Shocking Facts About Addiction and Alcoholism

  • On average, globally, alcohol plays a role in approximately 5% of all deaths (1 in 20)
  • Approximately 21 million Americans meet the criteria for substance use disorder
  • Out of those 21 million Americans, only approximately 10% received the treatment they needed
  • To put the previous statistic in perspective, approximately 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes and approximately 85% of them receive the treatment they need.
  • It is estimated that alcoholism and addiction cost the United States $600,000,000,000 per year
  • In the 12 month period ending in May 2020, over 81,000 Americans died as a result of a drug overdose
  • Excessive alcohol use can be directly attributed to over 95,000 deaths in the United States every year
  • 23% of all Americans age 12 or older participated in binge drinking in the last 30 days
  • 40% of young adult (18-25) Americans have participated in binge drinking in the last 30 days
  • An estimated 10.1 million Americans age 12 and older misused or abused opiates in the last year. 9.1 million reporting misusing prescription pain medication and 400,000 reports misusing heroin
  • More than 2 out of 3 drug overdoses involve an opiate




While these statistics may paint a grim picture about the substance abuse problem we are currently dealing with, there is hope and recovery is possible. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse of any kind, we are here to help. Please call us at 855-698-3554 or directly at 201-663-2914 for a confidential consultation with one of our treatment specialists. If you prefer to communicate with us via email please click here or email us at