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Did You Know? ...
Interesting Facts and Statistics:
Among people who needed but did not receive treatment and felt they needed treatment for a substance use problem, the most often reported reasons for not receiving treatment were not ready to stop using (40.0 percent) and cost or insurance barriers (34.5 percent). However, among the people who made an effort but were unable to get treatment, 42.5 percent reported cost or insurance barriers, and only 25.3 percent reported that they were not ready to stop using. These results are based on 2003 and 2004 combined data.
Among teens aged 12 to 17 in 2006, the rate of current illegal drug use among American Indians or Alaska Natives was about twice the overall rate among teens (18.7 vs. 9.8 percent, respectively). The rates were 11.8 percent among teens reporting two or more races, 10.2 percent among blacks, 10.0 percent among whites, 8.9 percent among Hispanics, and 6.7 percent among Asians.
Among teens aged 12 to 17, an estimated 17.3 percent used alcohol in the month prior to the survey interview. This rate was higher than the rate of youth alcohol use reported in 2000 (16.4 percent). Of all teens, 10.6 percent were binge drinkers, and 2.5 percent were heavy drinkers. These are roughly the same percentages as those reported in 2000 (10.4 and 2.6 percent, respectively).
Rates of marijuana use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders are higher than rates for any other illegal drug.
While overall drug use in the U.S. dropped sharply through the Eighties, heroin use has remained relatively steady.
Those individuals who have experienced many years of heavy drug addiction or alcoholism may have a more difficult time when it comes to ending their deeply rooted addiction patterns. Most of the difficulty will more than likely be due to the fact that their lifestyle has consisted of drug or alcohol use for so long that it may be difficult to even fathom living sober. This type of individual would greatly benefit from making a commitment to a long term residential drug addiction treatment program.