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Survey: Ten Percent of American Adults Report Being in Recovery from Substance Abuse or Addiction

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

23 Million American Adults in RecoveryA new survey released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) revealed that ten percent of all American adults, ages 18 and older, consider themselves to be in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse problems. These findings indicate that are currently over 23 million American adults who are overcoming unhealthy drug or alcohol use.

“This new learning provides a big reason – more than 23 million reasons – for all those who are struggling with their own, or a loved one’s substance use disorder, to have hope and know that they are not alone. These findings serve as a reminder that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery can be a reality” said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at DrugFree.org.

Other self-reported findings from the new data conclude that:

  • More males say they are in recovery than females (12 percent vs. 7 percent).
  • More adults ages 35-44 report being in recovery, compared to younger adults (18-34) and adults who are 55 years of age or older.
  • The Midwest has a higher prevalence of adults (14 percent) who say they are in recovery compared to adults in the South (7 percent). In other regions of the country, the percentage of adults who say they are in recovery is 11 percent for the West and 9 percent for the Northeast.

To read the full press release, you can visit The Partnership at DrugFree.org here.

Source: The Partnership at Drugfree.orgSurvey: Ten Percent of American Adults Report Being in Recovery from Substance Abuse or Addiction

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