Addiction Infographic Round-Up

An infographic is simply a visual way to present information. Right now, infographics are very popular. Actually, I am a little surprised how much people like them. Nothing brings more traffic to our main site (800 Recovery Hub) than the pins I put up on Pinterest.

If you don’t know what Pinterest is, allow me to explain. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard site that lets you “pin” or collect images from the Web. Many of them will link to a product, article website or blog. You create boards to help you categorize your images and add descriptions to remind you why you bookmarked them in the first place. For example, you might create a board called “styles of cars I like”. Within that board ,will be photos of cars styles, you have placed there. Most of these images—or pins—link back to the original website they appeared on so you can easily access them later.

This platform is very popular with things like “dream weddings” “travel spots” and “cool tattoos”.

However, there is also a thriving recovery community there. Pin Boards with names like Recovery Quotes, Sobriety Gifts, and Inspiration are just a few samples of the kind of boards you will discover.

I have been using my account for several years. Here are some of my recent Pinterest graphics.

My most popular collection is a board called Addiction.

It’s probably the most visited because it’s such a broad subject. Here is the description: An overview of Addictions: Drug, Alcohol, Gambling, Shopping, Porn, Eating, and Gaming …. to name a few. Recovery describes the medical, emotional and sometimes even natural (and spiritual) solutions that are available.

This is an example of a moderately popular pin, in a different style.


Generally, people share things from other sites.  It’s uncommon to find accounts that only contain pins from their own website. I think, for the most part, people don’t create any pins.

I add to my board extemporaneously (fancy word for randomly) as I am surfing the internet. If I find a visual that is a good fit, then I put it on the appropriate board. However, there is one specific site that does amazing infographics. It’s called Addition Blog. They crank these out so fast, it makes my head spin. Here is an example:


They even provide the embed code to put it on your website. They also include the information that goes with it:

Heroin treatment admissions and demographics

The average age at admission for heroin addicts is 34 years old.

The Treatment Episode Data Set by SAMHSA reports that:

65% are non-Hispanic White
15% are non-Hispanic Blacks
16% are of Hispanic origin
Only 14% of primary heroin admissions aged 16+ were employed, while 45% were not in labor force.

Most primary heroin admissions (80%) had been admitted into treatment prior to the current treatment episode. About 27% of current addicts who seek help for heroin addiction have been in treatment five or more times before. Maybe this is a result of recent trends involving medication-assisted therapy for heroin addicts. The proportion of heroin admissions with treatment plans that included receiving medication-assisted opioid therapy has fallen to 28%.

Treatment admissions for heroin with other substances of abuse

Persons using heroin are also abusing multiple other substances, especially cocaine and opioid pain relievers. Statistics show that more than 500.000 Americans used heroin in 2013, which represents a nearly 150% increase since 2007.

96% of heroin users said they used other drugs within the past year
61% reported using at least three different drugs
Who seeks help for heroin addiction?

More people are seeking help for heroin use problems than ever before. In fact, individuals in the age group from 18 to 25 seeking treatment for heroin abuse have increased from 11% of total admissions in 2008 to 26% in the first half of 2012.

Heroin drug addiction treatment services are continuing to grow in effectiveness. Moreover, addiction rehab programs that treat heroin withdrawal and heroin dependence are becoming more and more available for those who need them as general public awareness about the link between treatment and solving America’s heroin epidemic continues to grow.

Statistics also show that more people seek treatment for heroin use than for any other illicit drug, except marijuana.

Heroin addiction treatment questions

Do you have anything you’d like to add or ask? Let us know if you like our infographic and feel free to share it with someone who might be interested. We also welcome your questions and comments in the designated section at the bottom of this page. We try to answer personally and promptly to all legitimate inquiries or refer you to professionals who can help your particular issue.

Reference Sources: SAMHSA: 2003-20013 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services

CDC: Heroin Epidemic

DEA: National Heroin Threat Assessment Summary

DrugAbuse: What is the scope of heroin use in the United States

My final collection

Hopefully, you have found some inspiration here. If so go find or create your own recovery pins.

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By the way, I am very critical of my graphic work. For example, if I spend too much time looking at this post, I will convince myself it looks bad.  I might even delete the whole thing. So, I force myself to post it and walk away. I suggest doing this if you are new at making visuals. You need to start somewhere. Just go for it.


3 thoughts on “Addiction Infographic Round-Up

  1. Nice work, I’m a therapist that finds your personal and professional approach refreshing.
    I look forward to following you.


    1. Thank you Terry. Describing me as refreshing is such a huge compliment. I appreciate that you stopped by. I could not find your blog. If you have one, I would love to follow you. Thanks for dropping me a line. Happy New Year.


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