Ten Percent of Americans Say They are “In Recovery”

A new survey finds that 10% of Americans over the age of 18 say they used to have a problem with drugs, including alcohol, but no longer do. A story about the survey appeared on the Market Watch website, a division of the Wall Street Journal. It was carried out last year, asking about 2,500 people “Did you used to have a problem with drugs or alcohol, but no longer do?” It was sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug Free America and funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Extrapolating from the results, the surveyors estimated that 23.5 million Americans can be described as “in recovery.”

Of course, “no longer have a problem” is an odd turn of phrase to use since it doesn’t mean “stopped using.” Still, it’s a pretty stunning number of people willing to admit that they ever had a problem with substance abuse.

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