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America’s Addiction Epidemic Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

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America’s Addiction Epidemic Statistics

Drug addiction in America is a persistent epidemic and millions of Americans grapple with addiction.

Approximately 20.8 million people in America are living with a substance use disorder. This number is comparable to the number of people who have diabetes, and 1.5 times greater than the number of people who have cancer.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 5.1 million adults aged 18 and older have alcohol use disorder in the year 2015.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) publishes that in 2014, almost 8 million American adults battled both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorders.

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Addiction to Specific Substances

Cocaine: Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant.

Heroin: Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine.

Prescription drugs: Taking medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed.

Alcohol: The most abused addictive substance in America


Number of substance abuse treatment facilities in the U.S. as of 2017, by operation type.

Last Update : August 8, 2020


Can you leave the rehabilitation center?

You can leave the rehab any time, no one will compel you to stay at the rehab. However, dedication and continued treatment are required to fight addiction and achieve a sober life.

What are the Stages of Addiction?

There are various stages of addictions. The initial stage is the functioning individual with the addiction. The most common scenario is they have a job and their relationships are intact, but their health is depleting slowly because of their dependence.

What are narcotics and why people get it?

Narcotic analgesics (painkillers) are drugs that can reduce pain, cause numbness and/ or induce a state of unconsciousness. They have the tendency to cause tolerance and addiction

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