If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, you likely understand that recovery is a difficult and challenging process. Staying informed about the latest addiction statistics in Massachusetts can help you have a better understanding of what it takes to remain on the path to recovery.
Statewide Addiction Recovery Statistics
According to the state Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, during the fiscal year of 2017 in Massachusetts, just over 109,000 people were admitted to recovery facilities for addiction recovery. Of these individuals, nearly two-thirds were male. The most common age group of those admitted to recovery facilities included those aged 31-40, making up 30.9% of the people admitted to recovery programs.
Primary Substance of Abuse Statistics
In 2017, when Massachusetts residents were admitted to recovery programs and facilities, they identified the substance they had primarily been abusing before seeking treatment. The most common substance for which people were seeking treatment to stop using was heroin.
The percentage of people who identified heroin as their primary substance of abuse was 52.8%. The next common substance reported was alcohol, which was reported as the primary abuse substance for 32.8% of those seeking help. Additional substances reported included crack/cocaine (4.1%), marijuana (3.5%), and other substances (6.8%).
Understanding addiction and recovery related statistics in Massachusetts can help you or your loved one with recovery in many ways. It can be helpful to know where you fall into the statistics. It can also be helpful for you to review the statistics and know that you are not alone, and many people are able to successfully conquer their addictions.
Choosing to live in a sober living home is one way that you can help yourself continue to focus on your recovery without distractions. The Tharros House in Massachusetts can help you as you progress with your recovery. Contact us today to learn more.