak economy can be an added stress some people can’t deal with on their own.

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