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Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug or Alcohol Use: 2009

Past Year Perceived Need for and Effort Made to Receive Specialty Treatment among Persons Aged 12 or Older Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug or Alcohol Use: 2009

Figure 7.10

  • The number and the percentage of youths aged 12 to 17 who needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem remained unchanged between 2008 (1.9 million, 7.8 percent) and 2009 (1.8 million, 7.2 percent); however, there was a significant decrease between 2002 (2.3 million, 9.1 percent) and 2009. Of the 1.8 million youths who needed treatment in 2009, 150,000 received treatment at a specialty facility (about 8.4 percent of the youths who needed treatment), leaving 1.6 million who needed treatment for a substance use problem but did not receive it at a specialty facility.
  • Based on 2006-2009 combined data, the six most often reported reasons for not receiving illicit drug or alcohol use treatment among persons aged 12 or older who needed but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility and perceived a need for treatment were (a) not ready to stop using (39.8 percent), (b) no health coverage and could not afford cost (33.7 percent), (c) possible negative effect on job (12.4 percent), (d) concern that receiving treatment might cause neighbors/community to have negative opinion (12.0 percent), (e) could handle the problem without treatment (10.9 percent), and (f) not knowing where to go for treatment (10.7 percent).
  • Based on 2006-2009 combined data, among persons aged 12 or older who needed but did not receive illicit drug or alcohol use treatment, felt a need for treatment, and made an effort to receive treatment, the most often reported reasons for not receiving treatment were (a) no health coverage and could not afford cost (36.8 percent), (b) not ready to stop using (30.5 percent), (c) able to handle the problem without treatment (10.2 percent), (d) no transportation/inconvenient (9.7 percent), (e) had health coverage but did not cover treatment or did not cover cost (8.8 percent), (f) might have negative effect on job (8.6 percent), (g) might cause neighbors/community to have negative opinion (8.5 percent), and (h) did not feel need for treatment at the time (7.1 percent) (Figure 7.11).

Source:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Office of Applied Studies

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