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Recovery from Substance Use and Mental Health Problems Among Adults in the United States

The journey of recovery from substance use and mental health problems is a complex process requiring comprehensive, holistic, and individualized support. Lighthouse Recovery Institute is committed to providing this support. Our treatment facility offers a wide range of addiction treatment programs and therapies tailored to the needs of each individual.

The Reality of Recovery

According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), recovery from substance use and mental health problems is not merely possible but prevalent among adults in the United States. Of the estimated 70 million adults who acknowledged past substance use, a significant majority considered themselves to be in recovery.

Substance Use Recovery

Specifically, for substance use, approximately 72.2% (or 20.9 million) of 29.0 million adults who identified past substance use problems saw themselves as in recovery or having recovered from their drug or alcohol use problem.

Mental Health Recovery

Meanwhile, of the 58.7 million adults who acknowledged past mental health problems, 66.5% (or 38.8 million) considered themselves to be in recovery or having recovered from their mental health problems. Recovery is possible.

Facilitating Factors in Recovery

Recovery is a dynamic process characterized by continuous growth and improvement in health and wellness. Alongside the management of setbacks that are part of life. There are specific factors that enhance the likelihood of successful recovery from substance use and mental health problems.

Social Supports and Treatment

Social supports, including participation in government assistance programs, play a crucial role in facilitating substance use recovery, particularly among adults with lower family income or education levels. Similarly, any form of mental health treatment received in the past year. Whether inpatient, outpatient, prescription, or virtual care, significantly increased the likelihood of mental health recovery.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage was another important factor, with mental health recovery being more prevalent among insured adults.


Spirituality also emerged as a supportive factor in recovery. This could imply that beliefs, principles, or practices that provide a sense of purpose or meaning could enhance resilience and recovery from substance use and mental health problems.

Resilience in Recovery

Interestingly, the report also identified the development of resilience among individuals in recovery. Despite the behavioral health challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, people in recovery reported few impacts on their mental health.

Challenges in Recovery

The NSDUH data also revealed some hurdles in the journey to recovery. For instance, adults who felt the need for mental health treatment but did not receive it in the past year were less likely to be in recovery.

The Path to Recovery

The journey to recovery is real and possible, with a range of holistic, individualized supports available. Lighthouse Recovery Institute offers effective addiction treatment at our beautiful treatment center in Boynton Beach, FL. Our team of therapists and addiction specialists is dedicated to providing the highest quality care possible for our clients.

Treatment and Recovery Services

We offer a broad spectrum of addiction treatment programs and therapies. Ensuring our treatment plans are personalized to meet the needs of each individual in our care. Our evidence-based modalities, coupled with a supportive, and professional approach, make us a trusted guide in the journey to recovery.

Public Health Efforts

In response to the nation’s mental health crisis and drug overdose epidemic, the Biden-Harris Administration has invested heavily in mental health care, overdose prevention, and life-saving prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Through the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the Administration has channeled over $4.4 billion into SAMHSA grant programs.

SAMHSA’s Role in Addiction Treatment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leading these public health efforts. SAMHSA’s mission is to promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, provide treatments and support to foster recovery and ensure equitable access and better outcomes.

Recovery from Substance Use Disorder at Lighthouse Recovery Institute

Recovery from substance use disorder is a journey that millions of adults in the United States have embarked on and continue to navigate. The journey to recovery is not only real and possible but also prevalent. With the right support, including holistic, individualized treatment programs, and a compassionate, supportive, and professional approach, people with mental health and/or substance use conditions can and do overcome these challenges and lead productive lives in our communities. The Lighthouse Recovery Institute is committed to being a beacon of hope and a guide on this journey to recovery. Give our team a call today.

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