According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), barely more than 10% of people suffering from substance addiction get the treatment they need. A research team led by Dr. Claire Evelyn Blevins, Ph.D. looked into the issue by conducting interviews with 59 professionals involved in various phases of the addiction treatment process, from those who make referrals to those who receive them.
Their study, published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, identified four issues that create barriers to addiction treatment:
- Patient Eligibility: Some healthcare providers reported difficulty in determining whether their patients met the criteria for admission to certain treatment centers
- Treatment Capacity: Some healthcare providers also reported having difficulty finding treatment centers with the space to accommodate their patients.
- Lack of Knowledge: The research identified that some healthcare providers had trouble understanding the differences between treatment programs, making it difficult to select the best option for their patients.
- Communication Difficulties: The channels of communication between healthcare providers and treatment centers were found to be inefficient, contributing to delays in finding and securing treatment for those in need.
Addiction is known as a progressive disease because it grows stronger over time. The earlier treatment is started, the better the chance for a successful recovery.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a comprehensive detoxification and residential treatment program designed to help those suffering from any stage of substance addiction. Find out more and call us today at (949) 438-4504.