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Addiction Statistics


  • Untreated addiction costs America $400 billion per year.
    (Source: Substance Abuse: The Nation's Number One Health Problem. Brandeis University, Schneider Institute for Health Pollicy, 2001).
  • Peer to peer recovery support services are one of the most effective tools in sustaining long-term recovery
    (Source: Matching Alcoholism Treatments to Client Heterogeneity: Project MATCH Posttreatment Drinking Outcomes, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 1996).
  • Families all need treatment in order for healing to occur in the home. A Harvard Families and Addiction Program study found that incidences of domestic violence decreased significandy after treatment.
    (Source: Domestic violence before and after alcoholism treatment: a two-year longitudinal study. Harvard Families and Addiction Program. Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 1999).
  • "Not in my backyard" (NIMBY) laws are increasing and thereby making safe housing for recovering addicts harder to access despite numerous National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) studies that document that a supportive, therapeutic living environment increases the prospects for an addict to remain clean and sober.
    (Source: Ending Discrimination Against People with Alcohol and Drug Problems. Join Togeth~ 2003; Research Report Series. National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2002).

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