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Substance abuse is a big problem today, both in and out of the workplace. Some of the statistics concerning substance abuse are quite surprising and some are simply alarming. More than half of all eight graders in the USA have tried alcohol at least once, and at least one in five has tried marijuana. Roughly sixty percent of alcoholics who binge drink hold down a steady job, and approximately one in four deaths in the United States each year can be traced back to substance abuse of some type. The biggest cause of birth defects is alcohol use, with drug use close behind.

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One surprising fact about substance abuse is that most small businesses do not test for alcohol or drug use on the job. Individuals who drink or use drugs excessively miss an average of twelve times as many days from work each year as someone who does not have substance abuse issues. More than three fourths of all the individuals with an addiction are employed on a full time basis. Some industries and areas of employment see much higher rates of substance abuse than others. Food service workers, those in the construction field, and those in the entertainment industry are far more likely to develop an addiction than those who work for utility companies or in public administration and teaching.

Approximately seven percent of employees in the US have reported drinking while on the job. Approximately twelve percent have reported to work with either illegal drugs or prescription medications not legally prescribed for them in their system. This shows the prevalence of substance abuse in the workplace, and this has lead to many accidents and injuries while on the job. More than half of the families in the United States are dealing with a loved one who has a substance abuse problem, and for many treatment will fail because it does not include proven methods which are effective but expensive.

If you or someone you love has a problem with substance abuse Valiant Recovery can help. We offer treatment in an upscale setting, with methods that have been shown to be effective and offer a complete recovery. Intense individual counseling, group sessions, anger management classes, stress management techniques, spiritual counseling, and much more is available with our substance abuse treatment program. An addiction can devastate your life, your job, and your friends and family. If you need help you are not alone, and seeking treatment does not make you a failure or a bad person. This is the first step to taking control of your life back, and eliminating your addiction once and for all. Let us help you stop being a statistic, and start living again.