Report Says 23 Million Needed Treatment

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Millions of Americans have drug or alcohol problems and need but do not receive treatment each year.

A report issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 6.3 million people needed but did not receive treatment for an illicit drug problem and 17 million people failed to receive needed treatment for an alcohol problem.

“State Estimates of Persons Needing But Not Receiving Substance Abuse Treatment” found that the 10 states with the highest rates of needing but not receiving treatment for a drug problem were New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Vermont, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.

The need for treatment was based on SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and in light of the findings the Administration is working with states to build substance abuse treatment capacity through increased funding from federal block and discretionary grants as well as other programs.

Approximately 90% of individuals who go through treatment on a given year attend outpatient programs, while research has shown that the most effective programs for addicts are longer term residential rehabilitation centers.

Prior information from the same survey indicated the major barrier for addicts not receiving treatment was that they claimed to simply not be ready for it. Other barriers include a lack of available programs and individuals who have been through several unsuccessful previous treatment attempts.

For individuals addicted to opiates such as heroin or prescription painkillers, then fear of withdrawal can sometimes steer them away from treatment as well. There are numerous methods of attempting to help opiate addicts and one way is by putting them on a substitute drug such as methadone, but deaths associated with that drug are on the rise and withdrawal from methadone is also worse than heroin. There have also been programs that claim a virtually painless rapid opiate detox, but there is very little rehabilitation provided and most of the addicts return to their drug without it.

Detoxification alone is not enough, and is even a misleading statement, as it is merely withdrawal from the immediate effects of the drug. It has been scientifically proven that drug residues and other toxins store in the fatty tissue of a persons body potentially for many years, continuing to cause adverse reactions such as physical cravings and dulled perceptions.

Due to the lack of results of more traditional programs, many people struggling with addiction all over the country are seeking alternative solutions. One example is Narconon Arrowhead, which uses the drug-free rehabilitation methodology developed by L. Ron Hubbard.

One example of the program includes a very unique and highly effective sauna detoxification protocol, which actually eliminates drug residues from the addict’s body so they can concentrate on learning without the physical cravings or drug cloudiness. Boasting a success rate of approximately 70% of its graduates remaining drug-free, thousands of former addicts have gone on to become stable, drug free and productive members of society once again because of the Narconon Program.

Narconon Arrowhead is the largest center in the Narconon network and is also the international training center, where people from around the country and the world go to learn and apply the services. Narconon was founded by William Benitez in Arizona State Prison 39 years ago and there are now over 120 centers in 40 countries and they continue to grow simply because it works.

For more information or to get help for a loved one in need, contact Narconon Arrowhead today at 1-800-468-6933 or visit

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