According to an estimate, almost 5million Americans (over 12 years of age) take part in different self-help groups to get rid ofalcohol and drug abuse every year. It also includes 2.3 million those who are abstaining from these substances at present.
These are the results of a report that the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released on Monday.
This report includes data from nationwide surveys conducted during 2006 and 2007 and it also reveals that: for alcohol use 45.3 percent joined a self-help group, while 21.8 percent for illicit drug use and 33 percent for alcohol as well as for illicit drug use.
Similarly, 45.1 percent people who joined self-help group a year back didn’t use illicit drugs or alcohol during the past month and 32.7 percent people, who joined a self-help group for drug or alcohol abuse, also got special treatment for their drug abuse and it includes attending a mental health center or admittance at a rehabilitation facility as an inpatient or outpatient.
“The report also indicates that taking part in self-help groups can be very handy to help and support people who want to get rid of their drug or alcohol abuse problem. Specialty treatments are also provided in these self-help groups and this combination often proves very effective to support people who want to recover,” say Dr. Eric Broderick, acting administrator at SAMSHA.