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User's Guide - Learn the Facts

RECOVERY: [ri-kuhv-uh-ree]

A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. (SAMHSA).

Unfortunately, less than 20% of youth who complete treatment for chemical dependency maintain sobriety when they return to familiar grounds (Faces + Voices of Recovery Conference 2009).

Roadmap to Recovery


Treatment versus Recovery – Say What?

There’s a difference! It’s harder to calculate the number of young people in recovery, while it’s much easier to get a count of those participating in some form of treatment.

Treatment…

  • In a 2009 study1, 374,000 young people in the U.S., aged 18-24 were treated for an alcohol or other drug problem. About 12,000 or about 3.2%, were enrolled in a college or university.
  • In 2011, 3.8 million persons aged 12 or older (1.5 percent of the population) received treatment for a problem related to the use of alcohol or illicit drugs2.

Recovery…

  • According to Faces & Voices of Recovery, while we know that there are over 20 million Americans in recovery, this number isn’t precise because people are entering and exiting recovery all the time3.
  • In 2011, 21.6 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem (8.4 percent of persons aged 12 or older). Of these, 2.3 million (0.9% of persons aged 12 or older and 10.8% of those who needed treatment) received treatment at a specialty facility. Thus, 19.3 million persons (7.5% of the population aged 12 or older) needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility in the past year4.

Find your way! Click on the Roadmap to Recovery’s landmarks and signposts to gain a concrete understanding of what recovery really means.

Click on the Roadmap below to see a larger version.

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Sources

  1. ^ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.(2009). College Students Seeking Treatment for Substance Abuse. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved October 4, 2012 from http://www.collegebingedrinking.net/college-students-substance-abuse-treatment.html.
  2. ^ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-44, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4713. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012, p. 80. http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2k11Results/NSDUHresults2011.pdf.
  3. ^ Faces & Voices of Recovery. (2009). Frequently Asked Questions, How many people in the U.S. are in recovery? Washington, DC: Faces & Voices of Recovery. Retrieved October 4, 2012 from www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/about/faq2.php.
  4. ^ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-44, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4713. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012, p. 6. http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2k11Results/NSDUHresults2011.pdf.

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