Trends in Treatment

Alcohol and substance abuse treatment has changed much over the past decades. New studies and methods refine the way we help those battling addiction reach recovery and stave off relapse. Experts and facilities across the country provide treatment for substance abuse, and tracking trends in the industry helps ensure quality care is provided.

The number of patients in treatment increased 7.8 percent between 2007 and 2011. The types of facilities (private non-profit, private for-profit, or government) changed little during that period. Dual Diagnosis treatment gained ground, as more facilities address co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. The proportion of patients in treatment for three broad categories of substance abuse problems (alcohol and drug abuse, drug abuse only and alcohol abuse only) changed little. Patients in treatment for both drug and alcohol abuse made up 42 to 46 percent of all patients. Patients in treatment for drug abuse only made up 35 to 39 percent, and patients in treatment for alcohol abuse remained around 18 percent.

Patients under age 18 made up between 7 and 8 percent of all clients in treatment between 2007 and 2011. The type of care received by clients under age 18 (whether outpatient, residential non-hospital or hospital inpatient) differed little from that received by adults, showing that younger clients aren’t deviating from current trends in treatment.

Make Addiction Treatment Personal at The Oaks at La Paloma

We will continue to study treatment trends, but, when someone you know has a problem, it becomes personal. If you or someone you love needs individualized treatment for addiction, call The Oaks at La Paloma at the toll-free number on our homepage. Someone is there to take your call 24 hours a day and answer any questions you have about treatment, financing or insurance.

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