Beyond the Rooms of Addiction Recovery
For every individual working a program, many more are still living in the viscous cycle of addiction. In 2014, 17 million Americans met the criteria for an alcohol use disorder(AUD), according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Some 913,000 had a cocaine use disorder and an estimated 476,000 people had a stimulant use disorder involving drugs like methamphetamines. Right now, the numbers are a little fuzzy on opioids, but at least 2 million Americans meet the criteria for opioid use disorder. Shocking figures, to be sure. But, the more disturbing fact is only a small percentage of those people have ever received and kind of assistance.
There are a number of reasons why a person may not access addiction treatment services. A couple of the most common reasons are limited access to mental health facilities and the pervasive stigma of addiction. The latter has long been a black cloud preventing people from feeling the light of recovery.