March 7, 2012

Ten percent of population are in addiction recovery

New survey data released March 6 by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) indicate more U.S. adults are in recovery than one may initially suspect.

According to the survey, 10 percent of all American adults — those 18 years old and up — consider themselves to be in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse problems.

To put that statistic into perspective, The Partnership at Drugfree.org explained that nationally represented the findings indicate there are 23.5 million Americans in recovery from their struggles with drugs and alcohol.

Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org, says on the organization’s website that the recent findings will provide hope to those who are currently struggling with drug and alcohol addiction — they are not alone.

“These findings serve as a reminder that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery can be a reality,” Pasierb adds. “We are just scratching the surface here and more research is needed in this area, but we are proud to collaborate with New York OASAS in this meaningful process.”

In addition to the 10 percent of adults in recovery, other standout statistics came to light, such as 12 percent of males said they are in recovery as opposed to 7 percent of females. Also, the Midwest was found to have a higher rate of adults, at 14 percent, who said they were in recovery.

To read more about the survey results and its methodology on The Partnership at Drugfree.org, click here.

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