How Do We Shorten the Treatment Gap?

AddictedgirlAbout 22 million people in the United States are estimated to be in need of treatment for substance abuse each year. Just over 10 percent of those actually receive treatment at a specialty facility.

The percentage of people getting help has decreased by 6 percent between the year 2000 and 2011. More than 900,000 people who needed rehabilitation but didn’t receive it were able to recognize their problem but less than 300,000 of them actually attempted to get help. More than 600,000 knew they needed to go to some type of drug or alcohol rehab program but made no effort. If friends or family members had stepped in with assistance then they likely would have gone without much resistance if their objections were properly addressed.

For the 600,000 who knew they needed help but made no attempt, the top six reasons for not trying included: they weren’t ready to stop using; they didn’t have health insurance and couldn’t afford treatment; thought it would create a negative impact on their job; thought others would develop a negative opinion of them if they knew; didn’t know where to go for help; could handle it on their own.

Of the 300,000 who didn’t get help but did make an effort, the main reasons for not receiving treatment were very similar, but also included not having time to go and no easy access or transportation to a recovery program.

Knowing the biggest blocks for people who at least recognize the problem, lawmakers and others are trying to make access to treatment easier. One of the best ways is to ensure that there are as many types of recovery options available, with of course increased funding to provide the services.

What about the other 19+ million who need help but don’t recognize or believe it? One of the best places to start is with an intervention specialist. An expertly-done intervention with professionals can break down most of the barriers and assist family members in getting help for their loved ones in need. This is our specialty at Family First Intervention. Call us today to learn more about addiction, interventions and treatment options.

Mike Loverde

With firsthand experience with addiction, Mike Loverde is now a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), as accredited by the Association of Intervention Specialists and the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He founded Family First Intervention in 2008 and has since helped hundreds of families find intervention and addiction rehabilitation solutions.

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