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National Addiction Treatment Week: Raising Awareness to Treat a U.S. Epidemic

National Addiction Treatment Week is an initiative that was launched by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2017. It has three primary purposes:

  1. To raise awareness about addiction as a chronic, relapsing disease and highlight the need for additional treatment professionals in the field.
  2. To promote evidence-based addiction treatment.
  3. To remind the public that full recovery from addiction is possible.

The events and share resources associated with National Addiction Treatment Week are designed to emphasize the fact that addiction is a chronic disease, and without effective treatment such as detox and rehab or ongoing involvement in addiction recovery activities, a person is very likely to face severely negative and life-changing consequences and premature death.

Addiction affects millions of Americans across the country and although evidence-based treatment is available, only one in ten people receive the treatment they need. Closing the treatment gap will require ongoing education, awareness programs, and more medical professionals entering the addiction treatment field.

15 Statistics About Drug Addiction and Addiction Treatment in America

Quick facts about addiction and drug abuse in America:

  • In 2016, about 20.1 million people suffered from addiction and approximately 1 in 13 people needed treatment for their substance use.1
  • 4 million people had a marijuana use disorder in 2016, making it the most common illicit drug use disorder in the nation.1
  • More people died from a drug overdose than from car accidents in 2015.2
  • In 2016, 15.1 million Americans had an alcohol use disorder.1
  • About 88,000 Americans die every year from alcohol-related causes, making alcohol abuse the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.9
  • The abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs costs our nation more than $740 billion each year in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and health care.10

Quick facts about opioid abuse in America:

  • Every 8 minutes, a person dies from the cycle of opioid addiction.11
  • The number of opioid overdose deaths has quadrupled since 1999.3
  • On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.3
  • America makes up less than 5% of the world’s population, yet we consume about 80% of the world’s opioid supply.4
  • About 60% of patients taking opioid pain treatments for long-term conditions were prescribed potentially dangerous mixtures of medications during the same time period.4
  • From 2009 to 2013, nearly one in three patients were prescribed anti-anxiety drugs (benzodiazepines) with an opioid, which is the most common cause of overdose deaths involving multiple drugs.5

Quick facts about addiction treatment in America:

  • In 2016, only 1 in 10 people who needed substance use treatment received it at a specialty facility in the past year.1
  • About 2.3 million Americans were addicted to opioids in 2015 but only 1.4 million people received treatment for it.6
  • In one study involving people who wanted to get assessed for treatment, less than ⅓ of participants got an appointment within 24 hours, 40% of patients waited 3 to 7 days for treatment, and 12% of patients waited more than 7 days.7
  • Only 2% of addiction treatment providers are trained to provide medication-assisted treatment.8

Addiction Treatment at Nova Recovery Center

At Nova, we offer long-term rehab and a continuum of care that carries clients through all stages of addiction treatment—from detox and rehab to sober living and aftercare. We believe that this approach provides the best opportunity for lasting success in sobriety and most effectively provides appropriate care to meet each client’s unique needs.

Unlike other 30-day, cookie-cutter programs, our drug and alcohol rehab program addresses each client’s needs individually and provides 90 full days to work through personal issues, internalize positive behavioral changes, and thoroughly explore the 12-step program while establishing a firm foundation of peers and mentors in recovery.

If you or a loved one is searching for addiction treatment, our long-term rehab program for adults may be the perfect answer. Call Nova Recovery Center today or fill out the contact form on this page to learn more about our drug and alcohol rehab program and continuum of care.



  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FFR1-2016/NSDUH-FFR1-2016.htm#summary
  2. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/drug-overdose-deaths-heroin-opioid-prescription-painkillers-more-than-guns/
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/
  4. http://lab.express-scripts.com/lab/insights/drug-safety-and-abuse/americas-pain-points
  5. http://lab.express-scripts.com/lab/publications/a-nation-in-pain
  6. http://treataddictionsavelives.org/the-facts/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2396562/
  8. http://www.journalofsubstanceabusetreatment.com/article/S0740-5472(10)00098-X/fulltext
  9. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics
  10. https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics#supplemental-references-for-economic-costs
  11. https://www.opioidrecovery.org/
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