“As the U.S. heroin epidemic grows, so does the wait list for federally-funded rehab. In Massachusetts, substance abusers have to wait weeks to get help. In Florida, it’s a month. Wait times are as long as 18 months in Maine.
Nationwide, only 11 per cent of substance abusers get help from treatment centers, according to a 2012 study in American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. “Indeed, the individuals in need of treatment cite ‘long wait lists’ as a primary reason for not accessing it,” the study says.
Even when people sign up for wait lists, they will only tolerate one month on average. 40 per cent of people on a wait list will drop off in two weeks, according to a 2008 study.”
That’s why leaders in the political and entertainment world are advocating an intervention approach that focuses early on treatment.”
Source: NBC.com – September 6, 2015