Nearly one in 10 US adults have been to inpatient rehab

March 29, 2017, 6:53 PM GMT+0

While going to rehab for exhaustion seems popular among celebrities, less than one-fifth of Americans consider this an acceptable reason to seek inpatient treatment

Selena Gomez recently halted her world tour, canceling over 30 shows to immediately begin treatment for depression and anxiety at an inpatient rehab facility. This controversial decision comes two years after she checked into rehab to combat extreme exhaustion following chemotherapy treatments. Exhaustion often drives celebrities to rehab, including big-name stars such as Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.

Yet, despite how frequently celebs appear to enter inpatient rehab for exhaustion, a new YouGov poll reveals that only 17% of US adults think this is an appropriate reason to go. In contrast, over half of Americans consider addiction to drugs (68%), addiction to alcohol (67%), anxiety/depression (55%), and having an eating disorder (53%) acceptable reasons.

While the majority feel that treating anxiety/depression or an eating disorder at an inpatient rehab facility is appropriate, younger individuals appear to be a bit more skeptical. Of 18-24 year olds, only 45% accept the idea of going to rehab for anxiety/depression. Similarly, just 42% approve of going to treat an eating disorder.

Regardless of varied opinions concerning what qualifies as an acceptable reason for entering rehab, 8% of US adults say they have attended an inpatient rehab center themselves. As the number of deaths due to drugs, alcohol, and suicide rises among middle-aged white Americans, will we soon see this number rise, too?