What Are Some Common Barriers to Treatment Entry?

People who look for addiction treatment are not always able to go because of many different barriers they face. This may be financial or personal reasons, but it may be hard to overcome without support from family, friends, insurance providers, and others who can offer a way forward. It may mean looking at different options for treatment or coping with alternative financial means to cover the bills. Whatever the barriers, it helps to know the most common ones so people can plan and prepare differently to get the help they or their loved one needs in recovery.

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic

When considering what barriers come into play for a person seeking treatment, it is important to look at both the way internal and external circumstances play a role. Even as motivation plays a key, there can still be external barriers which might keep a person from getting help. Figuring out what those barriers are and busting through them will give people the best chance at having the life they’ve always wanted in recovery. They might include:

  • Access: whether it is someone living in a rural area with difficulty accessing treatment or not having enough information to understand the process of finding help, access matters. Not only access, but knowledge and information about treatment, how to find it, where to call, and what is provided. What may be more painful for people is to realize they have to jump through hoops to get treatment for themselves or a loved one rather than quickly and easily access care
  • Stigma: the burden of being labeled a person with addiction can keep people from going to treatment. This is as true for well-respected executives in positions of power as it is for the average person who works a job, has a family, and is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Addiction does not discriminate but stigma also can keep people from asking the right questions or finding the right kind of help.
  • Mental health: if a person is wrestling with dual diagnosis and addiction, they may not be able to think clearly about all the options. They may also be scared or frightened to do anything about it, depending on their level of paranoia or state of mind. It may even just be a pure lack of motivation to seek treatment that keeps the person stuck
  • Denial: if a person is seeking treatment but not fully ready, they are not going to make the committed leap to jump into rehab. The truth is a person who is not fully ready is going to struggle if they try too soon. Ultimately, the time is always right now to go, but the person has to be ready and willing to admit a problem exists and do the work

There are no right or wrong ways to look at why people decide to attend treatment or not. There may be multiple barriers standing in a person’s way that make it nearly impossible in their mind to do it. Whatever the reasons, most people who use drugs can recover using different means and methods. Recovery does not have to look like people expect, it just has to result in a person discovering they will no longer use drugs or alcohol to numb their pain or problems and be willing to admit this every day in recovery and stay clean. This is easier said than done as many people struggle in recovery. Regardless of barriers, people need to accept treatment is their best option and be willing to do the hard work in treatment and recovery to move forward.

The Last Resort works with your individual situation to discover the best path forward for you in recovery. We will help you get past those barriers to make sure you have access to top-notch care in a beautiful, nature-filled setting away from life for a time. The Last Resort is committed to your care and recovery. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750