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My search returned the following results for statistics on church
attendance, gym membership and rehab centers:
Recovery rates from alcohol and drug abuse: one-third recover fully;
one-third cyclically stop their unhealthy behavior and return to it
again; and one-third do not recover.
A 1983 Harvard study published in "The Natural History of Alcoholism"
by George Vallant, found a high recovery rate for people who abstained
from alcohol use for more than five years, and a 40% relapse rate for
those who had stopped drinking for up to two years.
Relapse Rates for Alcoholism:
Forty percent of treated alcoholics remain abstinent after a year;
another 15 percent
resume drinking though not to the point where they become dependent
Only 15% of those with alcohol dependence seek treatment for this
disease. Relapse after treatment is common so it is important to
maintain support systems in order to cope with any slips and ensure
that they don't turn into complete reversals. Treatment programs have
varying success rates, but many people with alcohol dependency have a
Source: Yahoo Health
It is not known whether all treatment programs are effective for
members of minority groups. Among minority patients who enter
treatment programs for the general population, success rates are equal
to those of whites in the same programs.
Because alcohol and drug addiction are chronic illnesses, treatment
and recovery are long-term processes.
Outpatient treatment beyond three months (with or without inpatient
treatment) is associated with greater abstinence in a dose-related
fashion. Valliant reports that psychological adjustments of abstinent
patients were similar to those of drinkers when the patients had less
than three years' abstinence. At 10 years' abstinence, however, the
patients' level of psychosocial adjustment was the same as for
Recovery does not assure success:
80 to 90 percent of those who enter rehab programs relapse
temporarily or permanently. The problems that started and contributed
to abuse don't dissolve with abstinence, nor does the frequent urge
that rises. Recovery is a lifelong commitment that necessitates major
Source: Health Org Website
State funded treatment centers success rate is approximately 20
In 1992, the federal and state governments spent $3.4 billion in drug
and alcohol treatment and prevention services. (4) According to
Congressional Research Service reports, the average success rate of
federal and state funded treatment centers is approximately 20
The long-term success rate for drug and alcohol rehabilitation
programs is not extremely high.
Abstinence from drugs for 2 years after undergoing rehabilitation
treatment by 30% of the patients is considered quite acceptable. This
means that 70% of the patients are not succeeding in staying off of
What We Now Know About Treating Alcoholism and Other Addictions by
A study by Dr. John Helzer and his colleagues at Washington
University found that only 7% of patients treated in an inner-city
hospital alcoholism ward were still alive and sober when assessed five
to seven years later.
Although private treatment centers often report better results than
those in public hospital wards, research consistently demonstrates
that hospital treatment of any kind does not produce superior results
to outpatient counseling programs for alcoholism and drug abuse.
People often quit drugs or alcohol without entering treatment or
support groups like AA. Vaillant also found that of those who either
quit or cut back drinking, 75% did so without benefit of treatment or
Heading Back To Basics by Georgina Gustin - 10/13/2002
Back to Basics is a return to the original AA program of the 1940s
when we had a 50 to 75 percent recovery rate from alcoholism, Wally
P. explained. And we are seeing identical results today, and the
reason it has been brought back, or that I brought it back, is that
today the recovery rate is five percent. Nineteen out of 20 people who
enter AA do not recover, and back in the 1940s three out of four made
95% of the people who go to their first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting
never return for a subsequent Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Of the 5%
that do stay in Alcoholics Anonymous, many of those continue to drink
and use drugs.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment
Every day, more than 700,000 people in the United States receive
treatment for alcoholism. Treatment settings fall into two main
categories: inpatient and outpatient. Several treatment methods exist
under each category. No specific method or category is held to be the
absolute best treatment; rather, several methods have equal success
rates. The majority of people receiving treatment do so in an
According to a Department of Health and Human Services report, of
those participating in alcohol treatment in 1991, 88% were enrolled
as outpatients and 12% were inpatients. However, the outpatient
setting, while having a comparable success rate, has a higher dropout
rate than inpatient settings.
Over 60 % of successful recoveries from addiction to alcohol and
other drugs takes place independently, without the use of recovery
groups, counseling services, or addiction treatment (The Grapevine,
According to SGMA Internationals report Tracking the Fitness Movement
In 2001, the total number of U.S. members of health clubs rose from
32.8 million to 33.8 million.
1990 - 2001 memberships at health clubs have risen 63% - an increase
of 13 million members.
In 2001, health club members aged 35-54 made up the largest
population segment, but the number of members aged 55 and older has
grown 273% since 1987, from 1.5 million to 5.6 million.
Baby boomers are said to have invented the fitness movement and have
always been involved in exercise as a way to improve their looks and
their lives. The number of health club members aged 35 to 54 increased
125%, to 11.9 million, between 1987 and 2000
Source: Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association
Here are some industry statistics related to health center
If health club membership continues to grow over the next ten years
at its current compound annual growth rate of 4.6%, then U.S. health
club membership will reach 51.4 million. Source: IHRSA Guide for
Lenders and Investors.
The current industry wide U.S. membership penetration rate for adults
18-34 is 17.6%, as compared with 14.7% for adults age 35-54, and 12.6%
for adults age 55 and over. Source: IHRSA Guide for Lenders and
According to IHRSA's new Guide to the Health Club Industry for
Lenders and Investors, today approximately one out of every eight
Americans age six and over is a member of some type of athletic or
According to IHRSA's new Guide to the Health Club Industry for
Lenders and Investors, membership penetration rates for people who
live or work within one mile of their facilities often approaches
An annual consumer report sponsored by IHRSA determined that the 33
million americans who currently belong to health clubs visited the gym
an average of 89 times per year, translating into nearly 3 billion
visits last year.
Frequent health club attendance (100+ days) has soared to a new high
of 13.5 million. While they already account for 23% of the total
memberships, people over 55 represent 28% of all frequent attendees.
Source: IHRSA/ASD Health Club Trend Report
Source: International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association
Since 1987, the population of frequent health club attendees soared
by 154% to 13.5 million in 2000. During this period, the average
attendance per member climbed from 72 to 88.6 days per year.
Source: International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association
Research shows a direct correlation between higher income levels and
health club membership.
In a 2000 survey of American adults, the National Sporting Goods
Association found that 60 percent of respondents earning more than
$45,000 per year exercise regularly, compared to 48 percent of those
who earn less. The strong economic growth of the 1990s has also made a
difference. Between 1990 and 1999, the number of people who worked out
100 or more days per year at a health club grew 83.8 percent,
according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub
The greatest beneficiaries of the fitness movement have been health
clubs, which boast a 63% increase in membership from 1990-2001.
In 2001 club members reported an average of 93 days at their gyms and
the number of members who logged 100+ days in 2001 reached a new
record high of 13.9 million.
50 percent of all new health club members quit within the first six
months of signing up, according to the International Health, Racquet &
Source: Wayback Machine Archived Webpage
Fitness Center Facts:
1 in 5 club members use their club at least twice per week.
40% of those who join health clubs stop going soon afterwards.
Source: Health and Fitness Website
In the article Time Management Facts and Figures by Dr. Donald E.
Wetmore, it says that 90% of those who join health and fitness clubs
will stop going within the first 90 days.
There is a pie chart indicating Club Members by Age here:
Club Members by Gender:
Women continue to represent the slight majority of overall health
club membership, accounting for 52% in 2001. Within the sphere of
commercial clubs, women constituted 53% of the national membership,
similar to a finding of 51% in 1998.
Club Members by Household Income:
The average health club member had a household income of $69,200,
down from $76,200 a year ago. (..) People with household incomes in
excess of $75,000 account for 42% of all health club members. 19.1% of
all people with incomes in excess of $75,000 are club members,
compared with only 13.5% for the population as a whole.
The top income bracket claims 46% of all commercial memberships.
New Membership Accounts Added by Month as percentage of annual
January - 12.4%
February - 9.5%
March - 8.7%
April - 6.9%
May - 7.8%
June - 7.6%
July - 6.8%
August - 7.6%
September - 8.4%
October - 8.6%
November - 7.7%
December - 7.8%
The first quarter of the calendar remains the key period in the year
for new member acquisition for the club industry.
3. Church attendance 1950 vs. 2000
1950s - 49% of all American claimed to go to church each week but note
that the figure for Catholics was 75%
1970 - Only 39% claimed to be going to church each week.
A growing generation gap was developing in American churches: the
older generation was more conservative/religious, the younger
generation more liberal/secular.
2000 - By the end of the century, as population aged, 44 percent of
Americans attended church once a week, not counting funerals,
christenings and baptisms.
Source: Columbia University
Church Attendance: Who Goes, How Often? Analysis by Dalia Sussman,
Not counting weddings and funerals, 38 percent of Americans say they
go to religious services at least once a week. (..) Self-reported
attendance peaking among older people, women, Southerners and
Baptists, among others. The biggest gap is between the oldest and
youngest age groups. Sixty percent of people age 65 and older report
attending religious services at least once a week; among 18 to
30-year-olds, just 28 percent go that often. Previous ABC News polls,
similarly, have found that religious belief and practice increase with
There are other factors. Nearly half of Southerners attend services
weekly, substantially more than elsewhere. Forty-four percent of women
go weekly, compared to 32 percent of men. It follows that, among
Southern women age 45 and up, weekly church attendance soars to 68
Catholic women (49 percent go to church weekly) and Catholic men (26
percent attend every week.)
According to Kirk Hadaway, minister for research and evaluation at the
United Church of Christs Board for Homeland Ministries:
Church attendance in the U.S. is, apparently, stable and strong. Year
after year 40 percent of Americans tell pollsters that they attended
church or synagogue in the last seven days. From this evidence,
American religion seems quite hardy, especially compared to the
statistics from European nations. If the poll data can be believed,
three decades of otherwise corrosive social and cultural change has
left American church attendance virtually untouched.
The U.S. Prayer Center indicates the following numbers:
Church/Population Ratio Declining:
1900 ... 27 churches for every 10,000 Americans
1950 ... 17 churches for every 10,000 Americans
1996 ... 11 churches for every 10,000 Americans
Church Attendance in Rapid Decline:
1991 - 49%
1992 - 47%
1993 - 45%
1994 - 45%
1995 - 45%
1996 - 37%
Source: U.S. Prayer Center
- U.S. church attendance surged in the 1950s (49 percent) and then
tailed off a decade later, back down to between 40 and 43 percent.
- 1996 only 37 percent of those surveyed by Gallup said they attended
church weekly, the lowest percentage ever recorded.
- Church attendance in America actually has been quite stable for the
last 60 years according to the following chart of 60 years of weekly
Source: Church Buyers Guide
Studies of prejudice during the 1950's:
- People who never attended church exhibited a low level of
- The most highly prejudiced individuals were those who went to church
once or twice a month.
- Those that went to church 11 or more times a month were the least
prejudiced of all.
Source: Religious Tolerance Website
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