College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Barriers to Treatment: Why Alcohol and Drug Abusers Delay or Never Seek Treatment.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1993

Keywords

Alcoholism, Ambulatory Care, Heroin Dependence, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Questionnaires, Substance Abuse Treatment Centers, Substance-Related Disorders

Publication Title

Addictive Behaviors

ISSN

0306-4603

Volume

18

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

Reasons for delaying or not seeking treatment were compared between outpatient alcohol and drug abusers, and between alcohol abusers who had either resolved their problem without treatment, were currently not resolved, or were in an outpatient treatment program. Outpatient alcohol and drug abusers exhibited few differences in their endorsed reasons for delaying seeking treatment. There were, however, several differences between resolved and nonresolved alcohol abusers who had never sought treatment and alcohol abusers in treatment (e.g., endorsing items such as “wanted to handle problem on own,” “didn't think I had a problem”). Such differences may explain why some problem drinkers do not seek treatment. Treatment implications of these findings are discussed

DOI

10.1016/0306-4603(93)90036-9

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