For victims of drug addiction, the first step towards sobriety and recovery is the will to change. This is the toughest decision to make for those deeply enslaved to the habit because this entails a lasting commitment to transform the way he or she perceives oneself, other people and the stress of everyday life.
Drug abuse or substance abuse disorder is a problem that continues to plague society. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), around $193 million is spent in the United States every year to pay for the damages caused by illicit drugs, including health and crime-related costs. Despite the large figures, the NIDA states that these do not represent the overall repercussions of excessive medication intake, which include unemployment, domestic violence and academic failures.