Five Million Americans Attend Self-Help Groups, SAMHSA Estimates

Approximately five million people in the U.S. attend addiction self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Reuters reported Nov. 24.


The study, which was based on data from a survey of 135,672 Americans over the age of 12 and conducted in 2006 and 2007, showed that about 45 percent of those attending self-help groups reported that they abstained from drugs and alcohol in the month before the survey, and more than 30 percent said they participated in formal addiction-treatment programs in the past year.


“The data reinforces the fact that participation in self-help groups is associated with abstinence and recovery,” said Stephen Wing, SAMHSA's associate administrator for alcohol policy.


Of the 5 million people attending self-help groups, roughly two-thirds were male, and 80 percent were over the age of 25. SAMHSA did not have data on whether attendance at self-help groups had increased. About 22 million Americans meet the definition for substance abuse.

One Response to Five Million Americans Attend Self-Help Groups, SAMHSA Estimates

  1. George | July 1, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Can any one comment on how effective is self help when suffering from a medical mental condition such as depression?

Leave a Reply

Please read our comment policy and guidelines before you submit a comment. Your email address will not be published. Thank you for visiting Join Together.

Required fields are marked *


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>