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Report: Most Americans with drug or alcohol addictions don’t get treatment

An estimated 11 percent of individuals aged 12 or older with alcohol or drug addictions received treatment in 2013, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The survey, released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reported that of the 22.7 million people with substance use disorder in 2013, only 2.5 million received treatment at specialty facilities.

These facilities include rehabilitation centers offering inpatient and outpatient services and inpatient services at hospitals, and exclude treatment received in an emergency room, self-help group or private doctor’s office.

The total number of individuals reporting a dependency on alcohol and drugs was up slightly from 22.2 million recorded in 2012.

The top two reasons why individuals said they did not receive treatment remained the same: Not having health coverage or not being able to afford the cost (37.3 percent) and not being ready to stop using (24.5 percent).

Other reasons individuals reported not seeking treatment included not knowing where to go for treatment and not having transportation to a facility.

The survey is released annually in September to coincide with National Recovery Month, which is in its 25th year.

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