• Locations Where Substance Use Treatment Was Received among Persons Aged 12 or Older

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in its 2011 survey reports the prevalence and patterns of the receipt of treatment in the past year for problems related to substance use. Among persons aged 12 or older, the estimates described in this survey refer to treatment received for illicit drug or alcohol use, or for medical problems associated with the use of illicit drugs or alcohol. This includes treatment received in the past year at any location, such as a hospital (inpatient), rehabilitation facility (outpatient or inpatient), mental health center, emergency room, private doctor’s office, prison or jail, or a self-help group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Persons could report receiving treatment at more than one location.

    Below is the information from the 2011 NSDUH regarding locations where substance abuse treatment was received among persons aged 12 or older:

    • In 2011, 3.8 million persons (1.5% of the population) aged 12 or older received treatment for a problem related to the use of alcohol or illicit drugs.
    • Of these 3.8 million persons, 1.2 million received treatment for the use of both alcohol and illicit drugs, 0.8 million received treatment for the use of illicit drugs but not alcohol, and 1.4 million received treatment for the use of alcohol but not illicit drugs.
    • The rate and the number of persons in the population aged 12 or older receiving substance use treatment within the past year was stable between 2010 (1.6% and 4.2 million) and 2011 (1.5% and 3.8 million) and between 2002 (1.5% and 3.5 million) and 2011.
    • In 2011, among the 3.8 million persons aged 12 or older who received treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use in the past year, 2.1 million persons received treatment at a self-help group, and 1.5 million received treatment at a rehabilitation facility as an outpatient.
    • There were 1 million persons who received treatment at a mental health center as an outpatient, 1 million persons who received treatment at a rehabilitation facility as an inpatient, 871,000 at a hospital as an inpatient, 700,000 at a private doctor’s office, 574,000 at an emergency room, and 435,000 at a prison or jail. None of these estimates changed significantly between 2010 and 2011. Except for persons who received treatment at a prison or jail, these estimates also did not change between 2002 and 2011; the number of persons who received treatment at a prison or jail increased from 259,000 in 2002 to 435,000 in 2011.

    The figure below demonstrates the locations where past year substance use treatment was received among persons aged 12 or older in 2011.

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    Source:  http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2011SummNatFindDetTables/Index.aspxv

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