Substance Abuse Assessment and Counseling

Why Don’t You Just Quit?

This is a question that people may ask someone who is struggling with substance abuse.  It is a question they may even ask themselves sometimes.  The answer unfortunately is not as easy as it may seem.  People dealing with substance abuse issues can rarely quit by just “trying harder”.  The reality is that drugs can change the chemistry of the user’s brain, which changes the way they think, feel and make decisions.  It makes it very difficult for them to quit on their own, no matter how much they may want to stop.  It’s important to understand that people who struggle with substance abuse are not weak people, or bad people.  They are people with a mental health disorder that most commonly requires treatment to get better.


What are the Stats?

Here are some statistics from the a 2013 poll by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • More than half of the U.S. adult population uses alcohol, 6.6% of them meet the criteria for dependence.
  • 8.2 million people in the U.S. met the criteria for a substance abuse disorder in 2013.
  • Among Americans aged 12 or older, the use of illicit drugs has increased over the last decade from 8.3% of the population using illicit drugs in the past month in 2002 to 9.4% (24.6 million people) in 2013.
  • Only 14% of adult Americans dealing with a substance abuse disorder received treatment in the last year.


Many people who have substance abuse issues struggle with other mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.  In some cases, the substance abuse problem stemmed from the attempt to alleviate the symptoms of their mental health issues.


Avenues of Counseling and Mediation, LLC has Counselors in both the Medina and Fairlawn locations who work with people dealing with substance abuse.


Check out these videos from the National Institute of Drug Abuse that help explain substance abuse:

Why are Drugs so Hard to Quit

Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs


For more information about substance abuse and mental health, check out:

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Substance Abuse Assessment and Counseling Clinicians