Treatment Statistics

A survey done by the Substance Abuse Health And Mental Services showed that 23.5 million people needed treatment for an alcohol abuse or drug problem in 2009. However, only 2.6 million people received drug or alcohol abuse treatment at a specialty facility. This means that only 11.2 percent of the people who had a substance abuse problem received the help they needed.

Alcohol abuse is the most common reason people are admitted to a treatment facility. In fact, 41.4 percent of the people who are admitted into a treatment facility are abusing alcohol and another drug. Twenty-three percent of people are abusing alcohol only.

Twenty percent of people admitted to a treatment facility are abusing heroin or another type of opiate. Keep in mind that oxycodone, codeine, hydromorphone and opium are all classified as opiates. Seventeen percent of people admitted to a treatment facility are abusing marijuana. Fourteen percent of people are abusing heroin alone. Eleven percent of people admitted to a treatment facility are abusing non-smoked cocaine or smoked cocaine. Smoked cocaine is often referred to as crack cocaine.

People who are between the ages of 25 and 29 make up 14.8 percent of the treatment center admissions. This is more than any other age group. The second highest age-group is 20 to 24. This age group makes up 14.1 percent of the people admitted to a treatment center. The third-highest age group is ages 40 to 44. They make up 12.1 percent of the people admitted to a treatment facility.

People who are over the age of 65 make up the fewest drug and alcohol abuse center admissions. In fact, only 0.6 percent of people who are admitted to a drug and alcohol abuse center are over the age of 65. People between the ages of 60 and 64 make up 1.2 percent of the people who are admitted to a drug and alcohol treatment facility.

Most people who are admitted to a treatment facility are white. It is estimated that whites make up 60 percent of treatment center admissions. Twenty-one percent of the people admitted are African-Americans. Fourteen percent of people in a treatment facility are Hispanic or Latino.

American Indians/Alaskan Natives make up 2.3 percent of the people who are admitted to a drug and alcohol treatment facility. Asians and Pacific Islanders make up 1.0 percent of the people admitted to a treatment facility. The race/ethnicity of 2.3 percent of people admitted to a treatment facility is classified as other.

This data was taken from treatment centers that are licensed or certified by the state to provide substance abuse treatment. Most of the treatment centers that report data are receiving state drug and alcohol agency funds.

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