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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, & ECigarettes: 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


Real Questions from Real Teens

“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. 


  • Young Americans aged 12 to 20 account for 11 percent of the country’s monthly alcohol consumption.

  • Approximately 23 million people aged 12 or older used illicit drugs in 2010.


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

Social Media Addiction: An Overview

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.


Pornography Addiction

Today, porn addiction, or problematic pornography use, affects approximately 3-6% of the adult population. Up to 65 percent of young adult men and 18 percent of young women report at least once a week, though this amount can be much higher.

The increasing exposure of children to internet porn also likely contributes to the rise in porn addiction. Age restrictions on porn sites often consist of no more than a button to click claiming to be 18 or older. The median age of first exposure to pornography is now only 14 years old. As many as 93.2% of boys and 62.1% of girls first see porn before they turn 18. Early exposure to porn is correlated with increased porn use and addiction later in life.


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 prevention.html

For more information on treatment, please visit 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


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.

1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34

You Are Not Alone

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: 

      • Male: 34.9%

        • Female: 48.6%

          • Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual: 48.5%

            • Non-Hispanic Asian: 24.9%

              • Non-Hispanic white: 49.1%

                • Non-Hispanic black or African-American: 30.6%

                  • Non-Hispanic mixed/multiracial: 31.8%

                    • Hispanic or Latino: 32.9%

                  • 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



                    • At least 8.4 million people in the U.S. provide care to an adult with a mental or emotional health issue

                    • Caregivers of adults with mental or emotional health issues spend an average of 32 hours per week providing unpaid care



                    • 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



                    • Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year 

                    • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide


                    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:

                        • 4.3% of all adults

                        • 11.0% of young adults aged 18-25

                        • 17.2% of high school students

                        • 47.7% of  lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students

                    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.


                    Focused on raising capital to fund programs targeting at-risk youth and young adults in the greater Cincinnati Tri - State area.
                    Phone: 513-621-5300

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