Hear From Those on Their Recovery Journey
Cincinnati filmmaker Shane Reinert wants those impacted by addiction to know there is hope. That’s why he created the documentary, The Addiction Series.
The Addiction Series introduces former addicts who struggled with drug and alcohol in a candid interview. The scene involves the individual simply sitting in a chair, looking into the camera and sharing their story with the world. The raw conversation covers how their addiction began, the toll it’s taken on their lives and their recovery.
Reinert has produced, edited and directed the series since 2016. He started the series because he was hearing so much about the heroin epidemic and addiction, but there seemed to be no sharing of recovery stories.
The YouTube and Facebook platform documentary has reached more than 200 countries and has more than a million views since its debut.
Understanding Addiction vs. Abuse
“Drug abuse is when you use legal or illegal substances in ways you shouldn’t. You might take more than the regular dose of pills or use someone else’s prescription. You may abuse drugs to feel good, ease stress, or avoid reality. But usually, you’re able to change your unhealthy habits or stop using altogether.
Addiction is when you can’t stop. Not when it puts your health in danger. Not when it causes financial, emotional, and other problems for you or your loved ones. That urge to get and use drugs can fill up every minute of the day, even if you want to quit.”
Why Do Some People Become Addicted While Others Do Not?
“Estimates of the total overall costs of substance abuse in the United States, including productivity and health- and crime-related costs, exceed $600 billion annually. This includes approximately $181 billion for illicit drugs, $193 billion for tobacco, and $235 billion for alcohol. As staggering as these numbers are, they do not fully describe the breadth of destructive public health and safety implications of drug abuse and addiction, such as family disintegration, loss of employment, failure in school, domestic violence, and child abuse.”
“No single factor can predict whether a person will become addicted to drugs. Risk for addiction is influenced by a combination of factors that include individual biology, social environment, and age or stage of development. The more risk factors an individual has, the greater the chance that taking drugs can lead to addiction. For example: Biology, Environment, and Development.”
Those who struggled with addiction and also had a family member who struggled, most often reported that family member being their father and the second highest reported family member also having struggled was a brother.
There is a significance difference between the responses from those who struggled with addiction and also had a family member struggle and those who struggled with addiction but did not also have a family member who struggled.
Prevention is the Key!!!!
“Drug addiction is a preventable disease. Results from NIDA-funded research have shown that prevention programs involving families, schools, communities, and the media are effective in reducing drug abuse. Although many events and cultural factors affect drug abuse trends, when youths perceive drug abuse as harmful, they reduce their drug taking. Thus, education and outreach are key in helping youth and the general public understand the risks of drug abuse.”
FOCAS’ interest in the area of addiction education/prevention include:
Alcohol: Brew, Booze, Liquor – the most common drug of all.
Tobacco, Nicotine, & E–Cigarettes: Chew, Cigs, Dip, Snuff – very common and accessible drug
Marijuana: Pot, Grass, Weed, Skunk, one of the most readily available drugs available. THC accessible in Vaping devices and less noticeable odor
Prescription Pain Medications (Opioids): Happy Pills, OC, Oxy, Percs, Vikes,
Heroin: Smack, Horse, Junk – readily available
Cocaine: Blow, Flake, Rock, Bump, readily available.
Bath Salts: Bloom, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning. Readily available
Cough and Cold Medicines: Candy, Dex, Robotripping, Velvet methods to supplement drug use.
Inhalants: Laughing Gas, Poppers, Snappets methods to supplement drug use.
Methamphetamine: Meth, Crystal, Crank, Speed, Fire. Readily available
MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly): Adam, Clarity, Love Drug, XTC
Teens/Youth and Addiction
“Sometimes it feels like you’re the only one who doesn’t know—but your friends often have the same questions as you. See what other teens are asking about drugs and drug abuse.”
The Impact is Real
Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse, which includes underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications, and illicit drug use.
Prevention strategies targeting the root of the problem are essential to curb drug use and help people lead healthier lives. Early intervention helps prevent substance abuse and reduce the negative consequences of addiction before they occur.
Each dollar invested in an evidence-based prevention program can reduce costs related to substance use disorders by an average of $18.
Social Media Addiction
A 2014 study shows that excessive use of technology by teenagers has caused disruptions in their physical and mental health, sleeping patterns, their weight and levels of teen exercise and notably in their school work.
Forty percent of young adults and 21 percent of adults, admit to using social media while in the bathroom. Why is it that we can’t seem to stay away from social media, even for a few minutes?
Well, research shows us that social media is addictive. Studies show that all the retweets and Facebook likes have affected our brain’s reward area. Social media interaction is like syringing dopamine straight into the system.
Researches at Chicago University concluded that social media addiction can be stronger than addiction to cigarettes and booze following an experiment in which they recorded the cravings of several hundred people for several weeks. Media cravings ranked ahead of cravings for cigarettes and alcohol.
Alcohol is the Most/Abused Substance
More than half of all US adults have a family history of alcohol abuse. Over 7 MILLION American children live in a household where at least one parent has a drinking problem. Other statistics about the consequences of alcohol abuse include:
Alcohol Use Disorders (AUDs) are the 3rd-leading behavior/lifestyle-related cause of death in America.
Every year in America, alcohol abuse results in 2.5 MILLION years of potential life lost.
Alcohol contributes to over 200 diseases and health conditions.
National Opioid Overdose Epidemic
“Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.5”
Other Information Sources
Other Information Sources For information on understanding drug abuse and addiction, please see the booklet, Drugs, Brains, and Behavior—The Science of Addiction, at
For more information on prevention, please visit
For more information on treatment, please visit www.nida.nih.gov/drugpages/ treatment.html. To find a publicly funded treatment center in your State, please call 1-800-662-HELP or visit
ASAM American Society of Addiction Medicine www.asam.org
Mental Health By the Numbers
Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. It’s important to measure how common mental illness is, so we can understand its physical, social and financial impact — and so we can show that no one is alone. These numbers are also powerful tools for raising public awareness, stigma-busting and advocating for better health care.
The information on this page comes from studies conducted by organizations like Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Justice. The terminology used on this page reflects what is used in original studies. Terms like “serious mental illness,” “mental illness” or “mental health disorders” may all seem like they’re referring to the same thing, but in fact refer to specific diagnostic groups for that particular study.
If you have questions about a statistic or term that’s being used, please visit the original study by clicking the link provided.
You Are Not Alone
19.1% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2018 (47.6 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults.
4.6% of U.S. adults experienced serious mental illness in 2018 (11.4 million people). This represents 1 in 25 adults.
16.5% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 experienced a mental health disorder in 2016 (7.7 million people)
3.7% of U.S. adults experienced a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness in 2018 (9.2 million people)
Annual prevalence of mental illness among U.S. adults, by demographic group:
Annual prevalence among U.S. adults, by condition:
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: 3.6% (estimated 9 million people)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 1.2% (estimated 3 million people)
Borderline Personality Disorder: 1.4% (estimated 3.5 million people)
Mental Health Care Matters
43.3% of U.S. adults with mental illness received treatment in 2018
64.1% of U.S. adults with serious mental illness received treatment in 2018
50.6% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 with a mental health disorder received treatment in 2016
The average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years
Annual treatment rates among U.S. adults with any mental illness, by demographic group:
11.3% of U.S. adults with mental illness had no insurance coverage in 2018
13.4% of U.S. adults with serious mental illness had no insurance coverage in 2018
60% of U.S. counties do not have a single practicing psychiatrist
The Ripple Effect of Mental Illness
People with depression have a 40% higher risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases than the general population. People with serious mental illness are nearly twice as likely to develop these conditions.
19.3% of U.S. adults with mental illness also experienced a substance use disorder in 2018 (9.2 million individuals)
The rate of unemployment is higher among U.S. adults who have mental illness (5.8%) compared to those who do not (3.6%)
High school students with significant symptoms of depression are more than twice as likely to drop out compared to their peers
Mental illness and substance use disorders are involved in 1 out of every 8 emergency department visits by a U.S. adult (estimated 12 million visits)
Mood disorders are the most common cause of hospitalization for all people in the U.S. under age 45 (after excluding hospitalization relating to pregnancy and birth)
Across the U.S. economy, serious mental illness causes $193.2 billion in lost earnings each year
20.1% of people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. have a serious mental health condition
37% of adults incarcerated in the state and federal prison system have a diagnosed mental illness
70.4% of youth in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosed mental illness
41% of Veteran’s Health Administration patients have a diagnosed mental illness or substance use disorder
It’s Okay to Talk About Suicide
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 in the U.S.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 31% since 2001
46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition
90% of people who die by suicide had shown symptoms of a mental health condition, according to interviews with family, friends and medical professionals (also known as psychological autopsy
Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth
75% of people who die by suicide are male
Transgender adults are nearly 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population
Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic group:
Other Resources on Suicide
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.
Virtual Entry - Early Registration Is Open Now
Oct. 1 – Oct. 31, 2020
» $20 registration (through 10/31 at 11:59 PM EST)
Youth Resiliency Adventure is focused on raising capital to fund addiction prevention programs targeting At-Risk Youth and Young Adults in the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State area. It is a proactive approach in the community’s efforts to engage, head on, the challenging factors of addiction. Our Goal is to raise $75,000 in the month of October. October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, an observance to highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention in both individual and community health and to remember those who have lost their lives to substance abuse.
Why should I register?
Addiction kills and destroys families – especially youth! It is no respecter of one’s age, background, race, or neighborhood.
According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, nearly half - 46 percent - of U.S. adults have a close friend or family member who's dealing with drug addiction.
Most of us know, or know of, someone who has been hurt by some form of addiction. Perhaps it involves someone in your family? The pain is real and at times – devastating.
Your commitment to the Youth Resiliency Adventure lets us work together in our community. Our combined effort will create or enhance programs in preventing youth addiction.
Together, we can make a difference in the Tri-State and the country.
A Rewarding Challenge
We understand that you will receive personal satisfaction as your reward for participating in the Youth Resiliency Adventure.
Every dollar spent on addiction recovery, for example, results in a savings of up to $7, in terms of reduced crime and judicial costs. When you factor in healthcare, the savings-to-costs ration becomes 12 to 1.
For that we are very grateful. However, we thought it would be fun to add the potential for additional rewards should you be so motivated.
It is our hope and prayers that you have a safe and enjoyable YRA experience as you strive to make a difference in the lives of the youth whom we serve.
Participants (youth up to age 18 and adults) will be eligible to win the following prizes:
The youth who raises the most funds will receive a $1,000 savings bond. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the most distance.
Walking for the furthest distance youth prize is urbeats3.
Walking for the furthest distance adult prize is JBL Harmon Bluetooth Earbuds.
Running furthest distance youth prize is a FitBit Versa Lite Edition.
Running for the furthest distance adult prize is a Garmin Vivio Smart HR.
Biking for the furthest distance youth prize is a Fuji Red Ace 650 Bike.
Biking for the furthest distance adult prize is a Fuji Candy Apple Red Finest Bike.
In the event of a tie the winner will be determined by the most amount of money raised.
Please note: The images above are representations of the prizes offered.
Where will the money I raise go?
Great question! The goal of the Youth Resiliency Adventure is to raise funds to go towards FOCAS’ efforts and activities to prevent addiction. It’s that simple!
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the financial costs of substance abuse are staggering – more $600 BILLION annually, in terms of healthcare, crime, incarceration, and lost productivity.
The institute also reports that investing in substance abuse treatment programs is the best way to cut those costs. Every dollar spent on addiction recovery results in a savings of up to $7, in terms of reduced crime and judicial costs. When you factor in healthcare, the savings-to-costs ration becomes 12 to 1.
Focused on raising capital to fund addiction prevention programs targeting at-risk youth and young adults in the greater Cincinnati Tri - State area.