People desist from seeking treatment
for opioid addiction due to a dearth of
effective treatment facilities.
Recent research has indicated that 80% of individuals afflicted with opiate related addiction disorders are not receiving appropriate treatment. The findings of the research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, indicated that in 2013 the number of deaths caused by heroin overdose exceeded 8,200. The study highlighted that the number of deaths had in fact quadrupled in number over the past decade. Amongst the treatment facilities being utilized by individuals suffering from opioid related disorders, outpatient treatment and self-help groups are most commonly used.
Although the percentage of patients receiving treatment from a doctor’s office has risen steadily to 35% in 2015, in most places the treatment options were found to be nonexistent or lacking in quality. The research indicated that in many facilities the efficacy of the treatment process is adversely affected by factors such as overcrowding and continued insistence upon ineffectual treatment modalities.
The researchers shed light upon the importance of changing the way in which opioid addiction is portrayed, with a special emphasis on ensuring that stigma is not attached to the disease and it is looked at as a chronic illness similar to diabetes. According to them, the negative connotation attached to the word addiction caused many individuals to desist from seeking treatment.
Courtesy: John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health