“There continues to be a large “treatment gap” in this country. In 2013, an estimated 22.7 million Americans (8.6 percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.5 million people (0.9 percent) received treatment at a specialty facility,” ().
Available beds within treatment facilities is not the only issue. Once an individual takes the courageous step of admitting that they need help, it is crucial to take action immediately. Since many, if not all, treatment facilities have waiting lists, many of these suffering individuals change their mind before they are able to get the help they desperately need.
Other Barriers to Treatment:
- Financial reasons, or lack of health insurance/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
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.