A recent report that was released shows the prevalence of a combined alcohol and drug addiction. Over 37% of individuals who check into rehab for substance abuse have at least two addictions or substances used, a problem with alcohol that is combined with other substance abuse issues. The report was released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA. It shows that of the rehab facility admissions more than 23% report using another drug in addition to alcohol, and that more than 14% have a problem with alcohol abuse and the abuse of two or more drugs. When drugs are used along with alcohol the individual usually tends to take more of the drugs than they would if alcohol use was not involved. The report is titled “Nearly 40 percent of Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Report Alcohol-Drug Combinations” and is available online.
Pamela S. Hyde, who is Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, stated “Even by themselves, alcohol and drug abuse can be devastating to one’s health and well-being, but a combination of drug and alcohol abuse increases one’s risk of serious, life-threatening consequences even more. If you or anyone you know has a problem with drugs and alcohol, together or by themselves please seek help immediately – it is available and it can help.” The report shows just how frequently substance abuse treatment is needed and the fact that many individuals use more than one substance. This must be addressed during treatment for the best results possible.