Addiction Treatment Statistics

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Addiction Recovery Statistics

According to Public Health England, the average timeframe for substance dependency recovery depends on the substance consumed. [1] 

For opiate dependency, it takes up to 1,056 days to fully complete the treatment.  

187 days for exclusive alcohol addiction, 

183 days for non-opiate and alcohol abuse and  

157 for none opiates addiction only. [1] 

A statistical analysis published by the Public Health England on the Home Office official webpage indicates that in the year 2019 to 2020, a total number of 270,705 peoples were in substances addiction treatment program, 132,124 were newly admitted. [2] 

This number had a positive propensity compared to the numbers recorded in the previous years. 

The overall recovery rate recorded was barely below average, 47% of the people admitted to treatment got discharged having completed the treatment successfully. [3] 

Alcoholism treatment recorded the highest number of recoveries amounting to 58% of the total successful treatment, opiates recorded the lowest success rate with only 24% recovery recorded.  

Approximately 36% of people admitted to treatment deserted having not fully finalized the recovery process.  

13% of them abandoned due to unsuccessful transfer between the service or personal rejection of treatment continuation. 

Alcohol Treatment Statistics

The fraction of people admitted to treatment of alcohol dependency amounted to 74,619 adults, which is 28% of the total number of people recorded in the year 2019 – 2020.   

This, however, is a 1% decline from the admission in the alcohol addiction treatment of the previous year 2018 - 2019 which recorded 75,555 people. 

55% of the people who received treatment for alcohol addiction were above the age of 40 years and 9% were below 30 years old.  

Alcohol dependence had the biggest fraction of females admitted to addiction treatment, the male allotted 60% while female amounted to 40%, in comparison with other substances abuse this is the highest percentage of females in the treatment program. 


Drug Treatment Statistics In The UK

The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System report of the year 2019 – 2020, indicates that a total number of 140,599 adults were admitted to the treatment of opiate abuse.  

That is 52% of the total number of substance abuse treatment admission in that year, making opiate the substance with the largest overall proportion of the users entering treatment. 

In the same timeframe, an increase in the number of people entering treatment program for the exclusive abuse of crack cocaine was reported, from 4,535 to 4,651.  

The number of people who abused crack cocaine and opiates combined increased from 24,363 to 25,043. 

This increasing tendency of admission to crack cocaine addiction treatment has been observed to rise by 36% from the year 2013 - 2014.   

A 7% increase was reported from 20,084 in the year 2018 – 2019 to 21,396 people admitted to the substance treatment in the year 2019 – 2020 with the dependency of powder cocaine.  

This continued the gradual rise for the for first time entries to the treatment of powder cocaine in the past 9 years.  

Ketamine despite having low numbers of adults admitted to addiction treatment program also registered an increase of numbers from 960 adults in the year 2018 – 2019 to 1,140 adults entering treatment program in the year 2019 – 2020. 

The greatest gender proportion of people in substance addiction treatment programme was male with 69% of the total number registered and female recorded 31%. 

Alcoholism By Country Statistics

Dependency on the consumption of alcohol has a worldwide indication of substance with a preponderance compared to all the others.  

According to the World Health Organization alcohol prevalence report of 2004, the fraction of male alcohol dependency is significantly more than females worldwide, the proportion however fluctuates depending on individual countries.  

The report indicates that Belarus has the highest overall number of alcohol intemperance.   

Russia has the highest percentage of male alcohol drinkers with 16.2% of worldwide male consumers while Australia has the highest percentage of female alcoholics with 2.16% of worldwide female consumption.  

Globally the consumption of alcohol has increased steadily in low and middle-income states like China, India, and Vietnam.  

Europe which once recorded high consumptions, recorded a decrease in alcohol consumption level, a tendency expected to continue to 2030 whereby Europe will no longer have high consumption rates. 

Chance of relapse after alcohol rehab

The quality of treatment received during and after rehab can determine the chances of relapse. Overcoming alcohol addiction can be difficult, even for those who receive proper treatment. Without treatment, an individual is more likely to relapse. Research shows that around 90% of alcoholics experience relapse within four years after treatment [4]. 

Addiction triggers are among many factors that contribute to the chances of relapse after alcohol rehab. During rehab, inpatients are trained to manage specific triggers to stay sober. If they abandon treatment after recovery, a former alcoholic may struggle to manage these triggers and slip into a long-term relapse. 

What is the success rate for alcohol rehab

The success of an alcohol rehab programme is largely determined by the quality of care a facility gives an inpatient during and after the official rehab period. As such, successful abstinence from alcohol use can vary across individuals. 

Although no generally acceptable figure answers “what is the success rate for alcohol rehab”, people with alcohol addiction can be treated successfully.  As a rule of thumb, people who seek professional help overcome addiction quicker and are less likely to experience relapse. 

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About the author

Laura Morris

Laura Morris is an experienced clinical practitioner and CQC Registered Manager with over twenty years experience, over ten of which have been as an Independent Nurse Prescriber.

She has held a number of senior leadership roles in the substance use and mental health sector in the NHS, the prison service and in leading social enterprises in the field.

Last Updated: November 8, 2023