Do you have a loved one or friend who succumbed to alcohol or drug addiction? Do you wish that someone had gotten to them before they took their first sip or tried an illegal drug?\u00a0National Substance Abuse Prevention Month 2019 is designed to do just that. Substance abuse prevention saves lives.\r\nWhat Is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month?\r\nOctober is\u00a0National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, which honors the decision to abstain from illegal drug and alcohol use. It encourages prevention campaigns in October and throughout the year to promote the health and well-being of teens and young adults.\r\n\r\nTo highlight this point, let's take a look at Florida and national statistics that reveal the consequences of choosing the wrong path.\r\nSobering Statistics\r\nThere are many sobering\u00a0statistics\u00a0about the impact of drug use in the Sunshine State, including:\r\n\r\n \tMore than 1,000 people die in heroin-related deaths each year\r\n \tCocaine causes nearly 3,000 deaths annually\r\n \tBetween 2015 and 2016, the number of fentanyl-related deaths increased by 80%.\r\n \tAbout 20% of Florida high schoolers who drank alcohol in the prior 30 days reported binge drinking within the previous two weeks, and more than 12% of high school students reported blacking out following alcohol use.\r\n\r\nThe National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that\u00a0nearly 20 million Americans battled substance abuse.\u00a0Approximately\u00a08.5 million adults had a mental health disorder co-occurring with a substance use disorder. To put a dollar sign on the problem, the NSDUH found that drug addiction costs American society $740 billion in lost productivity, crime-related costs, and healthcare expenses every year.\r\nA Celebration of Those in Recovery\r\nThose in recovery also deserve recognition during National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.\u00a0At Beaches Recovery, we provide the highest level of care for the physical and mental health of each client. If you or someone you love suffers from substance abuse disorder, we can help them get their life back with our substance abuse treatment programs.\r\n\r\nIf you've already been through a treatment program in Florida, you might be surprised at the difference you notice from the first day at Beaches Recovery. Our\u00a0Jacksonville location offers programs and services for a wide variety of addictions, including:\r\n\r\n \tAlcohol\r\n \tCocaine\r\n \tHeroin\r\n \tMeth\r\n \tPrescription pills\r\n\r\nUse NSAPM as a way to give yourself or someone you love the gift of sobriety and hope.\r\nHow to Identify Substance Abuse Disorders\r\nTypically, when someone begins to use drugs, their behavior changes. To determine whether your friend or loved one is under the influence, look for the following symptoms:\r\n\r\n \tErratic and inconsistent behavior\r\n \tSudden withdrawal from friends and family\r\n \tLying and manipulation to hide drug use\r\n \tNeglected personal grooming and general appearance\r\n\r\nIf you notice these changes, it may be time to stage an intervention.\r\nBeaches Recovery\r\nNational Substance Abuse Prevention Month is a great way to raise awareness for substance abuse and keep teens and young adults from becoming addicted to illicit drugs. If you find that you need help kicking the habits that have taken over your life, contact Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, FL at\u00a0\u00a0<a href='tel:8666050532'>866.605.0532</a> to start your journey toward sober living.