According to the CDC, about 114 people die a day because of drugs and 6,748 will be sent to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. In any society, we don’t need to know these statistics as we see the impact of addiction all around see.
Whether its in our families, friend’s workmates or neighbors, we are all impacted in some way by addiction.
Addiction treatment access in US
A survey by SAMHSA found that up to 90 percent of people who need to get treatment to recover from addiction do not have access to any form of treatment. This is disturbing as addiction has serious health consequences including death and also great effects on the family or people around the addict.
There are several reasons that 90 % of people who need help are not getting the treatment they need in the leading economy in the world. These numbers are higher in other countries as addiction is a global health issues, but the reasons may be the same.
Why people don’t seek treatment.
Some of the reasons that people will avoid treatment or any motivation to seek help include lack of confidence in current rehab success rates, lack of clear understanding of addiction, high cost of rehab centers and in some cases other un diagnosed mental health issues.
To get help in a rehab requires that the person get a way from their daily routine and go to a treatment center for 30 to 90 days or longer for the inpatient. This is a difficult situation and in most cases an impossible position especially when you have a family and a job. Losing an income while paying the high price of recovery will obviously keep most people away.
The statistics for the rehabs shows that after a 5 year follow up, only a quarter of those that went to rehab did not have a relapse. This of course keep many people away as it looks like its money down the drain. This should not be a reason for anyone to shy away from getting treatment
Natural recovery: DIY
The recovery heroes who have kicked the habit without help are out there and their voices barely heard. Part of this is mainly because rehab and addiction treatment is a multi billion industry and this drowns the voices of these natural recovery heroes.
NIAAA Natural recovery is recovery that occurs without treatment or support groups (NIAAA, 2012. The article Natural recoverers kick addiction without help from the Havard Health journal highlight the success for the natural recovery.
Contingent on the nature of addiction and knowing the consequences of addiction, everyone should do everything within their power to stop substance use. There are alternative ways from rehab that anyone can use with great success.
Stigma in addiction stems mainly from the misunderstanding of addiction. Most of the stigma maybe at individual or social level where most people may lose their job if they seek time off to go for treatment.
Access to programs that can help in the privacy of one’s home should not be dismissed. This maybe be the best option for anyone with the above barriers to seeking help for the addiction. In the US, only 1 in 10 people with the need for addiction seek help.
Take action: There are options to rehab centers
A lot of success stories of people who have overcome addiction on their own exist. These stories are rarely heard of but they do exist.
There are many ways that one can start the steps towards recovery on their own without the rehab centers or the self-help groups like the AA.
Rehab centers is not the only option if the addict is not ready or don’t think it will work. There are rehab alternatives that will allow the recovery process to start without the costs or life readjustments that are required to get into rehab. These alternatives address the barriers to treatment.
There are online systems that have been shown to have great success rate for most people, but like everything else, you have to be serious and committed.
There also books on additction recovery with a step by step guide from people who have already done it on their own.
Caution for going alone.
If the addiction is severe or there are Co-occuring mental health issues, like depression, bipolar or anxiety this will be difficult and may need some medical professional’s help.
Addiction to anxiety medication or tranquilizer may have very serious withdraw symptoms and it would be advisable to always seek medical help as the withdrawals could be fatal.
If you have any experience with natural recovery or you have comments, please leave them below.