Drug addiction statistics
The US is currently experiencing some of the highest number of drug abuse and addiction cases than ever before. Although many of the favorite drugs of the 1970’s and 1980’s are not being used like they once were, the numbers are still a reason for concern. The following statistics are real eye-openers to be concerned with:
- Between the ages of 18 and 21, 51% of the males and 38% of the females have tried drugs at least once
- The most commonly used substance by young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 is marijuana
- Visits to the ER because of problems involving Ecstasy increased 58% while the number of ER visits resulting from problems encountered with heroin/morphine increased only 15%
- 52% of the men who had used drugs said they had used more than one at a time compared to 36% of the female drug users
- Of all the visits to the ER resulting from injected drugs, 83% were for opiates, 11% were for amphetamine/methamphetamine, and 5% was for cocaine
- Non-drug users with full-time jobs accounted for roughly half the number of medical and worker’s comp claims that their employers paid compared to drug users with full-time jobs
- In 1975, there were approximately 30,000 men and women using cocaine – today there are over 400,000
According to organizations such as NICD (National Institute on Chemical Dependency) and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration), many of the statistics that they list such as the ones above indicate that there are popularity trends that occur with drug abuse and addiction. So it isn’t any wonder that there are as many drug treatment centers in existence today as what there are.
Traditional and alternative rehab centers
There are two basic classifications of drug treatment centers, namely the traditional and the alternative. The traditional facilities are the more conventional type and still rely on generalized drug rehab programs and therapies that are now considered ineffective and out of date. Conversely, the alternative facilities are residential formats that use more modern and innovative treatment methods and therapies to help their clients overcome their abuse and addiction issues. Statistics have shown that these are more successful in helping their clients overcome their problems and return to a substance-free lifestyle.
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