There exists a significant “treatment gap” in this country when it comes to drugs and alcohol. The treatment gap is defined as the difference between the number of people who need treatment for their alcohol or drug issue, and the actual number of people who are actively receiving treatment for such issues. Recent data found that more than 23.5 million Americans are deemed in need of treatment for a problem related to alcohol or drugs, but only about 11 percent with an addiction issue receive treatment.
Why is this treatment gap so significant? Because there are a number of obstacles to successfully seeking out treatment. We touch on those obstacles and share some tips for overcoming them below.
Obstacles To Drug Or Alcohol Treatment
One of the main obstacles to alcohol or drug treatment is the lack of available beds. In recent years, many states and local governments have attempted to make more resources and beds available to those in need of treatment, but in some areas, beds are full and wait-lists continue to lengthen. Even if someone has made the conscious decision to get the help they need, they may be put on a wait-list, and a lot can happen between their initial sign-up and when a bed finally opens up. Unfortunately, many habits only continue to get worse.
Other barriers to treatment include:
- Financial reasons, or lack of health insurance or Medicaid.
- Thinking they can quit on their own.
- Wanting to conceal drug use from significant other.
- Fear of treatment/fear of change.
- Bad previous treatment experience.
- Fear of losing job or family if they enter a treatment program.
Choose To Get Alcohol Or Drug Treatment
There will always be obstacles to overcome throughout your recovery process, but access to treatment services and support should never get in your way. At Appelman Law Firm, we know how hard it can be to successfully complete treatment, which is way we want to do everything in our power to make it possible.
If you’re struggling with a certain aspect of recovery, or you meet some unexpected hurdles along the way, reach out to us at (952) 224-2277 to discuss what else we can do for you. We have a number of contacts in the addiction services community and can help you get the services that you need to make positive changes in your life. So whether you’re looking for facility recommendations in the area or you want to get some counseling while you’re working your way up the wait-list, give Avery and the team at Appelman Law Firm a call to take the first step towards a better life.