Millions of people struggle with substance abuse in the United States every day. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of those people will receive any kind of treatment. The common misconception is that admitting you have a problem is admitting failure, when in fact you are just admitting that you have a disease. Here are some other facts about addiction that you might not know in regards to addiction treatment in New Jersey.

Addiction Facts

  • 13 is the average age children experiment with drugs.
  • When heroin started requiring a doctor’s prescription in 1914, addicted users began scavenging junk metal to support their habit, thus coining the term “junkies”.
  • 4 out of 5 heroin users started out by abusing prescription painkillers before switching to heroin because it was cheaper and easier to get.
  • The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but consumes 80% of the world’s opioid painkillers.
  • More people die in the United States from drug overdoses than from car crashes.
  • 50% of all suicides and over 50% of all violent crimes are caused by alcohol and/or drugs.
  • The U.S. government spends nearly $500 billion every year on addiction and substance abuse. Only 2 cents of every dollar goes to prevention and treatment.
  • 28% of college dropouts abuse alcohol.

Who offers addiction treatment in New Jersey?

Are You in Need of Addiction Treatment in New Jersey?

If you or someone you know is in need of treatment, we want to help. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one today.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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