10 most common barriers to seeking treatment for a substance use disorder | Entertainment News


About 40.3 million people in the United States had a substance use disorder, or SUD, in 2020. Yet only 1.4% of those people received treatment in the past year and 1% received treatment in a specialized institution. The path to seeking treatment is strewn with obstacles, both systemic and inherent in the addiction itself, which can make recovery difficult, in some cases almost impossible. The stigma surrounding substance use disorders and addiction has been a persistent barrier to seeking help and understanding life with the disease.

Substance use disorders are defined by the frequent use of alcohol, drugs, or both that cause “clinically significant impairment,” which includes health problems and the inability to carry out one’s responsibilities. Substances covered by the survey definition include cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, hallucinogens, stimulants, inhalants, and opioids, among others. Treatment for substance use disorders varies and may include detoxification, medication, motivational interviewing, counseling (individual or group), and life skills training.

To investigate the most frequently cited reasons for not seeking treatment for a substance use disorder, Zinnia Health examined data from the 2020 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, collected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The survey results cover people aged 12 and over who were categorized as needing treatment for a substance use disorder, but who did not receive it, despite receiving felt the need over the past year.

Released in October 2021, this data was collected in the first and fourth quarters of 2020, covering 36,284 interviews. With surveys typically conducted in person, SAMHSA was unable to compile results for the second and third quarters of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but was able to restart with online surveys for the fourth. quarter of 2020. These are the most common barriers for people seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.


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