Treatment Gap Data
November 23, 2010
Access to Treatment services: health care integration needed
An estimated 23.5 million Americans are currently addicted to alcohol and/or drugs and need treatment and other supportive services. Unfortunately, only one in 10 of them (2.6 million) receives the treatment they need. The result: a treatment gap of more than 20 million Americans. Like heart disease, diabetes and hypertension, addiction is a chronic illness that can be managed successfully over time- as long as there is access to quality treatment services, integrated medical care and continuing support. Slightly more than two-thirds of those receiving treatment were referred through self referral or the criminal justice system while fewer than 7 percent were referred by a health care provider. This provides compelling evidence that addiction screening and treatment need to be integrated into the nation’s health care delivery system.
*Information and chart from Defining the Addiction Treatment Gap *