Substance use disorders (SUD) have been on the rise in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 20.1 million people aged 12 or older were diagnosed with an SUD in 2015. The number included 15.1 million people who had an alcohol use disorder and 7.4 million people who had an illicit drug use disorder.
What is worsening the condition is the rising number of individuals with mental illness. The SAMHSA had estimated that approximately 44.7 million adults were affected by some or the other form of mental illness in 2015. This, in turn, has affected the overall growth, performance and wellness chart of Americans. Read more