Addiction kills thousands of Americans annually and impact the lives of their family and friends. In 2018, it is estimated that 68,500 Americans died of drug overdose. Addiction is a mental disorder that compels someone to engage in substance abuse regardless of the damage it may cause to those around the user. It has destroyed marriages, careers, and the user’s own health and safety.

We’ve compiled a list of the most critical US addiction statistics to help you learn more about this pressing national issue.

US Addiction Statistics

  • Some 21 million Americans have one form of addiction, but 90% do not receive treatment.
  • Drug overdose deaths have more than tripled in the past three decades.
  • Between 1999 and 2017, over 700,000 have died from overdose.
  • Addiction is setting back the US economy over $600 billion annually.
  • 2 million Americans committed DUI in 2017.
  • 20% of Americans who have depression also have a substance abuse disorder.
  • 90% of those who are suffering from addiction started drinking or taking drugs before 18 years old.

Alcohol Addiction Statistics

  • Alcohol is the cause of one in 20 deaths globally. In the US, about 88,000 Americans die annually from alcohol use disorders.
  • An estimated 300 million people around the world have an alcohol use disorder.
  • 30 Americans die every day in alcohol-related accidents; six on average die from alcohol poisoning.
  • Around 6% of American adults have an alcohol use disorder, but only 7% seek treatment.
  • Approximately 2.3 million Americans between 12 and 17 started drinking alcohol in 2017.
  • In the same year, 2.4 million Americans between 18 and 25 said they have started drinking.

Drug Addiction Statistics

  • An estimated 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose annually.
  • In 2017, 47,600 fatal overdoses linked to one opioid were reported.
  • The sale of opioid painkillers has increased by 300% since 1999.
  • 20%-30% of people who take prescription opioids misuse them. Two million started misusing their prescription in 2017.
  • 10% of those who misused their prescription became addicted.
  • Nearly 494,000 American over 12 use heroin regularly.
  • 886,000 Americans were reported to have used heroin at least once in 2017.
  • 25% of people who try heroin is expected to be addicted.
  • 81,000 Americans tried heroin for the first time in 2017.
  • Over 15,000 heroin-related overdose deaths were recorded in 2017.

Orange County Addiction Rehab

Our treatment programs in Orange County offer a complete treatment program that integrates mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services. We offer detox, both 12-step and SMART recovery groups, and a comprehensive drug treatment program. We are not a one size fits all treatment facility, and this sets us apart from other treatment centers. Our treatment plans in Orange County are customized to each patient’s needs and preferences and are administered by our staff of highly motivated and expert professionals.

We Can Help

We believe and have proven many times that addictions can be effectively and safely treated. Our Orange County rehab facility offers inpatient and outpatient care for addiction and our aftercare programs ensure that you have the tools you need to maintain sobriety when the formal treatment is through.

We can help you find the recovery you’ve been looking for, and all you need to begin is call. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you take back your life from addiction.