Most People with Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Addiction Don’t Get Treatment

The sad reality for many people is their substance abuse goes hand in hand with poor mental health. In fact, a recent federal report conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GOA) found that 57 million American adults have an addiction disorder or mental health condition, but the vast majority go untreated. Nearly 40 million of these individuals never receive any treatment. Further research from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found more than 80% of the 2017 survey respondents who reported a mental health or addiction problem said they did not perceive a need for treatment.

The SAMHSA survey inquired reasons why respondents did not seek mental health care, and reasons said the cost was too high, or they didn’t want to be stigmatized for seeking psychiatric care, or claimed they had no access to mental health treatment.

Further data compiled from the survey found these results:

  • 18.7 million people reported having a substance abuse disorder, but only 9% of them received addiction treatment.
  • Of the 11.2 million people with serious mental illness, only about one-third received psychiatric treatment.

GOA’s Research Speculates Untreated Mental Illness and Addiction Leads to Higher Healthcare Costs

The purpose of the study was to estimate which additional healthcare costs this population would face as a result of having untreated co-occurring mental health and substance abuse conditions. However, data was limited, because it can be difficult to quantify a direct link between healthcare costs associated with untreated mental illness. The research suggested, though, that those individuals who are left untreated face higher healthcare costs. For instance, these individuals may face higher healthcare costs if they need for emergency overdose treatment.

Decision Point Center Offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

If you have an untreated psychiatric and/or substance abuse disorder, Decision Point Center is proud to offer psychotherapy, and specifically, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). We can help change the way you view yourself to build a healthier, happier you, free from the chains of addiction.

Take the first step to wellness! Immediate help is available from Decision Point Center. Contact our admissions professionals at (844) 292-5010 or contact us online for a quick reply.

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