Medical Sequelae Impact QoL Among Individuals in Recovery

April 1, 2019

More than one-third of those in recovery from drug/alcohol use have chronic physical disease. A novel study looks at prevalence of health issues by type of substance used.

In 2017, 19.7 million American adults battled a substance use disorder and 1 out of every 8 adults struggled with concomitant alcohol and drug use disorders.1 And while 9% of US adults has resolved a significant alcohol/drug problem,2 more than one-third of them have persistent health problems.3 David Eddie, PhD, at the Recovery Research Institute, Center for Addiction Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and colleagues writing in the March issue of Journal of Addiction Medicine, report results of their novel study that examined which health issues appear to be associated with which type of abuse as well as the clinical and demographic correlates. Click through study highlights, below.