While treatment for drug addiction is readily available in most areas today, there are still those who refuse to undergo treatment. It then becomes critical to understand the reasons why they refuse to be treated, since as of 2007, only 16.8 percent of those needing treatment actually went through with it. So once again a question comes to mind — why are they unwilling to do it?
One of the greatest reasons of refusal is the perceived stigma that would-be patients receive, especially if the drug use was done secretly. In this case, admitting the problem and agreeing to being treated can potentially further damage the individual’s personal relationships, and alienation and isolation can happen. In lieu of being treated by professionals, some try to kick the habit on their own, with minimal chances of success, while some give up and resign themselves to their fate thinking that they can’t beat it anyway.
The second reason is perhaps a more surprising one — some of them don’t know that treatment of this kind is available. Individual awareness is an important thing to also consider in this case. The best time to recommend treatment is before the patient develops serious drug problems, and appropriate referrals must be made in order to curb it. More often than not, however, these potential patients are left uninformed and go on with their addiction.
These two reasons are quite common when you think about it, which makes it all the more important to reduce the stigma associated with drug addiction treatment, and inform patients about the existence of rehabilitation sessions and treatments. While drug addiction is hard to beat, it’s best to consider every possible option. The understanding of their refusal to undergo treatment is a huge step, and hopefully this can be the beginning of successful and fruitful recoveries.