Why Support AFR?
A study published in 2014 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, reported the following:
Individuals with an addiction “treatment need” are defined as those having 1) Substance dependence or abuse or 2) Those who received substance-use treatment at a specialty facility (hospital inpatient, drug or alcohol rehabilitation, or mental health centers) within the past 12 months.
- In 2013, 22.7 million persons (aged 12 or older) needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem (8.6% of all U.S. persons aged 12 or older).
- Of these 22.7 million persons, only 2.5 million (roughly 11%) received treatment at a specialty facility.
- Thus, 20.2 million persons (7.7% of the U.S. population aged 12 or older) needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility in the past year.
- Of the 20.2 million persons who were classified as needing treatment but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility in the past year, only 908,000 persons (4.5%) reported that they felt they needed treatment for their illicit drug or alcohol use problem.
- Of these 908,000 persons who felt they needed treatment, just 316,000 reported that they made an effort to get treatment.
- The most commonly reported reason (37.3%) for not receiving treatment among this group of persons was a lack of insurance coverage and inability to afford the cost.
These statistics are devastating and sadly not enough is being done to address the issue. As the data shows, insufficient financial resources is the most common obstacle that keeps hundreds of thousands of people annually from accessing the addiction treatment they need.
All For Recovery intends to do its part in order to change this narrative. We Are Their Hope.