Alcohol and drug abuse are not exclusive to any specific group or population. It spans across race, socioeconomic status, gender and age. According to the National Institute of Health, over 23 million American adults have a substance use disorder, but tragically only about 25% will ever receive care or treatment for their addiction. Likewise, over 30% of adults have an alcohol use disorder but only 20% will receive the addiction treatment services they need. Untreated chemical dependency and addiction can have devastating impacts not only on the individual, but on the family.
A recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that an estimated 11% of children live with at least one parent who needs treatment. Those children are also three times more likely to become victims of abuse or neglect. Untreated chemical dependency also affects the economy, costing US employers about $81 billion a year, as 70% of current drug users are employed.