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According to a survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 20 percent of U.S. adults experienced a mental illness in the past year. This means over 45 million Americans have endured the hardships of a mental illness.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 20 percent (8.9 million) of adults with mental illness in the past year also had a substance abuse disorder.
Why are these numbers so high?