Addiction to drugs and alcohol results in thousands of American fatalities every year and devastates millions of lives. Addiction is considered a mental disorder. It compels people to repeatedly use substances and engage in harmful behaviors. Addictions often destroy friendships, marriages, and careers. What's more, addiction threatens people's basic safety and health. Here are some addiction and drug rehab statistics that should open your eyes to the drug and alcohol problem in America.

Alcohol Abuse Statistics

  • Each year, globally, alcohol use causes 5.3% of deaths. That is one in every 20.
  • Over 90% of addicts started drinking alcohol or using drugs prior to age 19.
  • Alcohol is the most abused substance in the USA, but it is not treated very often. *
  • Around 300 million in the world have an alcohol use disorder.
  • Nearly 30 Americans die each day in an alcohol-related auto accident.
  • Six Americans die each day from alcohol poisoning.
  • In 2017, 2.3 million Americans from the ages of 12 to 17 started drinking alcohol.
  • Approximately 88,000 people die yearly due to alcohol in the United States alone.*
  • Only 7% of Americans addicted to alcohol ever receive any treatment.
  • About 6% of USA adults or 15 million people have an alcohol use disorder.

Drug Abuse Statistics

  • Between 1999 and 2017, over 700,000 Americans died from drug overdoses.
  • People who are between 18 and 25 are the ones most likely to use addictive drugs.
  • Opioids are considered controlled substances & drug traffickers sell them illegally.
  • Around 130 Americans die each day from opioid overdoses.
  • Between 1999 and 2017, almost 400,000 Americans died due to opioid use.
  • Between 20% and 30% of people who take prescription opioids abuse them.
  • Five per cent of people with an opioid use problem experiment with heroin too.
  • Nearly 25% of people who try heroin become addicted to it.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

  • Drug & alcohol addictions cost the U.S. economy more than $600 billion per year.
  • Over 34 million Americans committed DUI in 2017. Of that number, 21.4 million was from alcohol and 12.8 million was from drugs.
  • Nearly 21 million people in the USA have an addiction but only 10% of these addicts get treatment.
  • About 20% of people in the USA who have an anxiety or depression disorder also have a substance use disorder.
  • For most ages, men have a higher rate of use on illicit drugs and alcohol than do their women counterparts.

Drug Rehab Statistics

The New York Times came out with an article about state and federal governments spending on substance abuse services. They reported that over $15 billion was spent by governments and insurers spent $5 billion. The article went on to say that it’s very difficult to measure the effectiveness of treatment programs because there are so many different types of programs. But it is strongly suggested that individuals choose rehab centers that have an official accreditation.  We can refer you to accredited facilities.

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Whether it is you or someone you care about who has a substance abuse problem , we can help. If you call our helpline number at 1-800-492-QUIT, our trained professionals can find a treatment program that can work for you. Drug rehab statistics are encouraging. Don't be a statistic. Become a success story!