What I found staggering was the fact that “about one fifth of young adults aged 18 to 25 (21.1 percent) needed treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use, but less than one tenth (7.0 percent) of them received treatment at a specialty facility. Of the young adults who needed but did not receive alcohol or illicit drug use treatment in a specialty facility in the past year, 96.0 percent did not perceive the need for treatment.”
This is alarming on so many fronts but especially that:
nearly 7 million American young people, ages 18-25, (just over 20%) were classified as needing treatment in the past year for alcohol or illicit drug use.
of this 7 million, only 7 percent sought treatment at a specialty treatment facility.
of the young adults who needed but did not receive treatment in a specialty facility, 96 percent did not perceive the need for treatment. In other words, they consider their drinking / drug use levels to be “normal” or acceptable (these are levels that met the criteria for substance abuse and/or dependence).
Yikes! Clearly what we are doing in the way of education and prevention is not working. To learn more, click here .