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Statistics on Alcohol & Drug Treatment

In a national survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the year 2009, it’s estimated that there were 23.5 million people aged 12 or older who needed to check into a drug and alcohol rehab center. Unfortunately, the survey showed that only 2.6 million people received treatment to deal with their alcohol or drug abuse problem.

Based on records of publicly funded addiction recovery programs in 2008, the highest percentage of admissions was for alcohol abuse, which accounted for 23.1 percent. The percentage of admissions for people who were treated for abuse of alcohol plus another drug was 18.3 percent. Further, 17 percentage of people admitted were treated for marijuana addiction, 14.1 percent were treated for heroin, 8.1 percent for crack, 6.5 percent for stimulants, 5.9 percent for opiates other than heroin, and 3.2 percent for cocaine. The rest of admissions were for tranquilizers, PCP, sedatives, hallucinogens, inhalants, other drugs, and none reported.

In terms of race, Whites accounted for the highest percentage of admissions at 59.8 percent. The report shows that 20.9 percent of admissions were comprised of African-Americans. Another 13.7 percent of admissions were of Hispanic origin while American Indian or Alaska Natives made up 2.3 percent of admissions. The remaining admissions included Asians, Pacific Islanders, and other.

Breaking down the admissions according to age groups, it’s found that people in the 25 to 29 age range made up 14.8 percent of admissions. The percentage of admissions for the 20 to 24 age group was 14.4 percent, and it’s 12.6 percent for the 40 to 44 age group, 11.7 percent for the 35 to 39 age group, 11.5 percent for the 45 to 49 age group, 11.3 percent for the 30 to 34 age group, and 10.4 percent for the 50 to 59 age group. A further 7.5 percent of admissions were people in the 12 to 17 age range and 4.1 percent for the 18 to 19 age range. The rest of the admissions were people who were above 60 years of age.

These statistics provide a general idea about how people of different age and race get into trouble with various substances. If you are looking for effective drug rehab and alcohol abuse recovery program, you can find it at Transitions Recovery.