Fewer Than 10% Of Addicts In Treatment

addict.news3It is estimated that 23 million Americans are addicts – addicted to drugs or alcohol. However less than 10% of them are seeking treatment for their ailment.

According to a report in The Sentinel, the numbers mean that one out of every eight Americans are struggling with an addiction. And 40% of them have a dual diagnosis, meaning they are also suffering from another mental illness.

Most experts agree that addiction is a combination of mental and physical disease.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV, the standard for diagnosing mental illnesses, defines addiction:

When an individual persists in the use of alcohol or other drugs despite problems related to use of the substance. Compulsive and repetitive use may result in tolerance to the effect of the drug and withdrawal symptoms when use is reduced or stopped.

But there is a physical element. Fiona Williston, prevention program supervisor at Cumberland Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission in Pennsylvania, said, “We believe that alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems are health-related issues. We believe that addition to alcohol, tobacco or other drugs constitutes a primary disease and that chemically dependent people should not be blamed for having contracted the disease of addiction.”

However, she said this does not excuse addicts – they are still responsible for their recovery.

Whether mental or physical, the experts agree that treatment is mandatory to ending any addiction. Sadly, most addicts are not seeking that much-needed treatment.

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) could be forwarded to SAMHSA or a verified treatment provider. Calls are routed based on availability and geographic location.

The 12Step.com helpline is free, private, and confidential. There is no obligation to enter treatment. In some cases, 12Step.com could charge a small cost per call, to a licensed treatment center, a paid advertiser, this allows 12Step.com to offer free resources and information to those in need. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses.

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