Addiction Facts

Addiction is all around you

  • 27 million Americans suffer from drug and alcohol addiction
  • Ages 12-17, 1.3 Million Teenagers or 1 in every 12 are addicted
  • Ages 18-25, 16.8% or 1 in every 6 are addicted.

Addiction is costly

Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and healthcare.

Addiction affects everyone

If you take 27 million addicted Americans, then multiply that number by 4 (the average number of people in a family), you now have over 108 million people whose lives have been disrupted by the addict in their family. Not to mention, there is a cascade of friends and co-workers to add to the numbers.

Addiction starts early

Nine out of ten people with substance addictions first begin using before they even turn 18. In fact, substance abuse before the age of 15 can make a person 6.5 times more likely to develop a full-blown substance use disorder later in life. 90% of addicts began using before they left high school. 

Addiction runs in families

The children of addicts are 8 times more likely to develop an addiction. According to the National Council On Alcoholism And Drug Dependence (NCADD), the single most reliable indicator of drug or alcohol dependence is family history.

Addiction is deadly

Overdose deaths are already the third leading cause of death in the United States and exceeded 70,000 deaths in 2016.  Deaths from overdose each year exceed all of the soldiers killed in Vietnam and all Gulf Wars combined.