New Study Shows Few Substance Abusers Admit Needing Treatment
A new study resulting from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that over 20 million Americans are in need of drug rehab. And the more shocking number: only about 5% of these people who needed drug rehabilitation admitted to needing it.
In other words, if your loved one is abusing drugs and alcohol, there is only a one in twenty chance that he or she will admit to needing help – all the way to overdose.
There is a myth broadly in circulation that an addict needs to hit rock bottom before he or she is willing to change. We call this a myth because oftentimes an addict never hits rock bottom. Instead he or she overdoses or gets in a car wreck while under the influence. While this may be shocking, it’s also the hard truth. Only 1.2 million out of the 23 million people that need substance abuse treatment admit to it.
This is bound up in the nature of addiction. An addict does not view drug abuse as a problem. Otherwise he would take steps to change it. Rather, he views drug abuse as a solution to his problems. When life throws trouble his way, he takes a bunch of OxyContin or snorts a line of cocaine to escape the pressure of life’s difficulties.
You could say that every addict started using drugs to get a temporary release from a problem. But the drug didn’t solve the problem, it only created more trouble.
If you have a loved one who needs help with substance abuse, it can be a difficult task to garner their willingness to take the first steps toward sobriety. The experienced drug counselors at Narconon Louisiana New Life Retreat can help you. They have assisted hundreds of families through the process of “putting their foot down” and insisting that the addict get help through a drug abuse center.
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