It is no secret that millions of people in the United States and abroad suffer from various types of addiction. Were you aware, though, that over 20 million people aged 12 and older–and in the United States alone–are addicted to substances other than tobacco?
Some Recent Data on Addiction
Adults with addictions usually began using illicit drugs, as well as smoking and drinking, before they turned 18. This is true of over 90% of individuals who currently experience one or more addictions.
According to 2014 data, over 130 million people in the United States regularly drink alcohol. While not everyone who consumes alcohol on a regular basis has an addiction, there are 2.6 million people who are, and to illicit drugs as well.
Furthermore, dual-diagnoses are common,