Top Substances Treated in America
August 16, 2013
An estimated 22 million Americans need treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.3 million people receive treatment at a specialty facility.
Top Substances Treated in America (data from 2011)
- 2.4 million received treatment for alcohol use
- 872,000 received treatment for marijuana use
- 726,000 received treatment for pain relievers
- 511,000 received treatment for cocaine
- 430,000 received treatment for heroin
- 318,000 received treatment for tranquilizers
- 309,000 received treatment for stimulants
- 293,000 received treatment for hallucinogens
Substance Abuse Indicators
- Moodiness, irritability or nervousness
- Drop in grades at school or performance at work
- Marital conflict
- Encounters with the criminal justice system
- Financial problems
- Family violence or abuse
The Disease of Addiction
- Substance use disorders are progressive, chronic and potentially fatal when unrecognized and untreated.
- Addiction is not a choice or a matter of willpower. It is a maintenance disease that must be treated on a continual basis.
- The longer the connection to treatment and recovery support the better the chances of long?term recovery.
How to get help
If drugs or alcohol are affecting your or a loved one’s life, seek help from a professional. Fairbanks offers free assessments seven days a week. Call to make an appointment at 800.225.4673 or fill out an inquiry form.
The Fairbanks Access Center is open:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.