Today there are an estimated 246 million drug users and 457 million abusing alcohol worldwide. If this were a country, drug and alcohol abuse would be the third largest nation in the world! Roughly 3.3 million people die from drugs or alcohol each year. That’s 9,589 deaths per day, 400 per hour, and 7 every minute. The drugs abused are many and dangerous. They are depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogenic substances causing dependence, psychotic behaviors, serious illness, and severe withdrawal symptoms.
Most addicts around the world are without any real opportunity for a cure. Where there are addicts who want help, there is a lack of accessible rehabilitation programs. Where there are people who want to help, most don’t have the tools, training, and resources to do so.
ADDICTION HARMS RELATIONSHIPS
Addiction is a plague to humankind. It afflicts every country, race, gender, and economic class. Over 150 million people annually use an illicit drug at least once. That translates to 1 in 20 people aged 15 to 64 taking an illegal drug.
Drug abuse has many victims. The financial and emotional cost to families, communities, and nations is staggering. Addicted teens are failing school, marriages are falling apart, and men and women are driven to the streets. Drug-related unrest creates at-risk communities and costs a nation hundreds of billions of dollars in health care, crime, and unemployment.
ADDICTION STEALS HOPE
Drug dependency not only wounds the body, but also the mind and soul. An addict faces job loss, financial ruin, disconnection from family, and legal problems. As his life spirals out-of-control, hope fades and despair takes over.
For many, there remain only two paths to relief: continued drug use or death. Drug users are about six times more likely to take their own life than the general population. Without a reason to hope, a life free from addiction is not possible.
THERE IS HOPE...
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Teen Challenge Victoria is a fulltime residential program. We have been providing help for people with life controlling issues for over forty years. Our aim is to provide an effective and comprehensive solution for these life controlling issues. Our endeavor is to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive. This is applied through mentoring, class work, and completing personal studies. It also includes work detail, learning new skills and good work ethics. The program is fully structured and supervised.