The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has completed this study involving addiction treatment facilities titled “Trends in Facility and Client Characteristics,” which covers the years 2007-2011 to look for changes in the types of substance abuse treatment being offered and in the individuals who seek it. The review discovered both the total number of addiction treatment facilities and the number of clients in treatment increased slightly between 2007 and 2011.
Number Of Addiction Treatment Facilities Growing
The number of facilities jumped from 13,648 to 13,720, while the number of clients in treatment increased by 7.8 percent from 1,135,425 in 2007 to 1,224,127 in 2011. The operational structure of those programs and the type of care they offered changed little during the period studied. Whether a facility was private non-profit, private for-profit or government-run did not shift substantially, and these programs continued to place a primary focus on substance abuse treatment services. The types of care sought changed little between 2007 to 2011 as well. Clients in treatment for both drug and alcohol abuse made up 42 to 46 percent of all clients. Clients in treatment for drug abuse made up around 40 percent, and clients in treatment for alcohol abuse only remained fairly steady at around 18 percent.
Average Age of Clients Remains Consistent
One of the bigger surprises NSDUH found was that the number of treatment clients under age 18 changed very little. Many treatment programs and industry professionals acknowledge that the average age of those seeking treatment seems to be decreasing with facilities welcoming younger and younger clients each year, but this study found that clients under age 18 only made up approximately eight percent of all clients in treatment between 2007 and 2011 which was consistent with earlier figures.
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