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The Numbers on Drug Abuse Treatment

Posted on :  February 22nd, 2017  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Aside from stopping the abuse, one of the envisioned goals of drug abuse treatment is to successfully return users as a productive member of society. This can only be done if treatments are successful, which is why keeping track of individual progress is very vital. It is important to point out though that individual results will vary depending on how extensive the dependence of the individual is and the type of drug that is abused. You also have to consider the suitability of the treatment including the quality of interaction the user receives for the duration of the treatment. Let us take a look at some drug abuse treatment statistics.

Age and Ethnicity

Why are these factors important? If we subscribe to the idea of individualized or personalized treatment of abusers, then we have to know from what age and which segment of society they come from.

Based on the figures from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2009 there were approximately 23.5 million people needing treatment for abuse who are 12 years old or older. What is alarming with this figure is that only 11.2% or about 2.6 million abusers received the treatment they needed from a specialty institution. The highest number of admissions was for the age group of 25 to 29 at 14.8%.

Among those admitted, 60% were White, 21% African-American, 14% Hispanics, 2.3% American Indian, and 1% Asian. The survey did not indicate whether financial capability had something to do with the percentage of admission per ethnicity.

Cost of Abuse

Is it really important to focus on the treatment and rehabilitation of drug abusers? Why is it necessary to reintegrate them into society? Let us take a look at the financial burden that drug abuse brings.

In the United States alone, the cost of abuse reaches an approximate amount of $137 billion for health care. The cost estimate does not take into account the lost in productivity and the criminal aspect of the abuse. If we were to factor these in, the amount would go well beyond the $600 billion mark or roughly 17.1% of the federal budget!

Staggering, right? Wait, there’s more to sink your mind into. The statistics on the drug problem indicates that it is on an upward trend. Considering those aged 12 years and older, in 2002, there were 13% that used drugs, by 2012 the number had risen to 13.2%. What is 0.2% you say? Well, that small percentage translates to an increase of more than 4 million drug users! For people 50 years and older, the figure more than doubled during the same period.

Cost of Abuse Treatment

With these alarming statistics, is the cost of treatment worth it? As far as successful treatment programs are concerned, they have shown to reduce the associated social and health costs compared to the actual cost of abuse treatment.

The emergence of treatment strategies present cost effective alternatives to incarceration, resulting in lowering the cost of drug abuse. What does this mean? Let us take a user undergoing methadone treatment, the cost for a year amounts to $4,700. This is significantly lower compared to the $24,000 spent on every drug abuser that is put in jail for a year.

Conservative drug abuse treatment statistics also reveal that for every dollar that is used to fund addiction treatment programs, the return in anywhere from $4 to $7. The return is based on the reduction of drug-related offenses, cost to the criminal justice system, and possibly theft.

When you factor in the saving to the healthcare costs, the total savings significantly increases to an astounding ration of 12 to 1. You also have to consider the reduction in interpersonal conflicts, fewer drug-related incidents, and the increased productivity of the treated user.

If you would like to know more about significant drug abuse treatment statistics, get hold of the Towards Recovery Clinics, Inc. today.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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