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Drug Addiction Recovery Statistics

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The road to recovery is hardly ever smooth, typically involving at least one relapse but often several of them. Unfortunately, many addicts will enter and re-enter addiction treatment programs without achieving long-term sobriety.

Specialists and researchers tend to agree that treatment options should address the extreme difficulty of recovery as well as the fact that addiction is a chronic illness affecting both the brain and the body, much like diabetes, hypertension, and other long-term diseases requiring lifestyle changes.

Recovering addicts can manage their disease in the same way diabetics manage their blood sugar and people with hypertension control their blood pressure — imperfectly, but successfully. There is hope for everyone suffering from the disease of drug addiction.

Recovery Stats: Drug Addiction vs. Other Chronic Illnesses

Relapse rates for drug addiction are similar to those for diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

    •30-50 percent of people with type 1 diabetes fail to stick with their treatment plan
    •50-70 percent of asthma sufferers fail to take their medications or make recommended lifestyle changes
    •50-70 percent of people with chronic high blood pressure do not take their hypertension medication as directed
    •40-60 percent of drug addicts will relapse

Statistics from Addiction Treatment Centers

The Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) is a report compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) containing data from addiction treatment centers that are funded or licensed by state governments. The report includes information about admission trends, but the data do not reflect recovery rates.

Self-Reported Statistics

Drug addiction recovery statistics are often gathered via surveys and questionnaires that ask recovering addicts to report on the status of their recovery. The data are not entirely accurate as they are limited by the respondents’ truthfulness as well as their interpretation of the questions. These statistics can reflect trends in addiction recovery, providing useful information about the effectiveness of certain treatment options.

If the results from a study released earlier this year reflect national recovery rates from drug addiction, 23.5 million Americans may be in recovery. The Partnership at and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) conducted the study, in which 10 percent of respondents considered themselves to be in recovery from drug addiction.

Recovery is Possible

Statistics can offer encouragement to those seeking recovery, but they can also make the process seem overwhelming. Each addict is different and needs a treatment plan catered to his or her situation. Recovery is within reach as long as the right support is provided.

Source: Rehab Info