Current Statistics

Below are current statistics about the Adult & Teen Challenge programs in the United States and the most current drug abuse information that is available. Remember, if you can’t cite your source, don’t use it. 

2018 Program Stats

  • Beds 7,498
  • Students 11,392
  • Decisions for Christ 8,576
  • Water Baptisms 3,317
  • Spirit Baptisms 2,365
  • Completions 2,703
  • Church Outreach 9,459 meetings / 908,086 attendees
  • Prison Outreach 4,060 meetings / 59,639 attendees
  • School Outreach 4,022 meetings / 296,225 attendees
  • Street Outreach 3,104 meetings / 829,359 attendees
  • Residential Centers 207
    • Men (18+) 113
    • Women (18+) 69
    • Boys (Under 18) 12
    • Girls (Under 18) 13
  • Non Residential Centers 49
    • Admin Office 29
    • Outreach & Referral 17
    • Ministry Institute 3

Note on “success rates”: We do not have current data on the success rate of Adult & Teen Challenge programs. The last study that was done was over 20 years ago.  All we can say is that historically we have seen that our students have a higher success rate than those in other programs. We hope to have more accurate data in the near future.

2017 National Drug Stats

  • In 2017, 30.5 million people aged 12 or older used an illicit drug in the past 30 days*
  • 19.7 Million Americans struggled with addictions (had a substance abuse disorder) in 2017*
  • 1 in 4 young adults are current illicit drug users*
  • In 2017, the substances with the largest number of recent initiates were alcohol (4.9 million users), marijuana (3 million new users), prescription pain relievers (2 million new misusers), and cigarettes (1.9 million new users)*
  • In 2017, an estimated 20.7 million people aged 12 or older needed substance use treatment (which translates to 1 in 13 people in America)**
  • In 2015, the costs of the opioid crisis alone were estimated at $504 billion***
  • In 2017, 47,872 people died from an opioid overdose***
  • The average life expectancy in the United States decreased for the second time in 2016, due in part to opioid overdose deaths***
  • There are approximately 192 deaths daily due to drug overdoses****

Sources:

*SAMHSA NSDUH report page 1: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/cbhsq-reports/NSDUHFFR2017/NSDUHFFR2017.pdf

***SAMHSA NSDUH report page 46: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/cbhsq-reports/NSDUHFFR2017/NSDUHFFR2017.pdf

***Facing Addiction in America – The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids: https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/sites/default/files/Spotlight-on-Opioids_09192018.pdf

****DrugAbuse.gov: https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates 

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