You’re Not Alone
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that approximately 22 million Americans needed treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2015, yet only 2.3 million actually received it. The continued rise in opioid-related fatality coupled with the constant flow of new synthetic drugs into the United States has inflated the number of those in need of care, yet the rate of treatment admissions remains roughly the same. We can take two immediate realities from this wide gap between need and fulfillment: we’re not alone in our need for help and quality treatment is more accessible than many of us realize.
Whether we let shame or stigma force us to hide our alcohol abuse for years; we find ourselves overwhelmed by the logistics and cost of seeking care; or we simply don’t believe that treatment will do anything to help us, many who need help simply don’t get it. It’s important to realize that there are more resources than ever to help us reverse this trend. Now correctly perceived as a bona fide medical disease, and not a moral failing, addiction has become one of the nation’s leading public health issues, claiming more and more Americans with each passing year. Fatalities reached a record high in 2016.
Factors like expanded insurance coverage, more treatment facilities and more specialized care has made it easier than ever to get help for addiction. We can overcome this disease and rebuild our lives one day at a time. Whether we need residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, long-term treatment or any other type of program, we have plenty of options to start confronting our substance abuse and reclaiming our lives. We don’t have to, nor should we, let our present or pasts dictate our future or cower to drug and alcohol abuse any longer. Let’s take the first step toward treatment today.