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Study Explores Factors Behind Substance Abuse Treatment Participation Considering the low rate of seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, it is important to increase patient engagement so that there is an increase in the number of people completing the treatment. Nearly 22 million Americans struggle with an addiction to drugs and alcohol; however, only 2.5 million manage to get treatment, and not all complete the treatment. A recent study in the Journal of Drug Education evaluated the factors promoting active patient participation in the treatment. The researchers investigated data from the 2012 Global Appraisal of Individual Needs-Intake (GAIN-I) and evaluated the data of 5,443 people seeking treatment for substance abuse. The treatment ranged from outpatient care to residential. The GAIN-I records comprised indicators of treatment participation and outcomes of the treatment. They also contained the personal data and demographic details. Some of the factors associated with decreased patient participation were:  

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Lower education level: People who didn’t complete high school were less likely to get involved in treatment by 15 percent. Being never married compared to being divorced, married or widowed: Living together or being married decreased the chance of engagement by 23 percent, whereas, being separated, divorced or widowed decreased the chance by 26 percent. Being a man: Being a male decreased the likelihood of seeking treatment by 22 percent. Being white or black: In comparison to other ethnicities, whites were less to engage in treatment by 21 percent, whereas blacks were less likely to seek treatment by 30 percent.

The factors that increased the likelihood of seeking substance abuse treatment were the presence of worse physical health conditions and abuse of substances more frequently in the last 90 days before the treatment.

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Substance abuse treatment advocates often talk about the readiness to seek treatment; however, the researchers of the study found that to be a weak predictor of seeking treatment. The study authors recommend that substance abuse treatment providers should be mindful of the risk factors and should motivate people to seek treatment and remain compliant. Preventing substance abuse People usually abuse substances, be it prescription or illicit drugs, for recreational purposes or for intoxication. Various factors are responsible for pushing one toward abuse, such as peer pressure or mental problems. It helps having friends and loved ones who neither abuse substances nor support such a behavior. In addition, if one grapples with a mental health disorder like anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is important to seek treatment for it at the earliest because substance abuse and mental health usually go hand-in-hand. Many people struggling with a mental illness turn to drugs to cope with the problem. A welltimed treatment with a qualified therapist can prevent such a situation. It is also important to be mindful of the family history of addiction and presence of other risk factors in life so that one treads cautiously. One must also manage the stress levels because it can make a person more susceptible to substance abuse. Stress can be managed by yoga, meditation, taichi and mindfulness. Road to recovery When a person gets hooked on substances, lack of timey intervention can ruin their life relationships take a backstage, finances get disturbed, work or school performance gets affected, one might also get involved in risky sexual practices and violent behavior. In such a situation, one must seek drug abuse help from a drug abuse clinic. If you or your loved one is struggling with drug addiction, connect to the Colorado Drug Addiction Helpline to know about the state-of-the-art drug rehab centers in Colorado that specialize in the best evidence-based intervention plans. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-218-7546 for further information on Colorado drug addiction treatment centers.

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Study Explores Factors Behind Substance Abuse Treatment Participation  

Considering the low rate of seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, it is important to increase patient engagement so that there i...

Study Explores Factors Behind Substance Abuse Treatment Participation  

Considering the low rate of seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, it is important to increase patient engagement so that there i...

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