Males Twice as Likely to Wind Up in Treatment for Substance Abuse

genderreportOf the many studies and surveys conducted routinely throughout the country regarding drug and alcohol use, one of them includes information on admissions to treatment programs. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) provides a look at statistics related to people seeking rehabilitation services for drug and alcohol abuse.

A recent TEDS report showed that of the nearly 2 million treatment admissions in 2011, two-thirds of them were for males, making them twice as likely as females to be admitted. The numbers seeking help typically reflect the percentage of overall users as well, though there certainly are variations in use patterns among different age groups.

For example, the report stated that the rate of substance abuse for both genders was similar between the ages of 12 and 17. The primary substances used also varied, with alcohol being more prevalent for female teens while marijuana was cited in a greater number of males. A somewhat surprising statistic included that women over the age of 65 were nearly 3 times more likely to abuse prescription painkillers.

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