Key Points on Substance Abuse

Important Points to Know as Provided By the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2007, 23.2 million persons 12 and older needed treatment for drugs or alcohol abuse. This represented 9.4 percent of the population at that time.

Of the above 23.2 million persons needing treatment, only 10.4 percent or 2.4 million people actually received treatment, which leaves 20.8 million who did not receive treatment.

Addiction is a life threatening disease that affects the brain and behavior.

Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical.

Many individuals addicted to alcohol or drugs have other mental health disorders that also must be addressed.

Counseling and other therapies are the most commonly used forms of treatment and have been proven successful.

Residential treatment programs can also be very effective for those with serious alcohol and drug addictions.