For a number of reasons, substance addiction is a severely undertreated disease in the United States. According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), while an estimated 21 million people were in need of treatment for addiction in 2016, only about ten percent of those people actually received it.

Research suggests that the primary reason people fail to get treatment for substance addiction is the mistaken belief that treatment is unnecessary. Indeed, more than 95% of people in need of addiction treatment reportedly had no idea that it was even needed.

A little less than 4% of people acknowledged their need for treatment but failed to make any significant effort to obtain it. A plurality of those individuals simply did not feel ready to undergo treatment, but the overwhelming majority were unable to get treatment as a result of real or perceived unaffordability, lack of knowledge about where to go, or fear of social stigma and employment repercussions.

The fraction of people who were unsuccessful in obtaining treatment despite making an effort cited similar reasons for their failure. In this group, unaffordability was the most commonly cited reason for the lack of treatment.

Increasing the treatment rates for substance addiction should be a public policy priority and the underlying issues preventing people from seeking or obtaining treatment must be addressed swiftly. No one in need of addiction treatment should be unable to obtain.

If you think a substance addiction treatment program may be a good next step for you or someone you love, the Asana Recovery Center may be able to help. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our programs and facilities today.