Addiction & Rehab 101

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Whether you're just considering rehab treatment or are ready to enter a rehab program, this page contains useful resources to learn more about addiction and rehab treatment.

Millions of Americans struggle with a substance use disorder. In fact, addiction statistics compiled in 2020 show that among people 12 years old or older in the United States:1

  • 3 million (14.5%) struggled with a substance use disorder in the past year.
  • Alcohol use disorder (AUD) was the most common addiction, with around 28.3 million (10.2%) people struggling with it in the past year.
  • Roughly 18.4 million (4.3%) had an illicit drug use disorder in the past year.
  • Around 6.5 million (2.3%) had both an illicit drug use disorder and an alcohol use disorder in the past year.

Basics on Addiction & Substance Misuse

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder that involves compulsive substance seeking and use despite negative and harmful consequences.2 The clinical term for this condition is called “substance use disorder” (SUD).3

The Effects & Dangers of Addiction

Addiction can have a negative effect on a person’s physical and mental health. Withdrawal and overdose are risks associated with drug misuse.

Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment

A comprehensive addiction treatment program is the most successful way to overcome addiction. It is never too late to get help.

Cost & Affording Addiction Treatment

The cost of addiction treatment and rehab prevent many from seeking treatment. Did you know that many rehab centers can work with you to help make rehab more affordable?

American Addiction Centers is in-network with many insurance providers. Find out more about insurance coverage below.

About American Addiction Centers & The Rehab Admissions Process

American Addiction Centers was founded in 2007. Since that time, we have grown into the largest network of rehab facilities nationwide, with programs in California, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate, and innovative care to adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Through comprehensive and customized treatment plans, we instill hope that long-term recovery is possible. Our purpose and passion is to empower you, your family, and your community by helping you achieve recovery and optimal wellness of the mind, body, and spirit.

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  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Highlights for the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July 12). Drug misuse and addiction.
  3. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5. (5th ed.). (2013). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.
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