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Substance Abuse Facts

There are a lot of us who struggle quietly with substance abuse or drug addiction.

You are not alone in your experience.

We will present substance abuse facts and addiction statistics to show how prevalent and widespread this epidemic is.

History of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse and addiction have been around for as long as humans have occupied the earth. Throughout history, people from every walk of life not only flirted with drugs but became hooked on them.

Early on, primitive humans quickly learned about and indulged in drug use. Hunter-gatherers surprisingly learned that certain plants could alter the way their herds and flocks behaved after consuming them. As time went on, humans began consuming psychoactive plants for religious, medicinal, and recreational purposes. Hallucinogenic and psychoactive compounds were used in different parts of the world, including India, Siberia, Mexico, and the United States. In religious rituals, shamans (priests) consumed plants that put them into hypnotic trances. Tribes and indigenous people frequently used drugs for religious and spiritual purposes. In medicine, opium-derived from poppies—became a “magic potion” to treat a wide range of ailments among royals.

Later on, cannabis (marijuana) became a prevalent choice for medicinal and recreational use.

The Reality of Addiction Statistics

As the 20th century approached, scientific research was conducted to analyze and confirm substance abuse facts and drug addiction facts. Scientists and physicians published their studies and promoted awareness of the effects of drug addiction on our minds and bodies. It is clear that a variety of factors—including culture, religion, psychology, neurobiology, and genetics—can form our addictive nature.

Through recent surveys, it is also clear that drug abuse and addiction have a significant impact on the economy. The scope and magnitude can be seen from the numbers.

Deaths from Drugs

What America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs, 2006–2016


  • 68,000 people died from a drug overdose
  • 47,000 people died from an opioid drug overdose

Usage According to the Drug

What America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs, 2006–2016


  • 145 metric tons of cocaine was used
  • 3 million users (of which 0.5 million used 21+ days in 1 month)
  • User breakdown by age (misuse during 2016)
    • 12-17 yrs: 0.5%
    • 18-25 yrs: 5.6%
    • 26+ yrs: 1.4%


  • 47 metric tons of heroin was used
  • 3 million users (of which 1.5 million used 21+ days in 1 month)


  • 7,694 metric tons of marijuana used
  • 8 million users (of which 11 million used 21+ days in 1 month)
  • User breakdown by age (misuse during 2016)
    • 12-17 yrs: 12%
    • 18-25 yrs: 33%
    • 26+ yrs: 11%


  • 171 metric tons of methamphetamines was used
  • 2 million users (of which 1.1 million used 21+ days in 1 month)
  • User breakdown by age (misuse during 2016)
    • 12-17 yrs: 0.1%
    • 18-25 yrs: 0.8%
    • 26+ yrs: 0.5%

Expenditure for Drugs

The exorbitant amount of money a person is willing to spend on drugs is shocking.

What America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs, 2006–2016


In the United States alone, $150 billion came from the pockets of drug users to purchase their drugs.


  • Users spent $24 billion to purchase
  • Individual users spent on average $1,680 per month on cocaine


  • Users spent $43 billion to purchase
  • Individual users spent on average $1,880 per month on heroin


  • Users spent $52 billion to purchase


  • Users spent $27 billion to purchase
  • Individual users spent on average $1,137 per month on methamphetamines

Prescription Drug Abuse Facts

The age group that has the highest amount of prescription drug abusers is 18-25-year-olds.


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Long-Term Side Effects of Drug Abuse

The substance abuse facts we have presented to you above support the fact that you are not unique in having an addiction. The misuse of drugs is increasingly becoming a problem. We want to impress upon you that you and your health matters strongly. Short-term highs or mood alterations are not worth the risk.

If the substance/drug abuse facts didn’t sway you enough, perhaps knowing what happens to your brain and body over time will.

Long-term effects differ in individuals. Your current overall health, the number of drugs, and the length of time you take the drugs are factors in how you will be affected.

What are the long-term effects?

Physical and Mental

  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Cancer
  • Mental disorders
  • Hepatitis
  • Addiction
  • Permanent damage/change to the brain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Increased stress and anxiety
  • Impaired physical and psychological function
  • Impaired problem solving
  • Impaired memory
  • Malnutrition
  • Impulsiveness
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Fetal deformities or death
  • Birth of a drug-dependent baby
  • Overdose
  • Death
  • Suicide


  • The strain on those around you
  • Divorce
  • Loss of job
  • Loss of friends
  • Expulsion from school
  • Criminal; arrest, imprisonment
  • Loss of home
  • Financial strain

Mental Illness and Drug Abuse/Addiction

If you have an existing mental disorder, misusing drugs exacerbates things. Your depression, anxiety, paranoia, etc. becomes much worse. Also, those of us who do have mental disorders are far more likely to abuse drugs. Abuse, as we know it, leads to addiction.

Symptoms of Addiction

  • You need the drug in your system to function
  • You become anxious without the drug
  • You use the drug often, requiring more
  • Once you are out of the drug, you resort to almost anything to get more

Hopefully, the substance abuse facts and addiction statistics have opened your eyes wide enough to take the first step to get help.

Help is Waiting

Getting help is not difficult. What is difficult is admitting you have a problem and need that help.

The first step is to admit you have a problem. Now it is time to make that call to the professionals who are standing by to help you.

Here at Resurgence, you will be embraced by a compassionate team of therapists, counselors, and medical specialists. The warm, inviting atmosphere and welcoming people help make your journey to regain control of your life an easy one.

  • We have someone available 24/7 by phone.
  • Next, you will go through admissions and health screening.
  • Then, you will be admitted to the facility where you begin getting better.


You will most likely undergo detox to rid your body of the drug. There are two ways to detox; socially or medically. You can choose what you feel most comfortable with. Most patients opt for medical detox. During detox, you will have someone there with you during the entire process around the clock. Once you have completed detox, you advance to “partial hospitalization” to ease back into life while staying at the facility. The next phase is outpatient.


As an outpatient, you will attend scheduled visits to continue your treatment. If you need to plan your treatment around work, school, or children, we understand. We offer an intensive outpatient therapy program for those who need certain accommodations.

Payment and Insurance

We will do everything possible to ensure you have a positive experience here at Resurgence.

Payment Options

When it comes time to make a payment, you will have the convenience of doing so through our secure online payment service.

  • Most PPO insurances are accepted (see below)
  • Private Pay
  • Payment Plans


We will be more than happy to contact your insurance provider (on your behalf). If you would prefer, you can use the online verification form.

Accepted Insurances (If yours is not listed here, please contact us.)

  • Assurant Health
  • Vista Insurance Partners
  • Humana
  • Ameritas Group
  • Health Net
  • Cigna
  • Horizon Blue Cross
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Getting Back to Normal

You are at a fork in the road with a choice of taking the right path or continuing down the path to destruction. Don’t become an addiction statistic in the substance abuse facts we have provided to you above. Be a winner that beat the grip of drugs!

Contact Resurgence Behavioral Health today.

Addiction Treatment that
Just Works

Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.