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Substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Many people in the United States continue to struggle with substance abuse problems, with the ongoing opioid epidemic a reminder of the dangers of addiction and the damage to individuals and society that it can cause. In recent decades, policies have focused increasingly on the treatment of such abuse instead of on punishment, with treatment programs and facilities becoming the accepted means of tackling addiction. There are many types of substance abuse treatments and rehabilitation programs and facilities in the United States for various substance abuse and addiction problems. Treatment for substance abuse disorder can involve individual or group counseling, the use of medication, outpatient treatment, short-term residential treatment, or long-term residential treatment. In 2020, there were 16,066 substance abuse facilities in the United States, with the highest number found in the state of California.

Substance abuse treatment clients

In 2020, there were just over one million clients at substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States. Of this total, around 39 thousand were under 18 years of age. This is a significant decrease in the number of youth at substance abuse treatment facilities compared to ten years ago. The states with the highest number of people at substance abuse treatment facilities in 2020 included New York, California, and Ohio. The majority of clients at substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States are there specifically for drug problems, while a smaller number are there for both alcohol and drug problems or just alcohol abuse problems. However, a large portion of substance abuse treatment clients have diagnosed co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders.

Services offered

Not all substance abuse treatment facilities are the same. Facilities may offer different services or have programs for specific demographics. For example, around 82 percent of all substance abuse treatment facilities offer outpatient treatment, while only 19 percent offer long-term residential treatment. Furthermore, an estimated 24 percent of facilities have programs specifically tailored for adolescents, 23 percent have special programs for veterans, and 24 percent offer programs for LGBT clients.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 24 most important statistics relating to "Substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation in the U.S.".

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