Though an overwhelming number of people in America need treatment for substance use disorder, many people face barriers that prevent them getting the help they need. There is usually a combination of reasons that come into play that can discourage those who need help to reach out, but statistics show that there are several factors that are most apparent.
A common occurrence amongst those who struggle with addiction is denial. Many don’t realize how much their drug misuse has spiraled out of control. The incorrect belief that they can “stop whenever they want” often becomes a fallback that enables the cycle further. Combined with friends or family who may be enabling them unintentionally, it’s unlikely that the person will realize just how dangerous their problem is until something drastic and life-changing occurs.
For people who have prioritized financing their drug use, the idea of paying for addiction treatment may be off-putting. Previously, many insurers did not cover treatment at a methadone clinic, or necessary outpatient counseling, making the idea of getting help seem out of reach. Thankfully, the Affordable Care Act, coverage for treatment by Medicare and a number of other similar changes have improve access to cost-effective treatment, along with sliding fee scales, grants and other support mechanisms for those without insurance.
Stopping life to take care of a disease often means taking time away from responsibilities like jobs, family, and other areas of life. Many people with substance use disorder can often be functional in their everyday lives while working hard to maintain and conceal their addiction. Treatment could mean job loss or time away from their responsibilities, which could result in added stress. Thankfully, there have been laws put in place that allow people to seek help without worrying about being fired.
For those who do not understand what makes addiction a disease, there is still a heavy stigma surrounding those who want to get help. Not only will getting help be an “admission” to having a problem, but they may fear backlash from their peers. Though it’s seemingly counterproductive, it’s still all too common in society. Almost 1 out of 5 people with substance use disorder don’t seek treatment due to feeling shame or wanting to conceal with issues.
The idea of addiction treatment and recovery is still something that people see as a month-long stint in an inpatient facility surrounded by medical staff. While that treatment is right in some cases, outpatient treatment programs are highly effective. Many people who need help are not aware of the benefits of Suboxone® and other medication-assisted treatment options available.
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Recovery can appear to be out of reach for many people who are desperately in need of help. Breaking down the barriers to treatment can help combat the opioid crisis that has destroyed many lives and families across the country. By learning more about the disease of addiction and the new and effective ways that it can be treated, those with substance use disorder will have a greater chance of achieving recovery. Call us today at 866-840-6658 or reach out online to learn about our treatment options and get started on the road to recovery.