Drugs Vs. Jobs: The Correlation Between Unemployment and Addiction [Motion Graphic]

The stress, fear, depression and overabundance of free time that occurs from being unemployed has been known to increase a person’s risk of falling into a substance abuse problem. The video below shows just how much unemployment and drugs are intertwined. We broke the numbers down by age groups, employment status, ethnicity, and by year from 2003-2012.

Unemployment and addiction creates a vicious cycle that traps a person in poverty and a dangerous lifestyle. If you or a loved one needs help getting out of this cycle, contact 12 Keys Rehab to talk with our expert staff about how we can help.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Services Administration
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Time Magazine
The New York Times
Bureau of Labor Statistics

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